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Iceland Review,  13 February 2024 4:09 PM
Union Leader Allays Strike Fears
Strikes are an unlikely outcome in the current labour dispute between unions and employers, President of the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) Finnbjörn A. Hermannsson told RÚV today. He expects parties to reconvene for further discussions, as the sides are close to agreement on major issues. Strikes up to individual unions On Friday, the coalition […] more

Iceland Review,  13 February 2024 1:43 PM
Arts University Abolishes Tuition Fees
The Iceland University of the Arts is dropping tuition fees, starting fall semester 2024. The university’s management made this decision following today’s announcement by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir that independent universities will be offered full state funding if they abolish tuition fees, Vísir reports. Three independent universities eligible The […] more,  13 February 2024 1:30 PM
"I think it's unbelievable"
Jakobsdóttir talking to some of the employees working on the bypass hot water pipeline yesterday. Prime Minister Katrín Jakóbsdóttir tells us that with a provision on purchase prices based on 95 percent of the fire insurance value of buildings in Grindavík, the so-called Grindavík housing bill has included consideration of equal treatment for those who have damages at the Icelandic Natural Disaster Insurance and have a certain amount of own responsibility. more

Iceland Review,  13 February 2024 12:28 PM
Reykjanes Avoids Frost Damage
Very little or no frost damage seems to have occurred in Reykjanes peninsula buildings after lava from the February 8 volcanic eruption damaged a hot water pipeline. Both homes and industrial properties were without water for days while work on a new pipeline took place. According to an inquiry, no reports of frost damage […] more,  13 February 2024 11:30 AM
Temperature and pressure are slowly building up
Páll Erland, the CEO of HS Veitur, is hoping that this situation will soon be over. Getting heat to houses in Suðurnes has been going well in the last 24 hours. Both temperature and pressure are slowly building up and water is flowing through the whole area. more,  13 February 2024 10:06 AM
Had an idea of a suspended pipeline over tha lava field
The Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, was shown the area where work had been going on. After the bypass pipeline along the Njarðvík hot water pipeline came under lava and disintegrated, HS Orka had the idea to hang a new pipeline in a suspension system over the lava field with crane trucks on either side. more

Iceland Review,  13 February 2024 8:54 AM
Deep North Episode 61: Chill & Grill, Salt & Sour
The fermented foods served at Þorrablót are a relic from a different age, when Icelanders lived through extreme scarcity. But to this day, the foods served at Þorrablót have proved enduringly popular among some Icelanders. We take a look at the history of these foods and find out why they continue to be eaten and […] more

Iceland Review,  13 February 2024 8:13 AM
Government to Buy Grindavík Homes
The Icelandic government is offering to buy all residential housing owned by individuals in Grindavík and take over the mortgages on the properties. The cost is estimated to be ISK 61 Billion [$443 Million, €411 Million], according to a press release from the ministries in charge of the programme. The January 14 volcanic eruption near […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 February 2024 4:45 PM
Palestinian Family Violently Deported, But Safety Of Refugees Remains Top Priority Officials Say
A Palestinian family, detained by special forces on Saturday, February 10, has been deported from Iceland to Greece, reports Vísir.... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  12 February 2024 2:29 PM
Magma Continues To Accumulate, Hot Water Restored
It was confirmed at a meeting this morning between geologists and the Department Of Civil Protection and Emergency Management that... more,  12 February 2024 11:57 AM
Dancing at home to keep warm
Guðrún Erla Jóhannsdóttir og Tómas Hansson stíga dansspor í stofunni heima til að halda á sér hita. The couple Guðrún Erla Jóhannsdóttir and Tómas Hansson are dancing in the living room to keep warm. They live in Reykjanesbær, but they have been without hot water since Thursday when the Njarðvík hot pipeline burst. more,  12 February 2024 11:30 AM
Hot water is coming!
Water is now flowing into the hot water tanks of HS Orka at Fitjar. The people of Suðurnes can expect hot water to start flowing to their houses by noon today. more,  12 February 2024 10:14 AM
Hot water is flowing into the water tanks
The operation was successful. Water is now flowing into HS Orka hot-water tanks in Fitjar, but the construction of the new Njarðvík bypass hot water pipeline was expected to take place last night, is stated in an announcement from HS Orka. more,  11 February 2024 1:49 PM
Completed building the road over the lava
The work on adding to the pipeline has been going well. The work on the construction of a utility pipe by the Njarðvík pipeline was successful and safe last night. Road construction over the lava field has been completed and about half of the steel pipes that make up the pipeline have been welded together. more,  10 February 2024 1:48 PM
Declare the eruption completed
The short volcanic eruption that started last Thursday and has now been declared completed, did cause a lot of havoc and damages and all of Reykjanes peninsula is still battling hot water shortage. The Icelandic Met Office has declared that the volcanic eruption that began between Mt Sundhnúkur and Stóra-Skógarfell on the morning of Thursday, February 8th, has been completed. more,  10 February 2024 10:52 AM
No signs of eruptive activity
No activity has been detected at the eruption site since yesterday on webcams. No sign of eruptive activity between Mt Sundhnúkur and Stóra-Skógarfell is now observed. However, the formal end of the eruption has not been declared. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 February 2024 3:51 PM
Eruption Is Almost Over
The eruption that started early in the morning of February 8 is now almost diminished, reports RÚV. Einar Bessi Gestsson,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  09 February 2024 1:51 PM
Grapevine Events: Wasteland Iceland, Krossfest I, Kraftgalli & More
The volcano is almost dead, the weekend is here and it seems like there’s a lot going on: gigs, exhibitions,... more,  09 February 2024 12:30 PM
Outstanding work conducted yesterday and during the night
The employees of HS Orka and contractors were working all night on repairs on the Njarðvík hot water pipeline. The work on fixing Njarðvík pipeline to get the hot water supply up and running is going well according to a post on HS Orka’s Facebook page. more,  09 February 2024 11:30 AM
Decreased activity and only in two craters
The eruption started at 6 am yesterday, but the activity has been decreasing. The activity of the eruption between Mt Sundhnúkur and Stóra-Skógafell has decreased as the night has passed. Three craters were active in the early part of the night but now the activity seems to be limited to two craters. more,  09 February 2024 10:24 AM
Working all night repairing the hot water pipeline
The Njarðvík hot pipeline goes from Svartsengi power plant to Njarðvík. Work has been ongoing to connect new hot water pipes in the section where the lava flow damaged the hot water pipes from Svartsengi to Fitjar around noon yesterday. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  09 February 2024 6:15 AM
No signs of eruptive activity
Updated 12. February at 16:00 UTCIMO has updated the hazard assessment according to the development of the eruptive activity. Changes have been made to the hazard assessment for some hazards within zones. The overall hazard assessment for the area remains unchanged from the last map. There is still considered to be a sinkholes and fault movementsn area 4 (Grindavík).more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  08 February 2024 7:07 PM
New understanding of ultra-rapid formation of magma filled cracks in the Earth
On 10 November 2023 the town of Grindavík in Iceland was evacuated as massive amounts of magma suddenly flowed into a magma filled crack that propagated underneath the town. Magma was emplaced in a 'vertical sheet' type intrusion in the Earth's crust. An international team of scientists explains the formation of the intrusion, and conditions for ultra-rapid flow into cracks, in a new publication in the prestigious scientific journal Science. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  08 February 2024 12:17 PM
UPDATED: New Eruption On The Reykjanes Peninsula
A new eruption started on the Reykjanes peninsula around 6:00 on February 8. This eruption is the sixth volcanic eruption... more news
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