The wind at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman islands) yesterday was among the strongest ever recorded in Iceland. The easterly wind reached 180 km/h (112mph) last night.
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The pollution level in Reykjavík and other parts of the country peaked yesterday at 40 times the upper safe limit.
The best weather today will be in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, with perfectly clear skies and 0°C (32°F).
The eastern part of Heinabergsjökull receded by one kilometer last year, according to the measurements of the Icelandic Society for Glacial Research (Jöklarannsóknarfélag Íslands).
Road 835 from Grenivík to Lake Mývatn, Northeast Iceland, has been closed since Friday when a large avalanche fell from Gerðarfjall mountain.
The law firm Landslög has sent the Land Owners Association of Geysir a letter from the government, where they reiterate their opposition to an entrance fee at Geysir.
Icelanders are not always better prepared than tourists when traveling around Iceland, according to Tómas Gíslason, assistant director of the national emergency line 112.
Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir voiced her disappointment today with the decision by private landowners to go ahead with the introduction of an entrance fee to Geysir. As reported yesterday, the fee will be introduced next month.
An entrance fee to Geysir erupting hot spring in South Iceland will be charged by private landowners of the area as of March 10.
The average temperature in Reykjavík in January was 2.4°C (36.3°F), 2.9°C (37.2°F) above average for the month of January during the period 1961-1990 and 1.4°C (34.52°F) above the average temperature from 2004-2013.
A fatal accident occurred yesterday when a foreign tourist in his fifties fell into a river which runs through an ice cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, Southeast Iceland. The man had been photographing the cave when he suddenly fainted and fell into the river.
A Eurasian Bittern, rarely seen in Iceland, was spotted near Laugar in Reykjadalur valley in Northeast Iceland over the weekend.
The police in Hvollsvöllur, South Iceland, have asked people not to travel in the region because of a storm currently hitting the southern coast.
Citizens of Reykjavík have been complaining about a repugnant smell, found in many places in the capital, including Austurvöllur Square, Miklatún and other grassy outdoor areas. The smell is caused by calcium damage in grass that has been covered by a thick layer of ice for a long time.