Nature & Travel

Map of Vatnajökull

Skiers on Glacier Call Search and Rescue

Two foreign tourists who intended to ski across Vatnajökull glacier called the 112 emergency hotline this morning, requesting assistance getting down from the glacier. Search and rescue picked up their traveling companion on Tuesday after he had fallen ill.

Reykjavík domestic airport

Severe Turbulence on Domestic Flight

A domestic flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir had to turn around on Tuesday evening after it hit severe turbulence. Many passengers were traumatized by the experience and were offered counseling the day after.

Crazy Weather Attacks Again

Iceland has had more than its fair share of damaging storms this winter, with yet another battering the country yesterday and continuing to cause trouble today.

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Cruise Ship to Iceland for Solar Eclipse

The first cruise ship to arrive in Iceland this year is expected later this month. The arrival is earlier in the season than usual in order to view the solar eclipse on March 20.

Winter in Reykjavík

Coldest February in Reykjavík in Seven Years

This past February was the coldest Iceland’s capital has seen since 2008. The temperature was below the average for the past ten year across the country and below the average for 1961-1990 in South and Southwest Iceland and in most parts of West Iceland too.

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Another Storm Brewing in Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning of more than 20 m/s in Iceland for tomorrow. A northwesterly wind of 10 to 18 m/s is forecast for Northeast and East Iceland, accompanied by snowshowers, elsewhere lighter westerly wind and occasional snowshowers. The temperature will...

Tourists in danger at Jökulsárlón

Tourists Asked to Respect Iceland’s Dangers

The last week has seen regular Icelandic news stories about tourists putting themselves in danger, for example at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Reynisfjara beach—as well as car windows being smashed as tourists attempted to drive in Öræfasveit during a severe storm last Sunday.

Blizzard and Avalanche Risk in West Fjords

A blizzard is raging on all mountain passes in the West Fjords and on the roads leading to Flateyri and Suðureyri. The driving conditions are poor around Reykhólar in the southern part of the region and along Ísafjarðardjúp in the north. The roads under the mountainsides Súðavíkurhlíð and...

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Tourists Saved from Highlands in Crazy Weather

Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern highlands. All men were found before...

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Follow the Storm Live

The low pressure system moving across Iceland today can be monitored on the website

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Another Storm Warning for Across Iceland

A strong gale or severe gale warning, issued for wind of 20 to 28 m/s, is in effect for all parts of Iceland today. A violent storm, with wind of more than 28 m/s, is forecast for the West Fjords tonight and tomorrow.

Storm in Reykjavík

Crazy Weather in South Iceland Smashes Windows

A major storm hit South Iceland on Sunday. Search and rescue volunteers had to assist at least ten drivers after flying stones smashed the windows of their cars. The people, mostly foreign tourists, were taken to a nearby hotel, but the cars were left behind.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Advance Booking Now Needed for Blue Lagoon

There have been so many visitors to the Blue Lagoon, Southwest Iceland, this February that guests without an advanced booking have not been allowed entry, reports. After 6 pm, however, it is not necessary to book.

Storm on Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Storm Warning for Parts of Iceland

The weather forecast for today is for decreasing northerly and northeasterly wind, widely 10 to 18 m/s around noon, but 18 to 25 m/s in the east and southeast. Snowshowers in the north and east, elsewhere mostly dry and partly fair, but widespread snowdrifts.

A car stuck in snow in Keflavík.

Poor Road Conditions in Southwest Iceland

The driving conditions in South and Southwest Iceland, including Suðurnes region where Keflavík International Airport is located, are currently poor with intermittent snowfall blocking visibility, snow-cover and slippery roads. Search and rescue services were called out to assist drivers this...

Reykjavík domestic airport

Record in Canceled Flights in Iceland

The weather has been unusually crazy in Iceland this winter, leaving commuter blizzard-struck on roads and grounding flights. A new record was set at domestic airline Air Iceland when 90 flights were canceled in the first nine days of February.

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Icelandic Fox Cubs Sent to Foreign Zoos

The Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park recently sent animals to be kept at foreign zoos for the first time. These were the five cubs of fox couple Frosti and Flandra, which were born last spring. After undergoing medical examination and vaccination, one cub was sent to Norway and four to Sweden.