Nature & Travel

A member of ICE-SAR fastening roof slates in a storm.

Major Storm Warning for Iceland on Sunday

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning as a major storm is expected to hit Iceland on Sunday afternoon and last until late on Monday. The wind speed might reach 20-30 m/s on Sunday, or 110 km/h (65 m/h). On Monday, squalls near mountains might reach 50 m/s, or 180 km/h (112 m/h).

Iceland's West Fjords

Skiing Course Canceled due to Lack of Snow

A cross-country skiing course which was to be held in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, next weekend has been canceled due to a lack of snow. There isn’t even any snow on the mountain tops, local news website.

The ice tunnel in Langjökull.

Photos: Ice Tunnel in Langjökull Nearly Finished

A 200-meter (656-feet) ice tunnel has been dug into Langjökull in West Iceland, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Last weekend, lighting was established. The project is being carried out by tour operator Ice Cave, which plans to offer tours into the glacier as of next summer.

Laugardalslaug swimming pool

Warm November in Reykjavík So Far

The average temperature in Reykjavík so far this month has measured just over 5ºC (41ºF), which is roughly 3ºC (37.4ºF) higher than the average temperature for November during the past ten years.

Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík.

National Geographic Praises Reykjavík Cemetery

Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík made the National Geographic’s recent listing of the five ‘Loveliest Cemeteries’ in Europe. Readers are encouraged to not look at cemeteries as gloomy and ghostly but rather as cultural relics and a kind of botanical gardens.

Iceland’s Capital Enjoys Indian Summer

Temperatures around 10°C (50°F) are forecast for this week in Reykjavík, which is much warmer than usual in late November. Last weekend too, capital residents were enjoying the Indian summer, mild and calm weather.

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.

Reykjavík houses

Particle Pollution Levels Exceed Limit in Reykjavík

The concentration of particulate matter (PM10) was above the health limit yesterday and earlier today and is expected to exceed the limit again tomorrow, according to a press release from Reykjavík City Council. The pollution is in part caused by the use of studded tires during the winter months...

Timelapse Video of Northern Lights

Guatemalan photographer Ivan Castro recently published this timelapse video of the northern lights and glow of the Holuhraun eruption from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

The road across Sprengisandur desert in the Icelandic highlands.

Fears Road Could Destroy Uniqueness of Highlands

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...

Driving in Iceland in winter

Difficult Driving Conditions across Iceland

Difficult driving conditions are expected in North Iceland today and tomorrow as well as in West Iceland until this afternoon because of snowy and stormy weather. People traveling in Iceland are advised to follow updates on weather and road conditions closely.

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Arctic Fox Stock Collapses in West Fjords Reserve

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.

northern lights over Reykjavík

Man Turns off Street Lights to See Northern Lights

A man turned off the street lights in the rural community of Kleppjárnsreykir in Borgarfjörður recently so that tourists could get a better view of the northern lights. The man used a flashlight to trick the sensors in the street lights.

Red Fox

A Red Fox in Iceland?

An experienced fox hunter, Reynir Bergsveinsson, has seen footprints by an unusually large fox in Þingvellir. He thinks this may be either a red fox or a silver fox.