Summer starts today
Today, Thursday 22nd April, is Iceland’s official first day of summer. Called Sumardagurinn fyrsti, it is a national holiday that has been held since 1977—though the day was celebrated for centuries before that as well.
22.04.2021 - 10:06
Lava field name suggestions submitted
The municipal council in Grindavík voted on Tuesday evening to submit two suggestions to the national place naming agency for what the brand-new lava field around the ongoing volcanic eruption should be called.
21.04.2021 - 15:55
Less press freedom in Iceland than other Nordics
Iceland trails the other Nordic countries when it comes to freedom of the press, according to the latest ranking from Reporters Without Borders. According to the same annual report, there is little or no press freedom in some 130 different countries around the world.
21.04.2021 - 15:14
A home for the "soul of Iceland"
Today marks 50 years since Denmark returned the Codex Regius (Konungsbók) and Flateyjarbók manuscripts to Iceland. The event, nearly seven years after the founding of the Republic of Iceland, was marked by national celebration and will be commemorated today as well.
21.04.2021 - 14:39
Samherji whistle-blower awarded in Sweden
Jóhannes Stefánsson, the former employee of Samherji in Namibia turned whistle-blower, has been named as the winner of Gothenburg city’s WIN WIN sustainability award. The theme of the award in 2021 is the fight against corruption.
21.04.2021 - 13:35
Crater changes and an earthquake
An earthquake of Magnitude 4.1 on the Reykjanes peninsula last night was the biggest since before the Geldingadalir volcanic eruption started over a month ago.
21.04.2021 - 12:19
Restrictions set to change "but end in sight"
All domestic COVID restrictions could be lifted as early as June if the vaccination programme goes as planned. The authorities are planning to remove all domestic restrictions as soon as most adults have received at least one vaccine dose.
21.04.2021 - 10:02
Live updates
Government press conference: live coverage
Government coalition party leaders held a press conference shortly after 16.00. They announced enhanced border procedures to keep new COVID-19 infections out of Iceland. Live text updates in English as the press conference happened appear below.
20.04.2021 - 15:46
IMF calls for diversification
Over-reliance on tourism was Iceland’s biggest weakness when the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to the International Monetary Fund. The fund also calls for caution on the property market.
20.04.2021 - 15:10
Blinken confirms intention to attend Iceland meeting
Anthony Blinken, American Secretary of State, has confirmed he will attend next month’s Arctic Council meeting in Reykjavík. His speech last night means that the foreign ministers of both Russia and the USA have now confirmed they will attend the meeting in person. Russia takes over the two-year rotating presidency of the Arctic Council from Iceland at the meeting on 19th and 20th May.
20.04.2021 - 13:41
21 new COVID cases yesterday
[UPDATED] Three of the 21 people who tested positive for COVID-19 within Iceland yesterday were not already in quarantine. There was one positive in border testing and that individual is awaiting antibody test results.
20.04.2021 - 11:51
Human trafficking: five months captive at restaurant
There are examples of smugglers attempting to falsify family reunification claims to get people into Iceland. In one trafficking case last year, a man was held for many months at a Reykjavík restaurant until a group of people from the same country managed to free him. 13 human trafficking cases have been received by the Bjarkarhlíð support and counselling centre since last summer.
20.04.2021 - 10:59
Children can legally have two homes
Children will be able to have two legal addresses after Alþingi last week passed a bill from the justice minister aiming to address problems faced by some children and their parents who do not live together.
20.04.2021 - 09:40
Icelandic kids in Oscars ceremony video
Swedish pop star Molly Sandén is recording a version of ‘Husavik My Home Town’ from the film Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga which will be shown at the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, and broadcast around the world. Locals including a girls’ choir in the Icelandic town of Husavik filmed their part of the video this weekend.
19.04.2021 - 14:32
Farmers fear volcano
Farmers near Iceland’s eruption fear pollution could force an animal cull, though they hope prevailing winds will keep dangerous pollution off their fields.
19.04.2021 - 13:50
The Week in Iceland, 19 April 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
19.04.2021 - 12:56
Group outbreaks prompt rule change speculation
Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason says it is not yet clear whether COVID-19 contagion rules will need to tighten again. Two new group outbreaks have been confirmed in Iceland over the weekend.
19.04.2021 - 12:36
Lavrov to take on Arctic Council leadership in person
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, plans to attend the Arctic Council meeting in Reyjavík next month in person. Russia formally takes over the rotating presidency of the council from Iceland at the meeting.
19.04.2021 - 11:02
Lava flows expected to create ‘island’
University of Iceland earth scientists expect the lava tongue pushing its way out of Geldingadalir to merge with the lava already in Meradalir. If and when that happens—possibly today—it will render one of the best eruption viewpoints an island in a sea of lava, accessible only by helicopter.
19.04.2021 - 09:46
Reykjavík lower speed limits plan approved
City of Reykjavík councillors have voted in favour of fighting against road traffic accidents and poor air quality by reducing speed limits in the city over the coming years in a project that will cost 1.5 billion krónur. The head of the national automobile association believes more options should have been investigated.
16.04.2021 - 14:32
Play is alive
The airline company Play—touted as a possible successor to WOW air before the pandemic hit—is planning to start scheduled flights at the end of June. The company’s director says it will publish its route timetable in the coming days.
16.04.2021 - 13:41
Teachers approve pay and conditions deal
Members of the association of further education teachers and the association of managers in further education have voted to approve the collective bargaining agreement signed at the state mediator’s office on 31st March. Further education teachers have been working without a valid pay and conditions contract since the start of this year.
16.04.2021 - 12:43
Recycling plastic in Hveragerði
“When this project started, we were laughed at. People said Iceland was far too small of a market for plastic recycling and that it all needed to be sent overseas,” says Sigurður Halldórsson, the CEO of Pure North, a Hveragerði company that claims to be one of the most environmentally friendly plastic recycling firms in the world.
16.04.2021 - 12:07
A month of erupting: flow and interest remain steady
It is four weeks to the day since the Geldingadalir/Meradalir volcanic eruption began on the evening of Friday 19th March. Despite the passing weeks, there is no sign of it ending soon. There is also no sign of people’s interest dwindling. According to a recent survey, 50 percent of people in Iceland who have not yet visited the volcano plan to do so soon.
16.04.2021 - 11:04
Quarantine fines remain unchanged
The office of the state prosecutor has rejected a request from the chief epidemiologist and the health minister to increase fines for COVID-19 quarantine breaches. The prosecutor believes the ability to force people who breach quarantine to use quarantine hotels is a bigger deterrent than bigger fines.
16.04.2021 - 10:05