Employees of the City of Reykjavík are currently clearing snow from part of the frozen Tjörnin, the pond by the City Hall, and turning it into a public ice rink with access from the street Tjarnargata.
Nature & Travel
The number of tourists who arrived in Iceland via airports and Seyðisfjörður port totaled 997,000 in 2014. This is an increase of 190,000, or 23.6 percent, from 2013, according to new numbers from the Icelandic Tourist Board.
In the last 24 hours, eight reindeer have been run into on roads in the East Fjords. Guide Skúli Benediktsson told RÚV that he was called out to help when five reindeer were killed yesterday.
Þorvaldur Garðar Helgason, a fox hunter from Hólmavík in the eastern West Fjords, noticed a mysterious trail in the snow while on a hunt near the airport at Arngerðareyri in Ísafjörður on Saturday evening. Speculations are rife.
Vanessa Williams-Grey, anti-whaling campaigner at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, has criticized Icelandic brewery Steðji for producing a beer made with fin whale testicles smoked with dried sheep dung.
Search and rescue volunteers faced a life-threatening situation when two avalanches fell in the slopes of mountain Esja outside Reykjavík during a rescue operation on Sunday evening. Two of the volunteers were tossed 80 meters (262 feet) with the second avalanche, one of them injuring his leg....
Roads in Reykjavík are covered in snow and many neighborhood streets were not passable this morning. Municipal workers have been working through the night to try to clear the roads but are yet to reach all suburbs.
The above picture was taken by Iceland Review Online – Deutsch contributor Dagmar Trodler on the Hellisheiði mountain pass connecting Reykjavík and Hveragerði in South Iceland shortly before the road was closed last night.
A new record was set in Iceland when on December 29 the temperature in Skjaldþingsstaðir in Vopnafjörður, East Iceland, reached 16ºC (60.8ºF). It was the warmest temperature in Iceland between Christmas and New Year’s Day since records began, according to the Icelandic Met Office.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning as a storm with a wind speed of more than 20 m/s is expected to hit all parts of the country in the evening, lasting through the night. The storm will arrive in South and West Iceland first.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for parts of Iceland today. Southwesterly winds of 15 to 23 m/s are forecast for later today, strongest in the south.
A 50-100 meter (164-328 feet) high steam geyser has appeared in a 400-meter deep drainage hole drilled some days before Christmas by Landsvirkjun National Power Company in the geothermal area Þeistareykir in Northeast Iceland.
In addition to the seismic activity at Bárðarbunga volcano and the Holuhraun eruption site, the Icelandic Met Office has reported earthquakes in other parts of the country over the holidays, including an earthquake sequence 10 km (6 miles) north of the Geysir geothermal field.
After excessive snowfall and frosty temperatures around the country, strong winds from the south carried warm air with them, leading to a sudden thaw and rainfall in some regions. Road conditions are extremely slippery in all parts of the country.
The road under the slope Súðavíkurhlíð between Ísafjörður and Súðavík in the West Fjords has been closed since 1 am last night because of avalanche risk. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning for the region with wind speed expected to exceed 20 m/s.
The mountain pass across Holtavörðuheiði connecting West and North Iceland was cleared this morning. The road, which is part of Ring Road 1, had been impassable for 24 hours. The snowstorm has also interrupted domestic flights.
There have been no flights to Gjögur airport in the Westfjords municipality of Árneshreppur since late last week—and the road is closed too.
The controversial idea of charging Icelandic and foreign tourists to see the pearls of the Icelandic countryside is making its way through parliament and looks likely to become a reality.
Many roads are closed this morning in all regions of Iceland, and roads which remain open are not easily passable due to ice or snow.
The wind which hit East Iceland on Sunday was so strong that meteorologist Þóranna Pálsdóttir declared it among the “strongest we’ve seen.”
IR editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson took the following photos during today’s ongoing storm in Reykjavík.
The Icelandic Road Administration has issued a warning due to reindeer along Ring Road One in Mýrar between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Höfn, Southeast Iceland.