Travel service companies are encouraged to reinforce their contingency plans, due to an increased risk of eruption in Katla volcano.
Nature & Travel
Aryeh Nirenberg, a passenger traveling from New York to Keflavík on December 31, recorded a video of the northern lights, which has caught a lot of attention.
The Reykjavík Tourist Information Center was opened in the City Hall today. The Information Center has been operated nearby, at Aðalstræti 2 since 2002.
Today will be cold with a slow wind across Iceland with -5 to -10°C (23-50°F) in inhabited areas and up to -20°C (-4°F) in the highlands, as in the past few days. The roads across Breiðdalsheiði and Öxi in East Iceland are currently impassable.
A tidal wave may hit Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off South Iceland, in case a volcanic eruption in Katla causes a flash flood from Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The scenario was discussed at a meeting in Vestmannaeyjar on Wednesday evening.
District Commissioner in South Iceland Anna Birna Þráinsdóttir stated yesterday that the Icelandic state’s preemption right to acquire Fell, the land to which part of Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon belongs, had not expired after all on January 9 when the state announced its decision.
Italian adventurer Alex Bellini is planning to plant a capsule in a drift ice in Greenland next winter and live inside it for one year to study and raise awareness of climate change. One January 20 he will launch a solo crossing of Vatnajökull glacier on skis.
The Environment Agency of Iceland has decided to close Kirkjufjara beach, South Iceland, to all travelers, following yesterday’s accident, when a German woman lost her life after being caught by a wave.
David and Gail Wilson, the Australian couple who were lost for seven hours on Langjökull glacier in a blizzard on Thursday, harshly criticized the company which organized the snowmobile tour, Mountaineers of Iceland, for having gone ahead with the tour in such weather.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 occurred in the northern caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier shortly before noon yesterday. A few aftershocks followed, the largest of which measured 2.3 magnitude.
We found these timelapse images of Iceland, called ‘Whispering Iceland,’ at vimeo.com and thought we’d share them with you.
Rescue workers were called out shortly before 5 pm yesterday to search for a man and a woman who had gone missing on Langjökull glacier.
Build-up of heavy industry in Iceland will increase coal usage in the country to 224,000 tons a year by 2018.
An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 hit an area 3 km (0.6 miles) south of Þingvallavatn lake, Southwest Iceland, at 11:56 am.
A severe gale warning is in effect for North and East Iceland, as well as for the area south of Vatnajökull glacier.
ICE-SAR has issued a travel warning for today, due to the weather forecast, which calls for heavy snow and blizzard conditions on mountain roads in East Iceland shortly after noon and later during the day in Northeast Iceland.