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Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 May 2019 3:59 PM
Coach accident in South Iceland
Rescue teams from Reykjavík in the west to Höfn in the east have been called out following a coach accident at Hof in the Öræfajökull area of South Iceland. 53 people were on board the coach which is now lying on its side. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 May 2019 3:07 PM
Hatari Have “Reached The Limits” Of EBU’s Patience Over Repeated Political Statements
Repeated political statements from Hatari, in particular those critical of the Israeli government, have tested the patience of the European... more,  16 May 2019 2:17 PM
Icelandic President Heads for Winnipeg
Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid. Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid leave today for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to celebrate the centennial of the Icelandic National League of North America. more

Iceland Review,  16 May 2019 1:39 PM
World’s Northernmost Cricket Ground to Open in Iceland
Iceland Cricket will open the world’s northernmost cricket field this month in Hafnarfjörður. At a latitude of 64.07°N, the field will break the record currently held in Umeå, Sweden (63.84°N) by 25km (15.5mi). It will be officially inaugurated on May 24 by President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. The President will toss a coin to […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 May 2019 1:03 PM
Food Of Iceland: Shark and Brennivín
Scared of sharks? Well, Icelanders eat them for breakfast, and what’s more, we drink Brennivín to cleanse the palette afterwards.... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 May 2019 12:41 PM
New Video Series Explores The Richness Of Trans Lives
A new video series from the creators of the Trans Teen Survival guide explores the reality that trans people are... more

Iceland Review,  16 May 2019 12:05 PM
Women Are One Third of Board Members at Iceland’s Largest Companies
In 2018, women made up 33.5% of boards of directors in enterprises employing 50 or more persons. This is the first time the proportion of women as board members of large companies has exceeded one third. For comparison, women were 12.7% of boards of directors in 2007 and 9.5% in 1999. The data comes from […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 May 2019 11:56 AM
142 percent rise in mackerel quota
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea is recommending a total catch quota this year of 770,000 tonnes—which is roughly double the previous recommended maximum catch. The Icelandic authorities are reportedly considering a 108,000-... more

Iceland Review,  16 May 2019 11:38 AM
Planted 10,000 Trees to Offset Carbon Emissions
Last Saturday Iceland Music organised a day of tree-planting at Hekluskógar forest in order to offset carbon emissions generated both from company travel and the Icelandic music industry at large. It was the first such event organised by the company, which has a second planned for June 1. Around 50 volunteers took part in the […] more

Iceland Review,  16 May 2019 11:04 AM
Warm and Wet Summer Forecasted for Iceland
Icelanders should prepare for a warm and wet summer, according to Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson, who released his three-month forecast on yesterday. The forecast covers the period from the beginning of June to the end of August. “Summer weather conditions are characterised by pleasant warmth, especially in the highlands and the north and east,” Einar […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 May 2019 10:59 AM
Longest parliamentary debate in years
Yesterday’s session of Alþingi ran through the night and finally ended at 06.18 this morning. It was one of the longest sessions of parliament since the financial crash. The only topic under discussion was the EU’s Third Energy Package. more,  16 May 2019 10:44 AM
Fifteen DC-3/C-47 Coming to Reykjavík
Fifteen DC-3/C-47 aircraft, like the ones in the picture, will be arriving in Reykjavík next week. Reykjavík Airport is getting ready for the arrival of 15 DC-3/C-47 aircraft next week. more,  16 May 2019 9:14 AM
Iceland Tops KidsRights Index
Iceland ranks first in the international rankings of the 2019 KidsRights Index. more

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

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

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,  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

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

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,  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,  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

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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