In Iceland, the fear of a bad summer
It is a common belief by most locals in Iceland this past winter has been one of the worst ever. Which is mostly nonsense as past median weather data clearly shows. But in those cases folks have the summer to look forward to. Except a new forecast by a European Weather Centre has fueled much fear lately. The fear of a bad summer.
Let us clarify. A bad summer in Iceland is never really bad. Most summers are very pleasant even if the temperature does not rise too much and the sun mostly hides behind clouds. But having been snowed in and battered by storms for months on end folks are understandably tired and want better. But that scenario seems unlikely according to the longtime forecast. Rain upon rain along with the winds that are constant on this island.
Now, bear in mind longtime forecasts are really no better than predicting the outcome of a poker game in a Vegas casino. Weather forecasting is not exact science be a long shot. Local weathermen even get forecasts 24 hours ahead dreadfully wrong on occasion. Thus, the fear is unsubstantiated.
However, if spring and summer will keep us waiting this will have quite the impact of tourism. One of the most impressive areas of the country is the highland and in a good year roads around that place do not open until June. In a bad year that could be a month later. Which closes off jewels like Landmannalaugar, Kerlingarfjoll, Hrafntinnusker, Dyngjujokull and so on and so on.
But do not worry. This place still has wondrous places galore for you to explore in the unlikely even this happens.