An order evacuating nine houses in Siglufjörður, northwest Iceland, due to the risk of avalanches was imposed on Wednesday and remains in force today. The town’s ski area has been severely damaged by an avalanche.
The region is under a yellow weather alert today for strong winds and snow, and the civil protection agency uncertainty alert for avalanches also remains in place.
An avalanche in Skarðsdalur valley near to Siglufjörður destroyed the ski lodge, as well as containers and equipment at the site.
Travel to and from the town is disrupted, but roads were open for a time yesterday. A coastguard patrol ship is on standby nearby.
Residents of Siglufjörður interviewed on RÚV radio this morning set a generally positive tone. While it is worrying to be stuck with all the roads closed, life continues. There is food in the shops and some even find the bad weather exciting. Around 2,000 people live in Siglufjörður.