There was certainly excitement in the air in Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll arena on Saturday with gymnasts often leaving spectators stunned with their skills. While loyally supporting their teams, people couldn’t help but cheer for all contestants as they performed near magic.
Journalist and environmentalist Ómar Ragnarsson flew over Holuhraun last week and shot a new video of the eruption site, published on ruv.is. The video shows the expanse of the new lava field, which now covers 60.7 km2 (23.4 square miles).
Seismic activity in the Bárðarbunga system and volcanic activity at the eruption site in Holuhraun is comparable to recent days, the Icelandic Met Office reported this morning. A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit on the northern rim of the caldera at 08:36 am.
As reported, inhabitants in Iceland’s capital woke up to a white cover of snow this morning, causing slippery conditions and slow traffic. While drivers were annoyed, Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson captured the snow’s beauty in the following pictures.
A truck blew off the road on the Ring Road on Hellisheiði mountain pass leading from Reykjavík to Hveragerði and South Iceland yesterday evening, as can be seen in the following video. A bus also blew off the road, as the wind speed reached 23 meters per second.
The Icelandic national team in women’s team gymnastics was satisfied with coming second to Sweden in the TeamGym 2014 final on Saturday, even though they were aiming for the gold. Three Icelandic athletes made the TeamGym AllStar team.
Reykjavík residents woke up to a cover of snow this morning and snow had also fallen in most other regions. Police ask drivers to be aware of slippery road conditions. Two mountain passes in the West Fjords are impassable.
The skeleton of a blue whale which beached in Iceland in 2010 will be preserved in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, as Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced at a Progressive Party convention in Hallormsstaður, East Iceland, last weekend.
Members of the Kurdish community in Iceland initiated a peace walk to the Icelandic parliament building on Austurvöllur square in central Reykjavík yesterday to protest the abuse Kurds in Syria are being subject to by terrorist organization Islamic State (IS).
Former CEO of Landsbanki Sigurjón Þ. Árnason and former manager of the bank’s company division Elín Sigfúsdóttir were today acquitted of charges of abusing their positions and risking the bank’s funds at Reykjavík District Court.