Gulf StreamIf it wasn’t for the relatively warm Gulf Stream headed up the Atlantic ocean, Iceland would be much colder than it actually is. You can see the current prominently at the beginning of this video Perpetual Ocean, by NASA. If you want more info on the video, go can find it here. Also take a look at NASA’s satellite pictures of Iceland.

Snow covered Iceland
We are having a wonderful winter in Iceland this year. It’s been snowing more or less all December and this is the result. Every little spec of Iceland is covered in snow. The photo was taken by Nasa’s MODIS satellite. The big lakes don’t seem to be frozen yet, so they are easy to make out. The little one out on the Reykjanes peninsula (lower left hand corner) is Kleifarvatn (E. Cliff Lake), the big one close to Reykjavík is Þingvallavatn (Parliament Fields’ Lake), the one in the bottom middle is Þórisvatn (E. Lake of Þórir) and the long skinny one on the right is Lögurinn (Can’t translate that, but I’ll tell you it’s full of monsters).
Check out previous summer and winter satellite pictures of Iceland to compare.

Snow covered Iceland

We are having a wonderful winter in Iceland this year. It’s been snowing more or less all December and this is the result. Every little spec of Iceland is covered in snow. The photo was taken by Nasa’s MODIS satellite. The big lakes don’t seem to be frozen yet, so they are easy to make out. The little one out on the Reykjanes peninsula (lower left hand corner) is Kleifarvatn (E. Cliff Lake), the big one close to Reykjavík is Þingvallavatn (Parliament Fields’ Lake), the one in the bottom middle is Þórisvatn (E. Lake of Þórir) and the long skinny one on the right is Lögurinn (Can’t translate that, but I’ll tell you it’s full of monsters).

Check out previous summer and winter satellite pictures of Iceland to compare.

Clear skies over Iceland
Iceland is not exactly renowned for its good weather. NASA actually felt it was newsworthy that they got a clear, cloudfree satellite shot of nearly all of Iceland. For more information read their very simplistic summary of Iceland (I thought NASA was run by smart people). A while  back I posted a satellite image from 2004 of snow covered Iceland in the winter.

Clear skies over Iceland

Iceland is not exactly renowned for its good weather. NASA actually felt it was newsworthy that they got a clear, cloudfree satellite shot of nearly all of Iceland. For more information read their very simplistic summary of Iceland (I thought NASA was run by smart people). A while  back I posted a satellite image from 2004 of snow covered Iceland in the winter.

Iceland satellite picture from January 2004 taken by NASA. All nice and white.

Iceland satellite picture from January 2004 taken by NASA. All nice and white.