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Government websites down, among others
A major web service malfunction has occurred at Advania today, causing disruption to the websites of many of the company’s customers. Entire websites and systems are currently unavailable while Advania works to resolve the issue.
24.06.2022 - 14:38
First whale hunt in four years underway
A 59-foot-long fin whale was harpooned to the south of Iceland and landed at around 07.00 this morning.
24.06.2022 - 14:11
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Thankful to be alive
Wednesday morning started normally for Mateusz Dariusz Lasek. He set off for work as usual, planning to drop his young son, Jakub Mateusz, off at Víðivellir pre-school in Hafnarfjörður en-route. They were early and were waiting for the school to open when their car was shot at.
24.06.2022 - 13:00
Cyclist was two days early and collected 1.5 million
Þorsteinn Eyþórsson, aged 68, from Borgarnes, west Iceland, earlier this week completed cycling the circuit around the Westfjords region—finishing two days earlier than expected.
24.06.2022 - 11:51
New covid drug expected this autumn
Paxlovid, a new drug used to treat COVID-19, can reduce the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital by over 85 percent. The drug is already being widely used in the USA and it is hoped it will enter use in Iceland this autumn.
24.06.2022 - 10:50
Record refugee year so far
More refugees have arrived in Iceland so far this year than any previous year. Between 1st January and the start of this week, 1,887 people arrived as refugees—unsurprisingly, 1,215 of them were from Ukraine. Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, the Ukrainian refugee crisis response coordinator, says he expects the number of Ukrainians coming to Iceland to increase again in the autumn.
24.06.2022 - 09:49
Sizeable earthquake under West Iceland glacier
An earthquake occurred under Langjökull glacier just after 22.00 last night. According to Met Office monitors, it was on Magnitude 4.6.
24.06.2022 - 09:43
Fjallabyggð mulls cat restrictions
The free roaming of cats will likely be banned in the evenings and overnight during bird nesting season in Fjallabyggð, North Iceland, though no active penalties are planned.
23.06.2022 - 15:47
Plane flew low over lake for seven seconds
Transportation accident investigators this weekend presented their initial report into the fatal 3rd February air crash in Þingvallavatn lake. The report states that the light aircraft seems to have flown low over the lake for around seven seconds before crashing into the water, taking four lives.
23.06.2022 - 15:18
Iceland passes on EFTA baton
Iceland this week ended its presidency of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) at a summit in Borgarnes. Free trade negotiations with Thailand were restarted after a 16-year pause.
23.06.2022 - 14:24
Changes to marriage laws
Before breaking for its summer recess, Alþingi changed marriage laws to make it easier for abuse victims to secure a divorce, and to make it impossible for children to get married in Iceland.
23.06.2022 - 13:25
Hafnarfjörður shooter committed
The Reykjanes District Court this morning ruled that the man arrested for a gun attack in Hafnarfjörður yesterday should be held at an appropriate institution. He was arrested at lunchtime yesterday, after shots were fired at cars yesterday morning. Police had 24 hours to request extended custody or other special arrangements for the man, or to release him.
23.06.2022 - 12:01
Economy: higher interest, lower unemployment
The Central Bank of Iceland raised interest rates by a whole percentage point yesterday, for the second time. The national unemployment rate is down again. And two more Icelandic companies have listed on the stock exchange.
23.06.2022 - 11:18
Allergist visits spike due to biting midges
Not everybody gets an immediate appointment with an allergist, as the demand has never been higher due to biting midges plaguing Icelanders.
22.06.2022 - 15:57
No safety cord at the time of the tourist's death
Safety concerns in Gleðivík bay in Djúpivogur, East Iceland, are now under review after a foreign tourist was hit by a forklift truck there and died yesterday. A cord separating pedestrians and traffic had been taken down.
22.06.2022 - 14:22
Shooter arrested outside his house
The resident of an apartment complex at Miðvangur street in Hafnarfjörður suspected of shooting at two stationary cars in a car park has come out of the house and was arrested. This was confirmed by Skúli Jónsson, Deputy Commissioner of police.
22.06.2022 - 13:04
Monthly expenses gone up by 80,000 ISK
The price increases Iceland is currently experiencing are very significant for a large group of people, says an Íslandsbanki economist. The average monthly expenses of a family of four have increased by 80,000 krónur in one year. Food, fuel and interest on non-indexed mortgages have risen sharply over the past year. Further price increases are predicted. 
22.06.2022 - 12:43
Shooting in Hafnarfjörður
Several police cars and two ambulances, as well as a special police unit, are conducting operations on Miðvangur Street in Hafnarfjörður in connection to a shooting that occurred less than an hour ago not far from Viðivellir kindergarten.
22.06.2022 - 10:03
Opening of highland roads delayed 
A snowy winter and cold spring in the interior highlands mean roads there are still closed, later than previous years. A customer service officer at the National Road Administration says that the roads are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis and will open in the next few days. He recommends checking the Vegagerðin website for road openings and conditions for those interested. 
21.06.2022 - 16:07
A successor to Þórólfur has been hired
Guðrún Aspelund has been hired as chief epidemiologist at the Directorate of Health and is expected to take over Þórólfur Guðnason's position in the autumn. Guðrún has worked as a chief medical officer in the Directorate of Health epidemiology department since 2019 and was a close colleague of Þórólfur throughout the pandemic. She said she looks forward to tackling upcoming projects and plans to approach the position individually. 
21.06.2022 - 14:46
No places at technical or vocational schools
The Technical College in Reykjavik (Tækniskólinn) had to reject the applications of several hundred students for admission in the next school year. The same applies to other schools that offer vocational education, where securing admission is becoming increasingly difficult. 
21.06.2022 - 13:37
Baldur ferry in poor condition
The National Road Administration (Vegagerðin) is looking into the condition of the Baldur ferry. It is not yet known whether the sailings will be stopped. Bergþóra Kristinsdóttir, director of the services department at the Road Administration, is concerned about safety on board. 
21.06.2022 - 11:07
Yacht race abandoned amid Icelandic summer storm
Search & rescue crews were on high alert in the East Fjords this weekend after 25 competitors in an international sailing race landed in trouble due to unseasonably stormy weather. The race was abandoned and a third of the boats involved are damaged.
20.06.2022 - 15:49
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Iceland helping mars voyage scientists
The sediments of the remote Sandvatn lake in Iceland are strikingly similar to those found on mars, according to a NASA scientist conducting research in the area.
20.06.2022 - 15:08
Icelandic man sentenced for child sex abuse in Spain
A court in Cartagena, Spain, last week convicted an Icelandic man, Ómar Traustason, for sexual offences against at least six children. He was handed down an eight-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence.
20.06.2022 - 14:16