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Iceland Review,  20 April 2024 5:55 PM
One School, 25 Nationalities
Iceland is host to people from all over the world, and in few places is that more evident than the primary school Grundaskóli, in Akranes, West Iceland. Multicultural days This school is comprised of 700 students and 160 employees. Vísir reports that the school celebrates that diverse nature of its student body, having recently held […] more

Iceland Review,  20 April 2024 5:42 PM
Hopeful that Ski Slopes Will Stay Open Longer
Although warm temperatures and rain means no skiing at the Bláfjöll slopes this weekend, RÚV reports that the managing director is hopeful that they will be able to open them through the final days of April. If so, the ski season for the popular southwest Iceland ski spot will be open longer than it was […] more

Iceland Review,  20 April 2024 5:28 PM
Inflation in Iceland Declining
In news that will likely come as a relief to locals and visitors alike, RÚV reports that inflation has been declining in Iceland. Still higher than the EEA That said, inflation in Iceland is still comparatively high, at least within the context of the rest of the European Economic Area (EEA). Whereas inflation in the […] more

Iceland Review,  20 April 2024 5:10 PM
Eruption Could Go Off Any Time
Seismic activity in Reykjanes is giving every indication that an eruption could occur at any moment. Scientists believe it will go off at roughly the same location as before, Sundhnúksgígaröð. Rising ground levels Speaking to Stöð 2, Víðir Reynisson of Civic Protection told reporters that since the fourth eruption on March 16th, activity appeared to […] more,  20 April 2024 1:58 PM
Sometimes it is difficult to go to sleep
Sara Barsotti is a volcanologist and the volcanic hazard coordinatior at the Icelandic Met Office. “It was heavy and strange. I don’t have the number of meetings that were held,” says Sara Barsotti, the volcanic hazard coordinator at the Icelandic Met Office, about the atmosphere at the workplace the day Grindavík had to be evacuated, on November 10. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  19 April 2024 11:15 PM
Continued ground uplift increases likelihood of another magma propagation even though an eruption is ongoing
Updated 19. April at 16:00 UTC
When the eruption started on the 16 March, ground uplift at Svartsengi slowed down considerably and almost stopped. This indicated an equilibrium between magma inflow into the magma reservoir below Svartsengi, and to the surface at the Sundhnúkur crater row.
At the beginning of April, ground uplift began to increase anew, and a similar volume of magma is now being erupted at Sundhnúkur as is accumulated in the reservoir beneath Svartsengi, causing increased magma pressure.
The current development is new, which is an ongoing volcanic eruption with a relatively stable lava flow at Sundhnúkur crater row at the same time as ground is uplifting in Svartsengi. Therefore, there is more uncertainty now than before about the possible development of the event.more,  19 April 2024 4:30 PM
Planning for a safe route for visitors at the eruption site
Work is being done to be able to open access for people who want to see the eruption from a safe place. The Icelandic Tourist Board leads a workgroup that has the task of preparing facilities for those who want to view the volcanic eruption in Sundhnúkagígar crater row, where one crater is erupting. more

Iceland Review,  19 April 2024 3:50 PM
I’ve Never Gone North
Our camper van is eating up kilometres as we drive north into the Westfjords. It’s the middle of March, and though in climes less far-flung that means springtime, up here it is still very much winter. An observer may well ask – why drive to the edge of the Arctic Circle, in March, in a […]

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Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 April 2024 3:35 PM
Grapevine Events: Icelandic Sorcery Festival, Drag Expanded & So Much More
Ahead of Record Store Day on April 20, Grapevine’s journalists Jóhannes Bjarkason and Rex Beckett discussed the hottest happenings in... more,  19 April 2024 2:30 PM
Was positive but is now "angry, frustrated and annoyed"
Birna Rún Arnarsdóttir with the sign at Austurvöllur yesterday. Birna Rún Arnarsdóttir, a resident of Grindavík, was one of many residents of Grindavík who turned out at Austurvöllur yesterday to protest the work methods of the real estate company Þórkatla, which is handling the government buyouts of properties in Grindavík. more,  19 April 2024 1:00 PM
Icelandic Nature the biggest draw
Tourists by the sculpture The Sun Voyager by Jón Gunnar Árnason by Sæbraut in Reykjavík facing Mt Esja and the open sea. Icelandic nature was the most influential factor in foreign tourists’ decision to visit Iceland in 2022. 97% of respondents in the Icelandic Tourist Board survey said nature had a major or partial influence on their decision to travel to Iceland. Interest in the Arctic was also an important factor (84.6%) and in outdoor related activities (79.9%). more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 April 2024 11:43 AM
Grapevine New Music: Teitur Magnússon, Logi Pedro, Cyber & More
Somebody told me that you had a girlfriend that looked like a boyfriend, who never wanted to miss out on... more,  19 April 2024 11:23 AM
"It is understandable that patience is running low"
Grindavík. Örn Viðar Skúlason, CEO of real estate company Þórkatla, says it is understandable that the residents of Grindavík are getting impatient and that they had hoped for a faster processing of their applications in the state property buy-outs. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 April 2024 8:00 AM
Chasing The Phantom Spark: The Iceland-made racing game that’s gathering real momentum
You are an iridescent bug, skating at high velocity across a wide, glassy surface. You speed effortlessly forward, arcing smoothly... more,  18 April 2024 6:00 PM
A nuclear-powered submarine can be seen from the window
The nuclear-powered submarine USS New Hampshire is currently seen by some living in Suðurnes on the Reykjanes peninsula from their living room window. This is the fourth service-based visit of an American submarine to the country. more,  18 April 2024 3:00 PM
Seismic activity in Iceland a concern
Last Tuesday it was exactly a month since the eruption started in Sundhnúkagígar crater row. Just over one month has passed since the fourth eruption at the Sundhnúkagígar crater row began, and volcanology researcher Þorvaldur Þórðarson says that it seems that the eruption is slowly fading out. He is however worried about the high seismic activity in the whole country. more,  18 April 2024 12:58 PM
No confidence vote in parliament was voted down
The Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, asked why the opposition was wasting time on this matter. A parliamentary motion for a vote of no-confidence of the government was voted down last night just before 11 pm. The proposal was voted down by 35 votes to 25. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  18 April 2024 12:11 PM
Home Sales Saw Big Increase In February
Iceland’s real estate market is heating up, with nearly twice as many sales contracts signed in February as in January,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  18 April 2024 11:44 AM
66 Degrees Of Sound: Hot Happenings #1
It’s been a couple of days since the great comeback of our podcast 66 Degrees of Sound with an absolutely... more,  17 April 2024 6:22 PM
No-confidence vote for the government in session
Inga Sæland from the People's Party and Björn Leví Gunnarsson from the Pirate Party. Their parties presented the motion for no-confidence vote for the sitting government. The no-confidence vote for the People’s Party and the Pirate Party in the government was on the agenda before 5 pm in the parliament today, but the no-confidence vote calls new elections. more,  17 April 2024 12:28 PM
"Now we'll be on the street"
The man in the interview says that people are using the dire situation of people from Grindavík to line their pockets by increasing their property prices through the roof. “I’m a Grindvík resident and a refugee from Grindavík and I’d already confirmed my purchase of a house in Sandgerði,” a home-owner from Grindavík tells us. “I’m not satisfied with the real estate transactions in Sandgerði,” he says, “but the seller of the real estate has increased the sale price by millions to line his pockets and use the situation of those who have been forced to flee their homes.” more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  16 April 2024 4:02 PM
One month since the start of the eruption at the Sundhnúkur crater row
Today marks one month since the beginning of the eruption that is ongoing at the Sundhnúkur crater row. The eruption, which began on the evening of March 16, is the fourth in a series of eruptions that started when magma began accumulating beneath Svartsengi in late October 2023.more,  16 April 2024 3:00 PM
A month since the eruption began
The eruption has now lasted longer than all of the eruptions in this series of eruptions at the Sundhnúkagígar crater row. It is the second longest eruption since the eruption in Mt Fagradalsfjall in 2021, which lasted 6 months. Today, one month has passed since the eruption that is currently taking place at Sundhnúkagígar crater row. The eruption, which began on the evening of March 16, is the fourth since magma accumulation began under Svartsengi at the end of October 2023. more,  16 April 2024 11:15 AM
8 months pregnant and deadlifts 135 kilos
Annie Mist is is top form in spite of being 8 months pregnant. Icelandic crossfit star Annie Mist Þórisdóttir is pregnant with her second child and has been gaining a lot of attention on social media for her workout videos, which she has posted in recent months, where she performs incredible gymnastic and Crossfit workouts whilst pregnant. more news
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