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Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  09 March 2021 3:37 PM
Cancer misdiagnosis claims multiply
The number of women who are working with lawyers because they believe they received inaccurate cervical cancer screening results from the national cancer society is increasing. Six are so far calling for compensation. The right to compensation has been admitted in one case and further similar cases are being processed. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  09 March 2021 2:25 PM
Sýn to sell parts of its infrastructure network
Foreign investors are preparing to sign contracts for the purchase of inactive parts of Sýn's communications infrastructure. Sýn runs Iceland’s Vodafone mobile network and a the country's biggest collection of private media channels. The profit from the sale could be more than six billion krónur, the company's director says. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 March 2021 12:55 PM
Houses In Flateyri At Risk Of Avalanches Receive Protection
Construction is underway to strengthen houses in Flateyri that are at risk of avanlanches, Fréttablaðið reports. The Ísafjörður municipality launched... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  09 March 2021 12:53 PM
Antibiotic use was down before the pandemic
Antibiotic use among people in Iceland went down by nine percent between 2018 and 2019—including by around 11 percent among children below the age of five. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 March 2021 12:51 PM
Unattended Car Rolls Into Children
A car left unattended in Hafnarfjörður on Sunday rolled into a playground where two children were using a swing, striking... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 March 2021 12:43 PM
Controversial “Article 19” Used Against Activists, Statement Issued
Several Icelandic activists face now face criminal penalties, all of them charged with violating Article 19 of the Law on... more,  09 March 2021 12:35 PM
Hoping to Stop the Spread of British Coronavirus Variant in Iceland
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. Two domestic cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday, reports. The individuals diagnosed were not in quarantine. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  09 March 2021 12:00 PM
A volcanic eruption remains a possibility at Reykjanes Peninsula
Updated 09.03. at 12.30About 5:20 this morning, the activity at Mt. Fagradalsfjall, south of the corridor, increased with a sudden increase in seismic tremor. However, the unrest soon decreased. Magma movements are a likely cause for this activity which is very localized to the south of the magma intrusion. The tremor is an indication that the intrusion is expanding.

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 March 2021 11:41 AM
Icelandair: Passenger Numbers Plummet, But Freight Holds Steady
Icelandair has reported that international passenger traffic in February 2021 was only 2% of that in the same period last... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  09 March 2021 11:41 AM
Two more COVID cases outside of quarantine
Two people were diagnosed with COVID-19 within Iceland yesterday, and neither individual was already in quarantine. 16 people are in isolation with the virus and 107 are in quarantine. The 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people now stands at 1.6. A total of 1,581 tests were processed yesterday. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 March 2021 11:34 AM
Janssen’s Vaccine Expected To Be Licensed This Week
Rúna Hauksdóttir Hvannberg, director of the Icelandic Medicines Agency, says that they are preparing for Janssen’s vaccine to receive a... more,  09 March 2021 11:32 AM
Rescue Team Installs Equipment to Increase Safety: Video
Over the weekend, members of the rescue team Þorbjörn from the town of Grindavík, Southwest Iceland, transported a repeater to the area east of Fagradalsfjall mountain. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  09 March 2021 10:57 AM
Air Iceland Connect to disappear
Icelandair Group has announced today that it will unite its domestic and international aviation services under the same brand. From next Tuesday, Air Iceland Connect will be no more, and will instead become Icelandair. more,  09 March 2021 10:18 AM
Likeliest Location for Potential Eruption: Near Fagradalsfjall
The location of the latest tremors. Seismic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula increased considerably at 5:20 this morning. more,  08 March 2021 11:38 AM
Magnificent View from Boeing 737 MAX
A view of Vestmannaeyjar islands. The first scheduled Icelandair flight of a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in about two years was from Keflavík International Airport for Copenhagen this morning. more,  08 March 2021 10:16 AM
Has Cluster of COVID-19 Infections Been Averted?
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. No one tested positive last night in connection with a potential cluster of COVID-19 infections that was feared in Iceland over the weekend. more,  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,  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,  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

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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