Tying up loose ends in Mosfellsdalur attack

The victim threw a broom into one of the cars they arrived in, and fetched an iron bar. One suspect, Sveinn Gestur Tryggvason, is being held in custody until July 21st, however, PoliceChief SuperintendentGrímur Grímsson expects that the date will be pushed back. Another suspect, Jón Trausti Lúthersson has been released from custody. noncleared-maintext”> Investigation into the death of Arnar Jónsson Aspar is well on its way, police say. It hasn’t become clear if it will happen this week or the next,” says Grímur.  According to case files, Sveinn Gestur and Jón Trausti arrived at the victim’s home on June 7th along with four others. “We are tying up loose ends and then the case will be sent to the district attourney. Jón Trausti took the bar from the victim who fell to the ground. Preliminary results of the autopsy show that the position the victim was forced into resulted in minimal respiration capacity, which lead to him suffocating. Arnar was attacked outside his home in Mosfellsdalur on June 7th. Grímur says that although Sveinn is the only one suspected of killing the victim, their legal status hasn’t changed. Then Sveinn Gestur grabbed him in a chokehold for several minutes […]

“Wonder if they’re here for me?”

Bjarnason said it was usable but not as good as on land. Then, when the police came on board the vessel, Bjarnason says Olsen turned to him, asking: “Wonder if they’re here for me?” Olsen’s attorney asked Bjarnason what kind of a person Olsen was, to which Bjarnason replied that he knew him as a very nice guy who was friendly and popular among the crew. Olsen is charged with violently attacking Birna, hitting her repeatedly in the face and head, putting her in a stranglehold with great force and then, in an unknown location throwing her into the ocean or a body of water, all of the above resulting in bleeds on her eyelids and the inside of her scalp, pressure trauma on her neck, a broken nose and many wounds in her head and face and lastly drowning. Since there is no Faroese court interpreter available, Faraoese crew members give statements in Danish that are then interpreted into Icelandic.  Below is the first witness’s account. Bjarnason didn’t notice Olsen acting any differently than usual when the trawler set sail from Hafnarfjörður. Birna’s body was found on January 22nd, a week after disappearing, in the beach West of Selvogsviti […]

Broke down after receiving a text message

Olsen had spoken with the ship’s captain about the message and then, ten to twelve hours later, he needed to be medicated to calm him down. He spoke about this with a coworker. The man had been very drunk, which was unusual and they had a conversation about it since this sort of behavior is frowned upon on the trawler. Read the fifth account here Read the captain’s account here Thought someone had thrown up Polar Nanoq’s chief engineer was the second to give his statement. At that point, the witness said, it was difficult to speak with him, due to his nerves. He said he had been watching television around 6 a.m. Around noon that day, the witness said he saw Olsen coming up the gangway, holding a towel. “We thought somebody threw up in the car, since the towel was there.” After Olsen received a text message from a journalist regarding the red rental car he had been driving, the witness said Olsen broke down. on Saturday, January 14th, when the other crew member originally charged in the case had come on board. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Crew members of the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq continue to testify in court […]

Turned off the internet and lied about an engine malfunction

“If you haven’t done anything you have nothing to be afraid off,” he told Olsen who didn’t answer but looked away, the witness said.  The defense then asked the witness what kind of a person Olsen is. “We also turned off the internet but the phone worked,” the witness added. Read the captain’s account here “His face was pale and grey“ Polar Nanoq’s first mate was the fifth witness called to the stand today. They decided to tell him that the reason for the return was a engine malfunction. “I am the first mate and often have to raise my voice to my subordinates. “His face was pale and grey. Read the second, third and fourth account here. noncleared-maintext”> Crew members of the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq continue to testify in court on the actions of defendant, Thomas Möller Olsen, during the hours surrounding the death of Birna Brjánsdóttir in January. Later on, after talking to the captain, the witness went to the defendants quarters. that night.” The witness said the crew members had discussed at length what to tell Olsen. He then discussed the text message Olsen had received from a journalist. I think the ship was turned around […]

Bombarded with calls from the media

Read the first witness account here. Read the second, third and fourth account here. Read the fifth account here “They shouldn’t go downtown” Polar Nanoq’s captain said that he has nothing but good things to say about Thomas Möller Olsen. He usually rises early and I asked why he had slept so long. He said they had been downtown and I told him they shouldn’t go downtown.” He said Nikolaj had been back in the trawler by around 6 a.m. The captain saw Möller Olsen later that day, driving the red Kia Rio rental car to the end of the docs in Hafnarfjörður and stay there for about five to ten minutes. “I met Nikolaj [Olsen, who was originally in the car with Birna and Möller Olsen] around twelve – one o’clock midday. In the end, he had told Olsen that he had to return the car because the ship was about to set sail. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Crew members of the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq continue to testify in court on the actions of defendant, Thomas Möller Olsen, during the hours surrounding the death of Birna Brjánsdóttir in January.

Site of brutal assault burns down

The house was completely destroyed in the fire. Stokkseyri has a population of around 500. Sources say the building, that stands in the southern village of Stokkseyri, was the site of an unusually brutal assault in 2013. The woman was driven to Reykjavík in an ambulance due to suspected smoke inhalation. noncleared-maintext”> The sole resident of a house built in 1910 escaped on her own accord after fire broke out in the building at around 5 am this morning. Police are now looking into the source of the fire. Parts of the building were insulated with hay and other flammable materials so this morning, even after the fire had officially been put out, work began on tearing down walls in search of embers. According to the local fire department other houses in the vicinity were not endangered by the fire. Five men were found guilty in the case, known as the Stokkseyri-Case, which involved a kidnapping, the use of a blunt force object on the victim’s knee caps, hands head and face, as well as the use of knives to torture the victim who was also punched repeatedly. Firemen from two separate stations worked on putting out the fire that […]

Buses ousted from downtown Reykjavík

Kristján says that even though operators were given plenty of time to adjust to the ban itself they hadn’t been informed or prepared for the route recommendations. “These are extensive changes and it’s a bit of a complicated process,” says Kristján Daníelsson, executive director of Kynnisferðir that runs a Hop-on Hop-off buses. Now, the routes need to be changed according to the city’s recommendations. He says that some difficulties are to be expected to begin with; in Kynnisferðir alone, 300 drivers in charge of 130 vehicles have to be informed. The buses are two stories high and passengers can listen to audio guides while taking in the city. The city has also made recommendations in terms of the directions buses should drive in on the fringes of the affected area but some operators say they need more time to adjust. “We have recordings in eight languages and drive past certain points so it will take some time to change. The adjustments will be made, he says, they just need time. We let the city know that we would need some adjustment time around all of this and they didn’t respond negatively at all so we are trying to work on […]

Strætó faces death by scouts

It will also be the largest gathering ever of scouts ages 18 to 26 with participants from 106 countries in all. The World Scout Moot starts on the morning of July 25th in Laugardalshöll but later on the participants will spread around the country, taking on 20 thousand hours of volunteer work. The gathering will be the biggest scout jamboree in the history of the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association. While the event’s main area is in Laugardalshöll, the scouts will be staying in 11 schools around the capital area. The association has secured some private bus services to and from the schools. This is asserted in an announcement from the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association that will be hosting the World Scout Moot, at the end of July. noncleared-maintext”> Reykjavík’s public transport system, Strætó bs, will implode if no action is taken before the end of July when a few thousand scouts will be requiring its services. According to the announcement Strætó has taken the request under consideration. However, the association has also requested that Strætó bs add more rides during the busiest hours to make sure that the scouts will be able to travel within the […]

A crappy situation on the shores of Reykjavík

The health department takes samples daily and posts the results for the public here. The Health Department originally stated that there was no reason to be concerned that the pollution would reach the public bathing area in Nauthólsvík. This means that unfiltered sewage will be pumped into the ocean tomorrow morning. That being said, samples from the Nauthólsvík lagoon only showed a rate of 2/100, which is well within the guidelines. The Faxaskjól pumping station broke down in late June, resulting in over 750 liters of unfiltered sewage being pumped into the ocean per second. The repairs are due to start at 8 a.m. noncleared-maintext”> Planning a beach holiday in Reykjavík? and will most likely continue until midnight. Due to the continued repair of a sewage pumping station by Faxaskjól, two emergency valves by Skeljanes and Faxaskjól will be opened. The public wasn’t notified until 10 days after the emergency valve was opened at which point reports of used toilet paper, sanitary towels and cotton swabs starting pouring in. The Reykjavik Health Department has been notified but Veitur, the pumping station’s operator, warns against trips to the beach or dips in the ocean. The rate has gone down considerably and […]

Delay on the horizon for high profile murder case

He has admitted to picking Birna up in a rental car but denies murdering her. According to the district attorney the timing of the trial will become clearer at the start of the week. If the medical examiner’s valuation isn’t ready by Tuesday other parts of the proceedings could be delayed. This may cause a delay. His fingerprints were found on Birna’s driver’s license, in a black rubbish bag on board Polar Nanoq and her blood was found on his anorak. Finding a medical examiner for the case proved difficult for the authorities but in the end the position was filled by the German Urs Oliver Wiesbrock. The defendant, Thom­as Møller Ol­sen, may not be brought before the court on Tuesday as planned but his fellow crew members from Polar Nanoq will almost certainly be asked to give statements as they are not expected to remain in the country for long. Crew members from the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq are among those scheduled to give their testimony on Tuesday but the court has not received the medical examiner’s valuation. Olsen has been in custody since January but still proclaims his innocence. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The trial over the murder of young […]

A volcanic parking meter rises

All entrance to the area was previously free of charge. The area has seen big renovations in the past months, as the landowners have reacted to the recent surge of tourism. The meter was put up yesterday and is expected to be put to use very soon. The meter is made to look like columnar basalt, a volcanic rock formation commonly found in Iceland, as to not disrupt the visual aspects of the environment. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> A parking meter has been put up in the parking lot by Seljandalandsfoss waterfall, one of the Souths greatest tourist attraction. Bergrisi, the company providing the meter, has previously put up meters by Sólheimajökull glacier and Reynisfjara beach.

Charming Icelandic swimming pools

It may not look like much as it cuddles up to the cliffs in Staðarsveit but its mineral water comes straight from the earth and is believed to be healthy, calming and healing. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> One of the most quintessential things to do on an Icelandic road trip is to bathe in the local pools. Photo/West.is A hidden gem in the flora of pools, Lýsuhólslaug on Snæfellsnes peninsula is like no other. Entrance fee is 1,000 Kronas for adults and 300 for ages 6 to 17. Younger children bathe for free and the same goes for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Adults pay 700 Kronas and 13 to 16 year olds pay 350. mbl.is/Skapti Hallgrímsson Selárdalslaug in Vopnafjörður is a bit out off the beaten track but that makes it all the more exciting. Each community has its own warm bathing spot, be it in a large sports hall or by a small hillside cabin. The pool opened in March 2010 and was a given to the county by two businesswomen, Lilja Pálmadóttir and Steinunn Jónsdóttir Adults pay 900 Kronas and children ages 8 to 18 pay 300. Húsafell Pool – WESTERN REGION Lýsuhólslaug is unlike any other. It […]

Construction halted at Iceland’s pagan temple

He hopes that the temple will open in May or June 2018.  The temple will be the first “hof” or main temple in Northern Europe for 900 years. The Ásatru society has been located in a temporary location in central Reykjavik but due to a great increase of members in recent years the space is not sufficient. noncleared-maintext”> Construction at the new Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavik has come to a temporary halt due to engineering challenges. The Icelandic Ásatrú follows the belief systems of the Old Norse religion, or germanic neopaganism.   For our  in-depth video interview in English with High Chieftain Hilmarsson see below:  A religion that speaks to people today The unique design of the building, by architect Magnús Jensson,  is not simple in execution.  Construction will begin again in early August according to High Chieftain of the Ásatrú religion, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.

Storm warning for South West Iceland

  Anyone driving a large vehicle or a tow vehicle should refrain from travel in those parts at that time.  noncleared-maintext”> The Iceland Road Administration would like to warn anyone travelling today that an area of low depression is hitting the country with strong winds, especially in the South West.  Strong gusts of winds of up to 25 metres per second could occur in Kjalarnes and in the Suðurnes peninsula, as well as Hvalfjörður between 12 and 15 today.

Icelander breaks the internet by cooking lamb in a hot tub

noncleared-maintext”> Kristinn Guðmundsson hosts Icelandic cooking programme Soð, and on Tuesday he started an 18 hour live broadcast of himself cooking a whole lamb in one of those hot-tub jacuzzi things that a lot of Icelanders have in their gardens. (Iceland’s geothermally heated water means that luxury comes cheaper here for this kind of outdoor bathing luxuries).  Guðmundsson is a fan of sous-vide cooking, a French cooking method which means “under vacuum” and refers to sealing up food in a bag and cooking it to a precise temperature in a water bath. We’re not sure if people were inspired, horrified or simply curious.   For some entirely bizarre reason this was one of the most watched things on the internet in Iceland in recent days. To accompany his sous-vide Icelandic lamb he prepared a wild thyme Bearnaise sauce and a wild thyme cocktail.  You can follow him on YouTube HERE.