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Mayor Falls into Tourist Trap

Róbert Ragnarsson, the mayor of Grindavíkurbær, Southwest Iceland, this week issued a formal apology for having put municipal property on the Airbnb tourist accommodation website for personal financial gain.

Gunnuhver hot spring, Reykjanes, Southwest Iceland.

Reykjanes Geopark Internationally Accredited

Reykjanes Geopark in Southwest Iceland was accepted into the European Geoparks Network (EGN) in Rokua Geopark in Finland on September 5. EGN is supported by UNESCO and is the formal association of areas in Europe that have important geological significance.

Blue whale

Feud Over Blue Whale Skeleton

The skeleton of a blue whale, which was found beached at Skagi in Northwest Iceland in 2010, will be put on display at the Húsavík Whale Museum. Representatives of the Icelandic Museum of Natural History (NMSÍ) have expressed their disapproval with the decision.

Keflavik International Airport

More People Sleeping at Keflavík Airport

This summer, airport administrators report more people sleeping in the check-in hall of Leifstöð terminal, Keflavík International Airport—despite this practice being prohibited. Some have even taken to sleeping in the arrivals hall, before embarking on their travels in Iceland.

New Spa Resort for South Iceland?

“We are extremely pleased with the interest these parties are showing in Hveragerði and have been waiting for someone to see the possibilities for more development in the area,” says Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir, the mayor of Hveragerði in South Iceland.

Keflavik International Airport

Six Planes Arrive Each Hour

Iceland is currently in the grips of a tourism boom, an issue which Iceland Review regularly reports on. On Saturday, a total of 133 passenger jets landed at Keflavík International Airport, or roughly one per 11 minutes.

Húsavík harbor

Tourists Defecate in Town Center

Two local women in Húsavík today stopped and challenged a woman and her two children, who she was allowing to defecate on the sidewalk. The incident took place on a busy harbor-side road where Húsavík residents and visitors assemble in good weather.

Icelandic Bottled Water “Not Tap Water”

“It is far from true that the water we put in bottles is tap water. Tap water has been through old pipes under the city. Our water comes straight from the spring and from there straight into bottles. Outside air first comes into contact with the water when the bottle is opened. The product we...

Dettifoss waterfall

Two Rescues at Dettifoss in One Day

ICE-SAR search & rescue personnel from Mývatn, Húsavík and Kópasker responded yesterday to a call from Dettifoss waterfall, where a woman had fallen and injured her feet and legs. It took around an hour to secure the injured woman and carry her over a hundred meters to the waiting ambulance...

Þingvellir

Þingvellir Toilets to be Free Again

“We think it impedes tourists too much,” says Þingvellir committee leader Sigrún Magnúsdóttir about the decision to stop charging people to use the toilets at the Hakið area of Þingvellir National Park.

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