Seminar to quit smoking in remote Iceland

“The point of this is to get the smoker out of his environment and out of his comfort zone to tackle this without any distractions. Attendants won’t be able to pop out to a shop and buy cigarettes, as the nearest shop is more than an hour boat ride away. And evidently the place to go to quit smoking. noncleared-maintext”> Hornbjargsviti is one of the most remote places you can find in Iceland, located in the Hornstrandir, north part of the West Fjord. Singer and life coach Valgeir Skagfjörð offers tours to this remote place for people who want to quit smoking. The tour is four day long which Skagfjörð is very happy about, it will be easier to spread the information over the days rather than sharing it in only four hours, as he does on seminars in settled parts of Iceland. Then there will be time for hikes, we can meditate, talk and get to know one another.” It doesn’t hurt that there isn’t much there except the lighthouse and the stunning nature, the area was deserted in the 1950’s.

Flights starting to take off from Keflavik Airport again

Guðni Sigurðsson from ISAVIA, ground services at Keflavik airport, estimated that 2-3000 travellers were affected by the incident. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Keflavik International Airport was cleared earlier today. As the security check in Nuuk is not sufficient for international standards, passengers were required to go through another security check upon arrival in Keflavik. This caused quite some delays on flights from the airport in the afternoon and evening. Everyone in the airport had to leave it and be subjected to a second security check before they could enter the airport again. A plane landed at Keflavik International Airport from Nuuk in Greenland. He added that this is the first time he remember anything like this happened. The reason was a simple mistake. The first planes only took off only around 20:00. The mistake was that the plane was directed to the wrong landing area, the passengers walked into the airport without going through security and mixed with all the other people in the airport. All the people were asked to wait in the check in area, which was nothing short of packed with people.

PICTURES: Stunning Northern Lights over a deserted village

The area is no less beautiful in daylight, known for magnificent columnar basalt formations. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> These beautiful pictures were taken by amateur photographer and local police officer, Höskuldur Erlingsson. A short drive north of his home in Blönduós, a town by the nr.1 ring road. Today there is not much left, except the foundation of the houses, most of which were taken down and moved away, and the lighthouse, which you can see in Erlingsson’s photographs. After hearing of a great Northern Lights forecast he decided to drive to Kálfhamarsvík, a deserted village in North Iceland. Photo: Höskuldur Birkir Erlingsson Photo: Höskuldur Birkir Erlingsson Kálfshamarsvík came in and out of being in the first half of the 20th century.

Iceland 2nd on Telegraph’s list of best countries in Europe

On a list of 20 countries, Iceland ranks number two, beat only by Italy. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> In a survey by The Telegraph, readers were asked to list European countries they most enjoyed visiting. “At second place, this is a very strong performance for a country which was once on the margins of the holiday map. The Northern Lights are a big draw here in winter two” Now more affordable, and easier to get to, this amazing landscape clearly makes a powerful impression on readers – despite the weather.

Keflavik International Airport cleared

Everyone in the airport had to leave it and are now waiting for being subjected to a second security check before they can enter the airport again. A dramatic as this may sound the reason was a simple mistake. This will entails some delays on flights, how much is not yet known. As the security check in Nuuk is not sufficient for international standards, passengers were required to go through another security check upon arrival in Keflavik. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Keflavik International Airport in Iceland was just now cleared of people. The mistake was that the plane was directed to the wrong landing area, the passengers walked into the airport without going through security and mixed with all the other people in the airport. A plane landed at Keflavik International Airport from Nuuk in Greenland. As protocol dictates, the airport had to be cleared and everyone admitted to another security check. Photo: Sigvaldi Kaldalóns

Serious fraud and deception of Icelandic Government in sale of Agricultural bank

“It can be said that it surprised us how meticulously this was planned.” It is the commision’s conclusion that the Icelandic government was systematically deceived.  Documents show in an undeniable manner that German bank Hauck & Auf­häuser, Kaupthing in Iceland, Kaupthing Bank in Luxemburg and a group of people working for Icelandic investor Ólafur Ólafsson, who served prison for his involvement in the Al-Thani case, used secret contracts to hide the true ownership of the share in the bank which was supposedly owne by Hauck & Afhauser.  In fact, the true owner was offshore company  Well­ing & Partners, registered in Tortolo in the British Virgin Islands. By transferring funds and with numerous secret deals including transfers from Kaupthing Iceland to Welling & Partners bank account at Hauck & Auf­häuser the German bank was secured no damages from the dealing in shares of the Agricultural bank.  Director of the commission Kjartan Bjarni Björgvinsson says that the plot used in the precedent of the sale of the state’s ownership in the Agricultural bank in 2003 turned out to be even more extensive than previously thought.   The bank was never an investor in the Agricultural bank when the state’s share in the bank, […]

“How deep could this Icelandic talent pool possibly be?”

Many star players were absent, particularly in Iceland’s team. Free trip do Dublin for the first to raise their hand? “Iceland used to be regarded as the kind of country you would end up playing in a friendly when nobody half-decent was interested in playing you, one of those teams that had a teacher and a couple of fishermen, essentially a northern Oman.” Euro 2016 changed that forever, of course, as Iceland knocked out England on their legendary run to the quarter-finals. We should have remembered the lesson of Iceland’s Euro campaign, which is that the depth of your talent pool counts for less than what you do with it. noncleared-maintext”> Iceland won Ireland 1:0 in a friendly football match between the two nations in Dublin yesterday, and by that ended Ireland’s three-year winning streak in their home town. Somehow the Icelandic National Team managed to draw upon the force and determination which got them so far in the EURO 2016. Everybody respects them now. Both teams came into this game with not half the manpower they are used to. It was obvious from the start that Iceland’s patched-together team had a much clearer idea of what they were trying to […]

Hekla shows signs of eruption

noncleared-maintext”> “Most measurements that we have today indicate that Hekla is ready for an eruption, but we do not know what factor will set the eruption off,” says geophysicist Páll Einarsson at the University of Iceland.  There have been five eruptions in Mount Hekla since 1970.  More pressure is in the magma chambers underneath the mountain than before the last two eruptions in 1991 and 2000. It’s however impossible to say whether a Hekla eruption is to be expected soon or not, as eruptions come without much warning and with little correlation to other volcanic or earthquake activities in South Iceland.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest Hekla eruption known to man, which lasted 13 months.

SAR teams search for tourists who lost their car

noncleared-maintext”> A group of tourists called the South Iceland police shortly before 1 am last night as they had become lost near the famous plane wreck on Sólheimasandur. They had walked to the wreck and couldn’t find their car again.  According to police, search and rescue parties were called out to assist the people but once they were in the area they couldn’t reach them on the phone.  Everything points to the fact that they ended up finding their car as the car was nowhere to be seen either. 

Unique photo of Hekla eruption published for the first time

Flashes of fire are seen regularly through the thick smoke, and on farms near Hekla people hear loud thundering noises and doors and windows in buildings are shaking.” And the eruption news continued on March 30th in Morgunblaðið: “Hekla has now become one huge ocean of fire with great craters on both shoulders of the mountain. Huge boulders are thrown into the air with an incredible power and then fall back into the ocean of fire.” noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Today marks the seventieth anniversary of the biggest eruption in the famous Hekla volcano in latter age. It seems as if many craters have formed all across the mountain. In a news story in Morgunblaðið it says, “Half an hour later Hekla was surrounded by thick volcanic cloud from its base up to the sky. The pillars of fire reach 800 metres into the sky. The eruption began on March 29th, 1947 and lasted until April 1948.  It was at just before 7 am that day that people in South Iceland were woken up to a sharp earthquake. Only moments later, thick dark clouds were seen rising from the volcano.

Baby boom in Iceland 9 months after EURO 2016 success

— Dagur Sigurdsson (@DagurSigurdsson) March 28, 2017 The article is titled “Baby boom nine months after the Icelandic sensation” 🇩🇪 so muss man Feiern 👶🏻🇮🇸 #hui pic.twitter.com/Y9XmBkxHdy Icelandic handball trainer Dagur Sigurðsson posted a picture from a German newspaper on Twitter. Nine months after Iceland’s amazing success and after beating the English National Team, a record number of babies were born. noncleared-maintext”> The effect of the Icelandic Men’s National Football Team’s success in the EURO 2016 on Icelandic society was very visible last summer. Headlines in Germany This has been noted by many. The effect of the nation’s celebration is even more visible today, nine months later. There was a record set in Icelandic hospitals recently. The streets of Reykjavik were empty and stores closed early. Everyone was watching.

Tourist coaches wreaking havoc in city centre

“This is particularly bad in Grettisgata, Klapparstígur and neighbouring streets.” Among the suggestions for the new regulations are that coaches and superjeeps are not allowed to drive in narrow streets in the areas of Þingholt, Skólavörðuholt, Kvosin and some parts of Vesturbær, the western part of town. noncleared-maintext”> Coaches picking up or dropping off tourists to hotels and apartments in the Reykjavik city centre are causing traffic problems. The regulations will be voted on at the City Council next week and if they go through, the regulations will be applied in April.  A new committee has been formed to control coach traffic in this area.  Their suggestions are likely to bring about limitations in the traffic of bot large and small coaches, as well as superjeeps.  A video of a coach driver and a passer by arguing in the city centre has gone viral in the past couple of days. The pedestrian tells the driver that he’s parking illegally and the driver responds that he “honestly doesn’t give a f**k.”  See the video here below.  Director of the environmental and planning department of Reykjavik, Hjálmar Sveinsson, says that the situation is intolerable in the city centre.  “We’ve received a great […]

Icelandic President on his way to meet with Putin

Following the conference Jóhannesson will meet with Putin.  Jóhannesson is now travelling to Arkhangelsk in Russia to participate in a conference called The Arctic: Ter­ritory of Dia­logue along with Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.  The conference begins tomorrow, and on Thursday, Jóhannesson will be making a speech. noncleared-maintext”> Icelandic President Guðni Th.

Organic Icelandic skyr in the US

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Skyr is becoming very popular in the US. The product has obtained a variety of awards for quality.  Ásmundsson grew up in Hafnarfjörður, a fishing town next to Reykjavik, and ate a lot of skyr, both in the morning and at lunchtime.  Last year Ásmundsson sold four million containers of skyr in twelve flavours all across the US.  He remembers the time that the family bought traditional skyr in plastic bags in Borgarnes, driving from Snæfellsnes to Hafnarfjörður, and his mother stirred the skyr herself, adding milk and sugar to make it more tasty. Icelander Smári Ásmundsson is the founder of Smári Organics which produces the only organic skyr on the US market.  The company is based in California and sells skyr to over three thousand stores around the US.

Enormous increase in Pagan Ásatrú religion in Iceland

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Since 2014 there has been a 50 % increase in registered members of the Ásatrú pagan religious movement in Iceland which worships the ancient Norse gods such as Ódin, Thor and Freyja.  According to the National Bureau of Statistics in Iceland, memebrs were 2.382 in 2014 and now they are 3.583.  Men are a majority of members with 2.369 men in the society and 1.214 women.