Dark horizon in Iceland. Does a good summer follow a bad winter?

Dark horizon in Iceland. Does a good summer follow a bad winter?

T here is no shortage of myths and old folklore in the Icelandic culture and amazing number of these continue to make waves centuries later.

One such myth, widely believed, states that if the temperature is below 0° degrees Celsius when the last day of winter turns into the first day of summer, a good summer is guaranteed. How nice to have such an easy way to clear this up once and for all.

But alas, as most old myths this one turns out to be flat out baseless. A local weatherman pooled at the available data from 80 years back to verify if this was indeed true or a reliable guide. For thinking folks out there the results should not come as a surprise. There is no correlation whatsoever.

Of those cases when winter and summer froze together, as this phenomenon is often called locally, the following summers were as wildly different as in years when there was no frost at the specific date.

Which bodes badly for tourists and locals alike this coming summer. If neither old myths nor fancy weather forecasts can promise us some decent weather the odds are pretty stacked up against us.