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Askja

Travelers Lost in Icelandic Highlands

Search and rescue teams in North Iceland have been called out to search for two men who are lost west of Askja volcano in the northeastern highlands. They started hiking from Strengjabrekka last weekend and were planning to walk to Svartárvatn lake.

Icelandair plane

Interruptions in Flights Due to Impending Strike

The majority of members of trade union VR, to which air workers belong, voted today in favor of striking. The strike may interrupt flight schedules; unless an agreement in the wage dispute can be reached in time, air workers are set to strike on May 31 and June 1, and then indefinitely from June...

Looking at Kaldaklofsjökull glacier

More Search and Rescue Workers in Highlands this Summer

The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, ICE-SAR, will increase the number of volunteers in the highlands this summer due to the expected increase in tourists visiting the area north of Vatnajökull where Holuhraun lava field is located.

Brúarfoss waterfall

Water Costs More than Petrol

Petrol for cars is expensive and Icelandic tap water is free and plentiful—or so goes the conventional logic. But that’s not always true.

Danger at Dyrhólaey, Tourists Ignore Closures

The Environment Agency of Iceland has closed parts of Dyrhólaey promontory in South Iceland after a big rockslide fell 120 meters (400 feet) down from the promontory’s highest point and into the ocean on Monday. Visitors are asked to respect the closures.

Westman Islands

Islanders Buy Toilet for ISK 2 Million

The executive and port committee of Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) approved in a meeting last week the purchase of a public toilet block for ISK 1.9 million (USD 14,600, EUR 13,600) to cater to the increase in foreign tourists who visit Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago...

Luxury Hotel to Open Next to Harpa in Reykjavík

U.S. real estate company Carpenter & Company have purchased the construction rights for a hotel next to concert and conference center Harpa at the Reykjavík wharf. The company is planning to build a five-star, 250-room hotel, including a number of restaurants, a spa and rooms for meetings...

Holuhraun lava

Iceland Eruption Trips Popular

Hiking tours to the Holuhraun eruption site this upcoming summer are sold out at two tour operators, Ferðafélag Íslands (the Iceland Touring Association) and Útivist, which have mainly catered to Icelandic tourists. Other companies are also organizing trips to the eruption site ahead of the peak...

search rescue

Hikers Rescued from Iceland Highland Route

Four British hikers contacted the emergency services early this morning. They had intended to cross the highlands by taking the Kjölur road, which is open for cars in the summer, but after four days in snowy conditions they had become cold and exhausted and were unable to continue.

Þingvellir

Foreign Workers Needed for Tourism Industry

Thousands of jobs in the growing tourism industry in Iceland will need to be filled by foreign workers, according to Edward H. Huijbens, professor at the University of Akureyri and director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre.

Tourists in Reykjavík

Overnight Stays in Iceland Up 21 Percent

The number of overnight stays in Iceland totaled 5.5 million last year, up 21 percent from the previous year. Stays by foreign visitors made up 80 percent of the total, up 25 percent from 2013. Overnight stays among Icelanders increased six percent from 2013, according to Statistics Iceland.

Popular Viewing Place in North Iceland Closed

The police in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, have closed an area around the cliffs Ketubjörg on Skagi peninsula, a popular spot for enjoying the view of Skagafjörður fjord, for safety reasons. Large cracks have formed in the cliffs and there’s a risk of a rockslide.

Glowing lava at Holuhraun.

Holuhraun Gas Levels Monitored Online

Now that tourists can visit the Holuhraun eruption site, they must pay close attention to the levels of toxic volcanic gases in the area as the lava field will continue to degas for several months. This will soon be possible on the websites vedur.is and loftgaedi.is.

Geysir - Strokkur

Geysir Owners Request Quota on Visitors

The private owners of the Geysir geothermal area, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, have reiterated their concern that damage is being done to the area as a result of it being overcrowded. They request a quota on visitors.

Fish

Foreign Caterers Discriminated against in Iceland

Foreign-born waiters and cooks are being discriminated against in Iceland, according to Níels Sigurður Olgeirsson, the chair of Matvís, the labor union of food producers and caterers in Iceland. Níels maintains that these workers generally receive the same pay as common laborers, a lower salary...

Geysir geothermal area.

Tourists Find Geysir and Glacial Lagoon Overcrowded

Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir, associate professor in tourism studies at the University of Iceland, carried out a survey for the Icelandic Tourist Board last summer, asking 12,000 visitors about their perception of eight popular destinations in Iceland, two of which the majority of respondents...

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