Climate of Icelandic

Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic circle would imply. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the southern and the western coast greatly moderating the climate.

However, this brings mild Atlantic air in contact with colder Arctic air resulting in a climate that is marked by frequent changes in weather and storminess. Furthermore this leads to more rainfall in the southern and western part than in the northern part of the island.

Rivers and lakes in Iceland

Rivers are numerous in Iceland and relatively voluminous due to the heavy rainfall and abundant glacial meltwater, but none of them is navigable owing to swift currents.Most of the rivers originate from the glaciers and are consequently heavily laden with debris, which make them turbid and often yellowish-brown in colour.




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