Banks in strong recovery
Landsbankinn profited by 7.6 billion krónur in the first quarter of this year, Arion banki made a profit of around six billion krónur, and Íslandsbanki around 3.6 billion, the banks have announced. The results at Iceland’s big three banks were much stronger now than in the first three months of 2020 when all reported sizeable losses.
06.05.2021 - 15:17
Coastguard welcomes new helicopter
The Icelandic coastguard has this week taken delivery of a new helicopter. The helicopter is registered as TF-GNA, and is the third helicopter in coastguard history to bear the name. It also becomes the third helicopter in the coastguard’s active fleet today.
06.05.2021 - 14:20
Brush fire alert issued
The State police, in cooperation with police forces and fire brigades in West Iceland, the capital region, Suðurnes and South Iceland, have issued a civil protection uncertainty alert for brush fires.
06.05.2021 - 13:50
Pandemic progress: a week of big news
This week has seen a steady flow of new COVID-19 news, including that people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine but later became ineligible are now being given the choice of what comes next. Also, Iceland has published its new list of high-risk countries, the president received his first vaccine dose, and two new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Þórólfur hopes it will be possible to remove restrictions fairly quickly, starting next week.
06.05.2021 - 12:29
Couple waited all weekend for stillborn induced labour
A couple have gone public with their criticism of Landspítali national university hospital for making the woman wait all weekend to give birth to her stillborn baby. She was informed that her baby was dead on the Friday and sent home for the weekend. She is critical of the hospital for having broken the news without offering any counselling or psychological support. The birth was induced on the Monday and the child born on the Tuesday—nearly four days after the baby’s death had been confirmed.
06.05.2021 - 10:54
Elderly man badly beaten and robbed
Three men attacked an elderly man in the Laugardalur district of Reykjavík yesterday afternoon. The victim was badly beaten. The men stole various items from him and broke his glasses. They were armed with blunt instruments.
06.05.2021 - 09:31
Landmark moment for tourism industry
130 passengers were aboard a scheduled Delta flight from the USA that landed on Sunday. The airline’s first flight to Iceland since COVID travel restrictions began marked a small but significant milestone for the tourism industry. It was the first in a rapidly-expanding timetable to and from North America. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from Iceland’s quarantine rules—as are those who have had and recovered from COVID-19.
04.05.2021 - 14:38
Lava bombs can be thrown several hundred metres
It is possible for airborne lava or tephra chunks, sometimes called lava bombs, to be thrown several hundred metres from the erupting volcano when high lava fountains occur at the Geldingadalir eruption. A new risk assessment document is complete and includes a variable safe distance based on wind. “It is not safe to stand very close to this area,” says civil protection agency geophysicist Björn Oddsson.
04.05.2021 - 13:23
Travel gift will be 5000 krónur again
The successful ‘travel gift’ scheme from last year will be repeated this year, and the amount will once again be 5,000 krónur for every adult living in Iceland. Last year’s gifts remain valid until 31st May, after which time they will expire.
04.05.2021 - 12:33
No change to COVID rules this week
Health minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir has decided to extend existing COVID-19 prevention rules within Iceland by one week. Svandís said after this morning’s government cabinet meeting that she expects to announce “real” changes next week, and hopefully “extensive” changes.
04.05.2021 - 11:50
CBI stops selling currency to support króna
Balance has been achieved on the currency exchange market, the Central Bank of Iceland states, and it has therefore decided to stop selling currency reserves to bolster the exchange rate.
04.05.2021 - 11:22
Iceland in third tier for handball Euro championship
The Icelandic national men’s handball team this weekend secured a spot at the 2022 European championship. Victory in the final two games would have secured first place in the group, but defeat in Lithuania on Thursday meant Iceland had to settle for second in the group—despite another ten-goal victory over Israel in Hafnarfjörður on Sunday.
04.05.2021 - 10:46
Shorter work week also for public sector shift workers
Public sector shift workers started working shorter hours from 1st May after an extensive period of planning. Day workers started benefiting from the shorter working week on 1st January.
04.05.2021 - 09:52
Rauðagerði murder case passed to prosecutors
The so-called Rauðagerði case has been passed to the district prosecutor’s office, deputy district prosecutor Kolbrún Benediktsdóttir has confirmed to RÚV. An Albanian man has admitted to fatally shooting Armando Bequiri, a father of around 30, also from Albania, outside his Reykjavík home in mid-February.
03.05.2021 - 15:53
New COVID rules announcement expected tomorrow
The current COVID-19 prevention rules within Iceland expire at the end of Wednesday and the health minister is expected to announce new, less strict, rules tomorrow.
03.05.2021 - 15:02
The Week in Iceland, 03 May 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
03.05.2021 - 13:02
Coastguard helicopter on fire duty
A brush fire ignited at Búrfellsgjá in the Heiðmörk forest yesterday evening. A coastguard helicopter was called out to help extinguish the flames, as it was difficult to get fire engines close to the site
03.05.2021 - 12:16
Reykjanes volcano “has sore throat”
The behaviour of the Geldingadalir/Meradalir volcanic eruption has become less stable over the weekend, with activity dying down significantly, followed by the highest lava fountains seen to date. The volcano was clearly visible from the capital city—not only its glow, but also the erupting lava.
03.05.2021 - 09:38
Reykjavík to vote on rhinos and bouncy pillows
Giant inflatable pillows, a rhinoceros playground, and a playground for “definitely grown-up people” are among the ideas that Reykjavík residents will be able to vote on this autumn as part of the 'Hverfið mitt' initiative. Residents in seven neighbourhoods have made suggestions that will be put to a vote. Project manager Eiríkur Búi Halldórsson says the process has gone well and is even more democratic now than in past years.
30.04.2021 - 15:42
“Hopefully the last support package”
Finance minister Bjarni Benediktsson says he hopes the economic package announced this morning will be the last one needed before the post-pandemic recovery. He says the treasury can afford the package, even though it is expensive.
30.04.2021 - 14:43
Hafnarfjörður residents given seeds
Everyone in Hafnarfjörður is today being sent a packet of seeds as a gift from the municipality.
30.04.2021 - 14:04
Proposal to reverse vaccination age order
deCODE genetics researchers suggest vaccinating young people in Iceland first, or randomising the age order completely.
30.04.2021 - 13:17
New geothermal lagoon in Kópavogur
A new bathing lagoon opens in Iceland today. Unlike other such geothermal spas in the country, this one is not only inside the capital city, but also right on the seashore. The outdoor spa uses naturally-hot water and features a 75-metre-long ‘infinity pool’ that appears to merge into the sea.
30.04.2021 - 11:46
Two days to clear snow from East Fjords road
Route 953 to Mjóifjörður, and the tiny village of Brekkuþorp, in the East Fjords has now been opened for the summer. Residents can now get to the rest of the country by land rather than sea for the first time since December.
30.04.2021 - 10:29
Airwaves drops big new acts announcement
Today saw a big announcement from Iceland Airwaves in which 30 more acts for this November’s festival were announced. They include names such as Arlo Parks, Sad Night Dynamite, Aron Can, and Vök. Names already announced include Black Pumas, Metronomy, Daði Freyr, and many more.
29.04.2021 - 15:22