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News from Iceland,  24 February 2019 9:29 AM
Soak in a natural swimming pool in South Iceland
The Secret Lagoon is a popular tourist spot, but not as crowded as the Blue Lagoon. The oldest swimming pool in Iceland, "Gamla laugin" in Flúðir, South Iceland is now known as the Secret Lagoon. It's actually not very secret as it's become very popular with tourists in the last couple of years, but it's definitely worth a visit. more

Iceland Review,  23 February 2019 1:31 PM
Family of Missing Icelander Continues Search in Dublin
The family of Jón Jónsson, the Icelandic tourist who went missing in Dublin, Ireland two weeks ago, has been joined by ten Icelanders and dozens of Irish volunteers in their ongoing search for their missing loved one, RÚV reports. Although the family says that the Irish Garda has been keeping them well-updated on the search […] more

Iceland Review,  23 February 2019 1:31 PM
Woman At War Wins Ten Eddas
Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War (Kona fer í strið) won in all ten of the categories that it was nominated for at the Eddas, Iceland’s most prestigious Film and Television award, on Friday night RÚV reports. The film, which was also chosen as Iceland’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, stars Halldóra […] more,  23 February 2019 9:16 AM
The best website for safe travel in Iceland
If you click on this map on you can receive more detailed information about weather and road conditions. "We are the most powerful website that communicates weather and road information to tourists in Iceland at the moment," says Jónas Guðmundsson, SAR team member about the website more

Iceland Review,  23 February 2019 3:44 AM
Akureyri to Open Service Centre for Victims of Violence
The Minister of Justice and the Minister of Social Affairs and Children have agreed to earmark a combined ISK 24 million {$200,402; €176,854] in the establishment of a new service centre in Akureyri for victims of violence, Vísir reports. The Akureyri Chief of Police will oversee the project in collaboration with a number of other […] more

Iceland Review,  23 February 2019 3:43 AM
Oscar Swag Bag Includes Trip to Iceland
Among the swag found in the gift bag that was given to all of this year’s 25 nominees for an Oscar in the acting or directing categories is a free trip to Iceland. Forbes reports that for the seventeenth year running, the LA-based marketing agency Distinctive Assets has put together an “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2019 3:25 PM
Organised search for Jón in Dublin
The family of Jón Þröstur Jónsson, who has not been seen in a fortnight after disappearing in Dublin, has organised a major search for the missing man in the Irish capital tomorrow, Saturday. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  22 February 2019 3:13 PM
VIDEO: Icelandic Children Protest Against Climate Change
An estimated 250 children gathered in front of Iceland’s Parliament today, demanding more radical action be taken to combat climate... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2019 2:52 PM
All Klaustur MPs now in same party
Ólafur Ísleifsson and Karl Gauti Hjaltason have decided to join the parliamentary Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) today. They were sacked from Flokkur fólksins (the People’s Party) at the end of November and have been independent MPs in Alþingi ever... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  22 February 2019 1:43 PM
Happening This Weekend: Our Picks!
The last week of February might be windy as hell, but it need not be bleak as hell too. Lighten... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2019 1:38 PM
5G comes to Iceland
The Icelandic mobile network Nova has started operating its first 5G transmitter, which is the first of its kind in Iceland. The fifth-generation wireless communication network will bring Icelandic consumers up to ten-times-faster mobile internet... more

Iceland Review,  22 February 2019 12:40 PM
Multiple Incidents of Drugged Drinks
Police are investigating an incident in which a young woman was believed to have been drugged in a bar in Reykjavík at around midnight on Thursday evening, RÚV reports. The woman was taken to the National and University Hospital for care. Recently, Suðurnes police issued an advisory urging people not to accept drinks from people […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2019 12:22 PM
Cleaning staff balloted on strike action
The contracts committee at the Efling union has decided to start a members’ vote on strike action to affect cleaning staff in the catering and hospitality industry. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  22 February 2019 12:09 PM
VIDEO: Iceland Experiences Powerful Lightning Storm
An uncommon lightning storm swept over the capital area last night, prompting a public warning from weather officials to stay... more

Iceland Review,  22 February 2019 12:05 PM
Thunder and Lightning in Reykjavík
Thunder and lightning accompanied a rainstorm in the capital area and in the Southwest region of Iceland last night around 7 pm. RÚV reports that there was a 250 m squall line, or narrow band of storm and wind associated with a cold front, that stretched from the north side of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2019 11:56 AM
Ísafjörður wants State to buy island
The municipality of Ísafjarðarbær has formally asked the government and the environment and natural resources minister for the State to purchase Vigur in Ísafjarðardjúp, thereby ensuring continued public access to the beautiful and historically... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  22 February 2019 11:06 AM
One-Day, Widespread Work Stoppage In Iceland Could Be Two Weeks Away
The Efling labour union will soon vote on a widespread one-day work stoppage that would affect housekeeping at hotels and... more,  22 February 2019 9:53 AM
Four Icelandic restaurants added to Michelin guide
Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon chef at the Lebanesse inspired Sumac and ÓX, a tiny restaurant located at the back of Sumac. As we reported earlier this week Skál received a Bib Gourmand from Michelin whilst Dill lost their Michelin star. Four new restaurants have made the Michelin guide this year, Sumac, Óx, Nostra and Moss. more

Iceland Review,  22 February 2019 9:41 AM
Diary of a Powerlifter
Júlían Jóhann Karl Jóhannsson holds the world record for deadlifting. He's far from your average powerlifter, and he's out for more. more

Iceland Review,  22 February 2019 9:06 AM
Restaurant and Hotel Workers to Vote on Strike
The Efling labour union agreed tonight to initiate “a secret electronic strike ballot” to decide whether or not those members “who are under the general agreement between [the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise] and Efling and the Keflavík union, specifically those working in restaurants, hotels and associated industries” should go on strike. A public statement to […] more

Iceland Review,  22 February 2019 9:06 AM
Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir Nominated for Nordic Council Literature Prize
Authors Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir have been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize. Kristín Eiriksdóttir was nominated for her novel Elín, ýmislegt (English title, A Fist or a Heart) and Kristín Ómarsdóttir was nominated for her poetry collection Kóngulær í sýningargluggum (‘Spiders in the Display Windows’). The authors were nominated alongside 11 others […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  21 February 2019 3:28 PM
Faroe Islands “Closed”, Will Welcome Maintenance Volunteers
Iceland’s neighbour, the Faroe Islands, plans to close for maintenance in April. The self-governing Danish territory will undertake a series... more

Iceland Review,  21 February 2019 2:57 PM
Can you tell me more about the delicious Icelandic lobster?
Q: Last time I visited Iceland, I ate Icelandic lobster. It was delicious. Can you tell me more about it? — A: The Latin name of the species is Nephrops norvegicus and it’s a type of small lobster. In English, it goes by the name of Norway lobster, Atlantic shrimp, scampi, and langoustine. It’s the only lobster […] more,  21 February 2019 9:33 AM
Sharp changes in weather for next few days
The Iceland Met Office warns that the next few days will bring sharp changes in weather so anyone intending to travel in Iceland should follow weather forecasts closely. more,  20 February 2019 7:43 PM
Australian woman goes to jail in Iceland for biting violent ex-husbands tongue
Protestors outside the Hólmsheiði prison today. The mother of an Australian woman who was sentenced by the Icelandic state court to prison for biting a part of her husbands tongue has written a letter to the Ministry of Justice to ask that her daughter be pardoned. more,  20 February 2019 4:33 PM
Toes of Icelandic glaciers retreating
Geologist Haraldur Gunnarsson at Eystri-Hagafellsjökull, a glacier that has retreated by 700 metres in the space of one year. Are Icelandic glaciers going to vanish? Glaciologist Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir says that glacier toes in Iceland are retreating and that glacial lagoons are being formed in front of many of the places where they are measured which makes access difficult. more,  20 February 2019 1:22 PM
Yellow weather warnings still active
Despite the storm having subsided there are still yellow weather warnings for South West Iceland. Hellisheiði has been reopened but roads in Snæfellsnes are difficult to pass. more,  20 February 2019 11:12 AM
Unions disappointed with government's tax proposals
Bjarni Benediktsson presenting the government's tax and wage plan last night. Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson presented the government's tax and wage proposals last night. The proposals have been strongly criticised by the four unions leading the current wage negotiatons. more,  20 February 2019 9:18 AM
Icelander rescued on Cape Town's Table Mountain
Table mountain is a popular mountain to climb and offers amazing vews of Cape Town. An Icelandic tourist was rescued from a deadlock in Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa this week. The rescue operation took some 13 hours. more,  19 February 2019 3:00 PM
Measles on Icelandair flight
Mislingasmit hefur verið staðfest hjá einum farþega sem var í flugi FI455 með Icelandair frá London til Keflavíkur 14. febrúar. Passengers and crew on an Icelandair were notified by the state infectiologist of Iceland that there was a possibility of measles infection on board. The same announcement was sent to passengers of Air Iceland Connect from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir on February 15th. more,  19 February 2019 1:50 PM
Dill lose their Michelin star
Chefs at Dill, one of Reykjavik's most touted restaurants. The much celebrated Dill restaurant in Reykjavik lost its Michelin star last night, a star they acquired last year, the first ever Icelandic restaurant to do so. more,  19 February 2019 11:22 AM
Bad weather for travel tonight
There will be a storm in Iceland tonight in most parts of the country with snowfall and bad visibility. Winds could reach up to 40 m/s which means bad weather for travelling. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  25 January 2019 2:51 PM
The weather in Iceland in 2018
The year 2018 was wet and relatively warm. The precipitation was well above average in most parts of the country and the number of precipitation days was considerably higher than normal both in the South and in the North. The summer months were relatively cold in the southwestern part of the country compared to the last ten years while it was warm in the northeastern part. There was exceptionally little sunshine in the southwestern part of the country during the year. The number of bright sunshine hours in Reykjavík have not been as few since 1992. June and July were particularly gloomy in the South West. The last two months of the year were warm. Wind speed was close to averagemore

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 news
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