Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Grímsstaðir Committee to Discuss Long-Term Lease

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stated that the committee appointed to review the legislation of leasing land to citizens outside the EEA will present its proposals on the case of Chinese investor Huang Nubo’s interest in Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum shortly.

Record Number Complete Laugavegur Run

A total of 330 runners of the 345, who started the Laugavegur run in Landmannalaugar yesterday, completed the 55-km (34-mile) route and made it to Þórsmörk, which is a new record. According to earlier news, 357 people registered to participate.


Preservation of Þingvellir Farm Underway

The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland is working on the preservation of Þingvallabærinn, the distinctive farm at Þingvellir National Park. The houses were built on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in 1930.

Árneshreppur, the West Fjords, Iceland

Massive Mudslide Falls in West Fjords

A large landslide fell from the mountain Árnesfjall in Árneshreppur, the northeastern West Fjords, and down to Hvalvík cove yesterday afternoon. Farmer at Melar Björn Torfason witnessed the event and described it as if the mountain had exploded.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Gases Still Released by South Iceland Flood

Flood water from the geothermal area below Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland can still be detected in the rivers Múlakvísl and Jökulsá at Sólheimasandur. Travelers are advised to keep away from the western edge of Sólheimajökull glacial tongue where the flood emerges.