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.
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.
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.
The Association of Rangers in Iceland released a statement yesterday condemning the National Energy Authority’s proposal of new power plants within and on the borders of national parks, and close to popular tourist destinations.
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.
Vanessa Williams-Grey, anti-whaling campaigner at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, has criticized Icelandic brewery Steðji for producing a beer made with fin whale testicles smoked with dried sheep dung.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced on Tuesday that Progressive Party MP Sigrún Magnúsdóttir would join the cabinet as minister for the environment.
Twenty-one year old entrepreneur Aðalsteinn Lárus Skúlason recently set up Iceland’s first electric car rental service, Electric Carrental.