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News from Iceland,  07 March 2021 8:07 AM
Hotel Made in Norway to Rise in Iceland
This what Blue Hótel Fagrilundur will look like. A new hotel, Blue Hótel Fagrilundur, will rise at Reykholt, in Bláskógabyggð municipality, Southwest Iceland, this summer. more,  06 March 2021 8:06 AM
Memorial to Rise of First Black Settler in Iceland
From Djúpivogur, the East Fjords. The Icelandic government has approved state funding for the memorial of farmer and merchant Hans Jónatan, believed to have been the first black man to have settled in Iceland. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  05 March 2021 5:10 PM
How to Pronounce Icelandic Volcano: Þráinsskjaldarhraun
If there is something you can rely on in Iceland, it’s that there will eventually be a volcano eruption somewhere—and... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  05 March 2021 3:41 PM
Power cut in Grindavík
The electricity supply in Grindavík stopped earlier this afternoon when the Svartsengi power station went offline. The Blue Lagoon is also without power at the time of writing. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  05 March 2021 2:55 PM
Support for Lazytown museum and restaurant
The council in Borgarnes this week instructed the administrative mayor to continue working with representatives of Upplifunargarður Borgarness (Borgarnes Experience Park) over a site for a new attraction built on the Lazytown franchise. The site needs to house a 2,000-square-metre building and outside facilities, as well as have room for possible future expansion. It would include a museum, studio, and restaurant. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  05 March 2021 2:04 PM
Education minister loses court case
Reykjavík District Court this morning rejected the request from Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education and Culture, to cancel the ruling of the equality complaints committee over the hiring of the permanent secretary at her ministry. As a result, the committee’s ruling stands and the State must pay all of Hafdís Helga Ólafsdóttir’s 4.5 million króna legal costs. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  05 March 2021 12:52 PM
Icelandair set to start flying 737 MAX on Monday
Two Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX jets are scheduled to return to service this month. Icelandair Group director Bogi Nils Bogason says there is no reason to mistrust the planes. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  05 March 2021 12:51 PM
Gender Division In The Economy Is Still High
Nearly twice as many women in Iceland work in fields that require education or expertise than men, Fréttablaðið reports. This... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  05 March 2021 12:38 PM
Icelandic Police Fine Arriving Passenger For Quarantine Breach
Icelandic authorities continue to enforce pandemic control measures at the border and within the country. Earlier this week police spoke... more,  05 March 2021 12:25 PM
Iceland’s COVID-19 Incidence Remains Unique
The COVID-19 situation in Iceland is unique with regard to the 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  05 March 2021 12:03 PM
Norway prison sentence reduced
An appeals court in Tromsø, Norway, yesterday reduced Gunnar Jóhann Gunnarsson’s 13-year sentence, for killing his half-brother, to a five-year sentence. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  05 March 2021 11:56 AM
Discussion About Criminal Groups May Lead To Prejudice Against Immigrants
In an interview with RÚV, Margrét Valdimarsdóttir, criminologist and lecturer at the University of Akureyri, said that a discussion about... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  05 March 2021 11:36 AM
COVID Roundup: No New Domestic Cases, Vaccinations Ramp Up
No new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from Seven people are... more,  05 March 2021 11:24 AM
Could Volcanic Period Be Ahead?
Volcanic systems on the Reykjanes peninsula are shown in pink. The red lines indicate the tectonic plate boundary, where earthquakes are common. Geothermal areas are marked in yellow. Black lines indicate fissure swarms. “If an eruption occurs, it would likely mark the beginning of such a [volcanic] period – lasting a few centuries, I believe.” more,  05 March 2021 10:06 AM
Surprising Series of Seismic Events
Keilir mountain. “We’re trying discern what could happen in this situation, and the possibilities are many.” more,  04 March 2021 11:29 AM
Watch Live: Keilir and Fagradalsfjall
Keilir mountain. As the Icelandic nation holds its breath, wondering whether a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, is imminent, you can watch Keilir and Fagradalsfjall and the lava field in its vicinity live. more,  04 March 2021 10:59 AM
Seismic Activity Increases Again
Seismic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula increased after 5 am, after a relatively calm night. more,  03 March 2021 8:28 PM
Livestream from Area Where Eruption Is Likely
Keilir mountain. Víkurfréttir, the local news service of Reykjanesbær, Southwest Iceland, began streaming live today from the area on the Reykjanes peninsula where an eruption is considered likely to occur. more,  03 March 2021 7:44 PM
‘Like Watching Paint Dry’
Superintendent Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, at the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Superintendent Rögnvaldur Ólafsson is at the coordination center of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, patiently waiting to see how things develop on the Reykjanes peninsula, where an eruption is considered likely. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  03 March 2021 5:49 PM
Increased seismic tremor measured southwest of Keilir at Reykjanes Peninsula
On February 24th 2021, two earthquakes above magnitude M5 were recorded. The larger one, M5.7,  was at 10:05 and at 10:30 a M5.0 was measured. Later that day at 12:37 a M4.8 was recorded. Since the beginning of this unrest 16 earthquakes above  M4 have been recorded and 90 earthquakes above M3. They have been felt widely in the SW part of the country and the larges once in the NW part as far as Ísafjörður. Note that all reviewed earthquakes have occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula, roughly between Kleifarvatn and Svartsengi.more,  03 March 2021 5:11 PM
Eruption Appears Imminent on Reykjanes Peninsula
Keilir mountain. It appears that an eruption is imminent on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland. more,  03 March 2021 12:47 PM
Tested Positive at Border Despite Negative PCR from Abroad
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. Passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport yesterday had presented certificates of negative PCR results from abroad. more,  03 March 2021 11:19 AM
‘Let’s Stay Calm,’ Reykjanesbær Mayor Advises
Keilir mountain. The mayor of Reykjanesbær, Southwest Iceland, Kjartan Kjartanson, sent the residents of Reykjanesbær a letter yesterday, reiterating that town authorities are constantly monitoring developments of the seismic activity near Fagradalsfjall mountain. 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.
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