Severe weather hit every part of the country over the weekend, with the exception of the capital area, reports.
In the West Fjords, the Icelandic Coast Guard ship Þór was on stand-by in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, where the wind speed reached 50-60 knots, and visibility was next to none.
It is also there that two giant landslides created a small tsunami wave that reached the opposite shore on April 6, 2020.
“We are ready, should we be needed,” Captain Halldór B. Nellett told Morgunblaðið yesterday. “For the past few days, roads have been impassable, and all flights have been canceled to this area. The only passable route is by ship.“
“Of course there is risk involved in sending crew members out on a boat in severe weather – very strong winds, a blizzard, more than 50 knots, and no visibility,” Halldór admits.
Meanwhile, rescue workers all over the country were busy from 10 p.m. Saturday untill Sunday evening to help healthcare workers and first responders get to and from work.
In Hveragerði, Southwest Iceland, numerous residents had to dig themselves out of their houses through the largest snow banks they had ever seen in their town.
In Siglufjörður, North Iceland, cars were simply buried in snow.
Numerous roads were closed in many parts of the country.
This anomalous Icelandic blizzard with high winds and a massive snowfall lasted for more than 12 hours in a row triggered an orange weather warning – the second highest behind red on April 5. Mother Nature was just telling Icelanders to stay indoor and social distancing. Stay safe and be ready!