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Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  12 July 2019 3:48 PM
Around Iceland with a wheelbarrow
A 21-year-old adventurer is currently walking between nearly all towns and villages in Iceland this summer in support of cancer research. He does not hesitate to walk a hundred kilometres at a time—all the while pushing a sizeable cart. He says the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 July 2019 3:20 PM
The Secret Greenhouse: A Hidden Bathing Paradise At Heydalur
It’s approaching midnight when we turn down Route 633 towards Heydalur. The rough dirt road traces the coastline of Mjóifjörður... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  12 July 2019 3:00 PM
TB hospital an unlikely new attraction
Hælið, the new tuberculosis history centre has opened at the old Kristnes tuberculosis hospital in Eyjafjörður, North Iceland. Hælið features artefacts, photographs, and testimonies and visitors can learn a lot about the people who once stayed at... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 July 2019 2:25 PM
Music News: Cate Le Bon Comes To Iceland, We Boo As Húrra Closes
The Hljómahöll museum venue at Keflavík’s Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll, has announced a concert by Welsh indie star Cate... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  12 July 2019 2:21 PM
Icelandic Hole to become Icelandic House
Work is starting on what has become jokingly known as the Hole of Icelandic Studies at Suðurgata in Reykjavík. The massive hole has been standing open for six years, but work on the House of Icelandic Studies will now start in August. more,  12 July 2019 1:35 PM
Concerned about Foreign Visitors to Farm
The farm Efstidalur II. A total of 16 children have been diagnosed with an E. coli infection in Iceland in recent weeks. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 July 2019 1:33 PM
American Investors Buying Up WOW Air Assets
American investors have paid top dollar for several WOW Air assets, indicating a possible comeback for the bankrupt airline, Fréttablaðið... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  12 July 2019 1:28 PM
George Clooney to film in Iceland
The American actor George Clooney is expected in Iceland this autumn for a new film he is making for Netflix. Clooney will both direct and star in the film which is based on the book Good Morning, Midnight. more

Iceland Review,  12 July 2019 12:59 PM
The Hulk Learns Icelandic
A new, boutique publishing house called DP-IN will focus on bringing Marvel comics to Icelandic fans in their native language, Vísir reports. Publisher Bjarni Gautur Eydal wants young Icelanders to have the opportunity to read about their favorite superheroes in Icelandic, rather than having no alternative but to read them in English. Superhero series used to […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 July 2019 12:20 PM
E. Coli Outbreak Raises Worries About Infection Spreading Further
Sixteen children have been diagnosed with the bacterial infection, and concerns have been raised that tourists may spread it further,... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  12 July 2019 12:12 PM
Racing driver takes over Samskip Europe
Icelandic shipping company Samskip has hired Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as head of its European operations starting on 1st August. He has been in charge of the Finnish shipper Containerships since 2012 and has been competing in motorsport for many years. more,  12 July 2019 11:10 AM
Iceland's Resolution Regarding Philippines Approved by UN
Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson. The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution, sponsored by Iceland, to launch an independent investigation into alleged crimes committed during the Philippine government’s war on drugs. more

Iceland Review,  12 July 2019 10:58 AM
Fewer Mated Arctic Fox Pairs in Hornstrandir Than Last Year
Hornstrandir Nature Preserve in the Westfjords has half the number of arctic fox pairs with young than it usually does at this time of year, RÚV reports. The drop in the number of mated pairs comes even as the animals’ territory has doubled in size. Human foot traffic through the area is thought to disturb […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 July 2019 10:14 AM
Reykjavík Events: Mr. Silla, Jae Tyler, Varðað & lowercase night!
There’s absolutely no excuse for you not to have a majestic weekend with these events going on. Friday, July 12th... more,  12 July 2019 9:44 AM
Will Americans Resurrect WOW Air?
American air operators have purchased the flight operation assets of the bankrupt estate of WOW Air. more

Iceland Review,  12 July 2019 9:43 AM
Ninety Hours of Sunshine So Far This Month
July in Reykjavík has gotten off to a warm start—by Icelandic standards, at least. The average temperature in the capital area thus far this month has been 11.6°C [52.8 °F]. This is 1.3 degrees above the average July temperatures from 1961 to 1990, and .2 degrees over the July average for the last ten years. These […] more

Iceland Review,  12 July 2019 9:31 AM
Bra Fence in Brekkukot Continues to Grow
The fence surrounding Brekkukot farm near the Eyjafjöll mountains tends to capture passing drivers’ attention. Unlike most other fences you’ll drive by on your way around Iceland, this one is covered in bras. Seven years have passed since the first bra was placed on the fence, and it appears that the tradition won’t stop any […] more

Iceland Review,  11 July 2019 1:39 PM
New Museum Examines the History of Tuberculosis in Iceland
Hælið, a new museum dedicated to the history of tuberculosis (TB) in Iceland, opened in Kristnes in North Iceland earlier this month. RÚV reports that the museum is located on the grounds of a former sanatorium for patients suffering from what was dubbed “the white death,” both in and outside of Iceland. Its collection includes […] more

Iceland Review,  11 July 2019 1:07 PM
Philippine Minister of Foreign Affairs Against Iceland-Led Investigation
In a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting yesterday, Iceland proposed that the Philippine war on drugs be investigated. The proposition is supported by 28 other nations and led by Iceland. The proposition has been met with resistance from the Philippines, most notably when Philippine Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted that he […] more

Iceland Review,  11 July 2019 11:25 AM
Sigurður Becomes Sigríður in First Legal Gendered Name Change
The first person to legally change their name following rule changes for sexual independence has changed their name. The man in question is a farmer whose new name is Sigríður Hlynur Helguson Snæbjörnsson, a change from his previous name Sigurður Hlynur Helguson Snæbjörnsson. Sigríður is one of the more popular woman names in the country. […] more,  11 July 2019 11:10 AM
Man Named after His Grandma Sigríður
Sigríður Hlynur is pleased with the name change. “This is a total victory; my name is Sigríður Hlynur!” more,  11 July 2019 10:09 AM
Red Dot Awards Architects of Hotel by Blue Lagoon
From the hotel library. Basalt architects and Design Group Italia recently received a Red Dot Award in the category Best of the Best - a coveted design award – for their design of the hotel The Retreat at Blue Lagoon more,  11 July 2019 9:56 AM
E. Coli-Infected Baby in Serious Condition
The Icelandic Children's Hospital. A five-month-old baby boy, infected by E. coli in an outbreak traced to a farm in Southwest Iceland, is in serious condition. more

Iceland Review,  10 July 2019 4:13 PM
Student Loans to Become Student Support
Minister of Education Lilja Alfreðsdóttir has published a bill for new laws regarding the Icelandic Student Loan Fund on the government’s Consultation Gateway.  The bill suggests implementing a new student grant system parallel to the student loan system and to change the name of the fund to the Icelandic Student Support Fund. The most notable […] more,  10 July 2019 1:42 PM
E. Coli Traced to Farm in Southwest Iceland
Efstidalur II, Southwest Iceland. The E. coli infection, which so far has affected ten children in the capital area, has now been traced to the travel service farm Efstidalur II, Southwest Iceland. more

Iceland Review,  10 July 2019 12:52 PM
WAB air to Rise from the Ruins of WOW Air
Two ex-directors at the now defunct airline WOW air are working on founding a new low-fare airline from the ruins of WOW air. The twosome is working on raising the airline from the ground with investors. It is planned that WAB air becomes operational next fall. According to plans, the airline will operate six airplanes […] more,  10 July 2019 10:52 AM
New Icelandic Airline in the Making?
A group of investors and two former WOW Air directors are currently working with an Irish investment fund to establish a new Icelandic low-cost airline on the basis of WOW, Fréttablaðið reports. more,  10 July 2019 9:38 AM
Congratulations, Great-Great-Great-Grandpa!
Lárus Sigfússon. Lárus Sigfússon got great news on July 7: his great-great-great-granddaugter was born. more,  09 July 2019 3:17 PM
Permit for Hydropower Plant in West Fjords Contested by Environmentalists
From Hvalá river. Four environment associations have filed a complaint to the Environmental and Natural Resources Complaints Board, contesting the decision on June 13 by Árneshreppur district to grant Vesturverk a development permit for the first phase of Hvalá hydropower plant in Ófeigsfjörður fjord, the West Fjords. more,  09 July 2019 11:47 AM
Sounds Hot? Floating Pools and Geothermal Tea
Floating pools, beer brewed with geothermal water, and geothermal tea – all this will be on offer at new nature baths, Vök Baths. more

Iceland Review,  09 July 2019 10:06 AM
Westfjords Power Plant Development Contested by Environmentalists
Four nature conservation associations have brought charges against the development permit the municipal government of Árneshreppur issued for the first phase of the Hvalárvirkjun power plant in the Westfjords. Icelandic environment association,  Iceland Nature Conservation Association, Young Environmentalist Association and Rjúkandi demand that construction will be halted until the Environment and Natural Resources Complaints Committee […] more,  09 July 2019 10:01 AM
Scientists and Flying Assistants to Surtsey
Surtsey island. The assistants will take pictures from the air. A group of scientists will be traveling to Surtsey island later this month, bringing along two flying assistants, one of them winged. 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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