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View Poll Results: Port-aux-Francais vs. Reykjavik which would you choose?
Port-aux-Francais 4 26.67%
Reykjavik 11 73.33%
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Default Subpolar oceanic climate battle: Port-aux-Francais, Kerguelen Islands vs. Reykjavik, Iceland

I thought this was an interesting climate battle. Of course, I don't like subpolar oceanic climates very much but after looking at the stats for both places, I was surprised how similar they are.

Port-aux-Français - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Reykjavík - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Precipitation is slightly more annually in Reykjavik.

Sunshine hours are a bit more in Port-aux-Francais: Port-Aux-Francais, Kerguelen Islands Climate Information - ClimateTemp.info, Making Sense of Average Monthly Temperature & Weather Data with Detailed Climate Graphs That Portray Average Rainfall & Sunshine Hours

Port-aux-Francais is warmer year round slightly but Reykjavik has warmer summers.

Record low is warmer in Port-aux-Francais vs. Reykjavik: -9.4C vs. -24.5C

Overall I'd pick Port-aux-Francais for warmer winters, warmer year-round and more sunshine.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Reykjavik
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Reykjavik for me too.
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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Both climates are very livable, Reykjavik for less sun glare and seasonal variation
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Note that Reyjavik is 15 degrees further from the equator but only slightly cooler!

I wonder if Reykjavik's colder winters might mean they get more of their precipitation as snow? In that case I would probably prefer Reykjavik as the rest of the year is almost identical.
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Reykjavik gets quite a lot of snow actually


Driving in Reykjavik Iceland 07.02.2008 - YouTube
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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I find it fascinating that while Reykjavik is a city with a metro population of 200,000 people, Port-aux-Francais which is both warmer in the winter, a little warmer year round and sunnier is uninhabited. Why the discrepancy in population for virtually the same climate? It can't be because Port-aux-Francais is uninhabitable.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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Iceland is one of the oldest countries in existence. It has been inhabited for thousands of years because it is so close to mainland Europe.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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I find it fascinating that while Reykjavik is a city with a metro population of 200,000 people, Port-aux-Francais which is both warmer in the winter, a little warmer year round and sunnier is uninhabited. Why the discrepancy in population for virtually the same climate? It can't be because Port-aux-Francais is uninhabitable.
I'm not sure if you even bothered to look at the map to see where Port-aux-Francis is. It's an isolated small island in the middle of the ocean, and the closest continent is Antarctica.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Iceland is one of the oldest countries in existence. It has been inhabited for thousands of years because it is so close to mainland Europe.
Is Iceland the only country that has never been conquered by foreign powers? If so, it's probably one of the very few countries that hold true sovereignty throughout its history.
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