Siglufjörður resident Torfi Þórarinsson compares yesterday’s weather in the North Iceland town to a tornado.
Nature & Travel
According to the Icelandic Met Office, there are indications that a minor glacial outburst flood in Skaftá river, South Iceland, has begun.
A 3.8 magnitude earthquake was picked up by sensors 5.7 km (35 miles) northeast of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier in the northern highlands at approximately 1:30 pm today. Bárðarbunga caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption.
The earthquake swarm which began in the Katla caldera under Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland the night before yesterday has died down for now, according to seismologist Martin Hensch at the Icelandic Met Office.
The Icelandic Met Office picked up continued seismic activity in Katla volcano yesterday. At 3:12 pm a tremor of magnitude 3.3 occurred. Around 2 am the previous night, earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.6 hit the volcano—the largest to be recorded there since 1977.
The bright summer nights are gone and autumn is arriving. The northern lights have become visible again and photographers have begun hunting the dancing aurora in the sky.
The United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane which made an emergency landing on Sólheimasandur, a black sand beach in South of Iceland, in 1973 has become famous after being featured in music videos and films.
Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 4.5 hit Katla volcano in Mýrdalsjökull glacier last night, followed by a series of aftershocks. These are the largest quakes to hit Katla since 1977, when a 5.1 earthquake was measured there.
Russians are the group of tourists happiest with their stay in Iceland, according to the Tourist Pulse.
The ruling committee for environmental and natural resource issues decided last Friday that the work on power lines to PCC’s silicon plant at Bakki, North Iceland, must be halted for the time being for environmental reasons.
The Icelandic Met Office has forecast warm and sunny weather throughout most of the country today with temperatures of up to 20°C in the capital region.
It’s August 24th and the northern lights made a spectacular comeback at midnight after a summer break.
A small glacial outburst flood has begun in Gígjukvísl river, originating in Grímsvötn volcano in Vatnajökull glacier.
A Sitka spruce by Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Iceland, planted in 1949, is Iceland’s tallest tree, and has been for years.
After initial reports of a successful nesting season—unusually many puffins laid eggs and unusually many chicks were hatched—it has now turned out that 83 percent of puffin hatchlings in the Vestmannaeyjar islands off Iceland’s south coast have died due to lack of food.
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.
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.