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Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  08 April 2021 2:51 PM
Tunnel bomb was biggest improvised device to date
The investigation into a home-made bomb that was detonated inside North Iceland’s Ólafsfjarðargöng road tunnel last month is still in full swing. It was the biggest improvised device ever used for such an act in Iceland and the punishment could be up to six years’ imprisonment. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 April 2021 2:02 PM
Fewer People In Prison Than Majority Of Europe, But The Number Is Rising
Iceland is on the list of European countries where the number of prisoners has steadily increased the most proportionally. From... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 April 2021 1:57 PM
Chief Epidemiologist Has Sent New Proposals To The Government Regarding Border Control
At an information meeting this morning, Þórólfur Guðnason, the chief epidemiologist, announced that he has sent new proposals to the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 April 2021 1:42 PM
90% Of Icelandic Executives Expect An Increase In Cyberattacks This Year
According to the result of a Gallup poll conducted for Origo, 90% of Icelandic company executives expect cyberattacks to increase... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  08 April 2021 1:23 PM
Westfjords imported new dentist
British dentist Christian Lee this year moved to Ísafjörður following an international recruitment drive by the Westfjords healthcare agency. He is now one of two dentists working in the region. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  08 April 2021 12:32 PM
“Don’t travel overseas,” Þórólfur reminds
Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason had reiterated official advice calling on residents of Iceland to avoid all non-essential overseas travel to high-risk countries. All countries apart from Greenland are currently categorised as high-risk. Meanwhile, four new domestic coronavirus cases were diagnosed yesterday and all were in quarantine already. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 April 2021 12:15 PM
City Council Issues Guidelines For Pools & Gyms To Welcome Trans People
Iceland’s gender determination act, which was passed in 2019, emphasised that trans people have the same rights as cis people... more,  08 April 2021 12:15 PM
Watch the Lava Streams Connect: Video
An aerial view of the lava stream. When the third fissure opened Tuesday night at the eruption site in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland, lava streams from the three fissures gradually connected, forming one continuous line of lava and fire. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 April 2021 11:17 AM
COVID Roundup: Four Domestic Cases, All In Quarantine At Diagnosis
Four new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from All of them... more,  08 April 2021 11:16 AM
New COVID-19 Regulation to Take Effect A.S.A.P.
Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir. Landsréttur, the Icelandic appellate court, yesterday dismissed a case regarding the mandatory stay at a quarantine hotel for travelers coming from high-risk COVID-19 countries. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  08 April 2021 11:07 AM
Lava flows have merged
The volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula is creating lava flows from three locations in a roughly kilometre-long area. All three locations are part of the same magma dyke and the flow of lava from them into Geldingadalir and Meradalir valleys has now merged into one lava field. The above drone footage, taken during snowfall yesterday, shows the extent of the landscape change. more,  08 April 2021 10:10 AM
Webcam Destroyed by Stream of Lava
It was a hopeless battle. Yesterday, you may have noticed that one of’ webcams was down due to technical problems. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  08 April 2021 10:02 AM
Quarantine case thrown out, questions remain
The Landsréttur appeals court neither confirmed nor rejected the Reykjavík District Court verdict that it is not legal to force Icelandic residents returning from high-risk countries to spend their five days’ quarantine at a specific hotel. The case was instead thrown out, which means the lower court’s ruling stands. more,  07 April 2021 12:05 PM
Disease Prevention Efforts in Iceland Jeopardized?
The sign reads: "Warning! COVID-infected home. 2 m. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason states that yesterday’s ruling by the Reykjavík District Court could jeopardize disease prevention efforts in Iceland. more,  07 April 2021 10:09 AM
Third Fissure Opens in Fagradalsfjall: New Webcam
A view of the eruption from Hafnarfjörður last night. The eruption saga in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland continues. more,  06 April 2021 1:06 PM
Red Lava River at Dusk: Video
Access to the eruption site in Fagradalsfjall mountain, Southwest Iceland, will be closed today. more,  06 April 2021 11:40 AM
Death Investigated as Manslaughter
A 30-year-old man died of his wounds Saturday at Landspítali National University Hospital, after having been attacked in front of his home on the street Vallakór, Kópavogur, Friday morning. more,  06 April 2021 10:40 AM
Court Rules Against Mandatory Stay at Quarantine Hotel
Fosshótel Reykjavík. Icelandic Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir will be meeting with the Welfare Committee of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, today to discuss the possibility of presenting a bill that would ensure the enactment of a regulation to provide a legal basis for making a stay at a quarantine facility mandatory. more,  05 April 2021 6:17 PM
New Fissure Opens in Fagradalsfjall - Area Evacuated: Video
A new fissure opened shortly after noon, about 500 meters (550 yards) northeast of the eruption that began March 19 in Fagradalsfjall mountain. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  05 April 2021 5:11 PM
New fissures near the eruption site in Geldingadalir
Updated 08.04 12:25The lava flow from the latest eruption fissure seems to mostly flow down into Geldingadalir. This third eruption fissure opened at midnight on the 6th of April and is between the two existing fissures.
In the photos that were taken during the reconnaissance flight on the 7th of April it can be seen that the lava fields from the three eruption fissures are now merging.
more,  05 April 2021 8:03 AM
Islands Sold - Seaweed to Be Used for Fabric
Svefneyjar islands. Svefneyjar islands, in Breiðafjörður bay, West Iceland, were recently sold. more,  04 April 2021 8:00 AM
Fascinating Fagradalsfjall Eruption: Video
Film maker Óskar Páll Sveinsson visited the eruption site on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Tuesday, March 23. more,  03 April 2021 8:09 AM
French Fashion Show Filmed on Reynisfjara Beach
From Reynisfjara beach. The filming of a large Yves Saint Laurent fashion show, done in Iceland last week, has been shrouded in secrecy. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  20 March 2021 5:11 PM
A minor eruption underway
Uptdated 29.3 at 09:30The Civil Protection and Emergency Management's Science Board held a meeting Friday (Mars 26.) to discuss the volcanic eruption in Geldingadalir on the Reykjanes Peninsula. A lot of data has been collected including on-site and remote measurements along with modeling work forecasting the event's possible behavior over the coming days. A report detailing the event's general status and proposals for regular monitoring will be released shortly. more news
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