The police in Rangárvallasýsla recommend that people who intend on hiking up Hekla volcano take their mobile phones with them so that if measurements show that an eruption is imminent, they can be contacted.
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The magma chamber under volcano Hekla is now almost full, according to Páll Einarsson, professor in geophysics at University of Iceland.
As of yesterday, visitors to Geysir must pay an entrance fee of ISK 600. The introduction of a fee has been widely debated.
The search and rescue team in the Þingeyjarsýsla region, east of Akureyri, was called out at midnight last night to search for a tourist who had planned to spend the day photographing the waterfall Dettifoss but had not returned to his hotel in Akureyri.
A nature pass system will be implemented in Iceland at the beginning of next year, ruv.is reports. The pass will cost ISK 2,000 (USD 17, EUR 13) for four days, ISK 3,000 (USD 26, EUR 19) for one month and ISK 5,000 (USD 44, EUR 32) for five years.
Tourists in search of the northern lights last night had to call search and rescue to assist them when they got stuck in snow on road 431 near Lake Hafravatn on the outskirts of the capital.
Search and rescue services found the man who had been hiking on Snæfellsjökull during the storm yesterday.
Search and rescue services have been busy responding to calls during the ongoing storm. A tourist called the 112 national emergency number at around 4 pm asking for assistance on Snæfellsjökull.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for today. The forecast is for winds of up to 25 meters per second with rain and black ice.
There has been a 25-fold increase in birds in Kolgrafafjörður, Snæfellsnes peninsula, since the mass herring deaths in late 2012-early 2013, according to director of the West Iceland Center of Natural History Róbert Arnar Stefánsson.
The Landowners Association of Geysir has decided to suspend the introduction of an entrance fee to visitors of the Geysir geothermal area after the Finance Minister filed an injunction demand at the Selfoss District Commissioner on Friday.
Kolgrafafjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, has been proving popular with tourists since the mass herring deaths in 2012 and 2013. Up to 200 people visited the area on Wednesday.
The search and rescue team of Vopnafjörður spent twenty hours helping a traveler who had passed a closing sign on Ring Road 1, east of Lake Mývatn, and continued on until he got stuck in snow.
The month of February has been dry in Reykjavík with no snow or rain while there has been almost non-stop snow in the northern and eastern parts of Iceland.
An avalanche fell from the mountain Heinabergsfjall last night on road 590 on Skarðströnd in West Iceland’s Dalir region. This is the third avalanche to fall on that part of the road in the last few days.
Visiting Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss in Northeast Iceland, will soon cost ISK 800 (USD 7, EUR 5).
After heavy snowfall in the eastern and northern parts of Iceland over the last week, roads have finally started to reopen.
The foreign tourists who spent the night sleeping in a tent in -23°C (-9.5°F) at Lake Mývatn, Northeast Iceland, last night looked cheerful and lively as they were packing up their tens this morning, according to local Kolbrún Ívarsdóttir.
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.
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).