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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.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Glacial Melt Lifts Iceland, Triggers Eruptions

Climate change is causing 11 billion tons of glacial ice to melt in Iceland every year. The glacial melt, which is happening at a faster rate than earlier believed, results in an annual uplift of 35 mm (1.4 in), as a new study concluded. This may lead to more frequent volcanic eruptions.

Dettifoss waterfall.

Dams in Jökulsá among New Energy Options

The National Energy Authority published a draft of a definition for 23 new energy harnessing options in Iceland yesterday, among them two hydropower plants in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in Northeast Iceland, upriver from Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Oslo Christmas Tree, Austurvöllur.

Christmas Tree Forest Opens Today

The Reykjavík Forestry Organization has announced that this year’s “Christmas Forest” is going to be Hólmsheiði and it opens to the public at 12.00 today (Saturday).

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