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Photo of the day: Westfjords woman battles winter, hangs up laundry in shoulder deep snow

By Staff

  • The challenges of winter The winter storms can cause disruptions to daily routines, just as they can upset travel plans. Photo/Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, Facebook

The winter in Iceland can pose all kinds of challenges, and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. The weekend's storm is a good example, not just dumping tons of snow on locals and travellers alike, but also blowing the snow back and forth creating all kinds of trouble for people.

Read more: Travellers, a man and his pregnant wife, spent 20 hours stuck in snow in their car at Þingvellir

The residents of the Westfjords have been especially hard hit. A local artist and photographer, Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, who lives in the town of Ísafjörður, often dubbed the "Capital of the Westfjords" took this photo of herself hanging out laundry. She told the local news site Vísir that she wanted to capture how overwhelming the snow has become in the Westfjords. 

"The photo was primarily a joke. It's difficult to capture the full experience of how overwhelming the snow is right now, so I had the idea of creating this surreal scene of a woman trying to hang out her laundry, with the clothes lines having been swallowed by the snow.

She told Vísir that she had to dig a path out to the laundry line: the snow was 1.6 m deep (5.3 ft).

"I'm 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) tall, so I'm by no means short. The snow reached my shoulders after I had dug the path through the snow."


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