Verslunarmannahelgi is getting underway
The weekend leading into the first Monday of August is called Verslunarmannahelgi (Tradesmen’s weekend) in Icelandic. It is the final public holiday before Christmas and is traditionally the country’s biggest travel weekend of the year. Despite assembly limits that have cancelled nearly all festivals, this weekend is nevertheless going to see huge numbers of Icelanders hit the open road.
30.07.2021 - 16:32
Elderly risk and shorter isolation
The acting chief epidemiologist says new data show people with underlying health issues remain at the highest risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and death, and that the risk increases with age. Meanwhile, in other coronavirus news, the length of isolation for vaccinated people who test positive is now being cut to ten days.
30.07.2021 - 16:07
Accused singer wants to beef up legal representation
Ingólfur Þórarinsson, a musician battling sexual abuse allegations, says he is in talks with three law firms about cases he is preparing. His previous lawyer, Vilhjálmur H. Vilhjálmsson, has stepped down and Ingólfur says he is looking for lawyers who can give his cases their full attention, as it was becoming too much for one man to look after them, alongside other clients’ cases.
30.07.2021 - 14:06
Over 100 new cases for fourth day in a row
112 COVID-19 infections were identified domestically yesterday—the fourth day in a row with more than 100 positive tests within Iceland, and only the sixth since the pandemic reached the country in late February last year.
30.07.2021 - 11:50
Foreign travel in 2021 for a third of the nation
Around 35 percent of people in Iceland have either travelled abroad already, or plan to do so during 2021.
30.07.2021 - 11:27
Katla calls for attention
This week has been interesting for earth scientists, even by Icelandic standards. The ongoing volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula seems to have regained some of its strength, earth movements at Bárðarbunga have raised eyebrows, and now, yesterday evening, Katla joined in with two significant earthquakes and dozens of aftershocks.
30.07.2021 - 10:25
30 percent have been bitten
The notorious lúsmý (Culicoides reconditus), a species of biting midge that has colonised Iceland for the first time in the past few years, has been a hot (and itchy) topic once again this summer, as its advance across the country continues apace.
30.07.2021 - 09:46
Lost K2 climbers appear to have reached summit
Preparations are underway for the transport of the bodies of John Snorri Sigurjónsson, Ali Sadpara, and Juan Pablo Mohr, which were located this Monday on the slopes of K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain.
29.07.2021 - 16:17
Increased lava flow, and all running into Meradalir
The University of Iceland earth sciences institute this week carried out new lava flow measurements at the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula. Comparison with old data indicates that the power of the eruption has increased again after a quiet period.
29.07.2021 - 15:32
UK agreements reached for young people and drivers
Icelandic citizens aged 18 to 30 will be able to live and work in the UK for up to two years without fulfilling the usual post-Brexit criteria under a new deal signed this week by foreign minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and British ambassador Michael Nevin.
29.07.2021 - 15:00
Rapeseed trials look promising
Rapeseed is useful as a food source, a fuel, and as animal feed, and experiments at Hvanneyri to increase yields in Iceland are promising so far.
29.07.2021 - 14:07
Political wages rose this month
[UPDATED] The wages of parliamentarians, ministers, and the president increased by 6.2 percent at the start of this month. MPs’ basic salary is therefore now 1,285,411 krónur a month—up around 75,000 from 1,210,368 krónur.
29.07.2021 - 13:26
COVID-19 picture changing rapidly
Iceland is dealing with its fourth wave of coronavirus infections and the picture continues to change rapidly. Here is a summary of the latest news:
29.07.2021 - 12:18
Bárðarbunga either gathering strength or settling down
Bárðarbunga has been expanding, which could be a sign of magma accumulation ahead of a possible volcanic eruption, or the volcano could still be changing as it settles down from its last eruption, at Holuhraun, in 2014-15. Geophysicist Páll Einarsson believes recent earthquakes at the East Iceland volcano were likely caused by uplift.
29.07.2021 - 11:34
Number of job opportunities growing fast
Unemployment rocketed around the world as a result of the pandemic, and Iceland was no exception, where it peaked this January at 11.6 percent. The rate has dropped quickly since then, down to 7.4 percent in June, and the number of job vacancies today is rising.
29.07.2021 - 10:41
Obligatory negative COVID-19 test to board
The airline PLAY informed that it will only allow on board passengers who present a negative COVID-19 test. In the announcement, a reason given for this change is to ensure safety of the passengers and the crew.
28.07.2021 - 15:36
Tremors in Bárðarbunga
Last night, two strong earthquakes were measured in Bárðarbunga, north-west of Vatnajökull glacier. Both happened within 3-hour window, but it remained calm in the area since.
28.07.2021 - 12:32
Since midnight new, stricter regulations for travellers
Last week, the government introduced new measures where the travellers are required to show a negative SARS-CoV-2 certificate when entering the country.
27.07.2021 - 14:38
Three bodies found on K2
Mountaineers preparing to reach the top of K2 believe they have found the bodies of the three men who perished on the mountain at the beginning of February. Their names were, John Snorri Sigurjónsson, Ali Sadpara and Juan Pablo Mohr. 
26.07.2021 - 20:14
Vaccinated people dissatisfied having to quarantine
It has proven difficult to perform COVID contact tracing due to the extent of new infections within a short time-frame and because many people who have been vaccinated are very dissatisfied with having to quarantine.
26.07.2021 - 20:03
It is risky to travel abroad
The Corona Virus pandemic could still be growing according the acting Chief Epidemiologist. She says that people are taking a risk by travelling abroad. Stricter border rules will take effect on midnight.
26.07.2021 - 17:14
Important to arrive early and know destinations rules
Assistant Chief Commissioner at Keflavik Airport encourages passengers to arrive early and be aware of the COVID rules at their destination. It is important to have the appropriate documents on hand before the travels start.
23.07.2021 - 11:26
Government will meet to discus Þórólfur’s proposal
The government has a meeting today about the actions that Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason proposed to be taken within the country to contain the spread of the Corona Virus. There were 78 infections two day ago and in total 172 infections over the duration of three days this week.
23.07.2021 - 08:50
To the rescue
The Tintron Rescue Team (Hjálparsveitin Tintron) received yesterday an unusual call, which informed about four sheep which got stuck high up on a mountain. According to the information, the animals were seen there already two weeks ago. When the team arrived, there was only one sheep to be seen.
22.07.2021 - 15:30
Summary of the COVID-19 briefing 22nd of July
Updated numbers are as follows: 78 cases diagnosed yesterday, 52 fully vaccinated, 5 received a first dose. 19 of those were in quarantine at the time of diagnosis.
22.07.2021 - 12:15