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Cruise ship

Concerns Raised over Cruise Ship Pollution

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).

Askja

Walking Paths in Askja Remain Closed

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.

Askja

Askja Closed due to Huge Landslide

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.

Tourist visiting Þingvellir National Park

Complaints over Tourists doing Business in Nature

“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...

Elliðavatn

Blue Salmon Caught in Reykjavík

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.

Florida

Icelanders Traveling abroad in Search of Sun

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.

Surtsey

New Plants Found on Surtsey

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.

Sólheimajökull glacier

Uncertainty Level due to Glacial Flood Lifted

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.

Árneshreppur, the West Fjords, Iceland

Massive Mudslide Falls in West Fjords

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.

Sólheimajökull glacier, South Iceland

Gases Still Released by South Iceland Flood

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.

Sólheimajökull glacier

Tourists Crowd Glacier in Spite of Warnings

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...

Tractor

Tourist Arrives in Iceland on Tractor

Reiner Huttasch, an opera lighting technician from Bern, Switzerland, recently arrived in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, on the ferry with a 54-year-old Swiss-made Buhler tractor.

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