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Iceland Review,  18 October 2020 12:13 PM
Two Armed Robberies This Weekend
The police department’s special division arrested a man in Austurvöllur square in downtown Reykjavík around noon on Saturday on suspicion of committing an armed robbery, RÚV reports. The man is suspected of having drawn a knife on employees in a shop on the square. This was among the incidents reported in Saturday’s police blotter. This […] more

Iceland Review,  18 October 2020 11:29 AM
Ninety-Four Ambulance and Six Fire Callouts This Weekend
There were 94 ambulance callouts in the capital area this weekend. Vísir reports that 22 of those were related to COVD-19 and 34 were considered ‘high priority’ calls. No further information was available on the nature of the COVID-19 callouts at time of writing. In addition, the fire department was called six times this weekend. […] more

Iceland Review,  18 October 2020 10:32 AM
Icelanders Say ‘J’adore’ to Pink Poinsettias
A horticulturist in Hveragerði, South Iceland has been experimenting with multicolored poinsettia varieties and given the classic Christmas flower a makeover just in time for the holiday season. RÚV reports that Birgir Steinn Birgisson has successfully cultivated white, yellow, and hot pink poinsettias that will join their traditional red cousins on shelves this November. Birgir […] more

Iceland Review,  18 October 2020 9:17 AM
Lava Caves Closed to Protect Stalagmites and Stalactites
The Environment Agency of Iceland is working to close off access to two caves in the Þeistareykjahraun lava field in North Iceland in order to protect their unique mineral formations, RÚV reports. Geologists have conducted extensive surveys and mapping of the cave system in order to ensure that they don’t miss any point of access […] more,  18 October 2020 8:09 AM
Mom’s Dolls on Display in Ísafjörður
Some of the dolls on display. An interesting exhibition of dolls from all over the world opened not long ago at Búðin, Ísafjörður. more,  17 October 2020 8:11 AM
Converting Coast Guard Ship into Avalanche Museum?
The coast guard ship Ægir. How about converting a coast guard ship into an avalanche museum with overnight accommodation and a restaurant? more

Iceland Review,  16 October 2020 5:18 PM
First COVID-19 Death Since April
A woman in her eighties died from COVID-19 last night at the National University Hospital of Iceland. This is the first death from COVID-19 since the first wave of the pandemic last spring, and the eleventh death from the pandemic in total in Iceland. The hospital released a statement this morning on the death, expressing […] more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 October 2020 3:53 PM
COVID rules extended
Most of the current anti-contagion rules in place in Iceland today will be extended for a further two or three weeks from their original expiry next Monday. In addition, the two-metre rule is returning to the whole country instead of just the capital region as is currently the case. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 October 2020 3:23 PM
What Are Icelanders Talking About? The Top Stories On Everyone’s Minds
There’s a lot going on in the news these days; a great deal of it regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Our... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 October 2020 2:58 PM
The Minister to be shown around the world
The television series Ráðherrann (The Minister), produced by Sagafilm and in collaboration with RÚV, has been confirmed for screening in Australia, Canada, the USA, and several countries in southern Europe. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 October 2020 1:49 PM
112 adds messenger service
Data show that the number of abuse cases rose alongside the coronavirus restrictions this spring, as had been expected. State police chief Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir says the number of abuse reports was up 14 percent compared to last year. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 October 2020 1:45 PM
Húsavík Mayor Takes Salary Cut To Protect Jobs
The Norðurþing local council approved a proposal bý Húsavík mayor Kristján Þór Magnússon to lower his salary by 6% from... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 October 2020 1:43 PM
67 Diagnosed With Coronavirus Yesterday
67 people were diagnosed with coronavirus domestically yesterday, Vísir has reported. This is the lowest number to be diagnosed in... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 October 2020 1:28 PM
First Coronavirus Death In Iceland Since April
One patient died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours in Lansdpítali Hospital. This information is stated on Landspítali’s website,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  16 October 2020 1:24 PM
Should The Voting Age Be Lowered To 16?
A bill has been submitted to parliament attempting to lower the voting age to 16, Vísir reported this morning. The... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 October 2020 1:07 PM
Oldest twins have eyes set on 100th birthday
The oldest identical twins in Iceland, Svanhildur and Hlaðgerður Snæbjörndóttir, celebrated their 98th birthday together this week. No other Icelandic twins are both known to have reached that age—but the sisters say they already have their eyes on 100 years. more,  16 October 2020 12:22 PM
One COVID-19-Related Death in Iceland
Landspítali National University Hospital, Fossvogur. One death from COVID-19 was announced on the website of Landspítali National University Hospital today. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  16 October 2020 12:16 PM
11th COVID death, and test for border testing
Iceland has experienced its first coronavirus death since the pandemic hit the country this spring, bringing the total death toll to 11. 67 new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday, including 50 already in quarantine. Wednesday saw a record-breaking 18 cases picked up in border testing. All were actively infectious, it has now been confirmed. more,  16 October 2020 11:31 AM
Limited Number of Tourists Allowed in Some Ice Caves
From an ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. A limited number of people will from now on be allowed to visit ice caves and to go glacier hiking within five areas in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. more,  15 October 2020 12:16 PM
Unusually Many Test Positive at Border
Þórólfur Guðnason. A total of 18 people tested positive for the coronavirus at Keflavík Iternational Airport yesterday. more,  15 October 2020 11:46 AM
Men Removed from Reykjavík Roof
Trophies, a collection of aluminum statues on the roof of Arnarhvoll, Reykjavík, was removed yesterday. more,  15 October 2020 10:48 AM
Without Disease Prevention Measures, We’d See 3,000 Cases a Day
Víðir Reynisson, Þórólfur Guðnason and Alma Möller. Without any disease prevention efforts, up to 3,000 people a day could be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iceland the latter part of November. more,  14 October 2020 12:38 PM
Will Icelandic Naming Committee Be Abolished?
Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir. Iceland has long been known for its Naming Committee. more,  14 October 2020 10:16 AM
Shocking Unemployment Rates in Parts of Iceland
Roadwork in Grindavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula. The unemployment rate in Suðurnes, Southwest Iceland, has reached new heights. more

IceNews,  14 October 2020 10:00 AM
Advanced frozen fish processing solutions introduced by Valka
Valka has unveiled revolutionary frozen fish processing solutions that feature the technical precision and sophisticated design necessary to produce and ship high-quality products destined for the freezer aisle. The new Aligner Packing Robot and High-Speed Portion Grader for IQF products are part of a new line of frozen fish processing solutions enabling processors to maximise […] more,  13 October 2020 12:17 PM
More than 80 New Cases: Face Masks Widely Used
From Kringlan shopping mall. Many shoppers at Kringla shopping mall, Reykjavík, were wearing face masks yesterday. more,  13 October 2020 11:20 AM
Emergency Call to Report RV Fire Didn’t Go Through
Improvements are needed in the way emergency calls are answered in Iceland. more,  13 October 2020 10:18 AM
About 300 Health Care Workers Ready to Lend a Hand
From Landspítali National University Hospital. Health care professionals in Iceland have answered the call to step in should their services be needed in the fight against COVID-19. more

IceNews,  01 October 2020 2:19 PM
Meet in Reykjavík moves under the umbrella of Promote Iceland
Meet in Reykjavík, the official convention bureau for Reykjavík city and the capital area, has joined forces with Promote Iceland. According to an agreement between  Reykjavík’s city council executive committee, Promote Iceland and Icelandair,  Meet in Reykjavík will be operated  independently  for MICE marketing and serve as both a national convention bureau for Iceland and […] more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  30 September 2020 12:29 PM
The Aviation Color Code for Grímsvötn changed from green to yellow
The Icelandic Met Office has changed the aviation color code for Grímsvötn volcano from green to yellow. Volcanic activity at Grímsvötn has been gradually increasing over time as indicated by several regularly monitored geophysical and geochemical parameters that are now above the known background level.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 news
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