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Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2021 4:12 PM
RVK Futurecast #10: Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson
What is the future of Iceland’s tech, economic and entrepreneurial sectors? What role does Iceland have to play in global... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2021 4:04 PM
RVK Newscast #139: Covid In Iceland Over?
Join Valur Grettisson, Editor-In-Chief of the Reykjavík Grapevine for a newscast from Grótta, west of Reykjavík – in some crazy... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2021 3:17 PM
“Use excess electric for energy switch”
Halla Hrund Logadóttir, director general for energy, says Iceland should first and foremost concentrate in the coming years on using all excess energy generation to support the domestic energy shift. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2021 2:30 PM
TV evangelist sentenced over financial crimes
Reykjavík District Court has sentenced Eiríkur Sigurbjörnsson, best-known due to the Christian television channel, Omega, to a ten-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of around 109 million krónur for tax evasion. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2021 1:50 PM
Rain causes movement above Seyðisfjörður
Readings from the hillside above Seyðisfjörður show in recent days that movement around the landslide scars from last December has accelerated. The East Iceland region has experienced very heavy precipitation in the past three days: as much as 85 millimetres in Seyðisfjörður, and even more in fjords further to the south. more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2021 12:51 PM
More Afghan refugees expected soon
Only a small number of the 90-120 Afghans the Icelandic government decided to offer asylum to following the Taliban’s return to power have so far made it to Iceland—but more are now expected to join the group soon. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2021 12:32 PM
Best Of Reykjavík Shopping 2021: Best Homeware Shop
We at the Grapevine couldn’t be more excited about the future of Icelandic design. It seems that every year the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2021 12:32 PM
Best Of Reykjavík Shopping 2021: Best Bookstore
We at the Grapevine couldn’t be more excited about the future of Icelandic design. It seems that every year the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  20 October 2021 12:30 PM
Annual Meat Soup Day Will Be Held October 23rd
The annual Meat Soup Day will be celebrated this Saturday on Skólavörðustígur, reports Morgunblaðið. Different types of meat soup will... more

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV),  20 October 2021 12:10 PM
Committee can settle election case with fines
The chief of police in West Iceland has sent fines to all members of the Northwest Iceland constituency elections committee with an offer to close the case against them if they pay the fine. According to RÚV sources, the fines were issued for having allowed ballots to remain unattended and unsealed after the first count finished. more,  20 October 2021 11:26 AM
Good Outlook for Christmas Concert Season
From Harpa concert hall. The CEO of Sena, a company specializing, among other things, in event planning, welcomes the gradual lifting of domestic COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland. more,  20 October 2021 10:09 AM
Immigrants Represent 15.5 Percent of Iceland’s Population
Data published by Statistics Iceland yesterday show that January 1, this year, the number of immigrants living in Iceland was 57,126. more,  19 October 2021 12:20 PM
Iceland to Fully Lift Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions in Two Phases
Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir, speaking to reporters this morning. COVID-19 restriction in Iceland will be lifted in two phases, the first one beginning at midnight. more,  19 October 2021 11:20 AM
Could Askja Erupt Sometime Soon?
Specialist from the Icelandic Met Office installing equipment on Askja volcano. The Icelandic Met Office is closely monitoring the situation in Askja volcano. more,  19 October 2021 10:10 AM
Iceland Has Lowest Poverty Rate Among OECD Countries
Iceland has the lowest poverty rate among OECD’s 38 member countries. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  18 October 2021 5:35 PM
The Civil protection crisis level lowered from alert to uncertainty phase
During the past month (18th September - 18th October) no lava flow from the crater has been detected at Fagradalsfjall volcano. Out gassing is still ongoing with very low concentrations of eruptive gases. Similarly, thermal anomalies continue to be detected at lower values and greater intervals between detection's.more,  18 October 2021 12:30 PM
Three Times as Many Tourists as Last Year
Nearly three times as many foreign tourists visited Iceland via Keflavík International Airport in the summer, compared with the summer of 2020, or about 304,000. more,  18 October 2021 10:55 AM
‘Greatest Northern Lights in Decades’
“Those were some of the greatest northern lights in decades.” more,  18 October 2021 10:25 AM
Winter Arrives Suddenly: Numerous Cars Off the Road
From South Iceland yesterday. Winter’s sudden arrival in many parts of Iceland yesterday created problems for numerous drivers, who were caught by surprise. more,  17 October 2021 8:04 AM
Award-Winning Photos of Flight
The winning photo. The winner of’ Photography Contest, held this summer, is Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson. more,  16 October 2021 8:01 AM
Reykjavík Edition Receives Its First Guests
The new hotel. The newly constructed five-star hotel next to Harpa concert hall, The Reykjavík Edition, received its first guests Tuesday. more,  15 October 2021 12:17 PM
Double-Arm Transplant Recipient Moves Fingers: Video
Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson. The Icelandic man, Guðmundur Felix Grétarson, who in January became the first patient in the world to undergo transplant surgery of both arms and shoulders, posted a video on Facebook Wednesday, showing incredible progress. more,  15 October 2021 10:18 AM
LazyTown Experience Park Planned in Borgarnes
Magnús Scheving introduces the plans in Borgarnes yesterday. Plans were announced yesterday to build an experience park in the town of Borgarnes, West Iceland, based on the children’s TV series LazyTown and on the history of Borgarnes. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  20 September 2021 1:59 PM
“The small eruption” in Fagradalsfjall celebrates six months
Yesterday, 19th of September marks 6 months since the beginning of the eruption. The lava flow from this eruption is thought to be relatively small compared to other eruptions in Iceland. However, due to its location and easy access for scientists and the public it has had a bigger impact and made more challenges then other eruptions.
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