Winter has arrived in Iceland judging by the current road conditions in the West Fjords and on mountain passes in West and Northwest Iceland. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning of strong gale wind.
Nature & Travel
Many Reykjavík residents have noticed thunder and lightning today, and the sky has been lit up with thunderbolts.
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.
Domestic flights in Iceland were canceled this morning due to a strong gale. New information on the status of flights is expected shortly.
Our friend Elisabetta Rosso has just published a photo on the National Geographic web of an unusual sunrise in Vík.
U.K. astronomer and photographer James Woodend has won the Overall Prize, as well as the award in the Earth and Space category, with his image ‘Aurora Over a Glacier Lagoon,’ taken in Iceland.
Photographer Elisabetta Rosso came to Iceland and used drone technology to take pictures of some of the most popular destinations in the country. This is really worth watching if you are planning a trip to Iceland or want to recall some of your favorite places.
In this video of a school of mackerel, one of the fish rises from the water and dances on top of the sea for about half a minute.
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.
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.
Reykjavík has a new slogan: ‘Reykjavík Loves.’ This is the result of a marketing competition held by the Association of Local Authorities in the Capital Region (SSH). The winner was announced on Thursday.
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.
The red-gold sand beach Rauðasandur (sometimes spelled Rauðisandur) in the southern West Fjords has made it to U.S. airline Cheapflights’ list of ‘10 trek-worthy beaches around the world.’
Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says.
NASA’s MODIS satellite took the above thermal image of the cyclone formerly known as Hurricane Cristobal near Iceland at 10:10 pm last night.
Three large earthquakes shook Bárðarbunga during the night. The first, of magnitude 3.9, occurred at 2:25 am 4.4 km northeast of the volcano, the second, of magnitude 4.2, at 3:09 am 5.2 km east-southeast of Bárðarbunga and the third, of magnitude 4.5, at 5:00 am 5.3 km northeast of Bárðarbunga...
Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson, who has been at the eruption site at Holuhraun all Sunday along with other scientists, said that about 700 earthquakes had been recorded in the area since midnight.
Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson told RÚV that the lava is getting thicker. He reckoned that the lava flow was 300 to 400 cubic meters (about 10,000 cubic feet) per second. The action is now greater on the northern side of the fissure.
According to volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson, the eruption in Holuhraun lava field is more powerful now than it was this morning.
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred in Bárðarbunga caldera just after midday today. This is the ninth earthquake over a magnitude 5.0 to occur in the area since a level of uncertainty was first declared in Bárðarbunga two weeks ago.
The eruption which started in Holuhraun lava field this morning is 50 times larger than the eruption which occurred in the same area on Friday morning, according to professor of geophysics Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson.