You know it’s windy when the asphalt blows away
Iceland is a windy place. On a normal day, hats and umbrellas blow away. On windy days people fall over and on properly windy days the roads blow away. My friend Stefán Jóhannes took this photo of the road being torn up by the wind in Skaftafell. He had a van full of tourists, headed for the glacier, stopped to snap this photo and then the windshield blew out. Oddly enough there was almost no wind at the glacier, only a couple of kilometers away (glacier tongue in the middle of the picture).
This area is actually known for extreme wind and sandstorms. The local rescue team has an old German riot vehicle to batter against the wind in the worst conditions. The ten tonne bulletproof truck is the only thing that can power through on the most windy days in the area.

You know it’s windy when the asphalt blows away

Iceland is a windy place. On a normal day, hats and umbrellas blow away. On windy days people fall over and on properly windy days the roads blow away. My friend Stefán Jóhannes took this photo of the road being torn up by the wind in Skaftafell. He had a van full of tourists, headed for the glacier, stopped to snap this photo and then the windshield blew out. Oddly enough there was almost no wind at the glacier, only a couple of kilometers away (glacier tongue in the middle of the picture).

German riot vehicle used for windy days in SkaftafellThis area is actually known for extreme wind and sandstorms. The local rescue team has an old German riot vehicle to batter against the wind in the worst conditions. The ten tonne bulletproof truck is the only thing that can power through on the most windy days in the area.