Orange Weather Alert for East Iceland, No Weather for Travel

The Iceland Met Office has issued an orange weather warning for the east coast of Iceland set to take effect tomorrow morning. Yellow weather alerts are also in place for northwest Iceland tomorrow.

Northwest strong gale or storm force wind(20-30m/s) are expected in the eastern half of Iceland tomorrow morning, and a blizzard is forecasted in the northeast. Conditions are expected to be worst in the east fjords where wind gusts can go up to 45 m/s and residents of the area are asked to secure loose objects to avoid wind damage. There will be no weather to travel in East Iceland tomorrow.

North West Iceland

North gale or strong gale with snow (Yellow)

9 Jan. at 01:00 – 08:00

Northwest gale or strong gale, 15-23 m/s, with snow and blowing snow. Poor visibility is expected with difficult driving conditions.

North East Iceland

Northwest blizzard (Orange)

9 Jan. at 03:00 – 12:00

Northwest strong gale 20-25 m/s with snow and blowing snow, blizzard conditions at times. Poor visibility is expected and travelling is not advised.

Northwest gales with snow showers (Yellow)

9 Jan. at 12:00 – 17:00

Northwest gale or strong gale, 15-23 m/s, with light snow showers and blowing snow. Poor visibility is expected with difficult driving conditions.

Eastern coastal areas

Northwest blizzard (Orange)

9 Jan. at 03:00 – 18:00

Northwest strong gale or storm, 20-28 m/s, with snow and blowing snow. Poor visibility is expected and travelling is not advised.

Northwest gales or strong gales with snow showers (Yellow)

9 Jan. at 18:00 – 10 Jan. at 01:00

Northwest gale or strong gale, 15-23 m/s, with light snow showers and blowing snow. Poor visibility is expected with difficult driving conditions.

East fjords

Northwest storm or violent storm (Orange)

9 Jan. at 03:00 – 18:00

Northwest storm or violent storm, 23-30 m/s, with wind gusts over 45 m/s. Snowshowers and possibly blowing snow with poor visibility. Loose objects outside need to be secured and flying debris can be dangerous. Travelling is not advised.

Northwest strong gales (Yellow)

9 Jan. at 18:00 – 10 Jan. at 01:00

Northwest 18-25 m/s and wind gusts exceeding 35 m/s. Light snow showers and possibly blowing snow. Loose objects can be blown away. Difficult travelling conditions.

South East Iceland

Northwest storm or violent storm (Orange)

9 Jan. at 04:00 – 17:00

Northwest storm or violent storm, 23-30 m/s, with wind gusts over 45 m/s. Possibly blowing sand. Loose objects outside need to be secured and flying debris can be dangerous. Travelling is not advised.

Northwest gales or strong gales (Yellow)

9 Jan. at 17:00 – 21:00

Northwest 15-25 m/s and wind gusts exceeding 35 m/s, strongest wind in the east part of the region. Possibly blowing sand locally. Loose objects can be blown away. Difficult travelling conditions.

Central highlands

Northwest blizzard (Orange)

9 Jan. at 02:00 – 16:00

Northwest strong gale or violent storm, 20-30 m/s, with snow and blowing snow, blizzard conditions likely. Less precipitation in the south part of the region. Poor visibility is expected and travelling is not advised. Moderating earlier in the westernmost part of the region.

 

COVID-19 in Iceland: Gathering Restrictions to Be Relaxed, Gyms to Reopen

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason

From January 13 on, infection prevention restrictions in Iceland will be relaxed, if the pandemic’s spread continues to be at a low. According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, gathering limits will go from 10 to 20, and athletes and amateurs alike will be able to resume their sports training, albeit under strict conditions.

The maximum gathering limit will be 20 people, gyms and sports clubs will be allowed to reopen under strict conditions, and ski slopes as well. Sports training for children and adults alike will be allowed to resume as well, and competitions and tournaments can go ahead, although spectators won’t be allowed. For stage performances, 50 people can be on stage, with audiences of 100 adults and 100 children. The same applies to other cultural events. Gathering limits and opening hour restrictions for restaurants and bars will remain unchanged. These are the main changes to infection prevention regulations introduced at the government’s meeting today. The changes are set to be in effect from January 13 to February 17.

Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason suggests these changes to the restrictions, due to our success in fighting the spread of COVID-19 in Iceland. He points out that in several countries close to us the pandemic is growing, due to a strain of the virus that is yet to spread in Iceland. For that reason, he presents his suggestions with a proviso that the pandemic’s development won’t get worse. In order to preserve the success Icelanders have had in fighting the spread of the pandemic, the Chief Epidemiologist and the Ministry of Health are considering changes to border regulations making the double border testing mandatory or at least requiring the people who choose the 14-day quarantine over the free double test to remain at quarantine hotels for the period of their quarantine. The number of people choosing the 14-day quarantine is under 1 % of travellers through Iceland’s borders.

The main changes to the infection prevention regulations set to take effect on January 13.

  • A general gathering limit of 20 people.
  • Shops – Instead of the current tule allowing 5 customers per 10m2, the new regulations allow for one customer per 4m2, but no more than 100 customers in one space.
  • Gyms – Allowed to reopen under strict conditions. The number of visitors can’t exceed 50% of the gym’s operating license. If no number is specified in the operation license, the number of visitors can’t exceed 50% of the changing room’s capacity. Only group sessions are allowed, with a maximum of 20 registered participants. Changing rooms shall be closed. Children born 2005 or later will not be counted with the number of visitors. The Chief Epidemiologist will issue detailed instructions for infection prevention at gyms and sports clubs.
  • Sports training – Sports training of children and adults, with and without contact, will be allowed, indoors and outdoors. No more than 50 people can be in one space at a time.
  • Sports competitions – Sports competitions for children and adults will be allowed without spectators.
  • Ski Slopes – Ski slopes will be allowed to open with limitations. Solo skiers will not share ski lifts with others, a social distance of two metres shall be maintained, and the same rules apply to mask use as elsewhere.
  • Performance arts, cinemas, and other cultural events – Up to 50 people can be on stage during rehearsals and shows. Masks should be worn wherever possible, and a social distance of two metres should be kept whenever possible. Seated guests can be up to 100 adults and 100 children born in 2005 and later. Seated guests should be registered by name, and adults shall wear masks.

Artist Salaries 2021 Revealed

GDRN - Guðrún Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir söngkona

The Icelandic Centre for Research has revealed the list of artists receiving artist salaries in 2021. 450 independent designers, painters, writers, stage artists (such as actors), musicians, and composers in total receive a monthly salary for a longer or shorter period. 2,150 monthly salaries were available for application this year, 550 more than last time due to the global pandemic. 1,440 applied for the salaries, 1,305 individuals and 135 performance groups containing around 940 artists. 308 artists received the salaries and 26 performance group containing 145 stage performers. In total that amounts to 450 artists.

The artist salaries amount to 410,000 ISK ($3,220, €2,630) per month as a contractor payment. In total, around 880million ISK ($6,912,804, €5,646,817) were distributed to the country’s artists.

The salary fund for designers received 106 applications and ten designers received salaries. The artists’ salary fund received 373 applications with 83 artists receiving salaries. The writers’ salary fund received 295 applications with 94 writers receiving salaries. The stage performers’ salary fund received applications from 940 performers belonging to 135 stage performance groups. And 68 individuals. 15 individuals and 145 group members received salaries. The musicians’ salary fund received 237 applications with 62 musicians receiving salaries. The composers’ salary fund received 226 applications with 44 composers receiving salaries.

The objective of the artist salaries is to enhance art and the making of art in Iceland. Funding is decided by the yearly budget of the parliament and The Icelandic Centre for Research is responsible for managing the fund on behalf of The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The complete list of artists can be found below.

Designers’ salary fund – 75 months

12 Months

  • Arnar Már Jónsson
  • Guðrún Ragna Sigurjónsdóttir

9 Months

  • Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir

8 Months

  • Hanna Dís Whitehead
  • Rán Flygenring

7 Months

  • Björn Steinar Blumenstein

6 Months

  • Elín-Margot Ármannsdóttir
  • Thomas Pausz

4 Months

  • Anna Katharina Blocher

3 Months

  • Baldur Helgi Snorrason

The Artists’ Salary Fund – 526 months

12 Months

  • Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir
  • Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir
  • Elín Hansdóttir
  • Finnbogi Pétursson
  • Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir
  • Hrafnkell Sigurðsson
  • Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir
  • Sindri Leifsson
  • Þórdís Aðalsteinsdóttir
  • Örn Alexander Ámundarson

10 Months

  • Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir

9 Months

  • Anna Guðrún Líndal
  • Carl Théodore Marcus Boutard
  • Margrét H. Blöndal
  • Páll Haukur Björnsson
  • Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

6 Months

  • Andreas Martin Brunner
  • Anna Helen Katarina Hallin
  • Arnar Ásgeirsson
  • Arnfinnur Jóhann R. Amazeen
  • Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
  • Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir
  • Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson
  • Bjargey Ólafsdóttir
  • Claire Jacqueline Marguerite Paugam
  • Dodda Maggý / Þórunn Maggý Kristjánsdóttir
  • Eirún Sigurðardóttir
  • Elísabet Brynhildardóttir
  • Erling T.V. Klingenberg
  • Eygló Harðardóttir
  • Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir
  • Hallgerður G. Hallgrímsdóttir
  • Helga Páley Friðþjófsdóttir
  • Helgi Þórsson
  • Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir
  • Hildur Bjarnadóttir
  • Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir
  • Hulda Margrét Hákonardóttir
  • Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
  • Ingólfur Örn Arnarsson
  • Ívar Valgarðsson
  • Jóhanna K. Sigurðardóttir
  • Karlotta Jóhannesdóttir Blöndal
  • Katrín Bára Elvarsdóttir
  • Katrín Sigurðardóttir
  • Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson
  • Magnús Óskar Helgason
  • Magnús Sigurðarson
  • Magnús Tumi Magnússon
  • Ólafur Sveinn Gíslason
  • Olga Soffía Bergmann
  • Ólöf Jónína Jónsdóttir
  • Ólöf Nordal
  • Pétur Magnússon
  • Ráðhildur Sigrún Ingadóttir
  • Ragnar Axelsson
  • Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson
  • Rúrí (Þuríður Rúrí Fannberg)
  • Selma Hreggviðsdóttir
  • Sigríður Björg Sigurðardóttir
  • Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
  • Sigurður Þórir Ámundason
  • Steingrímur Eyfjörð
  • Steinunn M. Önnudóttir
  • Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
  • Wioleta Anna Ujazdowska

3 Months

  • Agnieszka Eva Sosnowska
  • Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir
  • Ásmundur Ásmundsson
  • Baldvin Einarsson
  • Björk Guðnadóttir
  • Björn Loki Björnsson
  • Bryndís Björnsdóttir
  • Claudia Hausfeld
  • Einar Falur Ingólfsson
  • Elsa Jónsdóttir
  • Eva Ísleifsdóttir
  • Heimir Björgúlfsson
  • Hildur Ása Henrýsdóttir
  • Starkaður Sigurðarson
  • Una Margrét Árnadóttir
  • Þórdís Erla Zoega
  • Þorsteinn Eyfjörð Þórarinsson

The Writers’ Salary Fund – 646 months

12 Months

  • Andri Snær Magnason
  • Auður Jónsdóttir
  • Bergsveinn Birgisson
  • Einar Már Guðmundsson
  • Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl
  • Elísabet K. Jökulsdóttir
  • Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir
  • Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir
  • Gyrðir Elíasson
  • Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Hildur Knútsdóttir
  • Jón Kalman Stefánsson
  • Sigrún Pálsdóttir
  • Þórdís Gísladóttir

10 Months

  • Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson

9 Months

  • Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir
  • Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir
  • Bjarni M. Bjarnason
  • Bragi Ólafsson
  • Einar Kárason
  • Fríða Ísberg
  • Gunnar Theodór Eggertsson
  • Haukur Már Helgason
  • Hermann Stefánsson
  • Hjörleifur Hjartarson
  • Jónas Reynir Gunnarsson
  • Kristín Eiríksdóttir
  • Kristín Ómarsdóttir
  • Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir
  • Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir
  • Ófeigur Sigurðsson
  • Pedro Gunnlaugur Garcia
  • Ragnheiður Sigurðardóttir
  • Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir
  • Steinar Bragi Guðmundsson
  • Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson
  • Vilborg Davíðsdóttir
  • Þórunn Elín Valdimarsdóttir

6 Months

  • Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  • Anton Helgi Jónsson
  • Benný Sif Ísleifsdóttir
  • Bjarni Jónsson
  • Bragi Páll Sigurðarson
  • Dagur Hjartarson
  • Eiríkur Ómar Guðmundsson
  • Emil Hjörvar Petersen
  • Friðgeir Einarsson
  • Guðmundur Jóhann Óskarsson
  • Guðmundur Steingrímsson
  • Guðmundur Sveinbjörn Brynjólfsson
  • Gunnar Helgason
  • Halldór Armand Ásgeirsson
  • Halldór Laxness Halldórsson
  • Haukur Ingvarsson
  • Heiðrún Ólafsdóttir
  • Ísak Hörður Harðarson
  • Kamilla Einarsdóttir
  • Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir
  • Magnús Sigurðsson
  • Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson
  • Ragnheiður Eyjólfsdóttir
  • Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir
  • Sigrún Eldjárn
  • Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir
  • Stefán Máni Sigþórsson
  • Steinunn Guðríður Helgadóttir
  • Sverrir Norland
  • Þórdís Helgadóttir
  • Yrsa Þöll Gylfadóttir

3 Months

  • Áslaug Jónsdóttir
  • Birta Ósmann Þórhallsdóttir
  • Brynja Hjálmsdóttir
  • Brynjólfur Þorsteinsson
  • Eva Rún Snorradóttir
  • Harpa Rún Kristjánsdóttir
  • Helgi Ingólfsson
  • Jónína Leósdóttir
  • Kári Tulinius
  • Karl Ágúst Úlfsson
  • Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir
  • Kristín Steinsdóttir
  • Lani Yamamoto
  • María Elísabet Bragadóttir
  • Ólafur Gunnarsson
  • Ólína Kjerúlf Þorvarðardóttir
  • Pétur Gunnarsson
  • Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir
  • Soffía Bjarnadóttir
  • Steinunn Sigurðardóttir
  • Sunna Dís Másdóttir
  • Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir
  • Þórarinn Eldjárn
  • Þórarinn Leifsson
  • Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Stage performers’ Salary Fund – 307 months

Individuals

10 Months

  • Finnur Arnar Arnarson

5 Months

  • Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir

4 Months

  • Hjörleifur Hjartarson
  • Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir
  • Kolfinna Nikulásdóttir
  • Magnús Jónsson
  • Páll Baldvin Baldvinsson
  • Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir

3 Months

  • Ásgerður Júníusdóttir
  • María Heba Þorkelsdóttir
  • Rebekka A. Ingimundardóttir
  • Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
  • Vignir Rafn Valthórsson
  • Þórey Sigþórsdóttir

2 Months

  • Tinna Grétarsdóttir

Stage Performance Groups

24 Months

  • Animato – Mærþöll ópera: Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, Björk Níelsdóttir, Erla Dóra Vogler, Eva Björg Harðardóttir, Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir, Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Gunnlaugur Bjarnason, Hildigunnur Halldórsdóttir, Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Þórgunnur Anna Örnólfsdóttir, Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir

20 Months

  • Gaflaraleikhúsið 

19 Months

  • Menningarfélagið Tær – Alda: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Eva Signý Berger, Halla Þórðardóttir, Aðalheiður Halldórsdóttir, Anais Florence Lea Barthe, Heba Eir Jónasdóttir Kjeld, Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir, Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir

16 Months

  • Sviðslistahópurinn dB – Eyja: Ástbjörg Rut Jónsdóttir, Uldis Ozols, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Þór Tulinius, Sigríður Vala Jóhannsdóttir, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, Jóhann Bjarni Pálmason, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir

15 Months

  • Fimbulvetur – Blóðuga Kanínan: Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson, Þórunn María Jónsdóttir, Borgar Þór Magnason, Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson, Gunnar Hansson, Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Íris Tanja Ívars Flygenring, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Þóra Karítas Árnadóttir

14 Months

  • Pokahorn – Kossafar á ilinni: Margrét Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Sara Marti Guðmundsdóttir, Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Guðmundur Elías Knudsen, Birkir Rafn Gíslason, Jökull Jörgensen, Scott Ashley Mc Lemore, Una Lorenzen

13 Months

  • EP, félagasamtök – Venus Í feldi: Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Filippía Ingibjörg Elísdóttir, Harpa Arnardóttir, Stefán Már Magnússon, Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson, Valgeir Sigurðsson

11 Months

  • Frystiklefinn – DNA: Kári Viðarsson, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson, Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir, María Ingibjörg Reyndal, Gréta Kristín Ómarsdóttir
  • HETJA – Heil(brigðis) grímuleikur á heimsmælikvarða: Greta Ann Clough, Aldís Gyða Davíðsdóttir, Stefán Benedikt Vilhelmsson, Orri Huginn Ágústsson, Eggert Hilmarsson + 2 ónefndir.
  • Undur og stórmerki – Fíflið: Karl Ágúst Úlfsson, Ágústa Skúladóttir, Eyvindur Karlsson, Guðrún Öyahals, Ólafur Ágúst Stefánsson

10 Months

  • Forspil að framtíð: Ævar Þór Benediktsson, Kjartan Ólafsson, Ingibjörg Huld Haraldsdóttir, Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Védís Kjartansdóttir
  • Selsaugu – Þoka/Mjørka: Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Hannes Óli Ágústsson, Brynja Björnsdóttir, Gunnar Karel Másson

9 Months

  • Miðnætti leikhús – Tjaldið: Agnes Þorkelsdóttir Wild, Eva Björg Harðardóttir, Sigrún Harðardóttir, Nicholas Arthur Candy, Kristinn Brynjar Pálsson
  • Panic Production – ROF: Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Eva Signý Berger, Halla Þórðardóttir

7 Months

  • Leikfélagið Annað svið – Það sem er: María Ellingsen, Ólafur Egill Egilsson, Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

6 Months

  • Hellaðir – Heilinn í Hellinum: Albert Halldórsson, Gígja Sara Helgudóttir Björnsson , Kjartan Darri Kristjánsson, Pálmi Freyr Hauksson
  • Leikfélagið PóliS – Tu jest za drogo /Úff hvað allt er dýrt hérna: Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Aleksandra Skolozynska, Jakub Ziemann, Salvör Gullbrá Þórarinsdóttir, Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson, Wioleta Anna Ujazdowska
  • Soðið svið – Framhald í næsta bréfi: Salka Guðmundsdóttir, Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir

5 Months

  • Ferðalangar sögunnar – Söguferðalangar: Tryggvi Gunnarsson, Valdimar Jóhannsson
  • Ljós-til-líf-unun – BRUM: Kara Hergils Valdimarsdóttir, Andrea Elín Vilhjálmsdóttir, Harpa Arnardóttir, Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schluter, Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
  • Menningarfélagið Marmarabörn – Ó, veður: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Kristinn Guðmundsson, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir, Sigurður Arent Jónsson

4 Months

  • Sómi þjóðar – (Ó)sómi þjóðar: Tryggvi Gunnarsson, Hilmir Jensson
  • Slembilukka – Sjáið mig: Bryndís Ósk Þ Ingvarsdóttir, Laufey Haraldsdóttir

3 Months

  • Kváma – Söngleikurinn Rokkarinn og rótarinn: Þór Breiðfjörð Kristinsson, Davíð Sigurgeirsson, Orri Huginn Ágústsson
  • Sviðslistahópur Helga og Árna – Þögnin – óperuhljóðverk: Árni Kristjánsson, Bjarni Thor Kristinsson, Elsa Waage

2 Months
Aquarius – Tilraunin Hasim – Götustrákur í Kalkútta og Reykjavík: Jónmundur Grétarsson, Silja Hauksdóttir

 

Musicians’ Salary Fund – 315 months

12 Months

  • Guðrún Ýr Eyfj. Jóhannesdóttir
  • Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir
  • Óskar Guðjónsson
  • Tómas Jónsson

9 Months

  • Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson
  • Þorgrímur Jónsson

8 Months

  • Svavar Knútur Kristinsson

7 Months

  • Björk Níelsdóttir
  • Skúli Sverrisson

6 Months

  • Alexandra Kjeld
  • Arngerður María Árnadóttir
  • Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir
  • Ellen Rósalind Kristjánsdóttir
  • Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson
  • Francisco Javier Jauregui Narvaez
  • Grímur Helgason
  • Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir
  • Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson
  • Guðrún Jóhanna Ólafsdóttir
  • Haukur Gröndal
  • Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir
  • Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir
  • Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi
  • Jóhann Kristinsson
  • Kristinn Sigmundsson
  • Kristofer Rodriguez Svönuson
  • Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir
  • Magnús Trygvason Eliassen
  • Margrét Hrafnsdóttir
  • Oddur Arnþór Jónsson
  • Ómar Guðjónsson
  • Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson
  • Una Sveinbjarnardóttir
  • Þorleifur Gaukur Davíðsson
  • Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir

5 Months

  • Þóra Margrét Sveinsdóttir

3 Months

  • Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson
  • Auður Hafsteinsdóttir
  • Birnir Sigurðarson
  • Guðbjörg Sandholt Gísladóttir
  • Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir
  • Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir
  • Kjartan Sveinsson
  • Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir
  • María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
  • Marína Ósk Þórólfsdóttir
  • Mikael Máni Ásmundsson
  • Ólöf Helga Arnalds
  • Sigrún Harðardóttir
  • Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir
  • Úlfur Hansson
  • Una Stefánsdóttir
  • Valdimar Guðmundsson
  • Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir

2 Months

  • Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson
  • Jane Ade Sutarjo
  • Steinar Logi Helgason
  • Svanur Vilbergsson

1 mánuður

  • Gróa Margrét Valdimarsdóttir
  • Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir
  • Gunnhildur Daðadóttir
  • Hrafnhildur M. Guðmundsdóttir

Composers’ Salary Fund – 281 months

12 Months

  • Bára Gísladóttir
  • Bára Grímsdóttir
  • Halldór Smárason
  • Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
  • Teitur Magnússon
  • Úlfur Eldjárn
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Search-And-Rescue Teams Sold Fireworks For 800 Million ISK This Year

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Reykjavík, 2017.

The Search-and-rescue teams income from firework sales this New Year’s celebrations amount to about 800 million ISK ($6,284,368, €5,133,470), about 10-15% increase since last year, RÚV reports. The director of The Icelandic Association For Search And Rescue Þór Þorsteinsson says it would be irresponsible of authorities to cut this funding source, without making it up in some other way.

Fireworks have come under fire in the past few years for the amount of noise and air pollution they create. 

Last night was January 6, Twelfth night, the end of legal fireworks sales, which can only be sold from December 28-January 6. ICE-SAR representatives are happy with sales this year. “In total, it seems to have gone very well. There’s been a decline in sales for the past two or three years but now there seems to have been a 10-15% increase. So the Search-and-rescue teams’ net revenue from fireworks sales this year could be around 800 million,” stated Þór.

A significant amount of pollution was recorded in the capital area this New Ears’ Eve as the weather was still. “Yes, we are aware that fireworks cause pollution, as with so many other things, said Þór. “But we were even expecting there to be more pollution than there turned out to be and one possible explanation is that there were no bonfires this New Year’s Eve. They pollute as well.”

Authorities intend to change the way fireworks are sold, to lessen the negative effects on the public’s health and air quality due to air pollution. A workgroup has suggested that the period of legal fireworks sales be shortened by a few days and that larger fireworks will only be permitted on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s day and Twelfth Night. The changes were postponed due to the pandemic but the Ministry of Justice is yet to confirm that the rules will be changed in time for next year.

“We aren’t advocating for fireworks sales per se, but we do need the revenue and we are a pretty large part of the nation’s emergency response. And we do think it’s irresponsible to make suggestions to cut fireworks sales, our way of funding our operations unless there’s something to replace it,” stated Þór.