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Reykjavík Grapevine,  15 May 2019 7:09 PM
Five Summertime Drinking Holes In Reykjavík
Who doesn’t like sitting in the warm sun with a cold drink? Agoraphobics, you say? Well, yes, maybe. But for... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  15 May 2019 3:44 PM
Area Guide: Skaftafell National Park’s Glaciers, Camping & Waterfalls
With glaciers, waterfalls and lava fields in abundance, you can’t get more peak Iceland than the Skaftafell National Park. Located... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  15 May 2019 3:02 PM
East Iceland Village Pleads With Tourists To Behave Themselves
Apparently some visitors to Iceland need to be taught basic, common courtesy upon arrival, as villagers in Seyðisfjörður have discovered.... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 May 2019 2:52 PM
North Iceland composts 80%
80 percent of all organic waste in North Iceland is turned into compost. The CEO of Molta ehf. says his company and the region are making a significant contribution to fighting climate change. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  15 May 2019 2:41 PM
New In Reykjavík: A Truffle-Themed Brasserie & A New Bakery
With summer coming, there are plenty of new places gearing up for the busy season. Eiriksson Brasserie is a recently... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 May 2019 2:02 PM
45,000 foreign nationals live in Iceland
Over 45,000 foreign nationals currently call Iceland their home, according to figures compiled at the beginning of this month and released this week. Their number has increased by 1,523 since 1st December. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  15 May 2019 1:47 PM
Syrian Refugees Arrive In Iceland, Surprised By Lack Of Snow
Five families of Syria refugees will soon be settled in Hvammstangi, northwest Iceland, having arrived in Keflavík this morning full... more,  15 May 2019 1:10 PM
Travel Association of Greenland Founded
Professor Gísli Már Gíslason, along with other members of FÍ and those of the Travel Association of Greenland, visited the village of Kapissilit in Nuuk fjord. The Travel Association of Greenland was formally founded last week in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 May 2019 11:53 AM
Decade-long Baugur administration ending
The bankruptcy estate of Baugur Group will be formally wound up at a dissolution meeting on Wednesday 29th May, administrators say in a statement to Iceland’s official legal journal, Lögbirtingablaðið. The meeting will take place ten years, two-and-... more

Iceland Review,  15 May 2019 11:40 AM
Nine Refugee Families Welcomed to Iceland
“I saw Iceland out of the airplane and it was incredibly beautiful and unlike what we’ve been told. They said it would be cold and snowy but it was nothing like that,” Syrian Mohammad al-Hajji told a RÚV reporter upon arriving to the country. His family is one of five that arrived this morning as […] more,  15 May 2019 11:37 AM
Syrian Refugees Arrive in Iceland
Part of the group that arrived in Iceland yesterday. A group of 23 Syrian quota refugees, that is, refugees invited to Iceland by the State, arrived in the country yesterday. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  15 May 2019 11:14 AM
Iceland through to Eurovision Grand Final
Icelandic act Hatari last night secured one of the ten spots available for Saturday’s Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Seven of the acts that performed in last night’s first semi-final were eliminated from the competition. more

Iceland Review,  15 May 2019 11:01 AM
Icelandic Band Hatari Makes Eurovision Finals
Hatari was voted ahead in the first leg of the Eurovision Song Competition semifinals last night in Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s the first time in five years that Iceland makes the finals of the competition. The band will perform in the second half of the final, which will be held this Saturday, May 18. “We’re […] more,  15 May 2019 9:45 AM
Hatari Qualifies for Eurovision Grand Final
Hatari made it to the grand final. For the first time since 2014, Iceland has qualified for the Eurovision grand final, scheduled for Saturday night in Tel Aviv, Israel. more

Iceland Review,  14 May 2019 4:37 PM
Seals Gain Protected Status in Reykjavík
Seals are now protected within the Reykjavík City limits and the surrounding area. The next step is to ensure the protection status of seals in the general law, according to mammal ecologist Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir at The Icelandic Institute of Natural History, RÚV reports. The Environment and Planning Committee of Reykjavík City approved a proposal […] more,  14 May 2019 1:06 PM
Will Curious Tourists Get the Picture?
Norræna brings 1,200 passengers a week to Seyðisfjörður. What can a small town do when tourists start taking pictures through the windows of people’s homes? more

Iceland Review,  14 May 2019 11:53 AM
Abortion Bill Passed in Icelandic Parliament
The Icelandic parliament passed a bill which legalises the termination of a pregnancy within the first 22 weeks regardless of circumstances. Abortion was previously legal within the same timeframe, however a person’s decision to terminate a pregnancy after the 16th week required approval by a committee. That decision is now solely in the hands of […] more,  14 May 2019 11:20 AM
Spreads Love with Spikes and Hatari Lyrics
Guðbjörg, during Sunday's service, wearing the spiked strap. A highly innovative and bold minister in South Iceland has found a way to connect with her young confirmands. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  14 May 2019 10:39 AM
Abortion bill passed by parliament
A majority of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (Independence Party) MPs voted against the health minister’s abortion bill. The bill was nevertheless approved by Alþingi, by 40 votes to 18. Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn was the only party that split on the issue,... more,  14 May 2019 9:55 AM
Abortion Bill Passes in Alþingi
The bill being debated in Alþingi. A much-debated abortion bill was passed in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, last night. more

Iceland Review,  13 May 2019 3:08 PM
19 Tons of Garbage Collected From Beaches
Just over nineteen tons of garbage were collected from Icelandic beaches in the last two weeks, as part of the Nordic Coastal Clean-Up Day. It is believed that around 80% of the garbage comes from the fishing industry. The initiative, overseen by the Environment Agency of Iceland, focused on beaches and shorelines on the Snæfellsnes […] more,  13 May 2019 2:00 PM
Shoplifter Represents Iceland at Biennale
Chromo Sapiens, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir's work at the Venice Biennale. “It’s like walking into the mouth of a monster.” more

Iceland Review,  13 May 2019 1:34 PM
Record Number of Birds Tagged in Iceland in 2018
In 2018, 21,648 birds belonging to 83 different species were tagged for research purposes in Iceland. It’s an annual record for the country, which has been tagging birds for 98 years. The Icelandic Institute of Natural History released a report on bird banding, or ringing in 2018, which gives fascinating insight into birds’ international travels. […] more

Iceland Review,  13 May 2019 12:03 PM
Iceland and China Facilitate Student Exchange
The Chinese and Icelandic Ministers of Culture have signed a landmark agreement to mutually recognise university studies between the two countries. Iceland’s Minister of Culture and Education Lilja Alfreðsdóttir says the agreement will facilitate university student exchange between the two countries. Lilja met China’s Minister of Culture Chen Baosheng in Beijing today, where they discussed […] more,  13 May 2019 11:14 AM
School Severely Damaged in Fire
Fire fighters at work. Seljaskóli grade school in Breiðholt, Reykjavík, is heavily damaged after a fire erupted in its roof shortly after midnight, Sunday morning. more,  13 May 2019 9:53 AM
Will Hatari Prevail?
Hatari, at the opening ceremony party Saturday night. Iceland’s representatives at the Eurovision song contest this year in Tel Aviv, Israel, have received great attention, reports. more

Iceland Review,  12 May 2019 4:31 PM
Compensation Should Be Higher for Guðmundur and Geirfinnur Plaintiffs
Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, defense lawyer for Guðjón Skarphéðinsson, one of the defendants in the Guðmundur and Geirfinnur retrial, says that the compensation being offered to his client is too low in comparison with that which has been offered in similar cases. Guðjón was one of five defendants in a retrial of one of the most notorious […] more

Iceland Review,  12 May 2019 3:21 PM
Part of Hverfisgata to be Closed for Construction Over Summer
Hverfisgata between Ingólfsstræti and Smiðjustígur will be closed later this month and will remain so until September 2019. Per an announcement on the City of Reykjavík website, this section of the downtown street will be closed while sewage and cold-water pipes are repaired, just as was recently done at the western end of the street. […] more,  12 May 2019 8:15 AM
Bait, Status Symbol, Messenger
Tumi Kolbeinsson, dove enthusiast. Keeping doves used to be a status symbol in Iceland. more

Iceland Review,  11 May 2019 3:23 PM
Reykjavík to Reduce Gas Stations by Half by 2025
Reykjavík is set to dramatically reduce the number of gas stations in the city by 2030, Vísir reports. Currently, there are 75 gas stations in the capital area, but Reykjavík City Council has approved plans to reduce these to around 37 in the next six years as part of its environmental initiatives. Mayor Dagur B. […] more,  11 May 2019 8:24 AM
Iceland’s Happiest Town
From Djúpivogur. Djúpivogur, the East Fjords, is the only municipality in Iceland to be part of the international Cittaslow movement. more,  10 May 2019 1:01 PM
Sentenced in Iceland for People Smuggling
A Palestinian man, residing in Sweden, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for people smuggling. 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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