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).
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After cooler temperatures, slippery road conditions and minor snowfall today, the warm weather Iceland has enjoyed so far this month is set to continue, as meteorologist Trausti Jónsson writes on his blog.
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 website Where Cool Things Happen has chosen Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in south Iceland as the most beautiful in the world.
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.
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.
A new time-lapse video of the northern lights by producer Snorri Þór Tryggvason was shown on Icelandic television tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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...
A group of MPs from all political parties have submitted a parliamentary resolution on conducting a risk assessment of tourism in Iceland.
Guatemalan photographer Ivan Castro recently published this timelapse video of the northern lights and glow of the Holuhraun eruption from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.
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...
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.
The situation for sea birds in West Iceland is extremely poor after a continuous short supply of food over the past decade.
The search and rescue squad Ok in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, was called out to assist foreign tourists who were stuck in their car on a mountain road in Kaldidalur valley above Húsafell in the western highlands on Saturday.
Iceland is at a turning point concerning strain on nature caused by tourism, according to director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Center (ITRC) Edward H. Huijbens, who hosted a conference on the issue on Thursday.
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.
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.
NGO Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, claims that Icelandair encouraged off-road driving in an advertisement on Norwegian website icespiration.no. The ad has since been removed and Icelandair states that it was published by mistake.
It’s estimated that 100,000 tourists visited the municipality Fjallabyggði in North Iceland in 2013, a 50 percent increase from 2010 when a tunnel connecting the municipality’s two towns, Ólafsfjörður and Siglufjörður, opened.
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.