Summer snow in July

Tourists braving the cold at Víti in the Icelandic highlands ...

Tourists braving the cold at Víti in the Icelandic highlands at the weekend. Photo: Benedikt Bóas

July is a period more usually associated in Iceland with the midnight sun. This weekend, however, inland areas of the country were treated instead to summer snow.

Parts of the Icelandic highlands saw snowfall on Saturday night and Sunday morning, despite the calendar showing a distinctly summery 18-19 July.

The unusually cold temperatures combined with strong winds – gusting to over 75 mph in western parts – made for a pretty dismal summer weekend of weather.

Þor­gerður Eva Þór­halls­dótt­ir, a member of the Skagafjörður Rescue Team, told mbl.is that some visitors may not be aware of the conditions in the Icelandic highlands.

“This is quite unusual for high summer in Iceland. It wasn’t like this last year,” she explains. “We have had to tow cars out of rivers and such.”

All visitors to Iceland planning a visit to the highlands are reminded to follow the weather forecast closely.

Check out the weather forecast for your part of Iceland on Iceland Monitor here.

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