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Reykjavík Grapevine,  07 December 2018 4:21 PM
The Mountains of Madness: Ófeigur Sigurðsson’s ‘Öræfi’ Published In English
When Ófeigur Sigurðsson’s third novel ‘Öræfi’—an experimental novel set in Iceland’s desolate Öræfi region—first went off to the printers, the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  07 December 2018 4:16 PM
Concourse Discourse: Terminal Exhibitions En Route To Iceland
A new terminal is coming to Keflavík next summer. Well, not literally. ‘Terminal’ is a collaborative exhibition of artists based... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  07 December 2018 4:10 PM
Electric Dreams: Genre-Free Living & DJ/VJ Katerina’s Search For The New & Weird
“I’m constantly in search of something new, hyper-real and weird,” says Katerina Blahutova—nicknamed Katla—a multidisciplinary designer and DJ/VJ from Prague... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  07 December 2018 3:10 PM
A Witness Of Life: Haraldur Jónsson Reveals His Expansive Artistic Spectrum
I am standing in Kjarvalsstaðir museum, where Haraldur Jónsson, one of Iceland’s most renowned visual artists, celebrated the opening of... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  07 December 2018 2:51 PM
East Iceland LungA School Offering Scholarships
Iceland’s cutting-edge art institution is now offering scholarships, and applications are being accepted. The LungA School, an art institute located... more,  07 December 2018 11:59 AM
Person who made Klaustur bar recording goes public
Former Minister for Foreign affairs and MP for the Centre Party Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson was one of the six involved in the scandalous bar conversation. Newspaper Stundin revealed today the identity of the person who made the recording at Klaustur bar of six MP's that has caused a scandal within Icelandic society. She's a disabled gay woman called Bára Halldórsdóttir who says she began recording when the MP's began to make loud crude comments about minority groups and women. more,  06 December 2018 10:58 AM
Man charged with holding his three-year-old son over a balcony railing
The Reykjavik district court. The district attorney in Reykjavik has placed charges against a man for having in an "unscrupulous and serious manner" having placed his son in immense danger to his life by swinging him backwards and forwards over a balcony railing and threatening to drop him. more,  06 December 2018 10:24 AM
Storm warning for today - road closures in South East Iceland
A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Iceland Met Office for many parts of Iceland today and there will be disruption to communications in some areas. The route no.1 beneath the Eyjafjöll mountains has been closed due to the storm. more,  05 December 2018 9:16 PM
Minister of Culture calls MP's in bar recording scandal "Perpetrators of violence"
Awful misogynistic remarks were made about Minister Alfreðsdóttir in the Klaustur bar conversation that was leaked. Iceland's Minister of Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir appeared on the Kastljós news programme tonight, speaking for the first time about her reaction to the comments made about her in bar conversation two weeks ago, recorded by a witness. more,  05 December 2018 3:54 PM
Group from Indigo Partners arrive in Iceland to discuss WOW acquisition
A group of people from investment company Indigo Partners are currently in Iceland to discuss the possible acquisition of WOW air with its directors. One of them is Bill Frankie, one of the founders of Indigo Partners and self-crowned king of low cost airlines. more,  05 December 2018 1:31 PM
Yellow weather alert for South and South East Iceland tomorrow
Vindaspáin kl. 8 á morgun. The Iceland Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for South and South East Iceland for a heavy winds especially by the Eyjafjöll mountains. Drivers, especially those driving larger vehicles are urged to take great care. more,  05 December 2018 10:51 AM
Big freeze at beautiful lake Mývatn in North Iceland
Það var kalt á Mývatni í dag. Mynd er úr safni. Yesterday temperatures at Mývatn, a lake in North Iceland were measured at -22°C and in the northern highlands they went down to -22°C. more,  04 December 2018 12:00 PM
"Must have been the wheels on my wheelchair skidding"
Freyja Haraldsdóttir was an MP for Bright Future. She suffers from brittle bone disease. Centre party leader Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said yesterday evening that the seal noise made at the Klaustur bar was not one of the MP's but probably a bike skidding to a halt outside the bar. His chair sound theory was proved wrong by journalists. Disabled former MP Freyja Haraldsdóttir has responded on Twitter that it must have been the sound of the wheels on her wheelchair skidding. more,  04 December 2018 10:55 AM
Reykjavik covered in thick layer of snow
Snow fell on Reykjavik last night and this morning snow ploughs were clearing major lanes. More snow could fall in the space of the next few hours. more,  03 December 2018 5:21 PM
Akureyri covered in over a metre of snow
Akureyri this morning. Snow fell on Akureyri, the largest town in North Iceland last night. The snow was measured this morning at 105 cm by the Iceland Met Office. more,  03 December 2018 3:48 PM
Bar conversation scandal could be violation of parliamentary ethics regulations
Steingrímur J. Sigfússon addresses parliament today. President of Parliament in Iceland, Steingrímur J.Sigfússon read a statement at Parliament today where he apologized on behalf of Parliament for the derogatory remarks made by six MP's about women, disabled people and the queer community. The matter is now under investigation by the parliamentary ethics regulations committee. more,  03 December 2018 1:22 PM
Former PM apologizes to disabled former MP and says seal noises were actually a chair moving
Freyja Haraldsdóttir doesn't want any more phonecalls from men in powerful positions who try to explain to her what prejudice against disabled people is and isn't. "He called to apologize and also explain to me how apparently I had misunderstood everything," says disabled activist Freyja Haraldsdóttir about a phonecall she received from leader of the Centre party, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  16 October 2018 9:17 AM
EUROVOLC is bringing the European volcanological community closer together
The European Network of Observatories and Research Infrastructures for Volcanology EUROVOLC is a H2020 Research and Innovation Project of the European Commission. It will construct an integrated and harmonized European volcanological community able to fully support, exploit and build-upon existing and emerging national and pan-European research infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures of the European Supersite volcanoes. The harmonization includes linking scientists and stakeholders and connecting still isolated volcanological infrastructures located at in situ volcano observatories (VO) and volcanological research institutions (VRIs). more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  12 October 2018 8:03 AM
100 years since Katla erupted
Today, 12 October, is the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 eruption of Katla. The volcano is considered one of the most hazardous of Iceland's 32 active volcanic systems. During the last 1100 years, Katla has erupted at least 21 times, with an average repose interval of around 50 years. The current one-hundred-year repose marks the longest period since a Katla eruption. The Katla volcanic system is located in the eastern volcanic zone. It is characterized by an 80-km-long fissure swarm and an ice-clad central volcano. The central volcano is covered by the Mýrdalsjökull ice-cap and it includes a 9 by 14 km caldera, with ice-thickness up to 700 m.more news
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