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The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  20 October 2020 5:25 PM
M5.6 at the Reykjanes peninsula
At 13:43 today (20th of October) an earthquake of M5.6 occurred in Núpshlíðarháls, about 5 km west of the geothermal area in Seltún on the Reykjanes peninsula. The earthquake was felt widely around the country, especially the southern part of the Reykjanes peninsula and in the capital area, which is some 25 km from the epicenter. At this time over 250 aftershocks have been detected, the largest ones in the period between 15:27 and 15:32. The largest was of M4.1, other earthquakes between 3.0 and 3.8. There are no signs of volcanic unrest in the area.more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2020 3:15 PM
Fishing crew skewed infection figures yesterday
It was reported this morning that of the 62 domestic COVID-19 cases identified in Iceland yesterday, only 29 were already in quarantine. It has since been clarified, however, that a further 19 people were on a fishing trawler and therefore unable to infect anybody else. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2020 2:59 PM
Were You More Helgi Or More Katrín? Politicians React To Earthquake
The 5.7 magnitude earthquake which just shook through the capital area was caught on the Althingi broadcast. Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2020 2:09 PM
Still Confused? Simple Restrictions Roundup
Following the expansion of the two-metre-rule throughout the country which took effect at midnight last night, we’ve decided to do... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2020 2:06 PM
Large earthquake rocks much of western Iceland
An earthquake was very clearly felt in the capital region and on Suðurnes at 13.43 this afternoon. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2020 2:02 PM
Massive Earthquake Strikes, Felt Across Southwest Iceland
An enormous earthquake, lasting several seconds but feeling more like an eternity, just struck at 13:43 barely four kilometres away... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2020 1:31 PM
Smelter licence extended by one year
The operating licence for the Rio Tinto aluminium smelter at Straumsvík near Hafnarfjörður has been extended until 1st November 2021. The existing licence was issued in November 2005 and was due to expire at the end of this month. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2020 12:50 PM
Company offers to turn hotel into nursing home
The Sóltún Öldrunarþjónusta elderly care company has made an offer to the Ministry of Health to temporarily take over Oddsson Hotel on Grensásvegur in Reykjavík and run it as a care home. more,  20 October 2020 12:16 PM
62 New Cases of COVID-19: Less than Half in Quarantine
People waiting to be tested for the coronavirus in Reykjavík. According to, 62 new domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2020 12:11 PM
Just Sayings: “Enginn er sá leppalúði að ekki vilja fá sér brúði”.
To be honest, we only picked this idiom because of the word “leppalúði.” In a very loose English translation, the... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2020 12:00 PM
Icelander sentenced in Norway murder case
Gunnar Jóhann Gunnarsson was this morning sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for the killing of his half-brother, Gísli Þór Þórarinsson, at his home in Mehamn in northern Norway on 27th April last year. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2020 11:52 AM
Track By Track: ‘Phantom Plaza’ By RYBA
RYBA’s debut release ‘Phantom Plaza’ was a two-year effort that ended up with a seven person supergroup featuring Heimir Gestur Valdimarsson... more,  20 October 2020 11:10 AM
Unusually Many Fire Victims in Iceland This Year
Firefighters at work in Akureyri, North Iceland. A total of six people have lost their lives in fires in Iceland this year – the highest number this decade. more,  20 October 2020 10:02 AM
Fitness Centers Allowed to Reopen Against Doctor’s Advice
From World Class fitness center, Ögurhvarf. This part of the center will remain closed. New rules regarding disease prevention in Iceland take effect today. more,  19 October 2020 11:45 AM
Mál og Menning Book Store Permanently Closed
All the shelves are now empty. Most people who have visited Reykjavík are no doubt familiar with the Mál og Menning book store, at Laugavegur 18. more,  19 October 2020 10:48 AM
Reykjavík’s Empty Pools: Video
Did you ever wonder what the swimming pools in Reykjavík look like these days, when closed? more,  19 October 2020 10:20 AM
People Urged not to Leave Town; 2-M Rule Nationwide
The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management urges people in the capital area not to travel outside the area for the coming two to three weeks. New rules regarding disease prevention in Iceland take effect tomorrow, October 20. 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,  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,  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

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

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 news
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