The Hulk Learns Icelandic

A new, boutique publishing house called DP-IN will focus on bringing Marvel comics to Icelandic fans in their native language, Vísir reports. Publisher Bjarni Gautur Eydal wants young Icelanders to have the opportunity to read about their favorite superheroes in Icelandic, rather than having no alternative but to read them in English. Superhero series used to be published in Iceland, but this hasn’t been the case in some time.

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“In the old days, before you or I were born, The Hulk and Spiderman were published in Icelandic,” Bjarni said in an interview. “But now for the first time, we’re publishing the stories in the correct chronological order and in paperback.”

Bjarni continued that in his experience working with children in after-school programs, he’s found that there aren’t enough options in Icelandic for young readers. “I grew up in Sweden,” he noted. “And grew up reading Marvel Comics in Swedish.”

The Hulk and Spiderman series are slated for release in Iceland, as are X-Men and Thor after that.

“We’re going to publish both old and new [comics],” Bjarni concluded.

Fewer Mated Arctic Fox Pairs in Hornstrandir Than Last Year

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Hornstrandir Nature Preserve in the Westfjords has half the number of arctic fox pairs with young than it usually does at this time of year, RÚV reports. The drop in the number of mated pairs comes even as the animals’ territory has doubled in size. Human foot traffic through the area is thought to disturb the foxes a great deal, particularly mothers who are still nursing their young and have to stay in their dens.

These findings were among those made by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (IINH) and their collaborators at the Arctic Fox Centre after their yearly site visit to Hornstrandir from June 17 – 30. During this time, researchers made stops at every known burrow in the reserve and made note of whether these were inhabited, as well as tracking foxes’ movements in and out of them. Three burrows were monitored for twelve hours, specifically to monitor how long adult foxes spent in them, and what food they brought back to them, if any. A log was kept of any food scraps that had been left in or around the burrows and stool samples were collected for future study.

Researchers also monitored and made observations about the number of visitors moving through fox-inhabited areas, as well as their behaviour around burrows. As IINH reported on its Facebook page, visitor traffic was minimal at the start of the expedition, but it increased during the almost two weeks that researchers were present in the reserve.

Even though the number of mated arctic fox pairs with young is significantly less than usual, the research teams affirm that the overall status of the population is good. Even so, researchers plan to monitor human traffic through Hornstrandir and another expedition to the reserve is already planned for later this summer to check in on the status of the arctic fox population at that time. Researchers hope that any travellers to Hornstrandir will follow the directions of the park rangers, stay on marked paths, and not disturb any wildlife they may encounter while visiting.

Ninety Hours of Sunshine So Far This Month

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July in Reykjavík has gotten off to a warm start—by Icelandic standards, at least. The average temperature in the capital area thus far this month has been 11.6°C [52.8 °F]. This is 1.3 degrees above the average July temperatures from 1961 to 1990, and .2 degrees over the July average for the last ten years.

These were among the records and historical figures that meteorologist Trausti Jónsson shared on his blog this week.

In addition to warmer-than-average weather, the capital area has also been getting a great deal of sunshine: 90 hours of sunshine, in fact, since the start of the month. This is 35 more hours of sunshine than are usually experienced in the capital in the first ten days of July. This year is, therefore, ranked 11th in years with the most sunshine in the first ten days of July. Capital residents enjoyed the most sunshine—131.4 hours—in the first ten days of 1957, and suffered a depressing low in July 1977, when there were only 5.2 hours of sunshine in ten days.

This has, in fact, been the 8th warmest summer in Reykjavík since 2000. The warmest early July in the 21st century thus far was in 2009, when the average temperature was 13.4°C [56.1°F]. Last year was the coldest summer thus far—a chilly 9.1°C [48.4°F] on average.

While Reykjavík has been having an ostensible heat wave, temperatures up North have been fractionally colder than usual. The average temperature in Akureyri for the first ten days of July was 10.0°C [50°F], which is -0.1 degrees lower than the average temperature during the same time frame from 1961 – 1990, and -1.0 degrees lower than the average temperature in the town in early July over the last ten years.

Temperatures elsewhere around the country have varied, with some incrementally above the average for the last ten years, such as .9 degrees warmer at the weather station atop the Bláfjöll mountains in Southwest Iceland, and others below it, such as 2.1 degrees cooler at the Gagnheiði.weather station in East Iceland.

Bra Fence in Brekkukot Continues to Grow

The fence by Brekkukot farm is covered in bras.

The fence surrounding Brekkukot farm near the Eyjafjöll mountains tends to capture passing drivers’ attention. Unlike most other fences you’ll drive by on your way around Iceland, this one is covered in bras. Seven years have passed since the first bra was placed on the fence, and it appears that the tradition won’t stop any time soon. The fence is covered by hundreds of bras at this point.

Lilja Georgsdóttir owns the land along with her husband Þórhallur Birgisson. She says the fence is always popular but that the fence is starting to give way under the pressure of holding all of the bras. and while the bras brighten up the area, the farmers are less enthusiastic about other artefacts of clothing. Everything from mittens, shoes, socks, to even underwear have been placed on the Brekkukot fence. Even though the landowners enjoy the fence, they admit that underwear is not necessarily sought after. “We don’t enjoy them as much. We try to take them down. It’s just a little more tasteful,” Lilja said merrily in an interview with Vísir.is.

The fence’s popularity has sparked the idea to put up a collection box where people can leave donations for breast cancer research and hopefully, that idea will be implemented soon.