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Everest

Vilborg Leaves for Everest

Icelandic adventurer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir left yesterday for Nepal, where she plans to set off on her journey up Everest.

Reykjavík

Earth Hour 2014 Celebrated in Iceland

Reykjavík City is taking part in the global Earth Hour today. Lights in the capital will be turned off at 8:30 pm. A concert with Ragnheiðar Gröndal and Pálmi Gunnarsson will take place in Háskólatorg to mark the event.

Iceland's West Fjords

Avalanches Hit Road Sixty One

Luckily no one was driving Súðavíkurhlíð, road 61, connecting the village of Súðavík in Álftafjörður, with the town of Ísafjörður, when two avalanches fell on the road, yesterday afternoon.

Golden plover

First Signs of Spring in Iceland

The first golden plover in its summer feathers, considered the first sign of spring in Iceland, was spotted in Kópavogur, in the Greater Reykjavík Area, on Saturday.

Near Ólafsvík

Weather Warning for West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a weather warning for West Iceland. RÚV reports that the wind is particularly strong on Snæfellsnes peninsula, especially in the northern part, in Ólafsvík and Grundarfjörður.

Skeiðararsandur

Glacier Flood in Grímsvötn Volcano

A glacier outburst flood has started in Grímsvötn volcano. According to measurements by the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Scientists, the water volume in Grímsvötn is similar to during the glacial outburst flood in November 2012.

Mývatn

PM Criticizes Tourist Entry Fees

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in parliament today that charging fees through different methods at various tourist destinations around Iceland is unacceptable. Sigmundur and MP for the Left Greens Árni Þór Sigurðsson agreed that a framework needs to be set up before...

Storm selfie

Bad Weather Selfies

Daily DV has asked its readers to take selfies and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #ovedursselfie. In Icelandic ‘óveður’ means really bad weather.

Stopp Let's Protect the Park press conference

Björk and Friends Raise ISK 35 Million for Nature Protection

The Stopp - Let’s Protect the Park project, organized by director Darren Aronofsky, Björk, Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, has raised ISK 35 million for Icelandic nature conservation, as announced at a press conference in Harpa...

Grímsstaðir

Old GPS Maps Get Tourists into Trouble

The search and rescue team in rural Jökuldalur valley, East Iceland, has had to rescue tourists stuck in snow on the old road on Möðrudalsöræfi mountain pass, connecting East and North Iceland, nine times over the past year. The road is not in use anymore.

Hekla volcano

Police Ask People Hiking Hekla to Bring Mobile

The police in Rangárvallasýsla recommend that people who intend on hiking up Hekla volcano take their mobile phones with them so that if measurements show that an eruption is imminent, they can be contacted.

Siglufjörður

East Going West

The search and rescue team in the Þingeyjarsýsla region, east of Akureyri, was called out at midnight last night to search for a tourist who had planned to spend the day photographing the waterfall Dettifoss but had not returned to his hotel in Akureyri.

Tourists in Iceland in winter

Nature Pass to Take Effect in 2015

A nature pass system will be implemented in Iceland at the beginning of next year, ruv.is reports. The pass will cost ISK 2,000 (USD 17, EUR 13) for four days, ISK 3,000 (USD 26, EUR 19) for one month and ISK 5,000 (USD 44, EUR 32) for five years.

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