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Short Stories from Iceland

By Páll Stefánsson

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The first ever Disaster Days, held in Hólmavík over the weekend, was such a disaster it will be held again next year, the mayor of Hólmavík told ruv.is

Women’s basketball team Snæfell from Stykkishólmur are now the Icelandic champions for the first time, after winning Hamar from Hveragerði 91:79 on Sunday. Snæfell will still end the season on top even if they lose the four remaining games as they are eight points ahead of the second-placed team, Haukar from Hafnarfjörður. 

In other sport news, women’s ice hockey team Skautafélag Reykjavík (SR) lost 1:6 to Skautafélag Akureyrar (SA) at a home game in Reykjavík. 

And SA are not the only ones celebrating; 34 Icelanders are 100 years old or older. Three of them will celebrate their 100th birthday this week.

A new bridge over Lögurinn in Egilsstaðir on Ring Road 1 needs to be built because the largest trucks which pass over it are too heavy to cross the bridge connecting North and East Iceland.

A 65-year-old cold weather record was broken at Lake Mývatn, Northeast Iceland, yesterday when the temperature dropped to -28.2°C (-18.8°F).

But, it hasn't been cold in all parts of the country. The first birds have been arriving in Iceland from Great Britain this week. Daily Morgunblaðið reports that 32 swans was seen in Lón, north of Höfn, Southeast Iceland, yesterday. 

In other news, police in Reykjavík have busted 50 people for possession of illegal drugs such as amphetamine and cocaine over the last few days.

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