The summer was so hot and dry that the water level in the famed Red Lake near Reykjavik dropped from 140 centimeters to just 70 centimeters, according to the Met Office. The lake now looks more like a swamp.
The drought also caused less salmon to swim across Iceland's rivers. The National Fisheries Association says salmon fishing is halving compared to last summer.
Ögmundardóttir stated that the pace at which the country's landscapes were changing was alarming, even by Icelandic standards.
"Nature here is really changeable and powerful and people just have to accept it if they want to live here … but the speed, it's brand new and it's huge," she said.
Change is coming here quickly. Skeiðará was one of the largest glacial rivers on the island. Then in 2009, it almost completely disappeared. The glacier feeding it retreated two kilometers (1.2 miles) over the last two decades and forced the flowing water in different directions.
"For about 10 days or a week, the Skeiðará River essentially dried up," said Andrew Russell, a professor of physical geography at the University of Newcastle of the United Kingdom, which specializes in ice systems.
Glaciers shrink because the amount of ice that melts in warmer summers is much greater than the ice that accumulates in winters.
"You can think of it as spending money on your account," said Haldor Bjornsson, a leading weather and climate researcher at the Icelandic Met Office. "If you make less money, well, you'll drain your bill."
Historical maps show that glaciers have repeatedly shrunk and grown in Iceland. By the end of the 19th century, when glaciation reached its newest peak, they retreated 2,000 square kilometers. But 600 square kilometers have disappeared since 2000.
"We've seen these things happen before, we've had episodes where some glaciers go away, but now they happen on a much larger scale," says Bjornsson.
Melting glaciers have other consequences. Heavy ice masses weigh down the ground, compressing what is below. When they melt, the land rises and the sea level drops.
Land in central Iceland rises more than three centimeters (1.1 inches) a year, according to scientists at the University of Iceland. This can lead to major infrastructure problems, especially in ports that become shallower and more difficult to moor ships.
"When we talk about climate change, we almost always talk about rising sea levels as a negative thing, so you would think, 'Oh, they have a sea level decline, beneficial to them' … but that's not the way
"It turns out that falling at sea level can be just as big of a problem as it is with rising sea levels. "
There's more to worry about. The Earth's crust, the outermost cover of the planet, is thin in Iceland, and geologists leave wondering what will happen to the volcanic activity beneath it if it protrudes more.
unlike many pages Iceland, struggling with the economic impact of climate change, may see some benefits – at least in the short term.
The fishing industry of Iceland has also seen the impact. After the turn of the century, mackerel escaping from the warming ocean waters began mass migration into the territorial waters of Iceland. Earlier sparse around the island, mackerel suddenly became plentiful and Icelandic fishing boats wanted to take advantage of the shift.
When Reykjavik's attempts to raise its official fishing quota fail, the country unilaterally increases it, sparking a multinational conflict called "mackerel wars".