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).
Nature & Travel
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.
Sales of trips abroad have increased sharply in recent days as Icelanders go in search of some sunshine. Sunlight in the capital is at a 19-year low and not since records began in 1920 has there been more rainfall in Reykjavík during the month of June.
Two new species of plants, creeping buttercup and Hornemann’s willowherb, were found on the volcanic island of Surtsey during the annual scientific expedition to the island this week.
The magistrate in Húsavík has placed an injunction on the collection of admission fees at the hot springs by Námaskarð and the Leirhnúkur-Krafla caldera, by the Association of Landowners at Reykjahlíð.
The sun will be shining in North and East Iceland, while Iceland’s capital region will not see proper sunshine, apart from a few hours here and there, until July 25, according to the long-term forecast on the website of the Norwegian Meteorological Institution, yr.no.
An earthquake swarm occurred under Mýrdalsjökull glacier between 10:50 and 11:20 am today. The strongest of the approximately 20 events was of a magnitude 3.1.
The level of uncertainty issued by the Civil Protection Department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police last week because of a glacial outburst flood in the river Múlakvísl, which originates in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, has been lifted.
The Environment Agency of Iceland had found that the level of fluoride in grass in the vicinity of the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, is 43.6 micrograms on average; considerably higher than the guideline limit of 40 micrograms.
A man was found injured in the remote Jökulfirðir in the West Fjords today. The hiker was poorly equipped and slipped in and out of consciousness. He appeared to have fallen and suffered head trauma, and probably bone fractures too.
Around 80 people, mostly foreign tourists, were camping at Álftavatn along the popular Laugavegur hike in Iceland’s south-central highlands on Thursday night when a storm hit.
A large landslide fell from the mountain Árnesfjall in Árneshreppur, the northeastern West Fjords, and down to Hvalvík cove yesterday afternoon. Farmer at Melar Björn Torfason witnessed the event and described it as if the mountain had exploded.
Flood water from the geothermal area below Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland can still be detected in the rivers Múlakvísl and Jökulsá at Sólheimasandur. Travelers are advised to keep away from the western edge of Sólheimajökull glacial tongue where the flood emerges.
A number of tourists were reported in the area by Sólheimajökull glacial tongue in South Iceland yesterday in spite of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civic Protection Department warning people against traveling there due to a minor glacial outburst flood and dangerous gases...
Owner of travel company Teitur Jónasson ehf., Haraldur Teitsson, has declared the road across Kjölur, a popular highland route which connects South and North Iceland, to be “horrible,” especially the northern side from Blöndulón to Seyðisá.
There are indications that a small glacial outburst flood is occurring in the river Múlakvísl, which originates in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where the volcano Katla is located.