Friday, January 16, 2015

Remembering Suðavík

Gríma would rather stay inside

Today is the 20th anniversary of the tragic avalanche in Suðavík that killed 14 people. It’s been snowing like crazy the last few days with high winds and I often get text messages from SOS Iceland announcing which roads are closed due to avalanches. Even the ceremony commemorating the Suðavík tragedy has been postponed due to avalanche risk and bad weather. 

I love shoveling snow and take every opportunity to grab the shovel and clear the steps. Although shoveling snow in Iceland is generally a pointless cause, because the high winds blow it right back again. I shovel straight into the street knowing that since I live next to the fire department, our street is one of the first to be cleared.  Sneaky, eh? Angela and I go out for our daily walks but it’s difficult in the deep snow. I’m going to try out my snowshoes one of these days. Also we have to avoid our usual route because of the avalanche risk.

Our beautiful house & raven