US ambassador quits
Jeffrey Ross Gunter, American ambassador to Iceland, is leaving his post, he revealed through the embassy’s social media. He thanks Donald Trump for giving him an “unbelievable opportunity”.
21.01.2021 - 15:51
Iceland 18 – Switzerland 20
The Icelandic men’s national handball team lost its first main round match at the world championship last night, handing Switzerland two points and a spot above Iceland in the table so far.
21.01.2021 - 09:57
University campus flooded as water main bursts
The University of Iceland main campus is today in chaos and all teaching, research, and services in the main building, Háskólatorg, Gimli, Lögberg, and Árnagarður are suspended until this afternoon, at the earliest. A cold water main on Suðurgata ruptured during the night, flooding the campus with over 2,000 tonnes of water.
21.01.2021 - 09:36
Tourists’ plans on ice, but not changing
Opinion polls suggest the pandemic will have little effect on people’s holiday plans when they are able to start travelling normally again. It is also unlikely that conferences have met their demise, despite the current popularity and user-friendliness of online video meeting software. It seems the market sector that was planning trips to Iceland before the pandemic is still planning them today.
20.01.2021 - 13:34
Health minister proposes drug decriminalisation
The health minister’s parliamentary schedule for the new session of Alþingi includes a bill that would change Iceland’s drugs law. The bill proposes allowing the sale and possession of small quantities of currently-illegal drugs for personal use.
20.01.2021 - 12:49
Snowless winter and tough year overall
The winter so far has seen very little snow in Iceland. December snowfall was well below average in both Reykjavík and Akureyri. Meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir says it has been one of the least white winters in living memory so far.
20.01.2021 - 11:09
Young boy dies following traffic accident
The young boy who was involved in Saturday’s serious traffic accident in Skötufjörður fjord has died. His name was Mikolaj Majewski and he was less than two years old. His mother died on Saturday evening, and his father remains in hospital in Reykjavík.
20.01.2021 - 10:15
Rest if needed, arrivals told
The civil protection agency is changing its message to arriving passengers in the country. Instead of being told to head straight to their quarantine location without stopping, people with long journeys ahead will be encouraged to rest before heading off.
19.01.2021 - 15:34
600 extra vaccine doses thanks to better syringes
The 600 vials of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that arrived in Iceland yesterday could be used to immunise 3,600 people instead of the initially expected 3,000. Special syringes and needles have arrived in Iceland that allow medical staff to obtain a sixth dose from each vial. The new equipment was delayed and should have been in place before the latest shipment of vaccine arrived, allowing even more people to benefit.
19.01.2021 - 14:53
Surprise Brexit tax on juice
Icelandic importer ÍSAM now has to pay a 20 percent import duty on a popular brand of fruit juices thanks to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The Association of Retail and Services confirms it has been made aware of several such ‘loophole’ taxes not covered by the interim trade deal.
19.01.2021 - 13:39
More geothermal power from same amount of steam
The Reykjanesvirkjun geothermal power station will boost its output from 100 MW to 130 MW over the next two years, without drilling any more boreholes. The mayor of Reykjanesbær says the expansion of capacity will bring new jobs.
19.01.2021 - 12:48
Ingibjörg Sólrún to Iraq
The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has appointed Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladótttir, former Icelandic foreign minister and mayor of Reykjavík, as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
19.01.2021 - 12:01
Good blood flow to Guðmundur’s fingers
Last week’s world-first transplant of two whole arms and shoulders onto Icelander Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson in Lyon, France, went well. His surgeon confirmed with him last night that there appears to be a good flow of blood to all his fingers, Guðmundur said in a social media post from hospital.
19.01.2021 - 11:07
Iceland 31 – Morocco 23
The Icelandic men’s national handball team secured a 31-23 victory in last night’s final Group F match at the handball world championship in Egypt. Iceland progresses to the second round of the competition with two points, finishing the group in second position.
19.01.2021 - 10:40
Extra mental health funding for Seyðisfjörður
The East Iceland health authority is putting an extra 17 million krónur aside to provide more mental health services to the residents of Seyðisfjörður following the devastating mudslides in the small town last month.
18.01.2021 - 15:57
Infected man forced into isolation
Police this weekend physically took a man, who tested positive for COVID-19 upon entry into Iceland, to the quarantine centre in Reykjavík. The man had been openly ignoring the order to isolate.
18.01.2021 - 15:32
Fatal traffic accident in Westfjords
A family travelling home to quarantine in Flateyri in the Westfjords from an international flight at Keflavík suffered a serious accident in Skötufjörður fjord on Saturday morning. A huge emergency response was mobilised when the car left the road and went into the water, and passers-by are credited for bravery that probably saved lives. Despite these efforts, the mother of the family has since passed away in hospital in Reykjavík.
18.01.2021 - 14:28
Iceland 39 – Algeria 24
Iceland won the second of three first-round matches at the 2021 men’s handball world championship, securing two points against Algeria in Group F. The final score in Egypt was 39-24. Winger Bjarki Már Elísson (pictured above) scored an impressive 12 goals, despite spending most of the second half on the bench.
18.01.2021 - 12:35
The Week in Iceland, 18 January 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
18.01.2021 - 11:38
Compulsory border testing now, relaxation in May
Health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir has today issued new regulations that oblige everyone entering the country to be tested twice for COVID-19 with five days’ quarantine in between. Arriving passengers are no longer allowed to choose 14 days of home quarantine instead of testing.
15.01.2021 - 13:34
Icelander undergoes first-of-kind double arm transplant
Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson lost both his arms in a work accident over two decades ago and has been waiting five years for pioneering transplant surgery in Lyon, France.
15.01.2021 - 13:05
PM to submit constitutional bill alone
Prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will put forth a bill for constitutional change to Alþingi on her own, after formal talks with all other party leaders to agree a joint bill failed.
15.01.2021 - 12:03
One in custody over school attack
One boy was yesterday remanded in custody for one week on the order of Reykjavík District Court, following the knife and baseball bat attack at Borgarholtsskóli school on Wednesday. The court approved the police custody request in the interest of the ongoing investigation but rejected two other requests.
15.01.2021 - 10:40
Defeat in first world championship match
Iceland missed out on important points in their first Group F game at the men’s handball world championship last night. Portugal won the match in Cairo by two goals.
15.01.2021 - 09:53
Patients and staff not infected, services resume
All Landspítali cancer and blood diseases ward staff members who were tested for COVID-19 yesterday morning, following the discovery that a patient was positive for the coronavirus, have received negative results. The same is true for other patients on the ward, which has now returned to normal service.
15.01.2021 - 09:27