Iceland’s Women One Win from World Cup

Tickets for the Icelandic women’s national football team match against Germany are nearly sold out, RÚV reports. The match takes place this Saturday at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík. A victory would send the women’s team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.

It would be the first ever World Cup tournament for Iceland’s women’s team, which has never before qualified. The team, currently ranked 19th in the world, won their first qualifying match against the German team. Hopes will undoubtedly be high on the pitch this Saturday.

If the match could set another record if it sells out, as the team has never sold out a match at the Reykjavík stadium before. Tickets can be bought here.

Long Waitlists for Student Housing

Reykjavík University

Around 1,179 students are on a waiting list for housing in the Reykjavík capital area, RÚV reports. The University of Iceland’s housing association Félagsstofnun stúdenta has a waitlist of 729 for the fall semester. The number is slightly lower than last year, when 824 students were waitlisted for the fall semester. The association hopes to eventually provide housing for 15-20% of the university’s students, but currently only provides around 10%.

Housing association Byggingafélag námsmanna, open to students from various capital area universities, has a waitlist of around 450 for the fall semester.

Tornado in South Iceland Damages Farm

Sæunn Káradóttir and Þormar Ellert Jóhansson are still assessing the damage following a tornado which raged through their South Iceland farm on Friday afternoon, RÚV reports. Though Iceland may be known for strong winds and extreme weather, tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country.

The residents were luckily not at home when the tornado hit, ripping roofs off of the farm buildings and turning a large SUV with a trailer into a ditch. “We are now walking around the buildings and picking up all the trash we see, which reaches 500-600 metres from the the farm buildings.” Sæunn says the tornado spread rubble such as wood scraps and roof tiles over a wide area around the farm.

The couple have not yet heard from their insurance company regarding the damage, as offices were closed for the weekend when the incident occurred. “We reached the emergency line for our insurance company and the man there was dumbfounded and didn’t know what to tell us. Nothing like this had ever happened and he pointed us toward health insurance.”

Sæunn says the employee may have thought the couple was making a prank call. “Almost certainly. It was of course late on a Friday, he just thought some people were having a bit of fun.”