August 5, 2022

Weekly Report 30.07-05.08

It happened. For anyone, who reads these weekly reports this should not come as too big of a surprise. Iceland’s newest eruption began in the Meradalur area, a valley located behind Fagradalsfjall, very close to the previous eruption. RUV webcams caught magma surfaced at 1:18 PM. According to the first geological estimations, this won’t be […]

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So far, this summer in Iceland can be considered relatively successful. Just to make it clear, the quality of the Icelandic summer cannot be judged by the temperatures but by the number of days without heavy rain or wind. If we look at the last few weeks, there was relatively little rainfall. This week though […]

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Men of Iron. Last Saturday, for the 26th time in history long-distance runners, competed in the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon. The 55km course takes runners through the most beautiful hiking trek in the southern highlands of Iceland. Most people, built without any iron but regular flesh, cover this distance in four days. This year’s winner Arnar Pétursson […]

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I can honestly say that Autumn in Iceland is one of the most magnificent seasons. Driving on empty roads with fresh snow-dust covering the highest peaks of Icelandic Mountain ridges. Combine that with playful autumn colours which creates a vibe that is extremely hard to forget. Next, mix all that with Van-life and have a taste […]

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Welcome back to yet another weekly report. We start today like in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie: with an earthquake. A magnitude 3 quake struck at Mýrdalsjökull on Sunday, just before 5 a.m. According to Kristín Jónsdóttir the earthquake hazards coordinator, earthquakes are normal at this time of the year there, as there are cavities in the […]

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This was the first week in months without a notable earthquake. It might be the calm before the storm, or it could mean absolutely nothing. Speaking of storms, on Thursday Iceland was attacked by hurricane-force winds and rain, sparking a yellow weather alarm. Luckily today we woke up without a howling sound outside our window […]

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Welcome back to another weekly report! We were reporting last week about lower temperatures in June, though our judgment was based only on the eye test. Now we have the official confirmation from meteorologists: current June is the coldest in three decades! Thankfully, in the last few days, temperatures have bounced back, and we can […]

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After exceptionally warm and sunny May the weather in Iceland regressed toward the mean in June. Temperatures dropped, heavy showers came and went like a boomerang, and most of the rare sunny days were spoiled by strong winds. It feels like instead of progressing to summer the weather in Iceland went backward to early spring. […]

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Gleðilega þjóðhátíð!/Happy National Day!  Today is Independence Day in Iceland. So, don’t be surprised when you’ll find festivities all over town! Not even the Icelandic weather can keep people away from enjoying celebrating it in the streets. You can see the parade usually around Tjörnin, downtown Reykjavik. There is even a streetball competition on Hverfisgata. […]

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With a degree in civil engineering and a passion for biking, Tyler Wacker talks about moving from San Francisco to one of the most remote places in Iceland, Westfjords. He sold all of his belongings, cycled for eight months across the United States, and finally moved to Iceland to study Coastal Communities and Regional Development. Slowing down […]

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Are you traveling to Iceland this summer and wonder what events are there to enjoy? You’re in for quite a treat! We gathered 15 events and new activities ready for you to enjoy throughout the Icelandic arctic summer all over the country. Get ready for a busy summer, from cultural events to marathons, golf or […]

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Will Iceland win Eurovision 2022? The annual Eurovision Song Contest is back next week. Everyone has their eyes on Turin, the host city, as the European competition is more famous than ever. You either hate it or love it, but one thing's for sure: you can't ignore it.

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Have you ever heard of Icelandic Ash Wednesday? The day when children dress up, go store to store, sing for candy and make ash bags to put on the back of unsuspecting “victims”? It’s part of a 3-day celebration that starts today. Ash Wednesday is similar to Icelandic Halloween, where the tradition is not about […]

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