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Glacial Flood in Mýrdalsjökull

A sudden glacial flood originating in Mýrdalsjökull glacier started last night, sweeping away the bridge across the river Múlakvísl on Mýrdalssandur. The road across Mýrdalssandur is closed as a result.  Mýrdalsjökull glacier is also closed. There is danger of crevasses and cauldrons forming in the glacier.
The glacial flood was likely caused by draining of geothermal meltwater from underneath the east side of the glacier, but might also indicate minor sub-glacial volcanic activity beneath Mýrdalsjökull. The Icelandic Met Office reports that there is little to indicate volcanic activity in the area as of this morning, and water levels have subsided considerably.  
For security reasons, the Civil Protection Authority has raised the security level to distress phase. There is no immediate danger outside of the glacier area.
The road across Mýrdalssandur from Skálm to the East, and Höfðabrekka to the West is closed. Reconstruction of the Múlakvísl bridge is already underway, but authorities have already started work on an alternative route in the meantime.

Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir exhibits at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Icelandic artist Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir has created a new public art installation, Borders, currently on display at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, in New York. The installation features twenty-six androgynous, life-size sculptures, thirteen aluminum and thirteen cast iron, which extend throughout the park from First to Second Avenue on East 47th Street. Borders is the park’s largest exhibition to date and the first exhibition to incorporate the entire park.

The Icelandic Horse Festival Landsmót

Last year marked the 60th anniversary year of the Icelandic Horse Festival, Landsmót.
This year, Landsmót will be held in Vindheimamelar, Skagafjörður, from June 26th till July 3rd.

The history of Landsmót reaches back to 1950, when the first show was held at the historic Þingvellir.
Since 1998 Landsmót has been a biannual event. This is the 6th time Landsmót is held at Vindheimamelar
in Skagafjörður. Guests at Landsmót come from all over the world and the schedule is always exciting and
represents the very best of the best in the handling and breeding of Icelandic horses.
Only the best classified horses participate in the tournament and compete for the most prestigious titles
in the country. In the last few years the number of horses at Landsmót has been around 1000.The fellowships
of riders, singing and dancing are also some of the most important features of the festival. The biannual
festivities of Landsmót also mark the respect Icelanders have for the Icelandic horse.

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Grímsvötn Eruption is Over

The Department of Civil Protection has abated emergency levels to normal.


Aldrei fór ég suður // I never went south

A music festival at the edge of the world,
and you’re invited! Streamed live
on, 22-23 April


Gullfoss Ranks in Top Ten Most Beautiful Waterfalls

According to Budget Traveler as reported by CNN: Located on the southwest coast of Iceland, this is one of the most unconventional-looking waterfalls around. It's two-tiered, and even though neither drop is particularly high, together they make for an incredible sight. The first fall cascades to the right, the water churning around before hitting a sheer cliff, where it turns to the left and drops again. Best time to go: Go during June, July and August, when the ice has melted and temperatures are at their warmest (ranging from 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit).

Nature lovers, now would be a great time to be in Iceland

For several weeks, large groups of killer whales, mink whales and dolphins have been sighted in the harbour and just off-shore in the Grundarfjord and Kolgrafarfjord on the north coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula (West-Iceland).

Iceland Ranks at Top of 2010 Environmental Performance Index

Iceland leads the world in addressing pollution control and natural resource management challenges, according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI).

The NY Times chooses Iceland 4th best place to visit in 2011

The New York Time - Travel section chooses Iceland the fourth most interesting place to visit in 2011 after Chile, San Juan Islands (USA) and Thailand.

Opening hours in Reykjavík during the holidays

Like in previous years Visit Reykjavík has gathered information on the opening hours of various services in Reykjavík during the holidays.

Reykjavík Christmas guide

Christmas and Advent is a magical time in Iceland. It is when Icelanders join forces to bring light, laughter and celebration to the darkest time of the year.    

Iceland's contribution the world's first global art project

Polar bears are not native to Iceland but have been arriving on its north shores as their homes melt in the North Pole. This may be seen as a symbol of how climate change is affecting our world.

CNN - Iceland one of Top 10 places to spend your 2010 Christmas

Reykjavík Iceland is one of top 10 places to spend your 2010 Christmas according to CNN. But why?

Iceland receives ICCA Best Marketing Award

The Inspired by Iceland campaign and the Iceland Convention & Incentive Bureau (ICIB) are presented with the ICCA Best Marketing Award in Hyderabad, India on 27 October 2010

Experience Christmas magic in Iceland

Christmas in Iceland is in many ways similar to Christmas in the United States or Eourope, except Icelanders celebrate 13 days of Christmas. You could also take part of the biggest party night of the whole year.

Official first day of winter celebrated

Last Saturday Icelanders celebrated the official first day of winter. Iceland is a country for all seasons and winter is an exciting time to visit the land of ice and fire.

Iceland Airwaves 2010

Since the first edition was held in 1999 (in an airplane hangar), Iceland Airwaves has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world.  Iceland Airwaves 2010 vill be held October 13-17.

Yoko celebrates Lennon's 70th birthday in Reykjavik

Legendary artist, musician and peace advocate, YOKO ONO, will be holding several events in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 9th to promote peace throughout the world and to celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.

Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF)

Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) will be held or the seventh time this year. The dates are September the 23rd - October the 3rd.

Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull

For the past two weeks there has been no activity in the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Only a small trace of smoke comes up from the crater but no ash, lava or any other material. This most likely  marks the end of the eruption.


A breath of fresh air

Stepping out of the airport in Iceland is usually followed by a deep breath of amazingly fresh air. There have been some questions regarding air quality in Iceland following the recent eruption.

Reykjavík Arts Festival Kicks Off

The 40th Reykjavík Arts Festival kicks off today, Wednesday 12 May, and will continue until 5 June.

Reykjavík Gets Ready for Summer

Photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson, captured the happy atmosphere prevailing in Reykjavík this afternoon, the day after the "First Day of Summer" a traditional holiday marking the end of the winter season according to the old Icelandic calendar.

Travellers in Iceland are safe and sound

The Icelandic Tourist Council wishes to forewarn the public of exaggerated news reports on the eruption...

The ongoing saga of fire and ice

The eruption in South Iceland that started last month is stil going strong and could last for days, weeks, months or even years, according to scientists.

The eruption seems stable

The eruption in South Iceland that started Saturday seems to be stable, according to scientists. The eruption is located in Fimmvorduhals, a passage between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.

Iceland One of 10 Best Whale Watching Destinations

Iceland is among the 10 best destinations worldwide for whale watching, according to an article in The Telegraph (UK).

Attendance record at Reykjavik Art Museum

The attendance record at Reykjavik Art Museum was broken last year when the number of museum visitors for the first time exceeded two hundred thousand, with the overall number of visitors in 2009 reaching a total of two hundred and twenty thousand.