Winter here in Akureyri seem to come and go. We’ve had quite a lot of snow a few times, but then it always melts away again leaving the roads all covered in horribly slipper ice. Most Icelanders (at least the ones from the North) know how to drive in snow and all of these other conditions that I’m just not used to. When ever it snows in the South of Sweden, which hasn’t been that often in the last few years, we first clear the roads and then we use salt on roads and side walks to melt away all the ice leaving the asphalt clear. But here in Akureyri they don’t use salt, so when all that melted snow turns into ice it becomes extremely slippery, and for someone like me who’s not used to it, it becomes very dangerous.
Because of the “bad” road conditions and my inexperience Doddi has been driving me to work for the last month or two. But now he’s going to drive tourists for two and a half weeks, leaving me here all alone. That means that I no longer have anyone to drive me to work, so I have to drive myself. Since “my” car, the little Golf, doesn’t have spiked tires and 4×4 its not really a suitable car to drive at the moment. Instead I’ve got our beloved Cherokee back! I love this car, and I’ve been waiting for so long to take him out of “storage”. Now I finally have him and its so much fun to get to drive him again.
But I must admit that this is not the easiest car to drive, especially not when you’re used to a tiny car like the Golf. First of all its a lot bigger, both when it comes to size but also when it comes to engine 😉 It also handles differently from most cars I’ve driven. So it will probably take a few more days for me to really get used to driving this car. But it sure is fun!
This morning when I was going to work it was -8.6 °C. Needless to say that it was pretty chilly. We even had to scrape the inside of the windows in the car, and that’s not something you do every day. When I say “we” I of course mean Doddi 😉 If I had to help with that I would have been late for work. I’m not a morning person so waking up early is not something I enjoy. Therefore I wake up so I have just enough time for my morning routines and then be at work at 8.00. Most days I make it, but during the winter time when you have to scrape windows it does happen that I’m a bit late, like most people I work with 😉 Then it’s good to have Doddi who drives me to work, when the roads are slippery like today or when there’s too much snow on the roads.
But the cold morning did give us something nice, it gave a very beautiful sunrise! Looking at a lovely sunrise like this one almost makes you forget how cold it really is 😉
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.
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!
Since winter is almost here, I thought I would do a short recap of how my summer was. Since we had our new company, IceAk, it of course was a bit different. We got to travel quite a lot, or at least Doddi did, but it was manly to the Mývatn area. I got to try what it’s like to be a guide and found it quite fun, hopefully I will get to do that some more in the future. But all in all it was a fun summer with expeditions and many hours spent in cars.
Unfortunately summer is now over, and since the forecast for this week is snow it’s safe to say that winter is approaching fast. My only “disappointment” this summer is that we didn’t have enough sunny and warm days and summer seemed to be over just when it was about to start. But you can’t have everything, right? This will still be a summer to remember. Now I’m hoping for a nice winter with lots of snow to make up for the short summer!
If you’re wondering why my blog is so quiet lately, it’s because we’re very busy at the moment working for IceAk. Every time there’s a cruise ship coming to the harbour here in Akureyri we’re there trying to get the tourists to go on a tour with us in our Super Jeeps 😉 And since there’s so many ships coming here it’s hard for me to find the time for it all. Since I’m not driving the tourist I’m instead managing the company’s Facebook page, Twitter and home page. We try to update it every time we’ve been on a trip. So there’s a lot to do and if you’re interested in seeing what we do go check out our pages 😉 Since we are so busy the blog is going on a short summer vacation, probably until sometime next month. But I promise I will be back 😉 In the meantime I wish you all a great Summer!!!!