Lava flow not even half as strong as last week
The lava flow in the last three days was about a third of what it was in the first week. Majestic volcanic clouds are visible above the volcano, slowly moving southwest. The purple horizontal veil hanging around the area is nothing else than toxic sulphur dioxide.
16.08.2022 - 14:16
Lonely cloud over Meradalir
A single, almost lonely cloud on the southern, otherwise clear sky welcomed the capital population this morning.
16.08.2022 - 10:27
No pets injured in ferry car crush
The car lift on board the Herjólfur ferry, which connects Vestmannaeyjar and the mainland, was lowered onto two cars yesterday evening, causing severe damage.
15.08.2022 - 21:33
Full VAT refunds for home improvements ending
It will no longer be possible to secure a full VAT refund for work carried out on residential properties from the start of September. The refund scheme was several-times more popular last year than this year, extending to nearly 11 billion krónur in 2021.
15.08.2022 - 21:20
Pre-school system overstretched beyond capacity
The School's Administrators' Union chairman says the pre-school system is overstretched beyond its capacity. The difficulty in finding school staff became even more apparent after the pandemic. The promises in the local elections of ensuring a place in kindergartens for all the 12-month-olds have been empty.
15.08.2022 - 15:28
New sea baths and an underwater restaurant in Gufunes
A sea bathing area, a swimming pool, a kindergarten, a package-free store and an underwater restaurant are to be built at the Gufunes marina in Reykjavik's emerging Gufunes district. The city council approved a proposal from Þorp-Vistfélag, whose project won an international tender for proposals for the community.
15.08.2022 - 13:43
Don’t walk on new lava, visitors warned
Representatives of the Þorbjörn search & rescue team in Grindavík say volunteers regularly need to stop people from walking on the brand-new lava around the ongoing Meradalir volcanic eruption.
14.08.2022 - 18:24
Rainbow flag vandalism described as worrying sign
It has been confirmed that it was a group of 14-15-year-olds who tore down all nine rainbow flags last weekend in Hella, South Iceland. The incident illustrates an increase in discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community among teenagers. Another flag was pulled down and damaged outside a Kópavogur church this weekend.
14.08.2022 - 17:53
Russian threats “an uncomfortable feeling”
Aðalheiður Ámundadóttir, head of news at Fréttablaðið, says it is a very uncomfortable feeling, knowing that Russia is openly angry at Fréttablaðið and its employees. She told RÚV radio she feels threatened and that this has changed how she views some aspects of daily life.
13.08.2022 - 18:56
Three arrested over Reykjavík stabbing
[UPDATED] Three people are in police custody over a knife attack in central Reykjavík last night, capital region police confirmed today.
13.08.2022 - 13:27
Drop in unrest means new fissure could open
Volcanic unrest at Meradalir on the Reykjanes peninsula sharply reduced between 05.30 and 06.30 this morning. Met office volcano specialists are investigating whether the change could have been triggered by the imminent opening of a new fissure.
13.08.2022 - 13:12
Describes discrimination and bad experience in Iceland
Chris Jastrzembski, a former Selfoss football player, told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy that he was subjected to discrimination while staying in Iceland. The 25-year-old Jastrzembski played nine games with the Selfoss Lengjudeild league but was released in July.
12.08.2022 - 14:00
Newspaper threatened over Russian flag photo
The website of the Fréttablaðið newspaper was yesterday attacked and threats made over a picture published in the paper earlier this week, for which the Russian embassy is demanding an official apology.
12.08.2022 - 11:37
Stole 3 million of 30 Landsbanki customers
A group of offenders are believed to have entered the country with the sole purpose of defrauding people. They are said to have set up shadowy sites in the name of Landsbanki and have taken over 3 million of the bank’s approximately 30 customers. Police consider the offenders to be specialised in online fraud.
12.08.2022 - 10:51
Mackerel has returned to Iceland
Mackerel have been discovered in significant numbers in Icelandic waters after a two-year absence. A research expedition has noted the presence of mackerel shoals off the east, south, and west of Iceland in the greatest numbers since 2019.
11.08.2022 - 22:42
Reykjavík formally names Kyiv Square
The mayor of Reykjavík gave a short speech and Ukrainians sung at the formal naming of Kyiv Square yesterday. The small street corner garden is a stone’s throw from the Russian embassy.
11.08.2022 - 21:42
Children admitted because of nicotine poisoning
The hospital has received up to a few cases a week of children with nicotine poisoning after ingesting nicotine pads. The chief medical officer at the Children's Hospital says most poisonings occur in households. Still, parents do not realise that nicotine is a potent toxin with a much more severe effect on children than adults.
11.08.2022 - 12:02
"Big damage for a new business"
Attikk store on Laugavegur was broken into at seven o´clock this morning. The store sells second-hand luxury goods from various labels, such as Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
11.08.2022 - 11:48
Lava threatens coast road again
Lava could flow eastward out of Meradalir valley during the coming days, or even hours. If so, it would have a clear path to Suðurstrandarvegur, the road along the southern coasts of the Reykjanes peninsula.
10.08.2022 - 21:14
Head of labour confederation resigns
Drífa Snædal, president of the ASÍ Icelandic Confederation of Labour, has resigned in a shock move in the run up to this autumn’s collective bargaining negotiations. Her resignation came as less of a surprise to many within the labour movement, however. The prime minister says Drífa will be missed, as she has been a good spokesperson for the movement and good to work with.
10.08.2022 - 21:01
2022 the second wettest year in a century
A meteorologist says there is a shortage of records, but 2022 can become one of the wettest years of the century. To date, 2022 is in second place.
10.08.2022 - 19:06
Meradalir open again
The Commissioner for Police in Suðurnes has decided to reopen the access to the volcanic eruption area at ten this morning.
10.08.2022 - 11:45
Upgrade for Egilsstaðir airport in light of earthquakes
The Fljótsdalshérað local government proposes that the municipality of Múlaþing start discussions with the Ministry of Infrastructure on the further development of Egilsstaðir airport in light of the earthquakes on the Reykjanes peninsula. The local government chairman says Egilstaðir airport is well suited for the project.
09.08.2022 - 20:11
Tourist found human bone
A foreign tourist last week discovered a human bone while exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, last week.
09.08.2022 - 19:50
All rainbow flags in town torn down
All the rainbow flags in the South Iceland town of Hella were cut down from their poles in the cover of the short hours of darkness. The police are treating the act as vandalism and not as a hate crime. The leader of the Samtökin ’78 LGBTQ+ charity says the queer community views it as an attack.
09.08.2022 - 19:32