Data indicate inflation continues to soar
Inflation has hit 8.8 percent, according to the latest Hagstofa Íslands (Statistics Iceland) statistics released this morning. The inflation rate has doubled in a year to its highest level since October 2009, when it was 9.7 percent.
29.06.2022 - 15:44
Assessor to look into mental impact of house fire
A court-appointed assessor has been ordered to work on the case brought by survivors and relatives of those who died in the fire at Bræðraborgarstígur 1 in Reykjavík. They are suing the owner of the house for over 150 million krónur. The owner calls for the case to be thrown out. That request will be decided in court this autumn.
29.06.2022 - 14:51
Accident site artwork set to move
The open-air artwork Eggin (The Eggs) will be moved from Gleðivík to a safer location within Djúpivogur. A foreign tourist in his sixties died last week in the East Iceland village when he was hit by a forklift truck in the harbour area.
29.06.2022 - 12:17
Two large projects push carbon capture tech forward
The scale of the carbon capture and storage operation taking CO2 directly from the air at Hellisheiði, southwest Iceland, is set to grow tenfold with the new Climeworks facility being set up in collaboration with Carbfix and Orka náttúrunnar (ON Power).
29.06.2022 - 11:16
Black Sand Beach to get flashing lights
Vegagerðin (the road and coastal administration) is working on a new powered sign for Reynisfjara (known to tourists as Black Sand Beach) in South Iceland. The sign will flash red when sea conditions are particularly dangerous. Vegagerðin has used police incident records to decide what height of waves represent an elevated danger to visitors.
29.06.2022 - 09:43
“Everyone should be able to go where they want”
Everybody should be able to go where they want, according to a group of 12-year-old friends in Mosfellsbær who have called on their municipality to improve accessibility as quickly as possible. Two of the girls are wheelchair users.
29.06.2022 - 09:14
Over twice as many cancelled flights
More than double the number of domestic flights have been cancelled so far this year than the same period in 2019, new data reveals. Bad weather, breakdowns, and ongoing effects of the pandemic are among the reasons for the worse service. Icelandair has cancelled 448 domestic flights with less than seven days’ notice so far in 2022.
28.06.2022 - 15:57
Icelandic forests’ carbon uptake increasing
A group is working on behalf of the forestry agency, making annual reports on the country’s forests. The main aim of their work is to measure the carbon sequestration of Icelandic forests, which has apparently increased a lot in recent years.
28.06.2022 - 15:14
Rate rises starting to work?
The economy is stretched: according to the latest Hagstofa Íslands (Statistics Iceland) economic report, the economy will grow by over five percent this year, forecast private consumption and tourist numbers are up, and unemployment down. But inflation is the elephant in the room, at an estimated 7.5 percent this year. The property market is showing signs of cooling down, however.
28.06.2022 - 14:30
DNA testing a pre-settlement settlement
There is archaeological evidence suggesting people worked in Stöðvarfjörður, East Iceland, before the settlement of Iceland—coming to the country for oil. The site at Stöð has this summer been excavated for the eighth year in a row, but this time it is being treated with all the care of a crime scene, with hundreds of DNA samples taken.
28.06.2022 - 11:33
Tables turned in summerhouse sex scandal
Three men who, in a podcast early this year, were accused of sexual crimes against a much younger woman have brought charges against the woman for attempted extortion. The men’s personal trainer, who was at the time in a romantic relationship with the young woman, is also charged with involvement in the crime, according to Fréttablaðið.
28.06.2022 - 10:36
Council believes ferry not up to standard
The municipality of Stykkishólmsbær and Helgafellssveit have officially noted their concerns about the safety of Baldur, the ferry which crosses Breiðafjörður between Stykkishólmur and Brjánslækur in the Westfjords.
27.06.2022 - 15:40
Lowest June temperatures in 30 years
The summer has been disappointing in most parts of Iceland so far, many people would agree. Even when the sun shines, it has been very cool. This has been particularly true during the past four days. Akureyri, for example, has been experiencing its lowest June temperatures in three decades.
27.06.2022 - 14:46
Sewage still running to sea untreated
There is an old Icelandic proverb that says (paraphrased) that the sea can deal with whatever we throw at it. In the pre-industrial age, this may have been true, but now we need to take care of the oceans. Part of this is sewage treatment, which should have been implemented 17 years ago. Many communities still have no sewage treatment facilities to this day.
27.06.2022 - 13:45
The Week in Iceland, 27 June 2022
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
27.06.2022 - 13:05
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
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