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News 2014 - October

northern lights over Reykjavík

Man Turns off Street Lights to See Northern Lights

A man turned off the street lights in the rural community of Kleppjárnsreykir in Borgarfjörður recently so that tourists could get a better view of the northern lights. The man used a flashlight to trick the sensors in the street lights.

kjötsúpa

Winter Welcomed with Meat Soup and Ram Groping

Today is the first day of winter according to the Icelandic calendar. As in the past 11 years, it will be celebrated with Meat Soup Day on Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík, where passersby can enjoy a taste of free kjötsúpa, a classic culinary staple, from 2 pm.

Red Fox

A Red Fox in Iceland?

An experienced fox hunter, Reynir Bergsveinsson, has seen footprints by an unusually large fox in Þingvellir. He thinks this may be either a red fox or a silver fox.

ptarmigan

Ptarmigan Hunting Season Begins in Iceland

Today is the first day of the ptarmigan hunting season in Iceland and thousands of hobby hunters are expected to head out attempting to catch their Christmas roast. There will be 12 hunting days in total, the next four weekends, Fridays through Sundays.

A map showing how the lava from Holuhraun would cover the capital area

Holuhraun New Lava Covers Equivalent of Entire Capital Area

The area covered in new lava from the Holuhraun eruption now measures 63 square km (24 square miles), 2.3 square km larger than reported three days ago. Had the eruption occurred in Reykjavík, the lava would now cover the entire city plus all neighboring communities except Mosfellsbær.

Cows

Changes Proposed to Pricing in Dairy Industry

Sixteen MPs of the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Pirate Party submitted a bill in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week on amendments to the law on price consultation in the dairy industry. The current law is being criticized for hindering competition.

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