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Continuing rain is predicted in East and South East Iceand today which will add to water levels. Considerable flooding has taken place this week in the area.
According to the forecast rain is expected today and tomorrow with temperatures between 6 to 13 degrees C. On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be rain or even sleet with temperatues plunging.
“We had twenty rooms booked tonight and all but one of those bookings have been cancelled. “When it stops raining they’ll fix this quickly. Owner of Hótel Bláfell says that the damage is in millions of ISK. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”>
The closure of the no.1 highway around Iceland, the ring road at Höfn in East Iceland due to the floods has had a paralysing effect on the tourist industry in the area.
Tourists have been cancelling bookings and in Breiðdalsvík not a single tourist has been seen for days. We probably can’t get any compensation either.”
At Hótel Eyvindárá, owner Ófeigur Pálsson says that the interuption of the ring road in Est Iceland is a “huge shock for all of East Iceland.” His hotel is almost empty and he says that tourists coming from the North of Iceland turn round at Mývatn and that of course people can’t get there from the South.
Owner of the Egilsstaðir guesthouse, Gunnlaugur Jónsson says that tourists are all cancelling bookings and hears similar stories from other companies. For small companies like us it’s a huge financial loss. All four groups we were expecting next week have cancelled. This is just how our country is, this is just how things are.”
The floods have taken their tolls on livestock with lots of sheep drowning. The event is defined and a hazard assessment is conducted regularly. At this stage the collaboration and coordination between the Civil Protection Authorities and stakeholders begins. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Minister of communication Jón Gunnarsson are currently in East Iceland to assess the situation along with the head of the road administration, Hreinn Haraldsson.
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The Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the District Chief of Police in East Iceland have decided to declare an uncertainty phase due to heavy rain and flooding in East Iceland. The water level of Lagarfljót (close to Egilsstaðir) has risen substantially for the last couple of hours and there is an increased risk of flooding. There is also the risk of landslides in the area due to the heavy rain. Civil Protection uncertainty phase/level is characterized by an event which has already started and could lead to a threat to people, communities or the environment. Monitoring, assessment, research and evaluation of the situation is increased.
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Thomas Möller Olsen has been found guilty of the murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir in January this year. i Olsen was also ordered to pay 29 million ISK, thereof 20 million kronas to his defence lawyer and the rest to Birna’s parents.
“We’re all quite comfortable, guests, animals and farmers,” says farmer Magnús Guðjónsson.
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The farmers at Hólmur farm in east Iceland are trapped at their farm along with six tourists who were staying there for bed and breakfast. However, there’s no way of getting to the farm except by boat now. “The water reaches right up to the farm. I’m stuck here, can’t go anywhere and all I can do is go to the top of the hill and look around.”
The tourists will be transported from the farm today but they will have to leave their rental cars behind until the flood subsides.
Flooding could therefore occur on the road between Egilstaðir and Fellabær.
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The water level in Lagarfljót lake in East Iceland is rising and a slow flood tide is flowing down it. The no.1 ring road at Hólmsá is closed and won’t open until Sunday at first.
The Road Administration also warns that many highland roads could be dangerous because of the flooding.
Swedish retail giant H&M open their second Iceland shop in Kringlan shopping mall in Reykjavik tomorrow.
H&M opened their first shop in Iceland at the end of August in Smáralind shopping mall in Kópavogur, a suburb of Reykjavik, and the third H&M is set to open in the Reykjavik city centre on the new Hafnartorg square which is under construction.
The first three guests to arrive at the shop will receive gift vouchers and between 11 and 13 pm tomorrow all guests get a 20% discount.
Last Friday night, Icelandic label Geysir showed their autumn/winter collection for 2017 in Héðinshúsið in West Reykjavik. The orignal curtains from the first production of the play in 1862 were painted by Icelandic artists Sigurður Guðmundsson, and you can see references to these curtains in the clothing.
There are numerous Geysir stores in Iceland, offering items from their own collections as well as labels such as A.P.C, Stine Goya, Ganni, Henrik Vibskov, Wood Wood and more. The collection is, according to Geysir, inspired by the modern Icelandic woman and her everyday life in the city, inspired by Icelandic art and culture.
Head designer for Geysir is Erna Einarsdóttir who studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at Central Saint Martins in London.
The collection is called “Skugga-Sveinn” drawing its title from a famous Icelandic play about a famous Icelandic outlaw.
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The woman who died after an attack in the western part of Reykjavik last Thursday night was called Sanita Brauna. A man of foreign nationality is in police custody suspected of causing her death.
A police investigation continues. The Icelander arrested in conjunction with the attack was released. This was announced from the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police. She leaves three children behind.
The iceberg is located around 18 km North/ North-East of Nestangi by Litla Árvík and 8 km from Sælusker.
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A large iceberg is visible from the weather station in Litlu-Árvík in the remote Strandir region in the West Fjords.
Travellers are urged to check road conditions before travelling.
Police in East Iceland would like to urge people to refrain from travelling in East Iceland during the next 24 hours due to extremely heavy rainfall and flooding.
“The forecast is for an unusual amount of precipitation tonight reaching a peak tomorrow morning,” states an announcement.
With so much rainfall, the likelihood of mud and rockslides is also greater.
Mynd/VA arkitektar This beautiful building has been closed to the public for renewal since the beginning of June.
The pool was actually supposed to reopen in October but construction took more time than previously thought.
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Fans of the old Sundhöll swimming pool in the city centre can rejoice at news that it’s finally reopening with a new outdoor pool area at the end of November.
Over 100 lambs drowned earlier today in the flooding.
Stay off the roads in East Iceland
The middle of Fljótsdalur is completely flooded by water.
The trapped sheep were rescued using boats and tractors.
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Over 100 sheep have been rescued from drowning in Fljótsdalur in East Iceland today.
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RIFF, the Reykjavík International Film Festival is held from 28th of September to 8th of October. Grisebach has directed six films that have received a wide range of accolades. RIFF’s honorary guests this year are Werner Herzog and Olivier Assayas. A total of ten films by those directors are screened at the festival.
Finnish filmmaking will be in the spotlight this year as Finland celebrates it’s 100th year of Independence. This will be the 14th festival in the series, which has been a part of the cultural life of Icelanders since 2004. RIFF’s programme at their so-called “Industry days” provides great opportunities for local filmmakers to compare their books, strengthen local and international networks and share their experiences. It is worth noting that in 2017 the festival was nominated for one of Reykjavík’s official city festivals, which is particularly pleasing and well deserved. Eggertsson Reykjavík’s mayor opens the exhibition of work by Pierre Coulibeuf, Doubling and dancers Erna Ómarsdóttir and Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir will perform in the museum on the opening night. Grisebachs full works will be screened during the festival. The film will be exhibited at Háskólabíó, and inauguration will be held at Hafnarhúsið, Reykjavik Art Museum, at 20:00. It will be displayed in collaboration with the Dutch art project ‘’The One Minutes’’ simultaneously in Reykjavik and Amsterdam. Egill Sæbjörnsson, Iceland’s representative at the Venice biennale 2017, will be leading a special category at the festival, showcasing 1 minute films. It is particularly worth mentioning her work from 2006, Sehnsucht, which was awarded at the Warsaw and Buenos Aires film festival that year. There are numerous categories of films, documentaries, short films and special occasions, but more than 100 films are featured at RIFF. RIFF begins with an exhibition of the film Winthers Brothers by Hlynur Pálmason. The organizers of RIFF are now closing the agenda, which will be more impressive than ever. RIFF is pleased to welcome distinguished filmmaker Valeska Grisebach for our category ‘’Emerging Masters’’. Vera Sölvadóttir is the director of Industry days this year. Ísold Uggadóttir is leading Talent Lab this year. Háskólabíó will be the main venue for the festival, as well as events and shows in the Nordic House, Loft Hostel, City Library and more and less throughout the city in this country’s largest film festival. Special events will be devoted to Finnish culture, as well as cinematic film in which a very powerful film nation shines its light. Dagur B. Ísold has received numerous acknowledgments for short films and documentaries in recent years, and is closing up on her first full-length film.
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The woman who died after an attack in the western part of Reykjavik last Thursday night was called Sanita Brauna. She leaves three children behind. A man of foreign nationality is in police custody suspected of causing her death.
A police investigation continues. This was announced from the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police.