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Iceland Review,  01 August 2020 8:58 PM
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Sworn In for Second Term
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was sworn in for his second term as president of Iceland on Saturday, RÚV reports. The ceremony, which took place at Alþingi, was significantly scaled back in deference to tightened social distancing and gathering ban regulations; only 30 people were in attendance. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic featured prominently within the President’s speech, […] more

Iceland Review,  01 August 2020 11:21 AM
Mask Use on Reykjavík Buses Is Not Required
Passengers on riding capital-area Strætó buses will not have to wear masks on board, RÚV reports. This is a revision of the previous regulation, which had only been in effect since Friday at noon. There had been considerable confusion about mask-wearing requirements onboard city buses as per the newly tightened regulations, the public was told […] more,  01 August 2020 8:07 AM
Icelandic Biotech Firm Receives Large European Grant
ORF is known for its BIOEFFECT skin care products. The Icelandic biotechnology company ORF Genetics has been awarded a EUR 2.5 million grant from the Grant Management Services of the European Commission. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  31 July 2020 3:40 PM
COVID-19 In Iceland: Traveller Diagnosed In Akureyri, Family Quarantined
A traveller from abroad has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Akureyri. The individual tested negative for the virus at the... more

Iceland Review,  31 July 2020 2:45 PM
Vigil to Commemorate Nuclear Bombing Victims Will Be Virtual This Year
The annual candle floating ceremony to commemorate the victims of the US nuclear bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will not take place in person at Tjörnin pond in downtown Reykjavík this year, Vísir reports. In deference to the more stringent social distancing measures now in place to quell a recent jump […] more

Iceland Review,  31 July 2020 2:12 PM
Iceland Ranks #1 on Raising a Family Index
Iceland finds itself at the top of another ‘Best Of’ list—this time, “The Raising a Family Index,” compiled by US-based ‘nomadic family’ and travel bloggers Asher & Lyric. Using statistics from 30 international sources and indexes on safety, happiness, cost of living, health, education, and time, the Raising a Family Index (RF) ranked 35 countries […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  31 July 2020 12:17 PM
COVID-19 In Iceland: 11 New Infections, 50 Active Cases
Eleven new domestic infections were detected yesterday, bringing the total number of active infections to 50, according to Nine... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  31 July 2020 12:02 PM
Reykjavík Swimming Pools To Stay Open
Operation at Reykjavík’s swimming pools will be adapted to comply with the new distancing and gathering regulations that will be... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  31 July 2020 11:58 AM
Merchant’s Weekend Amidst New COVID-19 Restrictions
In regards to an increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Iceland, it was announced yesterday that tighter restrictions would be... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  31 July 2020 11:54 AM
The Wait Is Over: Ra:tio Drops Their Debut Album ‘DANS’
Production duo Ra:tio—winner of the ‘One To Watch’ award at the 2020 Grapevine Music Awards—just dropped their first solo album... more,  31 July 2020 11:37 AM
Eleven New Domestic Cases of COVID-19 in Iceland
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is still rising in Iceland. more

Iceland Review,  31 July 2020 10:40 AM
Former PM Says BLM ‘Revives Racism,’ Will Destroy Capitalism and the Nuclear Family
Earlier this week, former Prime Minister and founder of the Centre Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson wrote an article in which he suggests that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement is a “revival of racism” and in which he claims that this ‘Western Cultural Revolution’ “has all the hallmarks of extremism, including religious rites which people […] more,  31 July 2020 10:13 AM
When to Use Face Masks in Iceland
Among new requirements taking effect in Iceland today, aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, is the use of face masks when using public transportation. more,  30 July 2020 12:09 PM
New Restrictions Take Effect in Iceland Tomorrow
Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir, left, at the press conference. Justice Minister Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir is on the right. At a press conference that just ended, the Icelandic government announced new restrictions on public gatherings, to take effect at noon tomorrow, Friday. more,  30 July 2020 10:46 AM
Sequence Analysis Suggests Further Spread of Coronavirus
Kári Stefánsson, forstjóri Íslenskrar erfðagreiningar. Sequence analysis of samples from individuals infected with COVID-19 in Iceland has revealed one more case that includes a variant of the SARS-CoV-2, similar to the one already found in three unrelated groups of people. more,  30 July 2020 9:42 AM
Tighter Restrictions to Be Announced Today in Iceland
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. Today, tighter restrictions on public gatherings in Iceland will be announced by Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir. more,  29 July 2020 11:59 AM
House Fire Investigation Continues
Three people died in the fire. More than 20 witnesses have been questioned with regard to the June 25 Reykjavík house fire at Bræðraborgarstígur 1, in which three people lost their lives, reports. more,  29 July 2020 10:22 AM
Swift Reaction Needed to Contain Spread of COVID-19
Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics. Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics, expects restrictions on public gatherings to be tightened in Iceland, due to a cluster of infections that has developed in recent days. more,  28 July 2020 12:52 PM
Hold Off on Hugging in Iceland
Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir. Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iceland in recent days, the easing of restrictions on public gatherings, originally planned for August 4, will be postponed until August 18. more,  28 July 2020 11:34 AM
Seven Meters of Snow in July
Ploughing through this was no easy task. It is the middle of summer, but plenty of snow remains on some highland roads in Iceland. more,  28 July 2020 10:36 AM
deCode ‘Detectives’ Determined to Solve COVID-19 Riddle
Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics. Trying to solve the riddle of how new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) were carried to Iceland involves a thorough investigation. more,  27 July 2020 12:30 PM
Increased Interest in Visiting Iceland
Tourists in Þingvellir National Park. Since July 16, when German tourists were exempted from coronavirus testing at Icelandic borders, their interest in visiting Iceland has increased. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  23 July 2020 5:50 PM
Update on the activity in the Reykjanes peninsula
Since the intense seismic swarm started in Fagradalsfjall on the 18th of July, the activity has been slowly decreasing over time. The acquisition of recent satellite images enabled mapping of new surface deformation in the area associated with the sequence of large earthquakes which occurred between the 18th and 20th of July. The satellite data processing clearly shows a deformation signal corresponding to approximately 3 centimeters of movement along a NE-SW oriented fault in the region of Fagradalsfjall. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  20 July 2020 6:49 PM
An earthquake swarm in Fagradalsfjall
On 19th July at approximately 01:30 a.m. a seismic swarm commenced in Fagradalsfjall. Over 1700 earthquakes have occurred in this region since. The largest event occurred at 23:36 yesterday evening with a magnitude (M) of 5. Two other events greater than M4 occurred early this morning at 05:46 (M4.6) and 06:23 (M4.3), respectively. In addition, 22 earthquakes greater than M3 have occurred since midnight. Felt earthquakes have been reported by local residents as far Akranes in the west and Vík in the east. The seismic swarm is still ongoing with similar intensity.more

IceNews,  20 July 2020 11:43 AM
Iceland’s Road to Sustainability
There was a seminar held on March 30th in Iceland talking about having a green and sustainable future in the transport company of Iceland. It had gathered a panel of several car industry companies talking about electric and sustainable cars. This would be perfect for Iceland since they are already working towards green hydrogen and […] more

IceNews,  17 July 2020 11:53 AM
Icelanders Reaction after watching Will Farrel’s Eurovision movie
The 2020 American musical comedy which hit on the platform of Netflix makes Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an incredible movie. This musical comedy movie has been directed by David Dobkin and written by Andrew Steele and Will Farrel. This film is based on two lead singers namely Lars Erickssong and […] more news
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