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Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 April 2019 5:14 PM
Trans Solidarity Campaign Continues, With Growing Interest And Support
Last Sunday, a group of trans activists and their allies arrived at Árbæjarlaug swimming pool for the third iteration of... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 April 2019 5:04 PM
Iceland Museums: The Next Generation
There was a time when museums were carefully arranged collections of musty taxidermy and dusty antiquities. Recent years, however, have... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 April 2019 3:24 PM
Whales’ flight to Iceland delayed
The arrival of celebrity beluga whales Little White and Little Grey to Iceland from China has been postponed for an unspecified length of time, Sealife Trust has confirmed. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 April 2019 2:11 PM
Grindavik: The Happiest Place In Iceland
It was your typical kind of early spring day in Iceland. The sky was grey, and the windscreen wipers were... more

Iceland Review,  16 April 2019 1:41 PM
No Fatal Traffic Accidents in Iceland This Year
There have been no fatal traffic accidents in Iceland so far this year, Vísir reports. It has been nearly 80 years since the country has reported no fatal traffic accidents this late in the year. An expert says better driver education and higher rates of seatbelt use are among the factors working together to reduce […] more,  16 April 2019 12:59 PM
Icelander Still Missing in Dublin
Jón Þröstur Jónsson was last seen in Dublin on February 9. More than two months have passed since the disappearance of Icelander Jón Þröstur Jónsson in Dublin, Ireland. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 April 2019 12:46 PM
The Icelandic Writers On The Reykjavík International Literature Festival
Iceland has long had a love affair with the literary arts. The tradition is born from the warrior poet Vikings,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 April 2019 12:41 PM
Nature Abhors A Vacuum: In The Wake Of WOW
The Reykjavík Grapevine and most of Iceland have been watching the struggles of WOW Air since last year as it... more

Iceland Review,  16 April 2019 12:22 PM
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in Iceland
Greenhouse gas emissions directly under government responsibility rose by 2.2% between 2016 and 2017, RÚV reports. The data comes from a recent report by the Environment Agency of Iceland. Emissions from road transport, oil use on fishing vessels, domestic animals, refrigeration equipment, and landfills are the main sources of emissions that fall under government resposibility. […] more

Iceland Review,  16 April 2019 11:30 AM
Financial Supervisory Authority Demands Closure of Crowdfunding Website
A group purportedly aiming to resurrect WOW air has been ordered to close their crowdfunding website by Iceland’s Financial Supervisory Authority. The site is requesting 10-20,000 shareholders for the purpose of resurrecting the recently-bankrupt airline or founding a new low-cost airline to take its place. RÚV reported first. According to a statement released by the Financial Supervisory […] more

Iceland Review,  16 April 2019 11:04 AM
Number of Sheep in Iceland Decreases Considerably
The number of sheep in Iceland has decreased by around 42,000 since 2016, when the animals numbered 474,704, RÚV reports. In 2018 there were just 432,740 in the country, the lowest number recorded since 1948. Guðfinna Harpa Árnadóttir, chairperson of the Association of Icelandic Sheep Farmers, says the decrease can be largely attributed to the […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 April 2019 10:16 AM
ECHR rules in favour of former Glitnir boss
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the Icelandic State is guilty of breaching the human rights of Bjarni Ármannsson, former CEO of Glitnir Bank, by punishing him twice for the same crime. more,  16 April 2019 9:45 AM
Gale Warning for Parts of Iceland
The wind forecast for 3 pm today. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a yellow alert and a gale warning for the capital region, for Faxaflói bay in Southwest Iceland, for West-Northwest Iceland and the central highlands. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 April 2019 9:43 AM
Afghan family loses committee appeal
The immigration appeals committee has rejected the appeal of the Safari family from Afghanistan. Children at Hagaskóli school collected over 6,000 signatures to support the appeal. The committee says the family will not be granted international... more,  16 April 2019 9:00 AM
Reykjavík Blues Festival Tonight
Halldór Bragason, the prime mover behind the Reykjavík Blues Festival. This is the time of year when blues fans can’t be blue. more,  15 April 2019 4:15 PM
Road to Dettifoss Closed
From Dettifoss waterfall, Northeast Iceland. Archive photo. Substantial amounts of meltwater have led to the temporary closure of road 862 toward Dettifoss waterfall in Northeast Iceland, according to the Facebook page of Vatnajökull National Park. more,  15 April 2019 3:14 PM
Adventure in Northeast Iceland
From the Geosea geothermal sea baths in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland. Húsavík, the” harbour of houses,” is a pretty coastal town in the remote North of Iceland, less than an hour away by flight. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 April 2019 3:12 PM
WOW air resurrection plan creeps forward
There is reportedly significant interest within Iceland’s tourism industry to invest in an Icelandic budget airline, either called WOW air or something else. Several hotel chains are considering investing, as well as members of the public. more

Iceland Review,  15 April 2019 2:23 PM
Closure at Dettifoss
The area around Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park has been closed off from traffic due to flooding, according to a post on the park’s Facebook page. Thawing of ice and snow in the area have caused excessive water flow, which has now cowered road 862 that leads to the waterfall. Furthermore a river of […] more

Iceland Review,  15 April 2019 1:53 PM
Whaling Company Hvalur Ignores Permit Stipulations
The Directorate of Fisheries hasn’t received copies of diaries of whaling vessel captains working for the company Hvalur in 2014, 2015 and 2018, despite repeatedly asking for them, Vísir reports. The head of the Directorate of Fisheries says they do not have the legal wherewithal to force the whaling company to hand the information over. […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 April 2019 1:25 PM
North Macedonia 24:24 Iceland
The Icelandic men’s national handball team had to make do with a draw against North Macedonia in the away leg of their tie in qualifying for the 2020 European championships. Iceland now need to beat both Turkey and Greece in June to be sure of a... more

Iceland Review,  15 April 2019 12:58 PM
Children of Asylum Seekers to be Schooled at Háaleitisskóli
The city of Reykjavík has decided that a special school department for the children of asylum seekers be created at Háaleitisskóli, RÚV reports. A report by the city revealed that between 2017 and 2019, around 57 children of asylum seekers ages 6 to 16 years old received education in Iceland. Up until now, however, these […] more

Iceland Review,  15 April 2019 12:09 PM
Crowdfunding Site Aims to Resurrect WOW air
A new crowdfunding site,, went online last week, claiming to want to involve the Icelandic public in a national fundraising effort to help resurrect WOW air or help finance another low cost airline in Iceland, RÚV reports. Skúli Mogensen, former CEO of the now defunct WOW air, says he is in no way connected […] more,  15 April 2019 11:11 AM
Support for Asylum Seeking Children
The children of asylum seekers will receive  extra support in Reykjavík this fall. The Reykjavík City Committee for Education and Recreation has voted to approve the establishment of a support department for children of asylum seekers. more,  15 April 2019 9:41 AM
Arrival of Belugas Postponed
The beluga whales, Litla Hvít and Litla Grá (Little White and Little Gray). The arrival of two beluga whales from Shanghai, scheduled for Keflavík International Airport tomorrow, has been postponed. more

Iceland Review,  14 April 2019 12:58 PM
Ninety-Day Wait to be Admitted to Hospital
Just over 40% of people admitted to hospital last year had to wait 90 days or longer for a room, RÚV reports. Five years ago, the percentage of people who experienced a similar wait time was only 26%. This data was published by the Directorate of Health, which says that these ever-lengthening wait times are a […] more

Iceland Review,  14 April 2019 12:58 PM
Road Around Þingvellir to be Closed for Repairs
Þingvallavegur (Rt. 36), one of the main roads around the Þingvellir National Park, will be closed to all traffic starting on April 24, 2019. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration will be conducting repairs and maintenance on the road, which is expected remain closed until the fall. Þingvallavegur will be closed east of the Service […] more,  14 April 2019 8:00 AM
CNT Nomination for Deplar Farm
Deplar Farm, Fljót, North Iceland. The luxury hotel Deplar Farm in Fljót, North Iceland, has just been nominated for the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award. more,  13 April 2019 8:00 AM
Siglufjörður Avalanche Remembered
The Evanger herring processing plant in Siglufjörður, Northeast Iceland. A hundred years ago this week, avalanches hit Siglufjörður and vicinity in Northeast Iceland, killing 18 people. more,  12 April 2019 2:26 PM
Weather Warning for Most of Iceland
The wind forecast for tomorrow night. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a yellow alert for many parts of the country. more,  12 April 2019 11:22 AM
Artifishal’s European Premiere
The event was well attended. Artifishal, a Patagonia documentary about threats faced by wild salmon, premiered in Hveragerði, South Iceland, Wednesday night more,  12 April 2019 10:02 AM
Immigrants’ Role in Tourism Boom
A guide, talking to a group of tourists. The boom in tourism industry in Iceland in recent years would have been impossible without immigrants. 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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