News from Reykjavík

Iceland is the most peaceful country on earth

RÚV reports that "Iceland is the most peaceful country on earth for the 13th year in a row, according to the latest Institute for Economics & Peace analysis. New Zealand is second on the newest list and Portugal third. IEP has been compiling the Global Peace Index every year since 2008." 

A new geothermal lagoon

Construction is about to begin for a new geothermal lagoon in Kársnes in Kópavogur. Plans are for the spot to open in 2021 with a hot spring, a cold pool and saunas. Further construction will take place once the first aspect has been completed as the project has been split into four parts.

Population of little Iceland increases

Little Iceland is growing a little bit but there is still plenty of room to roam. "The number of people living in Iceland increased by around half a percent during the first quarter of this year to 366,130 people."

Netflix Continues Production in Iceland

"Netflix is currently in production in both South Korea and Iceland, thanks to those countries’ strong response in containing and tracking the novel coronavirus."

Iceland has coronavirus under control
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"Iceland has coronavirus under control thanks to a strict policy of test, trace and isolate, the country's prime minister has told Sky News."

Iceland Records No New Cases of Coronavirus

"Iceland has reached a landmark in its fight against Covid-19, with no new confirmed cases reported on Friday, the first time this has happened since the start of the global pandemic."

Iceland’s national culinary team takes third place in the Culinary Olympics!
Iceland´s Culinary Team

With impressive number of quality restaurants, and with award winning chefs that are creating both imaginative and delicious cuisine, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Iceland´s national culinary team came in third place in the Culinary Olympics!

Weather alert, all Iceland! Museums and swimming pools closed.

NO TRAVEL CONDITIONS AT ALL tomorrow, Friday - 14. February!

Hildur Guðnadóttir, the first Icelander ever to win the Oscar!

We are so proud of “our” Hildur Guðnadóttir, the first Icelander ever to win the Oscar, and the first female Oscar Score winner in 23 years!!! When accepting the award, she encouraged women to speak up and let their voices be heard

Open Club Day and Dark Music Days this weekend!

This Saturday, February 1st, many of Reykjavík's most iconic music venues are opening their doors to the public with exciting free events during the day
One such venue is Harpa, Icelands biggest concert venue.

 

Weather alert! All Iceland

There is a yellow and orange alert for the whole country for today and tomorrow (January 13-14), change travel plans

All Iceland until late Tuesday evening: Strong winds (20-30 m/sec – 72-108 km/h) with hurricane force wind gusts (+40 m/sec – +144 km/h) and snowfall. Blizzard! No travel conditions!
Road closures expected. Change travel plans!

further information can be found at:
www.safetravel.is

 

New Year’s bonfires and areas for fireworks in downtown Reykjavík

New Year’s Bonfires (Áramótabrennur) will be in 10 places in the Reykjavík Capital area this year and in a similar manner as before. You can join the locals and experience old age customs and traditions of the New Year’s celebration. 

New Year’s Bonfires are lit at 20:30 in all places except at Skerjafjörður and Úlfarsfell.

These are the locations for the 2019 New Year’s Bonfires in Reykjavík:    

  • Ægisíða
  • Skerjafjörður, by the street Skildinganes 48 - 52 (lit at 9 pm)
  • Suðurhlíðar, below the Fossvogur valley cemetery
  • West of Laugarásvegur, by Valbjarnarvöllur sports area
  • Geirsnef
  • Suðurfell
  • Fylkisbrenna, by Rauðavatn
  • Gufunes, by the old recycling centre
  •  Kléberg in Kjalarnes
  •  Úlfarsfell, by Lambhagavegur, (lit at 3 pm) 

People are urged not to fire up fireworks at the bonfires. 

There are three areas that are dedicated for the use of fireworks in downtown Reykjavík on New Year’s, they are: 

Please be careful when using fireworks in crowded areas. It is recommended to use safety glasses when handling fireworks as well as gloves. Safety glasses can be found were fireworks are purchased.

Best wishes and happy New Year!

 

 

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