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Iceland Review,  02 March 2024 3:53 PM
Bifröst University Does Away with Tuition Fees
Bifröst University will not charge their students tuition fees going forward, Vísir reports. The university’s rector, Margrét Jónsdóttir Njarðvík, said that this will encourage equal access on economic grounds to study, as the university has charged ISK 500,000 [$3,600, €3,300] for its post-graduate programmes. In February, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Áslaug Arna […] more

Iceland Review,  02 March 2024 2:14 PM
Prime Minister Reflects on Poor Polling
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left-Green Movement, told RÚV today that low poll numbers should cause the party’s leadership as a whole to reflect on their position. The party is polling at 4.7% in Gallup’s latest poll, their worst numbers since the turn of the century, and would likely not get a single […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  02 March 2024 12:06 PM
Different But Connected: An Exhibition Straddling Worlds
“It feels like our practices will meet and maybe also clash,” Claire Paugam says of her upcoming exhibition at Gallery... more

Iceland Review,  02 March 2024 9:04 AM
New Eruption Likely This Weekend
A new volcanic eruption could happen this weekend, according to Ármann Höskuldsson, volcanologist with the University of Iceland. The most likely place for it would be Sundhnúkagígar, where eruptions took place in December, January and February, damaging the nearby town of Grindavík. Last night, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported some sixty earthquakes over a 24 […] more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  02 March 2024 6:15 AM
Indications That the Magma Intrusion Has Stopped
Updated 2. March at 19:10 UTCAt this point, the seismicity that began just before 16:00 UTC today has ceased. It is thus considered likely that the magma intrusion has stopped temporarily or is significantly diminished. However, minor deformation continues to be measured in the area, so it is too early to assert that the magma intrusion has ended, and that there will not be an eruption at this time. When magma intrusions occur, deformation can be measured for several hours after the seismic activity stops.The Icelandic Meteorological Office continues to monitor the area to observe whether the activity resumes in the next few hours, or if the magma intrusion has halted completely. It remains possible that magma could ascend to the surface, as has been observed in eruptions near Fagradalsfjall.


Reykjavík Grapevine,  01 March 2024 5:49 PM
Grapevine Events: Happy Beer Day
Three words: Happy Beer Day! Go get yourself a pint and celebrate having the choice to drink it. It wasn’t... more

Iceland Review,  01 March 2024 5:16 PM
Administrative Fine Imposed on Hvalur After Welfare Law Breach
Iceland’s only whaling company has been fined ISK 400,000 ($2,900 / €2,700) for violating animal welfare laws by delaying a necessary follow-up shot on a fin whale in September of 2023. This breach of regulations led to a temporary suspension of the company’s whaling activities last year. Fin whale shot outside designated target area On […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  01 March 2024 4:34 PM
The Race For President Is On
The race for the Icelandic presidency is officially on as the portal for collecting electronic signatures supporting candidacy opened March... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  01 March 2024 3:04 PM
The Hidden Scaffolding Of Ben Frost
Deconstructing the architecture of Scope Neglect “I feel like I’m living in a time where my attention is being pulled... more

Iceland Review,  01 March 2024 10:50 AM
Another Hot Water Shortage in Reykjanes a Possibility
After a volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula on February 8 disrupted the hot water supply in Suðurnes, a town hall meeting was held to discuss the risk posed by future eruptions to the hot water supply. A representative from HS Orka stated that although the primary hot water conduit to Suðurnes had been fortified, […] more,  01 March 2024 10:42 AM
Water shortage cannot be ruled out in case of another eruption
The lava flow from the eruption on February 8 got close to the Blue Lagoon and the powerstation of HS Orka in Svartsengi. It cannot be ruled out that water shortage could repeat itself in Suðurnes if eruptions start again on the Reykjaness peninsula. more,  29 February 2024 11:48 PM
Water flooding due to a broken water pipe
The street is like a lake near the roundabout. The Fire Department in the capital area is currently fighting cold water that is leaking through the Hlíðar area of Reykjavík due to a broken cold water pipe at the large roundabout in Lönguhlíð. more,  29 February 2024 9:34 AM
30 earthquakes since midnight
About 30 earthquakes have been recorded in the magma tunnel at Svartsengi since midnight, and they have all been small. There is no volcanic eruption in the area, according to Bjarki Kaldalóns Friis, a natural disaster expert at the Icelandic Meteorological Office. more,  28 February 2024 2:00 PM
A new species of dolphin seen in Faxaflói
The dolphin species common dolphin ((lat. delphinus delphis) was seen in Faxaflói yesterday, but usually the species does not venture this far north. The common dolphin species (lat. delphinus delphis) was seen yesterday in Faxaflói during one of the excursions of the whale watching company Special Tours. more,  28 February 2024 11:30 AM
Says tourists are wandering around Grindavík without supervision
Grindavík. At the same time that the residents of Grindavík were forced to leave their homes and leave the town after visiting their property, tourists who had an errand to the Blue Lagoon could enter the town unsupervised. more,  28 February 2024 9:00 AM
Video: Very dangerous driving on Reykjanesbraut
Two tech-workers at Rúko were shocked yesterday when they drove along the Reykjanesbraut, towards town, and encountered a bus driving toward them at full speed on the wrong side of the road. more,  27 February 2024 7:32 PM
Have an idea where he is hiding
Pétur Jökull Jónasson is wanted by Interpol and the Icelandic police. Police have received tips from citizens about the whereabouts of Pétur Jökull Jónasson, who is wanted in the big cocaine case. more,  27 February 2024 10:44 AM
The sirens reminiscent of a nuclear drill
The test of the warning sirens yesterday went according to plan. Warning sirens sounded in Grindavík and Svartsengi last night for about a minute. The sound is the same as in aircraft sirens that were used in exercises for nuclear attacks here in the past. more,  26 February 2024 7:21 PM
Strong earthquake at Kleifarvatn tonight
Kleifarvatn. At 18:27 tonight, an earthquake of magnitude 3.4 hit the east side of Kleifarvatn. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 February 2024 5:33 PM
Whaling Company Applies For New Licence
Kristján Loftsson, owner Iceland’s one and only whaling company Hvalur hf, has applied for a new licence to hunt fin... more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  26 February 2024 4:23 PM
The weather in Iceland in 2023
The weather in 2023 was mostly favorable. It was calm, dry, relatively little snow and stormy days were quite uncommon. However, the year was cooler compared to the most recent years. The average nationwide temperature was 0.1°C colder than the average temperature between 1991 and 2020, and 0.4°C colder than the average temperature of the last ten years. It was relatively coldest in the North, while the Southwest and Southern coast were relatively warmer. The weather was particularly cold in the beginning of the year and again in March. June, on the other hand was exceptionally warm in the North and East. It was the warmest June on record in many places in those regions. The year was relatively dry, with precipitation below average across most of the country. There were several dry periods during the year, such as in March and July, but there were also periods of heavy rain in between. May and June were particularly wet and gloomy in the southern and western regions.more,  26 February 2024 11:00 AM
Warning sirens tested tonight
See over Grindavík earlier this month. Warning sirens in Grindavík and near the Blue Lagoon will be tested at 10 pm tonight. more,  26 February 2024 9:00 AM
Alvotech gets a marketing license in the US
Róbert Wessman, the chairman and CEO of Alvotech. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States of America has granted the Icelandic company, Alvotech, the authorization to sell and market Simlandi, a biopharmaceutical analog of the primary drug Humira, used in rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory diseases. more,  25 February 2024 4:34 PM
"We are quite worried"
Natural hazard experts at the Icelandic Met Office are worried that the next eruption could start with little notice, perhaps only 30 minutes. The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management is fully prepared in case of an eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in the coming days, but in an announcement from the Icelandic Meteorological Office on Friday, it was stated that if the accumulation of magma will continue at the same rate as now, then the amount of magma will reach the threshold during this week that is believed to be needed to start the next magma flow and even a volcanic eruption. more news
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