It appears as if the wild berry season will be good in North and East Iceland this year. The regions have enjoyed high temperatures and a lot of sunshine this summer. The outlook is not as promising in South and West Iceland because of extensive rain in those parts.
Nature & Travel
Whales of Iceland, a museum set to open in Reykjavík in mid-August, will be the largest of its kind in Europe. In total there will be 23 to-scale model whales in its main exhibition, representing every kind of whale found off the shores of Iceland.
One cruise ship docked in Reykjavík for 24 hours discharges the same amount of nitrogen into the atmosphere as 10,000 cars, according to a recent article published by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
Last weekend members of ICE-SAR search and rescue were called out to assist hikers in different regions of Iceland, as well as drivers who had run into difficulties. No one was harmed but some of these operations were extensive and took a long time.
Helgi Rúnar Halldórsson, cabin guard in Langidalur in Þórsmörk, in the southern highlands, saved 15 passengers from a small bus en-route to Þórsmörk, which was stuck in the river Steinholtsá, yesterday morning.
There is still a risk of further rockfalls causing tidal waves in Öskjuvatn, the lake in the stratovolcano Askja, and so walking paths around the lake remain closed. Askja is a popular tourist destination in the eastern highlands.
Specialists from the Icelandic Met Office and earth scientists from the University of Iceland were at Askja today to research the rockfall which occurred in the area on Monday night.
A roughly one-kilometer wide piece of land fell from a mountain near Askja stratovolcano on Monday night. Several 50-meter tidal waves crashed on the rocks around the lake in Askja during the night.
“I was with a group of tourists today at the Laufskólavarða cairn when I saw lot of tissue on the ground. I was going to pick it up, as one does to keep one’s environment clean, but I was quick to leave it when I realized that this was poop lying all over the place,” guide Kristín Ólöf...