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Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 January 2019 2:28 PM
VIDEO: Iceland Has Never Been A Classless Society, Union Heads Remind Public
A common myth, sometimes even repeated by Icelanders, is that Iceland is a classless society. In a new video, Iceland’s... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 January 2019 1:05 PM
Salt Particles From Greenland Contributed To Air Pollution In Reykjavik Yesterday
Air pollution in parts of Reykjavík yesterday went above the healthy limit, and a major cause of this can be... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 January 2019 12:47 PM
Happening This Weekend: Our Picks!
School has started. Morale is low. The apocalypse is nigh. Cheer yourself up with these not-to-miss events. Friday, January 11th... more,  11 January 2019 11:47 AM
Icelanders debate whether to start daylight saving time
These darkest months of the year are difficult for many Icelanders. The government office of Iceland opened up a forum yesterday online to see whether Icelanders wanted to take up daylight saving time. Iceland observes Greenwich mean time but many Icelanders want to set the clock back one hour. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 January 2019 11:01 AM
French Translator Takes Significant Liberties With Hugleikur Dagsson Comic
Icelandic comic artist Hugleikur Dagsson was surprised to discover that a French translation of one of his comics completely changed... more,  10 January 2019 5:11 PM
Mild winter surprises Icelandic meteorologists
This road administration map could be historic as ther is not one patch of ice on any road today. Meterologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson points out that today, January 10th there is not one spot of ice on the number one route from Reykjavik to Akureyri, the largest town in North Iceland. "Unbelievable, really," he writes. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  10 January 2019 12:47 PM
Iceland’s Unofficial Motto Has Disputed Roots
A two-word phrase, common in Icelandic and attributed by some to the country’s governing philosophy, might not be from Iceland... more,  09 January 2019 12:34 PM
New restaurant, Systir, opens on Hverfisgata instead of nameless pizza place
The team at Systir from left to right: Andreas Peterson, Sona Zednikova and Karin Schmitz with chefs Kári Þorsteinsson and Ólafur Ágústsson. "We simply wanted to make a change and to continue into the direction of Dill," says chef Ólafur Ágútsson one of the owners of the restaurant at Hverfigata 12 formerly known as the nameless pizza place. more,  09 January 2019 10:58 AM
Child hit by car on Hringbraut
A child was hit by a car at the junction of Meistaravellir and Hringbraut in West Reykjavik this morning around 8.30. The child's injuries are not believed to be serious. more,  09 January 2019 10:11 AM
Road Administration warns of dangerous horizontal winds in North Iceland
The Iceland Road Administration warns of strong horizontal winds today in North Iceland, especially in Siglufjarðarvegur. There is a yellow weather warning in the area. more,  08 January 2019 3:26 PM
Storm warning for North Iceland tomorrow
A yellow weather warning has been issued for Wednesday. The Iceland Met Office has issued a yellow storm warning for the entire North Iceland spanning from the West Fjords to East Iceland. The storm will continue until Thursday. more,  08 January 2019 2:12 PM
Murder case goes back to trial
Khaled Cairo upon receiving his sentence last year. Trial has begun in the case of the state court against Khaled Cairo who was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for the brutal murder of Sanita Brauna in west Reykjavik in September 2017. The sentence was appealed by Cairo's lawyer from the Reykjavik district court to the state court. more,  08 January 2019 10:52 AM
First Icelandic woman footballer makes contract with PSV Eindhoven
Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir signs with PSV Eindhoven. Anna Björk Kristjánsdóttir yesterday became the first Icelandic footballer to sign a contract with a premiere league team in the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven. more,  08 January 2019 9:41 AM
Temperatures in Iceland could go over 20 degrees C tomorrow
The weather in Iceland is behaving bizarrely. Tomorrow, the wind will blow in a south west direction with currents going up to 35-45 m/s by the mountains. The temperature will surge upwards and could even go past 20 degrees on Centigrade. more,  07 January 2019 7:57 PM
Whales soon flown from Shanghai to Westman Islands sanctuary
Keiko is the most famous whale to reside in the Westman Islands. He died one year after being released from captivity. Two beluga, or white, whales will soon be flown from Shanghai to a new whale sanctuary in Klettsvík in Iceland's Westman Islands. The whales will fly in March and construction of the sanctuary is going to plan. more,  07 January 2019 3:29 PM
Reykjavik's famous nameless pizza place closes its doors
The nameless pizza place was renowned for its gourmet pizzas. The owners of the nameless pizza place at Hverfisgata 12 have announced that the venue has shut down. Another restaurant, yet unknown, will open its doors next weekend. more,  07 January 2019 1:30 PM
Young couple had to pay one million ISK for prenatal care and birth of child
The medical costs for the young family are having an impact on the quality of their life. A young couple have had to pay all costs related to the birth of their child because the mother is Mexican and had not obtained medical insurance rights yet in Iceland. If the mother was Icelandic and the father had been foreign however, they would have been insured. 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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