Idag er sneen på Esjan så nået halvejs ned til jorden. Og da jeg cyklede over vandpytterne i Laugardal lød der sprøde knæk fra den tynde is. Isen på Ilhans forrude kan stadig viskes af med lidt frostvæske sprøjt. Så jo, efteråret er så småt begyndt. Og da jeg skal lave et powerpoint show til vores Islandske aften i klubben imorgen, faldt jeg over det her…
You know you’re Icelandic when…
Snow tires are standard issue with all new cars.
You were frostbitten and sunburned in the same week.
You learned to drive a tractor before the training wheels were off your bike.
Going ‘down south’ on a holiday includes Canada and Norway.
Bird chirping at 3 AM in July in normal.
You have a passport to leave the island.
You don’t get a coughing fit from one sip of Brennivín.
Your idea of creative landscaping is a tree.
Wearing high heals and a skirt, and going out dancing is ‘normal’ during a hurricane.
You were unaware there is a legal drinking age.
You decided to have a picnic this summer because it fell on a weekend.
You enjoy driving in the winter because the potholes fill with snow.
Your sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.
News headlines read ‘Cow born in Strútafjörður’.
At least once a year, a family member’s kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.
At times, your second floor balcony doubles as a front door.
You find 0 degrees Celsius a little chilly.
+15°C / 59°F
This is as warm as it gets in Iceland, so we’ll start here. People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves. The Icelanders are out in the sun, getting a tan and eating ice cream.
+10°C / 50°F
The French are trying in vain to start their central heating. The Icelanders plant flowers in their gardens.
+5°C / 41°F
Italian cars won’t start. The Icelanders are cruising in Saab cabriolets.
0°C / 32°F
Distilled water freezes. The water in River Hvitá gets a little thicker.
-5°C / 23°F
People in California almost freeze to death. The Icelanders have their final barbecue before winter.
-10°C / 14°F
The Brits start their central heating system in their home. The Icelanders start using long sleeves.
-20°C / -4°F
The Aussies flee from Mallorca. The Icelanders end their Mid-summer celebrations. Autumn is here.
-30°C / -22°F
People in Greece die from the cold and disappear from the face of the Earth. The Icelanders start drying their laundry indoors.
-40°C / -40°F
Paris starts cracking in the cold. The Icelanders stand in line at the hotdog stands.
-50°C / -58°F
Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole. The Icelandic Navy postpones their winter survival training, awaiting real winter weather conditions.
-60°C / -76°F
Lake Mývatn freezes. The Icelanders rent a movie and stay indoors.
-70°C / -94°F
Santa moves south. The Icelanders get frustrated since they can’t store their Brennivín (Icelandic brand of alcohol) outdoors. The Icelandic Navy goes out on winter survival training.
-183°C / -297.4°F
Microbes in food don’t survive. The Icelandic cows complain that the farmers’ hands are cold.
-273°C / -459.4°F
ALL atom-based movement halts. The Icelanders start saying, “it’s cold outside today.”
-300°C / -508°F
Hell freezes over; Iceland wins the Eurovision Song Contest.