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News from Iceland,  09 July 2020 9:58 PM
Icelandair to help repatriate stranded Armenians and Americans
Iceland is equidistant from Los Angeles and Yerevan and the flights will make a short stop in Keflavik. The first Armenia-bound flight takes off on July 11th. more,  09 July 2020 7:34 PM
Hospital workers to quarantine without pay after trips abroad
In light of new national guidelines hospital staff can not return to work immediately after trips abroad. New guidelines require those resident in Iceland to self-quarantine for five days and get tested twice for Covid-19. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 July 2020 3:47 PM
Travel Like A Tourist: Journeying Through Iceland Like An Icelander
Presenting: The Ultimate Grapevine Travel Iceland Guide. Scroll down for our favourite places in the north, east, south, west and... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 July 2020 2:46 PM
Report Warns Of Devastating Toll Of COVID-19 On Icelandic Music Industry
It will come as no surprise to anyone that COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Icelandic music industry hard, but a... more,  09 July 2020 1:56 PM
Candy nostalgia leads to hoarding
Icelandic children in costume on Ash Wednesday, dressed up as boxes of Opal liquorice. A chloroform-infused liquorice has been brought back to life. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 July 2020 1:43 PM
‘This Is Not A Show’ – Bára Halldórsdóttir’s Installation Sheds Light On Life For The Disabled
Activist and artist Bára Halldórsdóttir is back with an installation piece entitled ‘This Is Not A Show’. “This is not... more

Iceland Review,  09 July 2020 1:34 PM
Prison Closure in Akureyri Faces Opposition
The Minister of Justice says the planned closure of Akureyri Prison in North Iceland will allow for better use of funding within the prison system. Six hundred and thirty-eight people are on a waiting list to serve sentences due to lack of space in prisons, RÚV reports. The decision has faced opposition from the City […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 July 2020 11:48 AM
One To Two Accidents Involving Electric Scooters A Day
Every day, one to two people land in the emergency room due to accidents on electric scooters, Vísir reports. The... more

Iceland Review,  09 July 2020 11:45 AM
Record Real Estate Movement in May and June
Movement on Iceland’s real estate market broke records in May and June, increasing by around 50% compared to the same period last year. Banks also approved a record ISK 22.3 billion ($159 million/€140.5 million) in new housing loans in May. Experts say historically low interest rates have encouraged buyers, despite the downturn caused by the […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 July 2020 11:28 AM
Flight Attendants Reject Agreement With Icelandair
The majority of the members of Iceland’s flight attendants union (FFÍ) denied a new collective bargaining agreement signed by the... more

Iceland Review,  09 July 2020 10:32 AM
Cabin Crew Rejects Icelandair’s Second Contract Offer
Members of the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (FFÍ) have voted down the collective agreement signed by Icelandair and the association late last month. It’s the second contract to be rejected by the members in what FFÍ’s chairperson has called “very heavy and complicated” negotiations. The contract was voted down by 72.65% of voters, while 26.46% […] more,  08 July 2020 9:25 PM
Seven Covid-19 cases discovered at border screening
Of the 59 cases detected at the border since June 15th only 11 individuals had a confirmed active infection. The majority of Covid-positive samples are from individuals who do not have an active infection. more,  08 July 2020 6:55 PM
Three who died in June fire were Polish nationals
The fire of June 25th shocked the nation and shone a light on the sometimes poor living conditions of migrant workers in Iceland. A fourth person injured in the fire remains in intensive care more

Iceland Review,  08 July 2020 1:40 PM
Iceland Will Combine COVID-19 Samples to Increase Testing Capacity
The National University Hospital’s Virology Department will process COVID-19 test samples in groups of 10 in order to raise its testing capacity to 2,000 samples per day, RÚV reports. Private pharmaceutical company deCODE genetics announced two days ago it would halt its participation in Iceland’s COVID-19 testing after July 13, leading many to question whether […] more

Iceland Review,  08 July 2020 11:49 AM
Case Against Whaling Company Could Lead to Its Dissolution
Three shareholders of whaling company Hvalur hf. have sued the company, demanding to redeem their shares for the amount of ISK 1,563,000,000 ($11.2m/€9.9m) plus penal interest, Vísir reports. The shareholders have just over a 5.3% stake in the company. Hvalur hf.’s CEO says there is a chance the case could force the company to dissolve. […] more,  07 July 2020 10:28 PM
National University Hospital to handle Covid-19 testing at the border
The number of samples collected at the border has increased day by day since testing became mandatory on June 15th. The testing crisis has been resolved after deCode's surprise departure more,  07 July 2020 12:17 PM
Where nature feels enormous
The exhibition tells the stories and legends of the highlands in a captivating way. more,  06 July 2020 9:27 PM
“Absolutely impossible” to take over testing next Tuesday
The National University Hospital does not have the capacity to perform Covid-19 tests  on visitors to Iceland on top of the regular testing that takes place  daily in the virology department. The virology department is still waiting for new equipment needed to process the very high number of daily samples from passengers arriving in Iceland. more,  06 July 2020 4:50 PM
Covid testing on arrival in limbo
The Covid-19 testing gates at Keflavik Airport can currently process about 2.000 passengers a day. deCode has given the Icelandic government a week's notice to take over the testing facility at Keflavik Airport more,  06 July 2020 1:50 PM
Quarantined policemen go without pay
There have been several cases of policemen self-quarantining after interacting with individuals infected with COVID-19. Policemen who have been forced to self-quarantine after interacting with people with Covid-19 have not received pay for the days they are away from work. more,  05 July 2020 8:01 AM
Feeling Free in Iceland
Monika Maier-Albang. Monika Maier-Albang, a journalist for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, tells Morgunblaðið that coming to Iceland gives her a sense of freedom. more,  04 July 2020 8:11 AM
Tiny Visitor Gets Attention
The collared pratincole. A tiny visitor, never seen in Iceland before and not subject to any sort of testing at the border, has made a landing in Garður on the Reykjanes peninsula. more

IceNews,  24 June 2020 1:18 AM
The High North begins to carefully open up for visitors
Nordic and Nordic-Arctic countries are beginning to carefully open up from COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions. Greenland which was on total lockdown for over three months, even domestically, has opened its borders, but arrivals are limited to visitors from Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Authorities in the Faroe Islands sent early on a clear […] more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  22 June 2020 7:20 AM
A strong earthquake swarm offshore North Iceland
A strong earthquake swarm started on 19th of June offshore North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. Three earthquakes above M5.0 have occurred since the swarm started. On 20th of June a M5.4 earthquake occurred at 15:05 and a M5.6 at 19:26. Both these earthquakes were located around 20 km NE of Siglufjörður. The largest earthquake of the swarm occurred on 21st of June at 19:07 and was M5.8.more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  16 June 2020 2:45 PM
Evidences that Grímsvötn volcano is getting ready for the next eruption
During its active period, as it is since the eruption in 1996, Grímsvötn erupts on average each 5-10 years. The last eruption occurred in 2011 and it was a fairly large and powerful event. Between eruptions, the deformation data indicate the gradual accumulation of new magma at depth and the increased pressure in the system. In the last weeks scientists from the IMO measured SO2 in the southwest corner of the caldera in Grímsvötn, close to where the last eruptions in 2004 and 2011 took place.more

IceNews,  21 May 2020 8:06 PM
Awarding Destination Iceland campaign to M&C Saatchi UK leads to a lawsuit
In Iceland, like elsewhere, authorities have reacted in diverse ways to the negative economic impact of COVID-19. Amongst projects included in the government’s a stimulus packages aimed at protecting jobs and businesses in the country’s all-important tourism industry, was the funding of a 300 million ISK marketing project for Íslandsstofa, Promote Iceland. That project is […] more news
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