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News from Iceland,  30 May 2023 3:56 PM
The smallest shop in the world has received international attention
The vending machine is inside the green house that Kiddi built and the whole operation is run on green energy. It’s been 22 years now since Kristinn Kristmundsson, nicknamed “Kiddi Vídeofly,” set up a coke vending machine on the road from Egilsstaðir to Borgarfjörður in East Iceland. Now there is a more recent soda and candy vending machine, which tourists and other visitors can use when visiting the area. more

Iceland Review,  30 May 2023 12:03 PM
Preschool Staff on Strike in 11 Municipalities
Staff at 60 preschools in 11 municipalities went on strike today as negotiations between BSRB, the Federation of Public Worker Unions in Iceland and the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities (SÍS) remain at a standstill. Other municipal staff across the country, including swimming pool and harbour staff, are already striking. Negotiators had an informal meeting […] more

Iceland Review,  30 May 2023 11:23 AM
Kerlingarfjöll Construction Project One of Largest Ever in Highlands
The tourist facilities at Kerlingarfjöll in Iceland’s Highland are receiving an overhaul these days to the tune of ISK 2-3 billion [$14-21 million, €13-20 million], RÚV reports. The development includes a luxury hotel and renovations to the campsite. It’s possibly the largest single investment in the Highland region that is not a power station. Kerlingarfjöll […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 May 2023 10:00 AM
Side Hustle Of The Issue: The Weekend Musician
Prices in Reykjavík are rising as you read this, post-pandemic layoffs persist and AI is threatening to take over everybody’s... more,  29 May 2023 9:33 PM
Going to the World Cross Country Games
Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir, an accomplished cross country competitor, secured her place last night at the World Cross Country Games, which will take place in Madison, USA, in early August. The semifinals of the Western United States Championships ended tonight. more,  29 May 2023 1:37 PM
Great way to meet new people
Reykjavik Hiking Festival will be held for the third time from May 30-June 3. The Reykjavík Hiking Festival will be held for the third time on May 30-June 3. The public health festival boasts a wide variety of walks around and around the capital area, but this year the festival will be in a slightly different format than before. more,  28 May 2023 11:00 AM
A special community: Why people from all over the world choose Iceland
When it comes to migration, Iceland claims a top spot in Europe. Why do people from all over the world come to live and work in this rough place in the north Atlantic? Here, five expats share their personal stories, biggest challenges and ideas on how to tackle them. more,  27 May 2023 8:20 PM
Waste glass will be the construction material of the future
Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik the founder and CEO of Gerosion. Waste glass and concrete mulch will be recycled in house construction, if the ideas of Sunna Ólafsdóttir Wallevik, the founder and CEO of Gerosion, are to be realized. This was one of the many studies she presented at meeting of Samál in Harpa last Thursday. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  27 May 2023 10:00 AM
The Singing Fish Circus Takes New York
Icelandic exceptionalism in the big apple Big cars, bright lights. The apple that never sleeps. Taste of Iceland – a... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  27 May 2023 10:00 AM
Voices In Sync
A glimpse into the world of dubbing at Myndform In a quest to better understand how movies are dubbed in... more

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

Iceland Review,  26 May 2023 2:33 PM
Strikes Likely to Force Closure of Swimming Pools This Weekend
Strikes by members of the BSRB union who are employed by swimming pools will most likely force the closure of public pools in West, North, and East Iceland over the Whit Sunday weekend. Sonja Ýr Þorbergsdóttir, Chair of BSRB, told today that “the knot had been slightly loosened” in the wage negotiations between the […] 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,  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,  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

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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