On this page we will keep an eye on important stuff happening in Iceland. It can be culture, earthquakes, weather, volcanic activity or any useful bit of information we deem important.
Border Testing At Maximum Capacity
“tougher restrictions have been reimposed in response to the new wave of domestic infections” as reported by Reykjavik Grapevine
Fourteen Additional Countries
Starting July 15th residents of fourteen additional countries will be allowed to travel to Iceland. – Iceland Monitor reports
Groundbreaking Arctic Research
It took years to prepare, 600 scientists and researchers from 20 countries in all to execute. – Icenews reports
Uncertain When Gathering Ban Will Be Relaxed
It is uncertain when it will be possible to relax a ban on gatherings, which stipulates a maximum of 500 people, and extend the opening hours of pubs and places of entertainment that need to close at eleven in the evening. – RUV reports
Björk With Trio Of Concerts This Summer In Harpa
“The three performances will be “unplugged”, replacing percussion and electronics with the musicians from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.” – Reykjavik Grapevine reports
Icelanders Happy With Their President
The incumbent president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, got 92% of votes in the presidential election yesterday. The other candidate got 8%. RUV reports.
Bessastaðir – The president’s resident.
A New Climate Action Plan For Iceland
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources: “… With the actions we have taken and intend to take, we will achieve far more success than international obligations under the Paris Agreement require of us. Therefore, it should certainly be celebrated. We will continue our efforts to ensure the necessary transition. ”
Annual collection of garbage by volunteers in the nature reserve on Hornstrandir collected 2.6 tonnes of garbage. 36 tonnes have been collected since the effort began in 2014. RUV reports.
The North Is Shaking
“A strong earthquake swarm started on 19th of June offshore North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. Three earthquakes above M5.0 have occurred since the swarm started. ” Icelandic Met Office Reports
10 Days Instead Of One
The festival Culture Night in Reykjavik will take place from 13 to 23 August.
“An announcement from the City of Reykjavik states that the change in the organization of the festival Culture nights is in accordance with the recommendations of the Civil Protection for the epidemic and that the aim is not to bring too many people together.” RUV reports.
Pause Is Over
Pause is over, Iceland is open, gathering ban is almost over and we will start posting updates again.