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Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 March 2023 6:37 PM
Grapevine Events: Stockfish, Kælan Mikla, Lúpína and Piano Day
Well well well, if it ain’t time for the weekly events roundup. And this coming week is packed with goodness!... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 March 2023 2:53 PM
Woman Died After Falling Into Gorge of Glymur Waterfall
A woman died Wednesday after falling roughly 200 metres into the gorge of Glymur waterfall, reports. The woman died... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 March 2023 2:31 PM
Thousands Of Dogs Unregistered In Reykjavík
At least 10.000 dogs are estimated to live in Reykjavík, with only a quarter of them being registered, the Animal... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 March 2023 2:29 PM
Iceland Named Third Happiest Nation
According to the 2023 World Happiness Report, Icelanders are the third happiest populace in the world, rounding out the top three... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  23 March 2023 2:22 PM
Trial for Attempted Murder Charges in Club Assault Case
Reykjavík District Court on Monday began hearings in a case of 30 defendants accused of perpetrating a mass stabbing at... more,  23 March 2023 12:00 PM
The woman died after falling at Glymur
The Landsbjörg resuce team at the premises yesterday. A woman in her twenties died after falling into the canyon by the waterfall Glymur in Hvalfjörður, Hvalfjörður, yesterday. more,  23 March 2023 7:00 AM
The shooting of HBO's True Detective will finish in Iceland in the coming weeks
Jodie Foster will soon go back to the US when the shooting of True Detective is finished. “The project has been very successful. Everyone is really happy with these shoots,” says Leifur B. Dagfinnsson, producer at TrueNorth. more,  22 March 2023 6:39 PM
No communications in an avalanche zone
The operation was not finished until 4 AM. Last night, rescue teams from Þingeyri, Flateyri and Ísafjörður were called out to assist people in Dynjandisheiði. In an announcement from ICE-SAR Landsbjörg rescue team says there was a thick snowstorm with little or no visibility. more,  22 March 2023 6:00 PM
Play flying to Schiphol this summer
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in the Netherlands is one of the major airport hubs in Europe. The airline Play has started selling tickets for regular flights to Schiphol Airport this summer. Play's first flight to Amsterdam will be on June 5th, with flights up to five times a week through October. Play's regular services will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. This is revealed in the company announcement. more,  22 March 2023 2:30 PM
A tourist fell down more than 5 metres
The waterfall Glymur in Hvalfjörður where the tourist fell down more than 5 metres while hiking. A Coast Guard helicopter was called out this morning to the hiking route at Glymur in Hvalfjörður because of a person who had fallen down. more,  22 March 2023 11:58 AM
"Nothing is obtained by waiting"
Ásgeir Jónsson governor of the Central Bank at the meeting this morning. Governor of the Central Bank, Ásgeir Jónsson, says that any help from the government in reducing expansion is welcome, but that the Central Bank will not wait for anyone. Therefore, a major step was decided today when the bank’s policy rate was increased by one percentage point, which currently stands at 7.5%. more,  21 March 2023 6:00 PM
Service Centre needed in Tröllaskagi
It is not known whether the avalanche this weekend was caused by human acitivity or not. An avalanche occurred in Brimnesdalur over the weekend and two of the tourists who were caught in the flood were taken to the emergency room. The local police chief does not say whether the flood was caused by human movement or not. More and more people are going to the mountains in the area and there is a need for further services and surveillance. more,  21 March 2023 3:00 PM
Starlink increasingly visible in the sky
Starlink satellites are increasingly being seen from Iceland. When you see streaks of light in the night sky, they are actually a number of small satellites for Starlink. The project is a project of the US company SpaceX, owned by the wealthy Elon Musk, and is a means to establish a worldwide network. more,  21 March 2023 12:46 PM
Stark comparison with Europe when it comes to number of police officers
The number of police officers per thousand inhabitants in Iceland has decreased since 2007, while in the last year the proportion of police officers, educated and untrained, was 1.8 per thousand inhabitants compared to 2.2 in 2007. more,  20 March 2023 11:57 PM
TV series "Verbúðin" took home 8 awards
This was a winning year for the TV series, "Verbúðin." It got the most awards in 2022, or 9 in total, and was nominatied for 17 awards. The television show Verbúðin, produced by Vesturport, got the most Edda awards last night, or a total of nine, when the awards of the Icelandic Academy of Television and Film Arts (ÍKSA) were handed out at a celebration at Háskólabíó earlier last night. There were 26 awards in 26 categories, as well as honorary awards that fell to the film director Ágúst Guðmundsson. more,  20 March 2023 1:00 PM
Police investigating a death that occurred on Sunday
Early Sunday morning, the police were called to a house in downtown Reykjavík. The neighbours had called because of a noise coming from the house. When the police arrived, three men were found to be in the apartment. One of them was unconscious and showed little vital signs. more,  19 March 2023 12:28 AM
Tricky ice sheet up north subject to break due to wind and waves
Sea Ice close to Húsavík. The Icelandic National Volcanology and Natural Hazards Research Laboratory at the University of Iceland published a map of the sea ice front and ice caps in the north of the country. They warn about the danger of walking onto an unsafe ice sheet. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  17 February 2023 4:36 PM
No clear signs of an increase in activity at Askja
Seismic activity around Askja increased in August 2021 as uplift, most likely caused by a magmatic intrusion, began. The seismic activity was more elevated in November and December 2021 and has since the start of 2022 remained steady. At the same time, the uplift has continued at a very stable rate since the beginning of the unrest.more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  16 February 2023 8:37 PM
The weather in Iceland in 2022
The weather in 2022 was variable, but the annual mean of temperature, wind and pressure were mostly around average. In the country as a whole the temperature was equal to the 1991 to 2020 mean, but 0.3°C below the mean of the last ten years. It was relatively warmest around the South coast. The total annual precipitation was slightly above or slightly below average at most stations. But it was unusually wet in Reykjavík and at some locations in the Northeast. Average pressure and wind speed were around the long-term mean.more news
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