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Iceland Review,  03 March 2024 7:31 PM
How to Get Around in Iceland
Although Iceland is a small country with small towns and cities, the ground to cover can sometimes be enormous. In Iceland, there is no one best way to travel everywhere, as walkability, road conditions, and public transport options vary significantly between areas. Deciding on the best option to get from one place to another entirely […] more,  03 March 2024 7:08 PM
High alert yesterday with evacuations, but then diminished activity
Grindavík. Yesterday most specialists in volcanology thought that an eruption was pending due to the amount of magma accumulated in the magma channel, which had exceeded the amount that caused the last eruption to occur. Everything went on high alert and both Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon were evacuated. The Icelandic Met Office announced that the likelihood of an eruption was very high, and possibly within hours, if not minutes. more

Iceland Review,  03 March 2024 6:40 PM
Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavík, Iceland
On Skólavörðuholt, in the centre of Reykjavík, stands Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. It is the country’s second-tallest building, at 73m [240 ft], and its tower provides breathtaking views of Reykjavík and beyond. Hallgrímskirkja is an Evangelical-Lutheran Christian church. Its name translates to Hallgrímur’s Church, built in memory of honorary Icelandic hymn writer and […] more

Iceland Review,  03 March 2024 6:09 PM
Iceland 101: All the Basic Facts You Need to Know
Planning a trip to Iceland? Here are some interesting facts and essential information to read before you arrive. How big is Iceland, and who lives there? The surface area of Iceland is 103,001 square kilometres [39,769 square miles], and the total population is just under 400,000, with most people living in and around Reykjavík. For […] more

Iceland Review,  03 March 2024 11:03 AM
Possibility of Wind Power Being Explored
The municipality of Norðurþing has granted permission to the National Power Company of Iceland (Landsvirkjun) to conduct research around Húsavík, North Iceland, on the possibility of setting up a wind farm there. Most of Iceland’s electricity is generated either through geothermal power or hydropower, but Landsvirkjun does operate two windmills for research purposes. Any visitor […] more

Iceland Review,  03 March 2024 10:41 AM
Volcanic Activity In Reykjanes Calm For Now
Despite all indications that yet another eruption was about to kick off in Reykjanes yesterday, the situation has returned to one of relative calm, with one natural hazards expert describing it as “as normal as it gets”. As reported, significant movement of magma in the Svartsengi area, coupled with seismic activity and ground surface rising, […] more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  03 March 2024 6:15 AM
Continued increased likelihood of an eruption.
Updated 3. March at 12:15 UTC
Likely scenario over the next few days

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has updated the hazard assessment map due to the decrease in seismic activity in the Reykjanes peninsula. 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

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

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,  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 news
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