Police officers who were patrolling the Vatnajökull National Park near Lakagígar in the southern highlands, yesterday came upon a small SUV stuck in a mossy bog. Off-road driving can result in fines of up to ISK 500,000 (USD 4,350, EUR 3,225).
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The Civil Protection Department of Iceland has reopened trails near the crater lake Öskjuvatn in Askja, a popular tourist destination in the northeastern highlands.
Rumbles were reported near the mountain Herðubreið in Northeast Iceland yesterday morning. The cause is yet to be determined.
A fairly large, 12-15 meter (39-49 feet), whale was discovered dead on the beach in Skarðsvík in Trékyllisvík, Árneshreppur, in the West Fjords, last weekend.
A level of uncertainty has been declared at Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland. The glacier’s edge has risen 1.5 meters (4 feet, 11 inches) in recent days.
Geologists are looking to drill a new drill hole for further research on Surtsey, the youngest of the 15 volcanic islands in the Vestmannaeyjar (‘Westman Islands’) archipelago off South Iceland.
The Icelandic Coast Guard is among those who are examining the legal status of crew members of cruise ships using the vessels’ rescue boats to take passengers on sightseeing trips, including to nature reserves.
The month of July was rainy across the country with a 30-year record of 89.3 mm—70 percent above the average—being set in Reykjavík.
A viewing platform is currently being built by Ófærufoss, a two-cascade waterfall in Eldgjá canyon, an eruption fissure near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the southern highlands within Vatnajökull National Park.
Landowners at the natural pool Hrunalaug in South Iceland are overwhelmed by the large number of tourists that flock to the pool every day. The visitors’ conduct is often poor and the land has started to show signs of irreparable damage.
Forests in Iceland are set to increase ten times this century and cover 12 percent of the country’s surface—instead of the current 1.2 percent—by 2100. This was suggested in a comprehensive policy on forestry in Iceland, submitted early last year.
Earth scientist Ármann Höskuldsson advises people against walking down to Öskjuvatn, the lake in the crater of Askja volcano, where a massive rockfall caused high tidal waves early last week. He wants the lake, a popular travel destination in the northeastern highlands, to remain off limits...
It appears as if the wild berry season will be good in North and East Iceland this year. The regions have enjoyed high temperatures and a lot of sunshine this summer. The outlook is not as promising in South and West Iceland because of extensive rain in those parts.
Whales of Iceland, a museum set to open in Reykjavík in mid-August, will be the largest of its kind in Europe. In total there will be 23 to-scale model whales in its main exhibition, representing every kind of whale found off the shores of Iceland.
One cruise ship docked in Reykjavík for 24 hours discharges the same amount of nitrogen into the atmosphere as 10,000 cars, according to a recent article published by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
Last weekend members of ICE-SAR search and rescue were called out to assist hikers in different regions of Iceland, as well as drivers who had run into difficulties. No one was harmed but some of these operations were extensive and took a long time.
Helgi Rúnar Halldórsson, cabin guard in Langidalur in Þórsmörk, in the southern highlands, saved 15 passengers from a small bus en-route to Þórsmörk, which was stuck in the river Steinholtsá, yesterday morning.
There is still a risk of further rockfalls causing tidal waves in Öskjuvatn, the lake in the stratovolcano Askja, and so walking paths around the lake remain closed. Askja is a popular tourist destination in the northeastern highlands.
Specialists from the Icelandic Met Office and earth scientists from the University of Iceland were at Askja today to research the rockfall which occurred in the area on Monday night.
A roughly one-kilometer wide piece of land fell from a mountain near Askja stratovolcano on Monday night. Several 50-meter tidal waves crashed on the rocks around the lake in Askja during the night.
“I was with a group of tourists today at the Laufskólavarða cairn when I saw lot of tissue on the ground. I was going to pick it up, as one does to keep one’s environment clean, but I was quick to leave it when I realized that this was poop lying all over the place,” guide Kristín Ólöf...
A blue salmon was caught yesterday in the river Elliðaá, in the Reykjavík area, by amateur fisherman Rögnvaldur Geir Sigurðsson. The fish had garnered attention for its unusual color earlier this summer when it was spotted in the river by fishermen and passersby.
Travel agencies have been warned not to take tourists to certain areas near Lake Mývatn after an injunction was placed on fee collection in the area.
Birdlife in and around Reykjavík has been unusually vibrant recently. The reason for this is the shoals of sand eels currently in Skerjafjörður. Sand eels are a prime choice for most seabirds.