Sales of trips abroad have increased sharply in recent days as Icelanders go in search of some sunshine. Sunlight in the capital is at a 19-year low and not since records began in 1920 has there been more rainfall in Reykjavík during the month of June.
Nature & Travel
Two new species of plants, creeping buttercup and Hornemann’s willowherb, were found on the volcanic island of Surtsey during the annual scientific expedition to the island this week.
The magistrate in Húsavík has placed an injunction on the collection of admission fees at the hot springs by Námaskarð and the Leirhnúkur-Krafla caldera, by the Association of Landowners at Reykjahlíð.
The sun will be shining in North and East Iceland, while Iceland’s capital region will not see proper sunshine, apart from a few hours here and there, until July 25, according to the long-term forecast on the website of the Norwegian Meteorological Institution, yr.no.
An earthquake swarm occurred under Mýrdalsjökull glacier between 10:50 and 11:20 am today. The strongest of the approximately 20 events was of a magnitude 3.1.
The level of uncertainty issued by the Civil Protection Department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police last week because of a glacial outburst flood in the river Múlakvísl, which originates in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, has been lifted.
The Environment Agency of Iceland had found that the level of fluoride in grass in the vicinity of the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, is 43.6 micrograms on average; considerably higher than the guideline limit of 40 micrograms.
A man was found injured in the remote Jökulfirðir in the West Fjords today. The hiker was poorly equipped and slipped in and out of consciousness. He appeared to have fallen and suffered head trauma, and probably bone fractures too.
Around 80 people, mostly foreign tourists, were camping at Álftavatn along the popular Laugavegur hike in Iceland’s south-central highlands on Thursday night when a storm hit.
A large landslide fell from the mountain Árnesfjall in Árneshreppur, the northeastern West Fjords, and down to Hvalvík cove yesterday afternoon. Farmer at Melar Björn Torfason witnessed the event and described it as if the mountain had exploded.
Flood water from the geothermal area below Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland can still be detected in the rivers Múlakvísl and Jökulsá at Sólheimasandur. Travelers are advised to keep away from the western edge of Sólheimajökull glacial tongue where the flood emerges.
A number of tourists were reported in the area by Sólheimajökull glacial tongue in South Iceland yesterday in spite of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civic Protection Department warning people against traveling there due to a minor glacial outburst flood and dangerous gases...
Owner of travel company Teitur Jónasson ehf., Haraldur Teitsson, has declared the road across Kjölur, a popular highland route which connects South and North Iceland, to be “horrible,” especially the northern side from Blöndulón to Seyðisá.
There are indications that a small glacial outburst flood is occurring in the river Múlakvísl, which originates in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where the volcano Katla is located.
Reiner Huttasch, an opera lighting technician from Bern, Switzerland, recently arrived in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, on the ferry with a 54-year-old Swiss-made Buhler tractor.
The municipality of outer Rángárþing, South Iceland, has decided to host a competition for the organization and design of a visitors’ area surrounding the Landmannalaugar hot springs.
There are signs that the puffin stock in Iceland is at great risk again this year. According to biologist Erpur Snær Hansen, there is a collapse of the puffin stock in Iceland.
The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning that mudflows may occur across roads in mountainous regions in Northwest and North Iceland in the coming days. There is also a risk of landslides in the West Fjords and on Tröllaskagi in the north due to heavy rainfall.
Twenty-one people were rescued from the whale-watching boat Haukur after it got stranded on Lundey island in Skjálfandi Bay, North Iceland, shortly before 6 pm yesterday.
Most campsites in Iceland have electricity and many offer cooking and laundry facilities, as well as showers. Additional facilities at some campsites in Iceland include free Wi-Fi, television and even laser tag.
Precipitation in Reykjavík measured 115.8 millimeters in June, the highest since records began in 1920 and more than three times the June average.
A deep low is forecast in Southwest and West Iceland tomorrow. The Icelandic Met Office has urged travelers to keep an eye on weather updates over the next few days.
Landmannalaugar, the well-known hot springs in South Iceland, have been red-listed by the Environment Agency of Iceland.