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Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 August 2020 3:22 PM
Last Words: Disney Minus
With the new ‘Mulan’ to hit Disney Plus in lieu of theatres on September 4th and a live-action ‘Hercules’ recently... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 August 2020 3:22 PM
Ask A Linguist: What Do Icelanders Find Difficult About The Icelandic Language?
Icelandic is a notoriously difficult language that even native speakers often struggle with. But what exactly do they find difficult?... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 August 2020 3:21 PM
A Day In The 900: Food, Folks, And Fulmars In The Westman Islands
In a country already known for its isolation and dazzling nature, the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) still manage to feel especially... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 August 2020 3:08 PM
Well, You Asked: Undercover Librarians
Got a burning question? In desperate need of advice? We at the Grapevine are here to help. What happened to... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  14 August 2020 3:03 PM
COVID-19 In Iceland: Double Screening And 4-5 Day Quarantine For All Arrivals
From August 19th, all travellers arriving in Iceland will be required to undergo two COVID-19 screenings and quarantine for 4-5... more,  14 August 2020 2:37 PM
Travelers to Iceland to Be Tested Twice, Starting August 19
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir. At a press conference that just ended, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced that starting Wednesday, August 19, every person arriving in Iceland will be tested for the coronavirus at the border, required to spend four to five days in quarantine, and subsequently be tested for the virus again. more

Iceland Review,  14 August 2020 11:58 AM
Glacial Flood May Have Begun at Grímsvötn Volcano
There are indications that a glacial flood may have begun at Grímsvötun volcano under the Vatnajökull ice cap in Southeast Iceland, RÚV reports. Chief Superintendent of South Iceland police Oddur Árnason confirmed that police have been advised about the likeliness that a jökulhlaup is underway, but currently, the only solid data to confirm this is […] more,  14 August 2020 11:57 AM
Next Steps in Border Testing to Be Presented Today
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, center. The Icelandic government will hold a press conference this afternoon. more

Iceland Review,  14 August 2020 10:59 AM
Over One Hundred Infections Linked to Same Group Infection
There have been 127 domestic infections diagnosed with COVID-19 since June 15, including six cases that were diagnosed on Wednesday. RÚV reports that 120 of the infections have the same virus mutation and have, therefore, been connected to the same group infection that emerged at the end of July. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason says that […] more,  14 August 2020 10:09 AM
Twenty-One Suns Shine on Icelandic Weather Map
The forecast for today. Count the suns. It is a rare sight to see 21 suns shining on the Icelandic weather map, but such is the case today. more

Iceland Review,  14 August 2020 10:00 AM
Thirty-Hour Hot Water Shutdown Throughout Capital Area Next Week
Large parts of the capital area will be without hot water for 30 hours in the coming week due to construction work being undertaken by utility company Veitur. RÚV reports that the service suspension will affect roughly 50,000 residents. Veitur PR rep Ólöf Snæhólm Baldursdóttir said that hot water service will be suspended in order […] more

Iceland Review,  14 August 2020 9:26 AM
With Bars Closing Early, Police Receiving More Noise Complaints
Capital-area police have received nearly three times the number of noise complaints this summer as they did three years ago, Vísir reports. Chief Superintendent Ásgeir Þór Ásgeirsson credits the jump to an increase in house parties now that downtown bars are required to close at 11 pm, as opposed to their pre-COVID last call of […] more

Iceland Review,  13 August 2020 12:49 PM
Spectators Allowed at Sporting Events Starting Friday
As of Friday, contact sports will be allowed to resume in Iceland and spectators will be allowed to attend matches and sporting events, Vísir reports. See Also: Most Current Gathering and Distancing Regulations Extended Even though spectators will be allowed, the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) was tasked with setting more specific […] more,  13 August 2020 12:08 PM
Norway to List Iceland as ‘Red’
Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson. As of midnight, Friday, Norway will list Iceland as ‘red’ on its coronavirus map. more,  13 August 2020 9:33 AM
Some Restrictions to Be Eased in Iceland Tomorrow
From yesterday's press conference. Some restrictions, enacted to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland, will be eased tomorrow, Friday. more,  12 August 2020 11:57 AM
Record Heat in Egilsstaðir
Residents took a dip in Eyvindará river. The highest temperature recorded in Iceland this summer registered at Egilsstaðir Airport, East Iceland, yesterday. more,  12 August 2020 10:54 AM
Will Tourists Be Tested Twice?
Víðir Reynisson, Þórólfur Guðnason and Alma Möller. There is no reason to tighten restrictions domestically in Iceland at this point. more,  12 August 2020 9:41 AM
Icelandair and Boeing Reach Agreement
Icelandair Group has reached an agreement with all its creditors, in addition to reaching a final settlement with Boeing regarding the impact of the aircraft manufacturer’s grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft last year. more,  11 August 2020 12:28 PM
No New Domestic Case of COVID-19
For the first time since July 24, no new domestic case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Iceland yesterday. more,  11 August 2020 11:33 AM
Beware of Swelling Rivers
Krossá river in Þórsmörk. Heavy rain in recent days has caused rivers and creeks in South and West Iceland to swell. more,  11 August 2020 10:19 AM
Narrow Escape on Reynisfjara Beach
The man had to run for his life. On Saturday, a photographer on Reynisfjara beach, South Iceland, made a narrow escape from a huge wave that hit the spot where he was standing. more,  10 August 2020 12:55 PM
Crowded Bars in Capital Area
Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson. Saturday night, police officers visited 24 bars and restaurants in Reykjavík and vicinity to make sure that rules regarding disease prevention and restrictions on public gatherings were being followed. more

IceNews,  03 August 2020 5:18 PM
Iceland Aviation Academy – One of the largest flight schools in the Nordic countries
Keilir Aviation Academy and the Icelandic Flight School recently merged under the name Iceland Aviation Academy.  The Icelandic Flight School was established in 1998 and had until last Spring graduated over 2,000 students including 883 from their ATPL program. Since Keilir Aviation Academy was established a decade ago, the school has graduated over 400 professional […] 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 news
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