Nature & Travel

Earthquake of 4.0 Hits near Reykjavík

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0, which hit at 1:10 pm this afternoon, could clearly be felt in Reykjavík and neighboring communities. The epicenter was 6.7 km (4.2 miles) north-northeast of Krýsuvík on Reykjanes peninsula, an area known for seismic activity.

Coldest May in Reykjavík in Decades

The current May is the fourth coldest in Iceland’s capital since 1949 and the coldest since 1979, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson. The southwestern corner of the country has been the worst hit by cool westerly winds, while it has been slightly warmer in other regions.

Travelers Lost in Icelandic Highlands

Search and rescue teams in North Iceland have been called out to search for two men who are lost west of Askja volcano in the northeastern highlands. They started hiking from Strengjabrekka last weekend and were planning to walk to Svartárvatn lake.

Energy Boss Warns: Dam or Run Out of Electric

Iceland needs to orient its framework agenda on energy production in a way that not only considers the impacts of damming more of the highlands, but also the impacts of running out of electricity. So says head of marketing and business development at power company Landsvirkjun.

Spring Brings East-West Divide

The spring weather is unevenly distributed across Iceland at the moment. Norðfjörður in the East Fjords is still particularly badly impacted by thick snow, which is causing problems—not least for organized tours, some of which have had to be canceled.

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