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Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2023 10:20 PM
Grapevine New Music Picks: Eldmóðir, Eydís Evensen, FLOTT & More
After a quiet start to the week, we’re wrapping it up with releases by some huge names in Icelandic music.... more,  26 May 2023 9:22 PM
Highly fertile oystercatcher
Here is a picture of the rare five egg oystercatcher nest. As can be seen the nest itself is a simple affair. Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) usually lay two to four eggs. Thus it was a big surprise for the brothers Markús and Jason Ívarsson, when they found a oystercatcher nest on Markús’s farm in Flóahreppur, where oystercatchers have long been nesting at this time of year. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2023 2:25 PM
Manufacturing Content: The morally bankrupt economy of modern Icelandic hype
Prettyboitjokkó, PATRi!K or Patrik Atlason, is Iceland’s newest pop star manufactured by joint patriarchal forces in a corporate handshake with... more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2023 1:18 PM
Uncertainty Regarding Winter Mooring of Whaling Ships
Reykjavík’s City Council recently agreed to entrust the board of Associated Icelandic Ports (AIP) to find another place for the whaling company Hvalur’s fishing vessels, which have moored during the winter at the old harbour in Reykjavík for decades. A spokesperson for AIP has stated that the association has yet to receive the formal request […] more,  26 May 2023 12:31 PM
Swimming pool closures this weekend in the countryside due to BSRB union strike
Akureyri swimming pool will be closed this weekend due to the BSRB union strike. The short term strikes by pool workers based in the BSRB will likely result in pools having to be closed during the Pentecost weekend. This is stated in the BSRB announcement. more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2023 10:11 AM
Yellow Weather Alerts in Most of Iceland Tonight and Tomorrow
Yellow weather alerts will be in place in North Iceland, East Iceland, Southeast Iceland, and the Central Highlands tonight and tomorrow, Vísir reports. Residents in the Eastfjords and Southeast Iceland are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture. Storms to hit hardest in East Iceland and Central Highlands Following some rather untoward weather in Iceland over the […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2023 10:00 AM
The Munasafn Tool Library Enters A New Phase
Circular is the word of the day and the concept of the future Anna Worthington De Matos has been a... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2023 10:00 AM
Knife Play And DIY
Meet the Esoteric Queens from Svartþoka For the third edition of the Filthy Interview series, we are joined by two... more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2023 9:26 AM
Deep North Episode 27: Man of the People
Gísli Einarsson must rank as one of Iceland’s most prolific television producers. When afforded the opportunity of stepping behind the camera and training his lens upon the world, Gísli’s audience saw the world not as it was – but as Gísli was: it took a true rustic, proud of his provincial manners and heritage, to […] more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2023 8:51 AM
Amendment Aims to Increase Reporting on Domestic Abuse
Health Minister Willum Þórs Þórsson’s bill to amend the Healthcare Practitioners Act has been approved by Parliament. The amendment clarifies the authority of healthcare professionals to report cases of domestic violence to the police. Clarifies the authority of healthcare professionals As noted in a press release on the government’s website yesterday, a bill proposed by […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  25 May 2023 6:59 PM
Grapevine Events: Acidfest, Skjaldborg, Ólöf Arnalds & More
The last weekend of the month is upon us, and there are surprisingly few events happening in town for some... more,  25 May 2023 6:30 PM
Stykkishólmur Church one of the most beautiful churches in the world
Stykkishólmur Church. Architectural enthusiasts in Iceland should not have to travel far to see one of the world’s most beautiful churches, as according to Architectural Digest magazine, one of these is in Stykkishólmur. more

Iceland Review,  25 May 2023 3:32 PM
easyJet to Fly Direct to Akureyri this Winter
One of Europe’s largest airlines, easyJet, will operate direct flights between Akureyri, North Iceland and London, from October 31 of this year, Visit North Iceland reports. The flights will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, through March 2024. Locals of North Iceland have long been calling for more direct flight connections to mainland […] more,  25 May 2023 2:00 PM
EasyJet starts direct flights to Akureyri
EasyJet is planning to operate direct flights from Gatwick, London to Akureyri next winter on scheduled services. The airline has already opened for bookings, with the first flight on October 31. It will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, through March 2024. more,  25 May 2023 8:00 AM
Residential meeting about a controversial new building area in Skerjafjörður
Over one hundred residents of Skerjafjörður attended the meeting last night. Opinions vary on the new residential area in Skerjafjörður. Residents are concerned that the project will cause great disturbance, high pollution, flight safety and affect the biosphere on the fjord’s shore. At the same time, they criticize the city authorities for not discussing the matter with the residents of the area. more,  24 May 2023 7:00 PM
Ran into another overturned car
Two roll overs occurred in Öræfi at around ten this morning. A car roll over near Kvísker was reported before ten o’clock, but responders ran into another overturned car on their way to the scene of the accident. more,  24 May 2023 5:00 PM
Trying for the CrossFit Games
Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir will participate this weekend in the NOBULL CrossFit Games Semifinals for the CrossFit Games. more,  24 May 2023 2:30 PM
Car roll over and broken windows in Öræfi
Map showing where the car roll over occurred this morning. A car roll over occurred just before 10 am this morning near Kvísker in Öræfi. The area has been subject to harsh westerly winds today, with maximum wind speeds of 29 meters per second at 10 o’clock. At that time gusts of up to 49 meters per second were recorded. more,  24 May 2023 12:11 PM
Key interest rate 8.75% after a 1.25 percentage point hike this morning
The Central Bank of Iceland. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Iceland raises the Bank’s interest rates by 1.25 percentage points. The Bank’s key interest rate will therefore be 8.75%. more,  23 May 2023 6:00 PM
Flight delays can be expected tomorrow
All domestic flights as well as seven Icelandair flights to Europe and the US this afternoon were cancelled due to the weather. Tomorrow’s flights will depend on how the aircraft will be able to get to Iceland today and go again this evening, but in most cases today’s international flights have been moved until later this evening. more,  23 May 2023 7:00 AM
Bitcoin miner Bit Digital expanding their operations to Reykjanesbær
Bit Digital, a US bitcoin mining company, will expand its crypto mining operations here in Iceland. The decision comes amid concerns that the government of President Joe Biden plans to tax cryptocurrency. more,  22 May 2023 4:55 PM
Postponing summer for a few days
Windy conditions will continue over the next few days with more of the rain that has been in recent days. There is also the possibility that yellow weather warnings that are in effect until Wednesday morning will be extended. The information officer of Landsbjörg asks people to exercise caution and secure loose items. Particular attention should be paid to the summer furniture. 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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