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Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 February 2021 4:09 PM
Iceland Moves To Reduce Underage Use Of Nicotine
Iceland will attempt to reduce use of nicotine pouches by under-18s if an upcoming parliamentary bill passes into law, strengthening... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 February 2021 2:16 PM
50 People Can Meet and 150 Can Come Together In Schools
New regulations have been announced by Svandís Svavarsdóttir, the Minister of Health, that will take effect as of tomorrow for... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 February 2021 2:01 PM
Iceland’s Political Parties: Who Are These People?
As we regularly report on polls reflecting voter support for Iceland’s political parties, and as elections are coming up this... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  23 February 2021 1:04 PM
Raised assembly limit and sports fans admitted
The general assembly limit will rise from 20 to 50 people starting tomorrow. A maximum of 200 people will be allowed at certain events, subject to other conditions being fulfilled. Those events include plays, concerts, and sporting events. It will mark the first time since last autumn that spectators are allowed at live sporting events. Pubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants will be allowed to stay open an hour later. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 February 2021 12:29 PM
THE PRESENT IS OVER! Sigurður Ámundason Talks Shared Humanity, Small Horrors & Windmills
As a flicker of light appears at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we sat down with the next generation... more,  23 February 2021 12:25 PM
58 Failed to Present Certificates at Border
Chief Superintendent Víðir Reynisson. Of the 706 passengers who arrived in Iceland over the weekend, 58 failed to bring along a certificate, showing negative results of a PCR test for COVID-19, a valid certificate of vaccination for the disease, or proof of prior infection. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  23 February 2021 12:00 PM
Iceland’s VR courtroom
A new Virtual Reality courtroom aims to help victims of sexual crimes. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 February 2021 11:48 AM
Almost 4,000 Privately Owned Pistols In Iceland
Nearly 4,000 pistols have been registered privately in Iceland, with there being 70,000 total firearms registered, RÚV reports. Of all... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  23 February 2021 10:49 AM
Víðir still struggling with COVID effects
Víðir Reynisson, state police civil protection chief, says he still lacks physical stamina and has no sense of taste or smell, three months after suffering from COVID-19 infection. more,  23 February 2021 9:51 AM
WOW Building Torn Down
The fuchsia-colored office building that used to house the headquarters of WOW Air has just been demolished. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2021 3:39 PM
COVID rule relaxation recommendations
Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has presented recommendations for further changes to anti coronavirus contagion rules within Iceland. Among the changes the health minister might make are allowing spectators at sporting events again. He does not recommend significantly relaxing the rules at bars and restaurants at this time, however. The prospect of summer festivals is still on the table this year, he says. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  22 February 2021 2:23 PM
Music experiment indicates hens like the Beatles
Two teenage friends, working with their natural sciences teacher, decided to conduct an experiment on chickens. They counted the number of eggs laid in two days under normal circumstances, and then repeated the count after two days playing the hens Mozart, and again after two days of the Beatles. The results were striking, they say. more,  22 February 2021 12:23 PM
New Consulting Office for Immigrants in Iceland
From left: MP Kolbeinn Óttarsson Proppé,  Joanna Marcinkowska, project manager of New in Iceland, and Minister of Social Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason, at the formal opening of New in Iceland. A new consulting office for immigrants, New in Iceland opened at Laugavegur 116 earlier this month. more,  22 February 2021 11:18 AM
Nine in Police Custody in Connection with Murder Case
The crime was committed on the street Rauðagerði. Nine individuals are in police custody in connection with the murder of an Albanian citizen in his 30s, shot to death in front of his home on the street Rauðagerði, Reykjavík, February 13. more,  22 February 2021 10:19 AM
Some Easing of Restrictions Expected
Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has received a memo from Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, suggesting some easing of domestic COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland. more,  21 February 2021 8:06 AM
Floating Nest to Be Installed for Loon
Common loons by Veiðivötn lakes in the highlands. There are plans to install a floating nest or platform in Vantsdalsvatn lake. more,  20 February 2021 8:02 AM
Bridge to Viðey Island Planned by 2030
At present, Viðey is only accessibly by boat. The City of Reykjavík plans to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, connecting Viðey island to Gufunes point, Reykjavík, by the year 2030. more,  19 February 2021 11:50 AM
Stricter Rules Take Effect at Icelandic Borders
Healthcare workers at Keflavík International Airport. Stricter disease prevention rules took effect at Icelandic borders at midnight. more,  19 February 2021 10:54 AM
‘Ali, John and Juan Pablo Will Live Forever in Our Hearts’
John Snorri Sigurjónsson. The family of Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson posted a statement on Facebook yesterday afternoon. more,  19 February 2021 10:10 AM
Iceland Among Europe’s Safest Countries
Iceland is among Europe’s safest countries, according to Numbeo’s 2021 Crime Index. more,  18 February 2021 1:29 PM
John Snorri and His Companions Presumed Dead
From K2. Mountaineers John Snorri Sigurjónsson, from Iceland, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, from Pakistan, and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto, from Chile, who have been missing on K2 since February 5, are believed to have died on the mountain. more,  18 February 2021 10:41 AM
Police Believe They Have Arrested the Shooter
The police investigation of Saturday’s fatal shooting on the street Rauðagerði, Reykjavík, is proceeding well. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  30 January 2021 9:14 AM
The weather in Iceland in 2020
The year 2020 was stormy. The average wind speed was remarkably high and number of windy days was unusually high.The annual mean temperature at all stations was higher than the 1961 to 1990 mean, but below the average of the last ten years. It was relatively warmer in the East and Northeast but colder in the Southwest and West.The year was wet in the North and East. The annual precipitation in Akureyri has never been higher since the beginning of registration in 1928.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  08 January 2021 3:26 PM
The landslide in Seyðisfjörður is the largest landslide to have damaged an urban area in Iceland
From 15 to 18 December 2020, several landslides hit the town of Seyðisfjörður, destroying or damaging more than 10 buildings. Thankfully, there were no injuries. The largest landslide occurred on 15 December, and it ranks as the most damaging landslide to have affected an urban area in Iceland.more news
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