Canadian Troops Install Mobile Radar on Reykjanes

Canadian Air Force Radar Keflavík

The Icelandic Coast Guard and 30 Canadian air force troops have installed a mobile radar station at Miðnesheiði, near Keflavík Airport on the Reykjanes peninsula. The equipment was brought from Canada to ensure uninterrupted surveillance of Iceland’s air space while Iceland updates its permanent radar system.

The Icelandic government allocated ISK 127 million ($1m/€900,000) of last year’s defence budget toward updating the country’s radar system and military base systems. According to a Coast Guard press release, the installation of the mobile radar is largely funded by NATO.

Canadian Air Force Radar Keflavík

Canadian Air Force Radar Keflavík

Efling Union Offers City New Contract Proposal

Efling - Strike - Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir

Efling Union presented a new contract proposal to the City of Reykjavík this morning, RÚV reports. Another meeting between the parties is scheduled for tomorrow. Around 1,850 Efling members who work for the city began a general strike yesterday, affecting Reykjavík’s preschools, primary schools, welfare services, and waste management.

Union and city representatives met this morning with the state mediator for around one and a half hours, their first meeting since February 7. Efling chairperson Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir declined to comment on the details of the union’s new offer for the time being. Another meeting is scheduled between the parties tomorrow.

Sólveig Anna told reporters the general strike will continue. There are ISK 3 billion ($23.6m/€21.8m) in Efling’s strike fund, which she says is enough to support a long strike.

Icelandic Chef Regains Michelin Star

Dill restaurant Michelin star

Reykjavík’s Dill restaurant was awarded one Michelin star last night at the Michelin Guide’s 2020 awards ceremony for the Nordic region. Dill was the first restaurant in Iceland to be granted the distinction, but then lost it last year. Gunnar Karl Gíslason, the restaurant’s chef and owner, says his sights are now set on getting a second one.

When Dill lost its Michelin star last year, Gunnar Karl was living in New York. He decided to return home to Iceland and work to regain the star, whatever the cost. He says there was a lot of work behind getting the star back and praised the restaurant’s staff for their efforts. “It’s a very good feeling. We are unbelievably pleased and happy,” Gunnar Karl told RÚV reporters after the award was granted. He hopes the distinction will spark more opportunities in Iceland’s restaurant industry.

Gunnar says it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what changes led the Michelin Guide jury to change their mind about Dill – they publish no comments on their decisions. “Michelin makes sure no one has any idea about what they’re doing, what you have to say, how you have to build up your restaurant.” It’s clear, however, that Dill is on the right track.

Asked whether his goal for the coming year was to hold onto the star or to add a second, Gunnar said: “In the old days, I said I would be very happy with one star, but when you have one then you want two.”