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 likely explanation of the patches of white in Lake Mývatn, which have puzzled scientists for weeks, appears to be a chemical reaction due to lack of oxygen.
Professor of geology Stefán Arnarson believes the geothermal areas around Hengill and Reykjanes are being overused.
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.
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.
“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.
A foreign tourist received an ISK 150,000 (EUR 1,000, USD 1,100) fine for driving off-road east of Hrossaborg crater in the Mývatn area, Northeast Iceland, this week. Another traveler witnessed the particularly severe case of off-road driving and notified the police.
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...
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.
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.
A company called PCC BakkiSilicon hf. has decided to construct a silicone factory in the industrial zone Bakki, near Húsavík, Northeast Iceland.
The Icelandic Marine Research Institute’s annual spring expedition from May 18 to 30 concluded that the ocean temperature off Iceland has not been lower in 18 years, or since 1997. The number of krill is below average and not a single mackerel was caught.
The organization of young environmentalists has posted a plea and a challenge to 31 Icelandic outdoor festivals on its website.
Two rainbow trout were caught in Arctic char and salmon fishing rivers in North Iceland, last weekend, one in Eyjafjarðará on Friday and the other in Fljótaá on Sunday, which are believed to have escaped from marine pens.
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.
Chilean Denmark-based artist Marco Evaristti refused to pay a fine for pouring pink dye into erupting hot spring Strokkur in the Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland on Friday and left the country. His stunt has provoked anger among Icelanders.
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.
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.
The Gulf Stream, an ocean current carrying warm and salty seawater to the coast of Iceland, contributing to an unusually mild climate for the island’s latitude and fertile fishing grounds, is slowing down, according to a study published in Nature online on Tuesday.
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...
The alternative fuel plant Carbon Recycling at Svartsengi in Southwest Iceland will triple its production in a few weeks. The Icelandic National Planning Agency has approved the plant’s enlargement.
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.