Pollution to hit Reykjavík again

Pollution to hit Reykjavík again

Í gær, 12:34 The Icelandic met office states that sulphor dioxide pollution from the Holuhraun eruption will be carried to the west and southwest of Iceland, including the capital area. More »

This is what the first Icelandic-made car looks like

í fyrradag The design of the first Icelandic car which is also the first car to be produced world wide for driving off-road in difficult conditions has now been revealed. Production of the car will begin once financing is complete. The car is especially designed for rescue teams and travel services. The name of the car is Ísar, plural of the word Ís ( Ice) and this particular model is named Ísar Torveg. More »

Deep shamanistic roots in Iceland

í fyrradag Sociologist Valgerður H.Bjarnadóttir teaches shamanism in Iceland and next week she hosts a special workshop focusing on the ancient shamanistic traditions of Iceland. She says that shamanism is alive in the world's indiginous cultures and a part of the Icelandic Norse and Celtic heritage. More »

Prepared for Ebola

í fyrradag In the worst case scenario of an Ebola infected person arriving in Iceland, hospital staff are now being trained in how to put on protective clothing and glasses. A special Ebola team of 30 people has been set up at the National University Hospital. More »

The Gun Plot Thickens?

í fyrradag The debate over the Icelandic police force acquiring automatic weapons intensified yesterday when a Norwegian military spokesman stated that they were not free of charge as stated by Icelandic police, while adding that the actual number was 250 guns, not 150. The public and the media remain puzzled as to exactly is going on. More »

New hotel in Siglufjörður to open next summer

23.10. Picturesque Siglufjörður, in North Iceland will be priding itself of a new hotel which will formally open on June 1st. "We're already pretty booked for next summer and next autumn so we're very optimistic," says Finnur Yngvi Kristinsson, project manager at Rauðka in Siglufjörður. More »

Midnight Metal: Behind the scenes of the Sólstafir music video

23.10. American director Bowen Staines directed the new video for "Lágnætti" a song by Icelandic metal band Sólstafir this summer. The video is filmed in Kollafjörður in the west fjords of Iceland and features incredible scenery. More »

New feature film on Icelandic music premiered at Airwaves

23.10. A new documentary on the Icelandic music scene, titled Tónlist (music) will be premiered at Iceland Airwaves. The film, by Stephen Beven and Tim Boddy in association with the 405, "explores a deeper understanding of the Icelandic psyche" according to the filmmakers. More »

Instagrams of Iceland featured in The Daily Mail

23.10. Finn Beales, a Welsh photographer who has accumulated more than 340,000 followers on Instagram thanks to his talent for capturing some of the world's most astounding scenery recently paid Iceland a visit. His stunning photographs have just been published in British newspaper The Daily Mail. More »

Pollution now in north Iceland

22.10. Sulphur dioxide pollution is now high in Húsavík, Mývatn and surrounding areas. Pollution has gone down in Höfn, east Icelanad but residents in the aforementioned areas are warned to stay indoors especially if they have respiratory illnesses. More »

Badly equipped rental car overturned on icy road

22.10. Two French tourists were lucky not to get hurt when their vehicle overturned in Mýrdalssandur near Vík, south-east Iceland. The car was very poorly equipped for driving in wintery conditions. More »

Reykjavík one of world's top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations

21.10. The Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2015' lists Reykjavík in ninth place for the ten gay-friendliest cities in the world. The story made British newspaper The Independent today and the book hits stores tomorrow. More »

Watch out: Icy roads tonight

21.10. The snow that fell last night has melted slightly during the day. Freezing temperatures are expected towards the evening and according to the Icelandic Road Administration this will cause roads to become dangerously icy. More »

Reykjavik children delighted: How to have fun in the snow!

21.10. While Icelandic adults may have sighed this morning at the prospect of winter, children are always delighted when the first snow arrives. Youngsters all over Reykjavik pulled out their snow sleds and toboggans and tried their hand at building snowmen or throwing snowballs at each other. More »

People of Höfn warned to stay indoors

21.10. Considerable pollution is now in Höfn, in Hornafjörður east Iceland due to the Holuhraun eruption. Last night the levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2) rose to 1,8 ppm or around 5100 µg/​m3.. This warning was announced from the Icelandic Civil Protection. Text messages to mobile phones were sent to residents in the area where they were urged to stay indoors and to close their windows. More »

First snowfall in the capital

21.10. Citizens of Reykjavík woke up to a pretty sight this morning - a thick layer of snow. Although children are gleeful at the prospect the snow is causing heavy traffic and the police reminds drivers to take care today. Several mishaps occurred in Kópavogur this morning due to cars getting stuck in the snow and slippery road conditions. More »

Passenger on plane to Iceland tied down due to disorderly behaviour

20.10. Airline crew of a plane flying from Toronto to Keflavík Airport notified the police of a passenger exhibiting disorderly behaviour on the flight. The man was very drunk and verbally abused the airline staff. The crew had to take measures to tie the man down in his seat so that he wouldn't cause further discomfort or danger to fellow passengers. More »

Red fox in Þingvellir?

í fyrradag Fox and mink-hunter Reynir Bergsveinsson believes that a red fox is living in the Þingvellir national park, south Iceland. There are no red foxes in Iceland, only Arctic foxes which can only mean that someone smuggled the animal to the country and released it. More »

What did Reykjavík look like in 1926?

23.10. The following video offers a glimpse into life in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, in the year 1926. The video was shot by the American traveller, photographer and filmmaker Burton Holmes. More »

Iceland top Nordics in Fifa rankings

23.10. The football world has been turned on its head. When the Fifa World Ranking was published Thursday Iceland's national team was in place 28, ahead of the other Nordic countries for the first time. More »

Around 70 earthquakes in the last 24 hours

23.10. Approximately 70 earthquakes occurred on the Bárðarbunga caldera rim in the last 24 hours reports the Iceland Met Office this morning. The strongest quakes were of the magnitude of 4.8 yesterday at 13:21 and at 4.6 at 01:36. No significant changes are observed in the seismic activity around the Bárðarbunga volcanic system. More »

Only in Hollywood and Höfðatorg

22.10. Video showing two shirtless men trying to leave a parking garage in Iceland in 2011 has been posted on YouTube. Security camera caught on tape when the driver manages to drive through a gate only to overturn the car. Miraculously no one got hurt. More »

Domain's owner now registered in the UK

22.10. The registered owner of the domain names Khilafah.is and Khilafa.is, which were used for a website with links to the terrorist organisation Islamic State, has changed his postal address given to ISNIC, the Icelandic company responsible for registering .is domains. More »

Icelandic police received MP5 machine guns as gift from Norwegian authorities

22.10. The Icelandic police force has acquired 150 MP5 machine guns . This was first disclosed in newspaper DV yesterday and has caused a stir of controversy in Iceland as Icelandic police are normally not armed except for a special Viking squad. More »

Icelandic water for sale in Taiwan

21.10. Jón Ólafsson, director and founder of Icelandic Water Holdings hf. released a statement today that Icelandic Glacial water will now also be distributed in Taiwan. "We are proud of this contract and proud to offer Icelandic Glacial in this beautiful country." Icelandic Glacial is sold in 19 countries throughout the world and is also used by french fashion house and cosmetic giant Christian Dior in the production of the Dior Snow facial cream. More »

Icelandic bomb specialists may have found mustard gas in Iraq after all

21.10. There are several indications that the weapons found by a bomb squad in Iraq in 2003 did indeed contain chemical weapons. Bomb specialist Jónas Þorvaldsson revealed this in an interview on Rúv national television last night as a follow up to The New York Times story on the secret casualties of Iraq's abandoned chemical weapons. More »

Rock star sentenced for attacking police officer

21.10. Musician Oddur Hrafn Stefán Björgvinsson, better known as Krummi, lead singer and songwriter of bands Mínus and Legend, has been sentenced to 60 days probational prison for attacking a police officer on duty. Krummi has denied all charges. More »

Icelandic journalist wins case in the ECHR

21.10. Hjálm­ar Jóns­son, chairman of the Icelandic Union of Journalists says in an interview with mbl.is that he is very pleased about journalist Erla Hlynsdóttir winning a case in the ECHR (European Convention of Human Rights) against the Icelandic state. More »

Accidents due to snow and ice

20.10. Rescue teams have just been called out to Hellisheiði, south Iceland when a truck skidded off the road where weather conditions are bad. There is snowfall, heavy wind and the road is very icy. A coach literally blew off the road near Ingólfsfjall mountain, south Iceland just after 6.p.m. Fortunately, no one was injured in either accident. More »

Large quake this morning

20.10. There is still considerable seismic activity at Bárdarbunga. An earthquake of 5,1 was measured at 08.54 this morning on the north side of the cauldera. More »

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