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Herjólfur ferry.

Dredging Difficulties Disappointing

When a large Luxembourg dredger arrived in South Iceland last week, hopes were raised on the Westman Islands—but it has since run into difficulties which are hampering its work.

A screenshot of a video showing a Landsnet electricity mast being moved.

New Highland Power Line Proposed

Iceland’s national grid company believes that new power lines across the highlands are the best option for strengthening the country’s distribution network over the coming years, according to a new strategic plan introduced this week.

Rubbish bin

Calls for Plastic to Have New Life

Tómas J. Knútsson, leader of the Blue Army in Iceland, an organization dedicated to keeping the sea and the shore clean, removed 3.5 tons of plastic from beaches in May but could not find anywhere to take it.

Þingvellir

Þingvellir Toilets to be Free Again

“We think it impedes tourists too much,” says Þingvellir committee leader Sigrún Magnúsdóttir about the decision to stop charging people to use the toilets at the Hakið area of Þingvellir National Park.

Lagarfljót

New Lagarfljót River Mouth Successful

National power company Landsvirkjun had a new river mouth made for Lagarfljót in East Iceland last year at the risk of the old river mouth shifting further and carrying water from Kárahnjúkavirkjun dam into fishing river Fögruhlíðará, which also mouths into the bay. The measures appear to have...

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Iceland’s Glaciers May Expand after Snowy Winter

After the unusually heavy snowfall last winter—20 to 30 percent more snow fell compared to the average winter in the past 20 years—Iceland’s glaciers may expand for the first time in two decades, according to glaciologist Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson at the Icelandic Met Office.

Eclipse at Jökulsárlón

Iceland to Reveal Paris Climate Summit Goals This Week

The Icelandic government’s priorities for the UN climate change summit to be held in Paris next year will be presented to the public this week. The country’s environment minister says Iceland will most likely subscribe to the same set of goals Norway and the EU have proposed.

Green Flag Protest outside Alþingi

Around 400 protesters gathered outside the Icelandic parliament this week with green flags to call on the government to cancel its proposal to remove protections of four highland rivers by approving them for hydroelectric damming.

Pink Strokkur.

Artist Colors Icelandic Geyser Pink

Denmark-based Chilean artist Marco Evaristti pour pink food coloring into erupting hot spring Strokkur in the Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland yesterday and recorded a video of it as part of his ‘Pink State’ art project.

Geysir - Strokkur

Geysir Owners Request Quota on Visitors

The private owners of the Geysir geothermal area, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, have reiterated their concern that damage is being done to the area as a result of it being overcrowded. They request a quota on visitors.

Geysir geothermal area.

Tourists Find Geysir and Glacial Lagoon Overcrowded

Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir, associate professor in tourism studies at the University of Iceland, carried out a survey for the Icelandic Tourist Board last summer, asking 12,000 visitors about their perception of eight popular destinations in Iceland, two of which the majority of respondents...

Looking over Jökulsárgljúfur through a cave.

Three Iceland Power Plant Options off the Table

The National Energy Authority has decided to withdraw three of the power plant options submitted to the task force working on the third stage of the framework program for energy harnessing and nature protection as they were located within Vatnajökull National Park.

SO2 pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, seen from Reykjavík

Thick Pollution Layer from the U.S. over Iceland

A 1-km (3,280-feet) thick pollution layer which originated from the U.S. East Coast was detected by coincidence at an altitude of 5 km above the Holuhraun eruption site on January 22. Pollution from North America has never been confirmed in the atmosphere above Iceland before.

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