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Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 June 2019 1:45 PM
Flowers In Town: Blóm Í Bæ Festival Brings Hveragerði To Life
The annual Blóm í Bæ festival (“Flowers in Town,” in English) is happening for the eighth time this weekend in... more,  16 June 2019 12:05 PM
Name of Dame Must be Ragnheiður
Top row, from left: Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður, Ragnheiður... at RagnheiðurGunnarsdóttir's home. Have you ever heard of an association where the sole requirement for becoming a member is to be named Ragnheiður? more

Iceland Review,  16 June 2019 3:36 AM
First Summer Ferry Arrives in Seyðisfjörður
The first summer ferry docked in in the East Fjords town of Seyðisfjörður yesterday, RÚV reports. During its first visit of the summer, the ferry was carrying 750 passengers, 120 crew members, and 400 vehicles. This was the first of eleven planned journeys that the Norröna, operated by the Danish company Smyril Line, will make […] more

Iceland Review,  16 June 2019 3:36 AM
Six Hundred Jobs Could Be Lost in Next Six Months
As many as 600 jobs may be lost within the next six months, Kjarninn reports. This per a recent survey of managers at the 400 largest companies in Iceland, which was conducted by Gallup on behalf of SA, the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, and the Central Bank of Iceland. The surveyed managers’ assessments of the […] more

Iceland Review,  15 June 2019 2:36 PM
Bolungarvík to Use Piglets for Weed Control
The village of Bolungarvík in Northwest Iceland welcomed its two newest residents last night: a pair of piglets. Vísir reports that the animals have been brought in with the hopes that they will help to root out the glut of wild chervil that has been plaguing the local environment. This is an experimental project that […] more

Iceland Review,  15 June 2019 2:36 PM
Fewer Tourists, Less Beer Sold
Dropping tourism numbers have led to a decline in beer sales throughout the country, RÚV reports. Even so, Gunnar B. Sigurgeirsson, Vice President of the Ölgerðin brewing company says that he believes the market is recovering, in part due to good summer weather and fewer Icelanders going abroad this summer than last year. Both Gunnar […] more,  15 June 2019 8:04 AM
New Book on Iceland in World War II
Part of the book cover of 'Iceland in World War II.' A new book in English on Iceland in World War II has just hit the shelves in Iceland. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  14 June 2019 3:52 PM
Wrestling in Iceland for Joy Division
Icelandic directing duo Hörður Sveinsson and Helgi Jóhannsson are among the ten directors tasked with creating new videos to songs on the Unknown Pleasures album by Joy Division, which will be 40 years old tomorrow, Saturday. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  14 June 2019 3:26 PM
Some highland routes now open for summer
Many routes across the highlands of central Iceland are now open for traffic, Vegagerðin (the Road and Coastal Administration) has confirmed. People driving on highland tracks have been liable to fines until now, as the landscape is extremely... more

Iceland Review,  14 June 2019 2:36 PM
Construction Approved on New Hydroelectric Power Plant
A preliminary construction permit for a hydropower plant was approved by the Árneshreppur municipal council in the Westfjords on Wednesday, reports. The plant will be located in the remote Strandir region, near the Hvalá river on Ófeigsfjörður fjord, which contains the most running water of any river in the Westfjords. The magnitude of the […] more

Iceland Review,  14 June 2019 1:50 PM
“Icelanders know these changes from personal experience”
German president Frank-Walter Steinmeir accompanied Icelandic president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson on a visit to the Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland, where children and teens attending the Hvolsskóli school in the town of Hvolsvöllur have been taking regular measurements of the glacier’s retreat since 2010. RÚV reports that the students shared their most recent, and rather […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 June 2019 1:39 PM
VIDEO: Life Of A Snowmobile Tour Guide In Iceland
Snowmobiling in Iceland is an increasingly popular perennial activity that people from around the world have been seeking out more... more,  14 June 2019 11:56 AM
Best Nest on Top of Flagpole
The redwing in its nest, on top of the flagpole. A couple of redwings in North Iceland may have found the safest nesting place there ever was. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 June 2019 10:32 AM
War Of The Nerds: The Odd Battle Of The Roundabouts
Let’s just be honest about it: roundabouts are nightmarish and confusing structures. It’s like a saddening metaphor for the pointless... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 June 2019 10:19 AM
Edda Recap: The Poem of Hymir
In this series, I illuminate the individual poems of the Edda—that most famous, epic masterpiece of Icelandic literary tradition—with humour,... more

Iceland Review,  14 June 2019 10:17 AM
Seal Pup Born at Reykjavík Zoo Raises Ethical Concerns
Kobba, one of two female seals that live at the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo gave birth to a seal pup on Tuesday night, Vísir reports. While the pup, who has yet to be sexed by zoo staff, is feeding well and appears to be in good health, following its mother wherever she goes, its […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  14 June 2019 10:11 AM
Laugavegur traffic direction reversed
Traffic flow is reversed along a section of Laugavegur starting from today, allowing cars to drive up the road in the direction of Hlemmur for the first time in over a hundred years. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 June 2019 9:55 AM
Reykjavík Events: Kiasmos, Í Kring & Lucy In Blue!
Monday is a holiday and we’ve never been so excited. Prepare for some of the best weather Reykjavík has seen... more,  14 June 2019 9:39 AM
More Businesses Oppose Salmon Farming in Open-Net Pens
Salmon farming in the East Fjords. Numerous businesses have publicly declared support for the initiative Against the Current (Á móti straumnum). more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  14 June 2019 9:36 AM
Westfjords enjoying property boom
The housing market in the Westfjords region has been particularly lively in recent years and annual turnover of property is proportionately higher in the region than elsewhere. Property prices in the Westfjords have gone up by 35 percent in one year. more

Iceland Review,  14 June 2019 9:09 AM
Parliament Lifts Sunday Bingo Ban
A bill lifting the legal ban on public gatherings and gambling on religious holidays was passed by Alþingi on Tuesday, RÚV reports. Per a law that went into effect in 1997, it was technically illegal for Icelanders to engage in any form of gambling – such as bingo or the lottery – or to hold […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  13 June 2019 3:54 PM
Set to get her nationality back again
Alþingi’s Judicial Affairs and Educational Committee has put forth a bill to award Icelandic citizenship to 32 people. Among the names is 93-year-old Ída Jónasdóttir Herman, who lost her citizenship when she married an American soldier in the Second... more,  13 June 2019 2:14 PM
Can’t Afford Being Your Little Sister
A view over Ísafjörður, the West Fjords. The Icelandic town of Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, has rejected an application from the mayor of the Polish town Ustrzyki Dolne, who sought to establish a sister-city agreement between the two towns. more

Iceland Review,  13 June 2019 1:52 PM
Scent of an Island
For thousands of years, man has been extracting scent from plants for his pleasure and physical well-being. Despite this long history, Iceland has been lagging behind. more

Iceland Review,  13 June 2019 1:35 PM
Sand Flies Accost Icelanders
Sand flies, also known as biting midge, have been accosting Icelanders earlier this spring than in past years, RÚV reports. The bugs are known to prey on humans and animals while they’re asleep, and their painful bites cause itchy lesions. Insect specialist Erling Ólafsson told Vísir the unseasonably warm weather in South and West Iceland […] more,  13 June 2019 11:45 AM
HEIMAt – Two Worlds
German women, just arrived in Iceland, June 8, 1949. The exhibition HEIMAt – Two Worlds opens today at Árbær Open Air Museum. more,  13 June 2019 9:45 AM
Drought Affects Salmon Fishing
The situation in Kjarrá/Þverá river is unprecedented. “There is no water in the river. I’ve never seen it like this,” states Þórður Þorsteinsson, who works as a guide by Kjarrá/Þverá river. more,  12 June 2019 2:52 PM
How Dried Fish is Made
Attending to the fish. One of the most popular snacks in Iceland is dried fish. more,  12 June 2019 9:57 AM
Risk of Wildfires in West and South Iceland
All of us can help prevent wildfires. Drought in West and South Iceland has created a risk of wildfires. more,  11 June 2019 9:20 PM
Iceland Beats Turkey 2:1
Aron Einar Gunnarsson, left, and Kári Árnason, right, celebrate with Ragnar Sigurðsson, after his goal. At Laugardalsvöllur arena in Reykjavík tonight,the Icelandic men’s national soccer team beat Turkey 2:1. more,  11 June 2019 12:02 PM
Unusually Warm Weather Ahead
The map shows today's temperature forecast for 4 pm. Unusually warm weather is in the maps for Iceland today and tomorrow. more,  11 June 2019 10:20 AM
Family Was Onboard Plane that Crashed
The plane wreck near Múlakot, South Iceland. A family was onboard the small plane that crashed in South Iceland Sunday night. 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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