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News from Iceland,  03 February 2023 4:44 PM
Bus went off the road and overturned
Just before 14:30 today, a bus was reported to have gotten off the road and overturned on the side of Ólafsfjörður Road, close to the Múlagöng tunnel, on the Ólafsfjörður side. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  03 February 2023 3:52 PM
Iceland Disconnected: What if our submarine cables went bust?
It’s something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, or at least a symptom of some global crisis more central to the... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  02 February 2023 6:35 PM
The Hits and Misses of Dining in 2022
When I first started to think about what my annual end of the year food retrospective would look like for... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  02 February 2023 6:09 PM
Grapevine Events: Winter Lights Festival, Exhibitions And Gigs
Well, the absolute worst winter month is officially upon us. We are in you, February, and it is awful. If... more,  02 February 2023 4:00 PM
Amping up security for the European Council Summit in Reykjavík
The police has bought more bikes, party due to the meeting this spring. The Office of the National Police Commissioner has issued a warning to the Chief of the Police of the Nordic countries and their offices notifying that they may be formally requesting assistance from the police agencies there. This is due to the European Council summit that will be held in Reykjavík this spring. If a foreign assistance is formally requested, this would be the first time it is done in relation to the meetings. more,  02 February 2023 1:13 PM
Campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace
The Directorate of Labour has launched a new campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace, with the purpose of encouraging workplaces to take action through prevention, education and targeted responses when such issues arise. more,  01 February 2023 2:00 PM
There would be no picture from the avalanche in Súðavík
The picture that the rescue worker took in Súðavík which has been widely used and is the only historical photographic documentation of this very sad but big event in Iceland's history. Four of the most experienced photojournalists in Iceland, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Gunnar V. Andrésson, Páll Stefánsson and Ragnar Axelsson, are deeply concerned about the future of the profession, as authorities have little understanding of their role – to record Icelandic history. All sorts of barriers have been put up in the last few years. more,  01 February 2023 11:09 AM
Iceland has doubled its contribution
Refugees from Ukraine waiting at the train terminal in Lviv to get on a train to Poland. Last year, Iceland doubled its funding to UNHCR, the United Nations’ refugee agency. The agency highly praises Iceland’s commitment to assisting and protecting refugees worldwide, with increased funding by Iceland in 2022. more,  31 January 2023 11:30 AM
Most snow in the upper regions of the city
The city is still working on clearing up many areas all over the city. All effort is being made to get the snow off the streets in Reykjavík. Some connecting roads and alleys are currently impassable, but the main roads are fine, according to Eidur Fannar Erlendsson, the head of the Reykjavík City’s winter service. more,  31 January 2023 7:00 AM
Excessive use of solitary confinement
Solitary confinement is used excessively in Iceland according to Amnesty International. In Iceland, solitary confinement in custody is being disproportionately used in violation of international prohibitions against torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Isolation in custody, for example, is being used against children and individuals with disabilities and mental disorders in Iceland, but this should not be tolerated. more,  30 January 2023 9:12 PM
Snowstorms all over the country
This picture was taken in Hellisheiði, but not today though. However, today the heath was closed due to bad snowstorm . The cold weather this winter continues to halt business as usual in Iceland. Rescue teams have been called out across the country for the storm today, according to Jón Þór Víglundsson, information officer of Landsbjörg Rescue Team. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 January 2023 4:33 PM
Orange Warning In Place For Southeast Iceland
An orange weather warning went into effect at 14:00 Monday, applying to the capital area, southeast Iceland, Faxaflói Bay and... more,  30 January 2023 2:51 PM
The market will pick up in the spring
Kjartan Hallgeirsson real estate agent and the managing director of the real estate company Eignamiðlun says that smaller apartments are always in demand. Kjartan Hallgeirsson, a real estate agent and managing director of Eignamiðlun, says the real estate market started to slow down last fall. He predicts that it will pick up in the spring. Small apartments for first time buyers are popular, and apartments with four or five rooms are also sought after. The demand of the a single family home is also quite strong. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 January 2023 2:40 PM
Grapevine New Music Picks: Flesh Machine, KÁRI, Hylur & More
Last Friday was a bonanza of new Icelandic tracks, so we took a well-deserved break before presenting the crème de... more,  29 January 2023 1:33 PM
Iceland on the list of favourite destinations
The Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen is very fond of Icelandic nature and says he will be back even though his last trip was very different than planned due to the severe snowstorm in December. Iain Glen is in a hotel room somewhere in South Africa where he is currently shooting. We found a time in the busy day to chat in a video call over half the world, discussing worlds and spaces; the long career, the Game of Thrones and his acting in the Icelandic film Napoleonic Documentary, which premieres here next Friday. Glen is very easy going and it is like talking to an old friend, not a famous celebrity. He leaned back in his seat, dressed in a red t-shirt and started talking. And the African sun shone through the window. more,  28 January 2023 2:27 PM
Thinks it is only right to warn people
Katrín Jakobsdóttir the Prime Minister of Iceland thinks she is very unlucky when it comes to canceled flights and perhaps she should warn others when she plans on flying - just in case. Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir put forth an idea in an Instagram posting today, to always post information about when she has a flight booked, so people can choose other dates to travel, “because it’s quite clear that if I’m on the flight, it will be canceled,” the minister says in the entry. more,  27 January 2023 9:47 PM
Welcome the right to employ stun guns
The Police Association welcome the Minister of Justice’s decision on new rules on the use of force by police officers and the handling and use of devices such as stun guns. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  13 October 2022 9:56 AM
Minor jökulhlaup in Grímsvötn
Updated 13.10.The glacial flood from Grímsvötn is still ongoing and maximum discharge of about 500 m3/s from Grímsvötn sub-glacial lake is expected to be reached later today or tonight. The ice-shelf on top of the sub-glacial lake has now subsided approximately 12 m since 5th of October. Since yesterday morning signals of floodwater have been detected in Gígjukvísl river by water level measurements and on images from a web cameramore

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  14 September 2022 2:56 PM
Fagradalsfjall eruption unusual in many ways compared to other eruptions
The precursors to the eruption at Fagradalsfjall last year were unusual compared to many other eruptions across the world and the composition of the lava changed as the eruption continued. These are among the findings of two papers published in the latest issue of Nature by scientists at the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Meteorological Office along with a large number of colleagues. more news
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