Close to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport lies a special bridge. It connects two continents, America to the west and Europe to the east, as it lies across the point where two tectonic plates are diverging. A few minutes southwards from the bridge is Gunnuhver, a hot spring area named after a ghost.
10.07.2013 | 08:52
Re: Record Number of Tourists Arrive in Iceland
Five cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Reykjavík and Hafnarfjörður today. A total of 9,450 people are on board, 6,600 passengers and 2,800 crew members.
... We really hope the Icelandic government will start asking for a landing fee or environmental fee for all passengers using the road and sights in Iceland without staying overnight in Icelandic hotels and using Icelandic services except for a bus and a guide!
All other tourists have to pay tax for each overnight stay in Iceland! How is this and will this be solved for all the cruise people who stay on board nice ships? Is Iceland’s environment gaining from them too? If yes—perfect. If no—a shame for the government!
Ann-Cathrin Bröcker, Managing Director and Partner, Iceland ProTravel, Germany
Police arrested a man in Sauðárkrókur, North Iceland, around 4 pm today after he called the emergency hotline and threatened to shoot them. Police from Akureyri as well as the Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner were called in to assist.
A total of 150 Icelandic citizens are currently enrolled in undergraduate studies in medicine abroad, according to a response by the Minister of Education Illugi Gunnarsson to a question by chair of the Parliamentary Budget Committee Vigdís Hauksdóttir.
Fifty-two percent of respondents to a new survey conducted by the University of Iceland for Morgunblaðið said they were either very or fairly satisfied with the government’s debt relief plan announced on Saturday. Twenty-four percent of respondents said the impact of the plan would be significant while 66 percent said it would be small or negligible.
The October-December issue of the print edition of Iceland Review is packed with interesting material, such as a travel feature on Flatey Island, interview with chair of Samtökin 78 – The National Queer Association Anna Pála Sverrisdóttir and a guide to spotting the northern lights accompanied by Páll Stefánsson’s photos. Click here to view a selection of pages from the current issue and here to subscribe.
It would be easy to get washed away in all the hype but Ásgeir’s In the Silence, the English language version of his breakthrough debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, truly deserves all the praise it’s been getting.