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Iceland’s Capital Enjoys Indian Summer

Temperatures around 10°C (50°F) are forecast for this week in Reykjavík, which is much warmer than usual in late November. Last weekend too, capital residents were enjoying the Indian summer, mild and calm weather.

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Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.

Reykjavík houses

Particle Pollution Levels Exceed Limit in Reykjavík

The concentration of particulate matter (PM10) was above the health limit yesterday and earlier today and is expected to exceed the limit again tomorrow, according to a press release from Reykjavík City Council. The pollution is in part caused by the use of studded tires during the winter months...

Timelapse Video of Northern Lights

Guatemalan photographer Ivan Castro recently published this timelapse video of the northern lights and glow of the Holuhraun eruption from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

The road across Sprengisandur desert in the Icelandic highlands.

Fears Road Could Destroy Uniqueness of Highlands

Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, has raised concerns over plans for a high-voltage transmission line to be built by Landsnet, which would mean that the experience of the highlands will not be the same. The association has also protested the widening of Sprengisandsvegur road in...

Driving in Iceland in winter

Difficult Driving Conditions across Iceland

Difficult driving conditions are expected in North Iceland today and tomorrow as well as in West Iceland until this afternoon because of snowy and stormy weather. People traveling in Iceland are advised to follow updates on weather and road conditions closely.

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Storm Hits South Iceland, Strong Gale Warning

A storm is currently raging in South Iceland, reaching a speed of 40 meters per second at Stórhöfði in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and 50 meters per second in the strongest squalls at Stórhöfði, below the Eyjafjöll mountains and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Arctic Fox Stock Collapses in West Fjords Reserve

The Arctic fox stock in nature reserve Hornstrandir in the West Fjords nearly collapsed this past summer. A multitude of foxes were found dead and very few pairs managed to raise cubs, as stated in a report by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) released last week.

northern lights over Reykjavík

Man Turns off Street Lights to See Northern Lights

A man turned off the street lights in the rural community of Kleppjárnsreykir in Borgarfjörður recently so that tourists could get a better view of the northern lights. The man used a flashlight to trick the sensors in the street lights.

Red Fox

A Red Fox in Iceland?

An experienced fox hunter, Reynir Bergsveinsson, has seen footprints by an unusually large fox in Þingvellir. He thinks this may be either a red fox or a silver fox.

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Ptarmigan Hunting Season Begins in Iceland

Today is the first day of the ptarmigan hunting season in Iceland and thousands of hobby hunters are expected to head out attempting to catch their Christmas roast. There will be 12 hunting days in total, the next four weekends, Fridays through Sundays.

Snowfall in Reykjavík on October 21, 2014.

Photos: First Real Snow in Reykjavík

As reported, inhabitants in Iceland’s capital woke up to a white cover of snow this morning, causing slippery conditions and slow traffic. While drivers were annoyed, Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson captured the snow’s beauty in the following pictures.

Storm in Reykjavík

Snow, Icy Roads and Strong Wind around Iceland

The Icelandic Road Administration has warned drivers that there are spots of ice on Hellisheiði mountain pass to South Iceland as well as on Mosfellsheiði on the way to Þingvellir. Other roads around the country are also covered in spots of ice and wet snow or snow.

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Tourist Rescued from Kirkjufell Mountain

The search and rescue team Klakkur in Grundarfjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, was called out to Kirkjufell at around 8 pm last night after a foreign tourist got stuck on the mountain.

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