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Ptarmigan Hunting Season Begins in Iceland

Today is the first day of the ptarmigan hunting season in Iceland and thousands of hobby hunters are expected to head out attempting to catch their Christmas roast. There will be 12 hunting days in total, the next four weekends, Fridays through Sundays.

Snowfall in Reykjavík on October 21, 2014.

Photos: First Real Snow in Reykjavík

As reported, inhabitants in Iceland’s capital woke up to a white cover of snow this morning, causing slippery conditions and slow traffic. While drivers were annoyed, Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson captured the snow’s beauty in the following pictures.

Storm in Reykjavík

Snow, Icy Roads and Strong Wind around Iceland

The Icelandic Road Administration has warned drivers that there are spots of ice on Hellisheiði mountain pass to South Iceland as well as on Mosfellsheiði on the way to Þingvellir. Other roads around the country are also covered in spots of ice and wet snow or snow.

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Tourist Rescued from Kirkjufell Mountain

The search and rescue team Klakkur in Grundarfjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, was called out to Kirkjufell at around 8 pm last night after a foreign tourist got stuck on the mountain.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

130 New Glaciers Named

Glaciologist Oddur Sigurðsson of the Icelandic Met Office has named 130 Icelandic glaciers that used to be unnamed. Most of the glaciers are located on Tröllaskagi peninsula between Eyjafjörður and Skagafjörður in North Iceland.

Seals at the Reykjavík Zoo.

Drones Used to Count Seals

Scientists in Iceland will use drones for the seal count this year, organized by the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries and Icelandic Seal Center. If the method proves successful, it will be added to the usual counting of seals by plane and is hoped to reduce costs.

Gunnuhver hot spring, Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Gunnuhver Mud Spring Closed

Police have closed the viewing platform at Gunnuhver mud pool in a geothermal area on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, as a precautionary measure after piping hot clay started shooting up many meters into the sky and a lot of steam started rising from the area.

The consequences of off-road driving in South Iceland.

Tourist Fined for Off-Road Driving

A tourist requested assistance from the police at Hvolsvöllur on Thursday when he drove off-road and got stuck in the mud. He was fined for off-road driving.

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Half a Million ISK for Off-Road Driving

Tourists from California on vacation in Iceland were fined ISK 250,000 (USD 2,100, EUR 1,650) for driving off-road at Sólheimasandur, South Iceland. The 4x4 Iceland Car Rental company charged ISK 180,000 (USD 1,550, EUR 1,200) for damages to the car.

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