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Underground Lava River Seen in Thermal Image

A new thermal image of the Holuhraun eruption site, shot from the air, reveals a glowing underground lava river. The river originates in the crater, flows under solidified lava to the northeast and extends 14 km (8 miles) to the edge of the new lava field.

Costco to Open Giant Store in Iceland

U.S. Costco Wholesale, the third-largest retailer in the world, is planning to open a 14,000-square-meter (16,743-square-yard) store at Kauptún in Garðabær outside Reykjavík (where IKEA is based) within a year. The company has already bought the facilities.

Proposal to Move State Companies out of Capital

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson called the government to a meeting last Friday afternoon on short notice to discuss a proposal from Norðvesturnefndin (The Northwest Committee) about creating jobs in Northwest Iceland.

Ring Road to North Iceland Reopens

The mountain pass across Holtavörðuheiði connecting West and North Iceland was cleared this morning. The road, which is part of Ring Road 1, had been impassable for 24 hours. The snowstorm has also interrupted domestic flights.

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Visiting Iceland in Winter

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Airwaves

Wayne in the Sky with Balloons

The Flaming Lips close Iceland Airwaves 2014 in a style that can only be described as ecstatic, confetti-crazed and completely over the top. The War on Drugs as a warm-up is not bad either, even without the gimmicks.