Iceland Monitor

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:08:00 +0000
Icelanders Catch the Hiking Bug
Interest in outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking, has been highly contagious among Icelanders this summer - no doubt to the benefit of their health.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:10:00 +0000
Do Hot Tubs Explain Our Happiness?
A newly released BBC video on geothermal swimming pools in Iceland brings attention to the fact that again and again, Icelanders are rated among the happiest nations in the world.

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:07:00 +0000
Icelandic Biotech Firm Receives Large European Grant
The Icelandic biotechnology company ORF Genetics has been awarded a EUR 2.5 million grant from the Grant Management Services of the European Commission.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:37:00 +0000
Eleven New Domestic Cases of COVID-19 in Iceland
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is still rising in Iceland.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:13:00 +0000
When to Use Face Masks in Iceland
Among new requirements taking effect in Iceland today, aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, is the use of face masks when using public transportation.

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:09:00 +0000
New Restrictions Take Effect in Iceland Tomorrow
At a press conference that just ended, the Icelandic government announced new restrictions on public gatherings, to take effect at noon tomorrow, Friday.

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 10:46:00 +0000
Sequence Analysis Suggests Further Spread of Coronavirus
Sequence analysis of samples from individuals infected with COVID-19 in Iceland has revealed one more case that includes a variant of the SARS-CoV-2, similar to the one already found in three unrelated groups of people.

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0000
Tighter Restrictions to Be Announced Today in Iceland
Today, tighter restrictions on public gatherings in Iceland will be announced by Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:59:00 +0000
House Fire Investigation Continues
More than 20 witnesses have been questioned with regard to the June 25 Reykjavík house fire at Bræðraborgarstígur 1, in which three people lost their lives, reports.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:22:00 +0000
Swift Reaction Needed to Contain Spread of COVID-19
Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCode Genetics, expects restrictions on public gatherings to be tightened in Iceland, due to a cluster of infections that has developed in recent days.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:52:00 +0000
Hold Off on Hugging in Iceland
Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iceland in recent days, the easing of restrictions on public gatherings, originally planned for August 4, will be postponed until August 18.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:34:00 +0000
Seven Meters of Snow in July
It is the middle of summer, but plenty of snow remains on some highland roads in Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:36:00 +0000
deCode ‘Detectives’ Determined to Solve COVID-19 Riddle
Trying to solve the riddle of how new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) were carried to Iceland involves a thorough investigation.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000
Increased Interest in Visiting Iceland
Since July 16, when German tourists were exempted from coronavirus testing at Icelandic borders, their interest in visiting Iceland has increased.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:45:00 +0000
Number of COVID-19 Cases Rises in Iceland
Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iceland yesterday.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:02:00 +0000
US ambassador to Iceland causes a stir
First came a controversial tweet, and then reports of requesting an armored vehicle.

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 16:21:00 +0000
Another Covid-19 case at sports event causes dozens to quarantine

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 15:11:00 +0000
Nearly fifty quarantined after domestic Covid-19 transmission
Authorities now suspect that one of the infected individuals caught the virus from people who had traveled abroad.

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 23:26:00 +0000
Mount Hekla shows signs of high magma pressure
Nobody can outrun a pyroclastic flow.

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:09:00 +0000
Two new domestic cases of Covid-19 have athletes quarantined
One of the persons who tested positive had recently competed in a large athletics tournament.