Nature & Travel

Tourist in Reykjavík in winter

Close to One Million Tourists in 2014

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.

Reindeer, East Iceland

Eight Reindeer Hit in East Fjords

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.

A screenshot of a video of mysterious tracks in the snow.

Mysterious Tracks in Snow in West Fjords

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.

search rescue

Search and Rescue Volunteers Caught in Avalanche

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....

Snowstorm in Reykjavík, December 16, 2014

Snow Hinders Commuting in Reykjavík

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.

Photo: Snowstorm on South Iceland Road

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.

Vopnafjörður petrol station

Record High Temperature in East Iceland

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.

Storm on Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Storm Warning for South Iceland

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.

Geysir - Strokkur

Earthquakes Hit Geysir Area and North 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.

Sudden Thaw Leads to Slippery Conditions

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.

Iceland's West Fjords

Avalanche Risk and Storm in West Fjords

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.

Snowstorm by Hallgrímskirkja

Ring Road to North Iceland Reopens

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.

Árneshreppur, the West Fjords, Iceland

Cut Off For Six Days

There have been no flights to Gjögur airport in the Westfjords municipality of Árneshreppur since late last week—and the road is closed too.

Northern lights at Þingvellir National Park

Nature Pass Losing Popularity

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.

Storm Breaks Wind Meter

The wind which hit East Iceland on Sunday was so strong that meteorologist Þóranna Pálsdóttir declared it among the “strongest we’ve seen.”

Iceland weather map, December 16, 2014

More Stormy Weather across Iceland

Another strong gale warning has been issued for South and West Iceland today and tomorrow. A gale is described as wind more than 20 m/s. The forecast also includes snow for the south and west turning to sleet or rain this afternoon.