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.
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).
Visits by tourists to Þingvellir National Park in Southwest Iceland have increased by 238 percent over the darkest months, November through February, in ten years. Their number has gone up from 21,000 to 71,000.
Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, has raised concerns over plans for a high-voltage transmission line to be built by Landsnet, which would mean that the experience of the highlands will not be the same. The association has also protested the widening of Sprengisandsvegur road in...
Iceland is at a turning point concerning strain on nature caused by tourism, according to director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Center (ITRC) Edward H. Huijbens, who hosted a conference on the issue on Thursday.
The Arctic fox stock in nature reserve Hornstrandir in the West Fjords nearly collapsed this past summer. A multitude of foxes were found dead and very few pairs managed to raise cubs, as stated in a report by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) released last week.
NGO Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, claims that Icelandair encouraged off-road driving in an advertisement on Norwegian website icespiration.no. The ad has since been removed and Icelandair states that it was published by mistake.
Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson claimed the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize Of Horses and Men and the City of Reykjavík won the Nature and Environment Prize at the 2014 Nordic Council Prizes ceremony in Stockholm yesterday.
About 300 people gathered for the Loftslagsganga (‘Climate Walk’) in Reykjavík on Sunday. The walk was part of an initiative organized by the global movement Peoples Climate March, calling for the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions.