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Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir with Mt. Lhotse in the background.

First Icelandic Woman to Conquer Everest

Icelandic mountaineer Vil­borg Arna Giss­ur­ar­dótt­ir reached the summit of Mount Everest last night, becoming the seventh Icelander to conquer the mountain and the first Icelandic woman to do so.

Large Area of Moss Damaged

When Styrmir Sigurðsson went hiking by Grindaskörð on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland recently, he discovered major tire tracks in a large area of the moss-covered landscape.

Vopnafjarðarheiði.

Gale Warning and Road Closure

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (wind speeds of 15-25 m/sec) for Southeast Iceland today and for North Iceland by evening.

Eyjafjöll.

Ring Road Reopened

Ring Road One in Southeast Iceland between Freysnes in the west and Jökulsárlón in glacial lagoon in the east has just been reopened.

Road closed, South Iceland.

Severe Weather Update

Ring Road One in South Iceland from Markarfljót river in the west to Vík í Mýrdal in the east will be closed at 2 pm today, due to weather.

Víkurskarð

Weather Warning and Travel Advisory

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong or violent gale warning (wind speeds in excess of 20 m/sec) for the West Fjords late tonight and for most parts of Iceland tomorrow.

Roads closed to bus traffic.

Driving Buses out of Downtown Reykjavík

Vehicles designed for more than eight passengers, as well as specially equipped mountain trucks, will be prohibited from driving in certain parts of downtown Reykjavík, beginning June 1.

Weather map

Heat Wave in Iceland

There is an unusually warm mass of air over Iceland today, and yesterday, thermometers rose to rare heights in the northeastern part of the country.

Fin whale.

“Whales Give More Than They Take”

The importance of whales to ecosystems at sea and on land is a growing area of research. There is an expanding body of evidence to suggest that high numbers of whales support other lifeforms throughout the ecosystem—including those the whales prey upon—and commercial fish stocks.

Unicorn Escaped Slaughter

Farmer Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir has one sheep who stands out from the crowd. He Has one double-thick horn coming from the middle of his head—just like a unicorn. He does not have the body of a horse, however.

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