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  • Weather

    Decreasing winds but snowfall expected in the north and east

    By Staff

    No spring yet Akureyri in North Iceland saw considerable snowfall yesterday, Sunday. Photo/Vísir/SA

    A strong gale hit the country yesterday with gusts of wind reaching more than 40 m/s (89 mph) at times. The weather caused some widespread disruption to transport and traffic across Holtavörðuheiði mountain road in west Iceland was restricted to convoy driving with rescue vehicles and a snowplow leading the way.

    Northern regions saw heavy snowfall yesterday, with snow showers continuing today, Monday.

    Brattabrekka, Laxárdalsheiði, Þröskuldar, Þverárfjall,  Mývatnsöræfi and other mountain roads in west, north and east Iceland were temporarily closed due to severe weather. The Þröskuldar road remains closed. The road between Skeiðarársandur and Jökulsárlon (southeast Iceland) is also closed to traffic. More information on road conditions is available on here.

    Domestic flights are back to normal after yesterday’s storm.

    Winds have been decreasing this morning in the west and north but strong gusts are to be expected along the southeast coast until noon. 

    Spring in Iceland

    The weather in Iceland can be quite unpredictable. 


  • Travel

    Yet again foreign travellers toy with death at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, venturing out onto unsafe ice

    By Staff

    A supremely stupid idea It is NEVER safe to venture out onto the Ice on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon: The ice is constantly on the move since the lagoon experiences tidal effects. The ice can therefore break up at a moments notice. Rescue operations in those conditions are almost impossible. Photo/Police in South Iceland.

    Police in South Iceland stopped and interviewed four foreign travellers at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on Sunday. The four were a part of a group of 15-20 travellers who had walked out onto ice floats which had drifted to the shore near the parking lot. According to police the ice was extremely unsafe, and had any of the travellers fallen in it would have been virtually impossible to rescue them.

    Read more: Photos, video: A large Group of people wander onto ice floats on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon: “a ticking time bomb”

    According to the police in South Iceland the group was in great danger, as the ice on the lagoon is far from safe. Small ice floats and ice packs had drifted to the south-east shore of the lagoon, pushed there by northerly winds in the past few days. However, the ice was not frozen solid, and according got the police it was constantly moving about.

    The lagoon experiences tidal effects, as water flows in and out of the lagoon with the tides, creating a strong current which carries ice floats out to sea. This means that even during winter, when the surface of the lagoon freezes, forming a solid ice cover, the ice is dangerous since it can easily break apart and float out to sea. The conditions on Sunday were even more serious. Large and constantly shifting holes and rifts in the ice could easily have swallowed and trapped anyone falling in.

    Read more: Police, ICE-SAR looking into how to save travellers who refuse to heed warnings in Reynisfjara beach

    According to a post on the Facebook page of the Police in South Iceland most of the travellers had already come ashore when officers arrived on the scene, but the four who were still out on the ice were stopped and given a stern talking to by the officers. The police has asked the public to attempt to stop anyone seen walking out onto the ice and to report incidences like this to the police.


  • Weather

    Warning: Snow and strong wind in the west, north and east, hurricane strength wind south of Vatnajökull glacier

    At 17 (5pm) today It will be snowing all over the the northern half of Iceland today. The wind will be very strong in the Westfjords and North Iceland and it will pick up seriously south around Vatnajökull glacier tonight. Image via IMO

    The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has issued a warning. Considerable or heavy snow is expected in the northeastern part of the country in the afternoon. A strong gale (medial wind more than 20 m/s - 45 mph - 72 kmh) is expected in the Westfjords during the day and tonight, but in the southeast and eastern parts during the evening.

    Wind speed around or over 40 m/s - 89 mph - 144 kmh, are forecasted to the south of Vatnajökull glacier in the evening today (Sunday) with possibilities of sand storm. This is no travelling weather at all. 


    At 20 (8pm) There will be no travelling weather close to Vatnajökull glacier tonight. Dark read indicates wind up to 115 kmh (71 mph). Yellow is 122 kmh (76 mph) Image via IMO

    IMO's forecast
    Southwesterly wind, 5-13 m/s (11-29 mph - 18-47 kmh) and wet weather in most parts of the country, but becoming northeasterly strong gale in the Westfjords late tonight with snow. Increasing from the north elsewhere in the country during the day, widely 13-23 m/s (29-51 mph - 47-83 kmh) in the afternoon, strongest in the northernmost part, but 18-25 (40-56 mph - 65-90 kmh) in the evening in the southeast and eastern parts of the country. Sleet and later snow in the northern part of the country, considerable or heavy precipitation from Tröllaskagi peninsula in North Iceland and as far east as the northern part of the Eastfjords. Isolated rainshowers or snowshowers in the south. Becoming colder, temperature around freezing point in the afternoon, but temperature just above freezing point in the southernmost part. Northerly wind 5-10 m/s (11-22 mph - 18-36 kmh) and partly fair weather in the west tomorrow (Monday), but slowly decreasing wind and precipitation in the eastern part of the country.

  • Music

    Kanye West arrives in Iceland to film a new music video - wife Kim Kardashian is travelling with him

    By Staff

    Large entourage Kaney and Kim are reportedly staying with their children and travelling party at a downtown Reykjavík hotel. Photo/Vísir-Getty

    Musician Kanye West and his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, have arrived in Iceland. The couple was spotted at Keflavík international airport this morning along with a hefty entourage.

    According to Vísir’s sources, the purpose of the visit is to film a new music video for one of the tracks on Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo.



    Travelling in style A Snap from Kourtney Kardashian this morning Photo/ Snapchat

    Along for the trip is Kourtney Kardashian, Kim’s sister, who posted a picture of herself in a large SUV on Snapchat upon arrival.
    The video will be shot somewhere in the Icelandic countryside in the coming days, local news site Vísir reports.

    Several Icelanders have taken to Facebook and Twitter this morning to boast about having seen the star couple at the airport. One lucky Icelandic man managed to snap a selfie with the world famous rapper.

    Kanye is not the first international music artist to film a video in Iceland. Justin Bieber shot the music video accompanying his single “I’ll Show You” in numerous locations in South Iceland in September 2015.

    Kanye released his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, on 14 February.

  • Business

    800-1000 participants from 40 different countries attending the Iceland Geothermal Conference

    By Staff

    Harpa Concert Hall One of the largest global conferences on the use of geothermal energy will be held in Harpan Concert Hall on August 26-29. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson.

    The organizers of the third Iceland Geothermal Conference are expecting as at least 800-1000 participants from more than 40 countries will be attending the conference which will be held in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík on April 26-29. The conference will be among the largest of its kind in the world.

    The largest conference of its kind in the world
    The conference, which has will focus on the many advantages and uses of geothermal energy is organized around the three themes of operability, feasibility and practicality. Each topic has several lectures and workshops, dealing with the challenges involved in operating geothermal plants, the question why some projects are more successful than others and the responses to an ever increasing demand for greater and more efficient utilization of this resource. All in all there will be more than 60 different lectures from speakers from over 20 countries.

    Read more: Reykjavík nominated as one of 10 cities that are shaping the future of urban living

    The keynote speaker at the conference is Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter, one of the most influential business thinkers of today, and the “godfather” of the Icelandic Geothermal Cluster, which hosts the conference. Other keynote speakers include Adnan Z. Amin, the director general of IRENA-International Renewable Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in transitioning to a sustainable energy future, Rachel Kyte, the CEO of the Committee of Sustainable Energy for All, a global network to expand sustainable energy use, supported by the UN and the World Bank.

    Three leaders of the geothermal and renewable energy sector in Iceland, Hörður Arnason the CEO of Landsvirkjun the National Power Company and Ásgeir Argeirsson, CEO of HS Energy which operates two major geothermal power plants in South West Iceland, as well as Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Patron of the conference is Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland.

    Read more: Foundations of Well-being: Iceland ranks fourth on the Social Progress Index

    The Iceland Geothermal Cluster promises that the IGC will help make Iceland the logical centre of discussions about the future of the geothermal energy industry and the global debate about the most current topics in renewable energy.


  • Culture

    Town of Akranes taken over by tanks, helicopters and various fast moving cars as Fast 8 moves in

    By Staff

    Fish and Fast 8 The film crew of Fast 8 have brought a fleet of vehecles to the harbour area in Akranes, a small fishing town in West Iceland. Photo/Vilhjálmur Birgisson, Facebook.

    As the film crews working on the latest instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise have arrived in the town of Akranes in West Iceland this small and friendly fishing town has been taken over by a variety of unusual motorized vehicles and a fleet of fast cars.

    Read more: Fast 8 will be one of the largest movie projects in Icelandic history, filmed in North and West Iceland

    Although the fans of the Fast and Furious movies have grown accustomed to seeing various vehicles drive, well, fast and furious, the inhabitants of the small and friendly fishing town of Akranes are not as used to tanks driving in their streets.



    Locals have been busy sharing photographs on social media of the various vehicles as they have passed through town. Others have headed down to the harbour area and the old abandoned cement factory, where the shooting takes place. According to the sources of the local news site members of local search and rescue teams took care of the safety of curious onlookers in the harbour area.

    A photoalbum posted to Facebook by Vilhjálmur Birgisson, a local (and one of Iceland's most outspoken labour leaderrs) shows how what appears to be a Russian compound has been constructed by the harbour.

    Vilhjálmur shared a second photo album which shows that Fast 8 does not only include ground vehicles, but helicopters as well.

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