An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the northern end of Bárðarbunga between 4 and 5 am yesterday morning. The volcano, which lies under the massive Vatnajökull glacier, caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands of Iceland.
Nature & Travel
This summer’s nesting season at Tjörnin, the Reykjavík Pond, in the Vatnsmýri bird reserve in the city center, is looking to be successful. The local birdlife is on the mend after many years of poor results. Three new duck species have appeared there in recent years.
Six new species of birds have settled in Iceland since the turn of the century. Being a settler is not a well-defined term, but when a bird returns for nesting for 10 years or so, it seems fairly safe to say that it settled.
The most unusual bathing place in Iceland, a natural pool to the north-east of the newly formed lava at Holuhraun in the 2014-15 eruption, has now disappeared.
Because Katla is under a glacier, an eruption will be accompanied with a major flood that could do considerable damage to houses, roads and bridges in the area. People who remembered the 1918 eruption shook with fear many year later when they recalled the outburst.
The water level of glacial river Múlakvísl has risen in line with increased seismic activity in volcano Katla, which lies under Mýrdalsjökull icecap in South Iceland. Scientists are monitoring developments in the volcano closely.
According to a new MMR poll, conducted July 15-22, 49.6 percent of Icelanders plan to travel abroad during their summer vacation.
The physician in Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland, and his wife returned home from a short vacation Tuesday night to discover someone had set up a tent in front of their living room window.
The shooting of a polar bear in Northwest Iceland on Saturday demonstrated a lack of understanding of animal protection issues and a lack of respect for animal lives.
The Icelandic Coast Guard helicopter is in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, getting ready for a flight intended to look for polar bears.
Counting sheep is advised when you’re having trouble sleeping, but counting seals should keep you awake.
In an effort to save the lives of Arctic tern chicks, a road on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, has been painted in bright colors.
‘Juvenile’ lake balls, or marimo, the free-floating spherical growth form Aegagropila linnaei, have been found in lake Mývatn again, much to the delight of researchers.
The trip of a young, American couple to Þórsmörk, the popular hiking area north of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, ended in an entirely different kind of Þórsmörk in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, thanks to their GPS.
Rescue workers from Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland, were called out this afternoon to assist a foreign woman who was trapped in a landslide by Reynisfjara beach.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning for the northwestern part of the country tonight and through noon tomorrow.