Iceland Monitor

Sat, 20 Apr 2024 13:58:00 +0000
Sometimes it is difficult to go to sleep
“It was heavy and strange. I don’t have the number of meetings that were held,” says Sara Barsotti, the volcanic hazard coordinator at the Icelandic Met Office, about the atmosphere at the workplace the day Grindavík had to be evacuated, on...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:30:00 +0000
Planning for a safe route for visitors at the eruption site
The Icelandic Tourist Board leads a workgroup that has the task of preparing facilities for those who want to view the volcanic eruption in Sundhnúkagígar crater row, where one crater is erupting.

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 14:30:00 +0000
Was positive but is now "angry, frustrated and annoyed"
Birna Rún Arnarsdóttir, a resident of Grindavík, was one of many residents of Grindavík who turned out at Austurvöllur yesterday to protest the work methods of the real estate company Þórkatla, which is handling the government buyouts of pr...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:00:00 +0000
Icelandic Nature the biggest draw
Icelandic nature was the most influential factor in foreign tourists’ decision to visit Iceland in 2022. 97% of respondents in the Icelandic Tourist Board survey said nature had a major or partial influence on their decision to travel to Iceland...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:23:00 +0000
"It is understandable that patience is running low"
Örn Viðar Skúlason, CEO of real estate company Þórkatla, says it is understandable that the residents of Grindavík are getting impatient and that they had hoped for a faster processing of their applications in the state property buy-outs.

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 18:00:00 +0000
A nuclear-powered submarine can be seen from the window
The nuclear-powered submarine USS New Hampshire is currently seen by some living in Suðurnes on the Reykjanes peninsula from their living room window. This is the fourth service-based visit of an American submarine to the country.

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:00:00 +0000
Seismic activity in Iceland a concern
Just over one month has passed since the fourth eruption at the Sundhnúkagígar crater row began, and volcanology researcher Þorvaldur Þórðarson says that it seems that the eruption is slowly fading out. He is however worried about the high s...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 12:58:00 +0000
No confidence vote in parliament was voted down
A parliamentary motion for a vote of no-confidence of the government was voted down last night just before 11 pm. The proposal was voted down by 35 votes to 25.

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 18:22:00 +0000
No-confidence vote for the government in session
The no-confidence vote for the People’s Party and the Pirate Party in the government was on the agenda before 5 pm in the parliament today, but the no-confidence vote calls new elections.

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:28:00 +0000
"Now we'll be on the street"
“I’m a Grindvík resident and a refugee from Grindavík and I’d already confirmed my purchase of a house in Sandgerði,” a home-owner from Grindavík tells us. “I’m not satisfied with the real estate transactions in Sandgerði,” he s...

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 15:00:00 +0000
A month since the eruption began
Today, one month has passed since the eruption that is currently taking place at Sundhnúkagígar crater row. The eruption, which began on the evening of March 16, is the fourth since magma accumulation began under Svartsengi at the end of October...

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 11:15:00 +0000
8 months pregnant and deadlifts 135 kilos
Icelandic crossfit star Annie Mist Þórisdóttir is pregnant with her second child and has been gaining a lot of attention on social media for her workout videos, which she has posted in recent months, where she performs incredible gymnastic and ...

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:00:00 +0000
A burst of small earthquakes yesterday
A burst of earthquake tremors has been ongoing since 12.33 yesterday at Lágafell, southwest of Mt Þorbjörn, on the Reykjanes peninsula.

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:00:00 +0000
Blue Lagoon closed yesterday until 2 today
Unhealthy air quality was measured at the Blue Lagoon yesterday, which is closed as a result and does not reopen until 14 today. The pollution comes from the eruption in the Sundhnúkagígar crater row.

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:37:00 +0000
Strengthening the ties with Scotland
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Elíza Reid will travel to Edinburgh today.

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 23:30:00 +0000
The first real estate purchase agreements for Grindavík went through yesterday
The government-owned real estate company Þórkatla completed the first purchase agreements for residential housing in Grindavík yesterday. The real estate owners in Grindavík will receive 95% of the purchase price of their property the next wee...

Sat, 13 Apr 2024 22:37:00 +0000
Earthquake felt in the capital area with many aftershocks
An earthquake was felt in many parts of the southwest Icelandic region today. It triggered a seismic burst under Kleifarvatn lake. The burst, by contrast, appears to be receding.

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 20:07:00 +0000
Opened the road to Grindavík for residents and first responders
Grindavíkurvegur road, from Reykjanesbraut road to Grindavík, is now open to traffic. The opening-up is only valid for residents of Grindavík, first responders and employees of businesses in Grindavík and at Svartsengi.

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 15:00:00 +0000
The magma chamber is not as deep as previously thought
The findings of the Uppsala University of Sweden's seismic group contradict the previous notion of the location of the magma chamber under Mt Fagradalsfjall.

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 13:17:00 +0000
Daði Freyr dancing and singing in Bob's Burger
Simon Chong, artistic director of the American comedy show Bob's Burgers, is a big fan of Icelandic musician Daði Freyr Pétursson. He showed his admiration in action and created a fun video of Daði Freyr, who shows the musician dancing and ...