Nature & Travel

Alert Phase Declared Due to Skaftá Flood

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in association with the District Commissioner in South Iceland declared an Alert Phase yesterday due to the fast rising flash flood in Skaftá glacial river which began yesterday and will continue for several days.

Moonstone Taken from Museum

A piece of rock from the moon which has been on display in the Exploration Museum in Húsavík, northeast Iceland, has been taken back into the care of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, which owns the stone.

Crisis Puffins in Mini Comeback

Four-times more pufflings have been registered in this year’s census on the Westman Islands than last year—but the puffin stock is still a long way from recovery.

Dredging Difficulties Disappointing

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.

Lake Monster Video to Receive Award

At a meeting yesterday, the town council of Fljótsdalshérað, East Iceland, agreed to suggest that town authorities award a prize in the amount of ISK 500,000 (USD 775, EUR 696) to Hjörtur Kjerúlf, farmer at Hrafnkelsstaðir, for capturing the Lagarfljótsormur monster lake snake on video.