The world’s friendliest countries

According to a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Iceland has the friendliest people in the world which makes this the best country to visit 😉

If you’re interested in more infotmation I think you should read this article from MailOnline.

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My wonderland

Yesterday afternoon it started to snow here in Akureyri, and then it never wanted to stop again. When I went to bed last night it was still snowing, and this morning I woke up to the most beautiful winter wonderland! There was so much snow that my little Golf was completely snowed in. This morning I was very happy we have such a big car as the Jeep so that I easily could get to work even if my little Golf didn’t want to take me.

Picture from Akureyri this morning (picture borrow from mbl.is)

Akureyri this morning
(picture is borrow from mbl.is)

Unfortunatley it’s no longer bellow zero degrees so some of the snow is melting, but I doubt all that snow can melt away in just one day. So fingers crossed this snow is staying for some time now so we can do something fun this weekend! I’ve been looking forward to go play with the Jeep in the snow. As soon as the first snow fell up in the mountains I wanted to jump in the car and just drive and have fun!

Here to stay?

Is winter here to stay? Could I really be that lucky that we have finally gotten a real winter with snow and everything, and that it’s here to stay and not rain away again after just a day?

Since I’m from south of Sweden originally I’m not that used to very cold winters with lots of snow. Although I do remember quite a lot of snow during my childhood, but maybe not every year. For my “grown up” years in Sweden, and then later on Denmark, I’m more used to rain and boring weather during the winter months. So to me it was quite normal to have the whole month of September and parts of October, where it was raining every other day or so. But at the same time I was a bit disappointed. Last year when we lived in Reykjavík we had a pretty boring winter with very little snow, while they here in the north got winter with loads of snow as early as September and then it stayed until May. So of course I was expecting something similar this year. But that never happened. All that we got this year was rain and rain and then some more rain. The temperature never wanted to go down bellow 0°C so that all that rain could become snow instead. How disappointed I was, and how I was hoping and wishing that next time it would be snow and not rain that fell from the sky.

Now my wish has finally come true, we have snow! And not just in the mountains, but in town! We don’t have a lot of snow, but enough to cover the ground and make everything look just a little bit brighter and a lot nicer. Now the only question is, how long will the snow stay? Will it stay until May when winter is really over, or will it go sooner and be replaced by the horrible boring rain again? If you look at the weather forecasts today, it almost looks like the snow is here to stay, but then again the forecasts seem to change every day and they can never be trusted! Not that long ago I wrote that we would have a day with -18°C but of course that never happened, instead it was close to 0°C. So never trust the weather forecasts, Icelandic weather is not to be trusted!

Akureyri all covered in snow, March 2011

Akureyri all covered in snow, March 2011

Preview of winter

I thought I would give you a hint of what winter in North of Iceland is like. Since winter isn’t officially here yet, so far we only have pre-winter, the landscape will change more and hopefully we will get some more snow. It has of course already started to snow, and most mountains around here have at least a thin layer of snow covering the dark rocks.

The "turquoise" lake at Mývatn looks a little different, surrounded by snow

The “turquoise” lake at Mývatn looks a little different, surrounded by snow

A pound at Mývatn with a really nice reflection

A pond at Mývatn with a really nice reflection

Doddi went on another tour with tourist this weekend and they drove up to Lúdent where there was quite a lot of snow, but they still made it up and his little group was very happy with the tour and everything. It’s not every day they get to drive off-road in a big car like ours, so of course that was a fun experience for them.

At Lúdent there was quite a lot of snow

On the way to Lúdent there was quite a lot of snow

The Jeep in it's right element

The Jeep in it’s right element! 🙂

Darkness

Many complain about the winter months in Iceland being so dark, and for every morning I notice it getting darker and darker. I don’t really mind the darkness, when the ground is covered in snow it doesn’t feel that dark anyway. But on a morning like today when the rain is falling, it seems very dark and all you want to do is crawl back into bed and hide under you cover.

But like I said, the darkness isn’t all bad. I am one of those who has a huge problem during the summers in Iceland when the sun never goes down, I can’t sleep! I just can’t sleep if it isn’t dark. So summers for me can be quite difficult, but during the winter time it’s nice and dark when you go to bed and there is no sun waking you up way before it’s time to get up. This is something I really like!

Beautiful Akureyri in all it's evening glory

Beautiful Akureyri in all it’s evening glory

Equality

It’s supposedly good to be a woman in Iceland. According to the “2013 Global Gender Gap Index” from “World Economic Forum”, Iceland is in the lead when it comes to “Gender Equality” for the fifth consecutive year. Sweden is only ranked as number four, which isn’t that bad. Finland and Norway are ranked second and third. So if you, as a woman, want equal rights you should live in one of the Nordic counties 😉

For more info check out this article from the Reykjavik Grapevine.

Cold

According to the Icelandic weather site vedur.is it will get very cold in Akureyri next week. On Tuesday we will have -18°C! Hopefully they’re wrong, because I’m not sure I’m ready for that cold weather yet, I mean it’s only October. The weather sites are often wrong, for example was it suppose to snow a lot this week and especially today but instead we have rain. So maybe we will get lucky. As much as I love winter, -18°C is a bit too cold for my taste.

From vedur.is

From vedur.is