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Coming home

Whooper Swans and Greylags in Flói, South Iceland. Tindfjöll Mountains in the background.

Whooper Swans and Greylags have been arriving in groups in the last two weeks from their winter grounds in the British Isles. They can now be seen grazing in lowlands. Fields are more or less snowless although the mountains are still snow covered. Although we can still expect some snow it is likely to melt during the day as the sun crawls higher in the sky.
The Whooper Swans’ flight to and from their winter grounds has been monitored and in favourable winds their flight can last 8 to 10 hours. However, most are more likely to be in the air for up to 24 hours.

A cold spring

Farms in Ölfus, South Iceland, April 29, 2015.

We will probably have to wait a while longer for the summer  although the first official day of summer was last week. In the South it is more or less snowless now but the temperature went down to minus 7°C tonight and everything is still barren. In the North everything is still snow covered and the same goes for the interior.

Veiðivötn area in the South Interior, May 1, 2015 (webcam: http://veidivotn.is/vefmyndavel.htm).