Reykjavík Pride Begins Today

Pride Week celebrations were kicked off today at noon with the painting of a rainbow on Skólavörðustígur street in downtown Reykjavík. The first rollers were set to the pavement by Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson alongside the members of the executive committee of Reykjavík Pride.

Painting a rainbow is a Reykjavík Pride tradition which marks the formal start of six days of Pride festivities. The rainbow has been painted at various locations in the city centre, including from the doors of the city hall and Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík junior college. While the executive committee and the mayor usually begin the painting, all are welcome to join in – and bringing your own paintbrush is recommended.

Reykjavík Pride will take place from August 7-12 this year, with the Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at 2.00pm. The parade concludes near Hljómskálagarður park, where an outdoor concert will take place.

Readers can visit the Reykjavík Pride website for the week’s complete programme.

Ring Road Closure Due to Flood Continues

Route 1, the Ring Road, remains closed at Kirkjubæjarklaustur due to a glacial outburst flood in Skaftá river, RÚV reports. Authorities are now evaluating whether to breach the road and build a channel to drain the area.

Though the road is closed to smaller vehicles, larger cars and jeeps have been permitted to pass through. Smaller vehicles can bypass the closure via Road 204 through Meðalland.

“There is just a large catchment area that has been formed there, I just have no idea when it will recede, that’s just how it is,” said Ágúst Bjartmarsson of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration. “This is over a kilometre long catchment area and lots of water behind it.”

Travellers are advised to check conditions at road.is before setting out.

Update August 9, 2018: The Ring Road has been opened to traffic at Kirkjubæjarklaustur.