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.
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The road across mountain pass Hellisheiði connecting Reykjavík with South Iceland was closed this morning due to snowy and stormy conditions. All domestic flights scheduled this morning have been postponed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Travelers visiting the beach Djúpalónssandur on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland risked their lives by standing too close to the surf on two occasions on Saturday. Giant waves crashed over the people and started pulling them out to sea.
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.
Tour guide Helgi Guðmundsson is calling on tourists to respect warning signs and not put themselves in unnecessary danger following an incident yesterday he wishes he had not seen.
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...
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...
Iceland Review photographer Geir Ólafsson ventured out into the bad weather in Reykjavík yesterday to take these shots.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued an avalanche risk warning for Patreksfjörður in the West Fjords.
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.
Many streets in towns across East Iceland were impassable today still due to a blizzard which hit the region yesterday afternoon. Many schools in the region were closed today.
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.
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, ruv.is reports. After 6 pm, however, it is not necessary to book.
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.
Tourists were found putting themselves in grave danger yesterday by climbing onto the icebergs in Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland.
A humpback whale which was marked with a satellite sender in Eyjafjörður fjord, North Iceland, on November 10 last year has since swam in an almost straight line south from Iceland to the east of Bermuda.
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...
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.