Weather to Warm after the Weekend, Meteorologists Say

Following unseasonably cold weather in North and East Iceland – which recently saw temperatures dip below freezing in Akureyri – meteorologists expect the weather to improve after the weekend.

“We expect the northerly winds to slowly subside going into the weekend,” Eiríkur Örn Jóhannesson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office stated. “On Sunday, southerly and westerly winds are expected to bring warmer temperatures, especially in North Iceland.”

According to Eiríkur, temperatures around Iceland are expected to rise to two-digit figures early next week, to ca. 13-14°C, with intermittent showers. “That’s pretty good for summer in Iceland,” Eiríkur remarked.

Next Wednesday should see temperatures rise to 14°C in the Greater Reykjavík Area.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Exhibition to Be Opened Next Year

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

According to a letter of intent signed at the University of Iceland yesterday, an exhibition on the presidency of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir will be opened next year at Loftskeytastöðin. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the first woman to be democratically elected head of state, in office from 1980 to 1996.

Exhibition to be housed at the “old radio station”

At a commemorative ceremony yesterday, marking the University of Iceland’s 110th anniversary, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, and President of the University of Iceland Jón Atli Benediktsson signed a joint letter of intent to open an exhibition on the presidency of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir next year.

According to the agreement, the government will aid in preparatory efforts for the exhibition, which will be housed at Loftskeytastöðin – Iceland’s first radio station, inaugurated on June 17, 1918. Loftskeytastöðin, which is located next to Veröld – the House of Vigdís, will also accommodate research and academic facilities. The agreement stipulates that the exhibition receive an annual subsidy from the treasury. The University of Iceland will manage the exhibition and related scholarly activities, both of which will be integrated within the operations of Veröld. The signees hope to inaugurate the exhibition next year.

“A symbol of unity,” PM on Vigdís

“Vigdís’ influence on Icelandic society, especially on those who grew up during her presidency, can hardly be overstated: waking up, one morning in June of 1980, as the first nation in history to have democratically elected a woman as head of state. In an incredibly brief time, Vigdís managed to unite the nation. The prevailing attitude at the time was that a president should be a symbol of unity, and in Vigdís the nation quickly found such a symbol,” PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir stated in a speech during the ceremony.

Having wished Icelanders happy National Day, and congratulated the University on its anniversary, Vigdís announced that she would be donating various keepsakes from her presidency to the University of Iceland, including letters, gifts from foreign heads of states, and clothing. These items will serve as the basis for the exhibition at Loftskeytastöðin.

A former Müller-ist

As noted in an interview with Iceland Review in 2019, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir always considered herself “one of the people.” Even after being elected president, Vigdís continued visiting the public pool in West Reykjavík, where she would join fellow swimmers in a regimen of quaint exercises invented by the former Danish gymnastics educator J. P. Müller. Click here for an excerpt to the article.

Fourteen Awarded Order of the Falcon

Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson awarded 14 individuals with the Order of the Falcon yesterday, June 17 (Icelandic National Day). The Order of the Falcon is the only chivalric order in Iceland, originally founded by King Christian X of Denmark and Iceland on July 3, 1921. Honorees are selected by the President of Iceland and a five-member council.

This year’s recipients include ornithologist and falcon enthusiast Ólafur Karl Neilsen for his research into Icelandic birdlife; former Governor of the Central Bank Már Guðmundsson for his work on behalf of the government; producer and activist Rakel Garðarsdóttir for her efforts on raising awareness of food waste and environmental issues; and filmmaker Egill Eðvarsson, for his contributions to television programming and Icelandic cinema.

Complete List of Honorees:

  1. Már Guðmundsson, economist and former Governor of the Central Bank
  2. Dagný Kristjánsdóttir, professor of Icelandic literature
  3. Edda Jónsdóttir, visual artist and gallerist
  4. Egill Eðvarðsson, filmmaker
  5. Felix Valsson, anaesthetist and intensive care physician
  6. Jón Kristinn Cortez, choir director and music instructor
  7. Lára Stefánsdóttir, headmaster
  8. Margrét Kristmannsdóttir, former Deputy Chair of SA (Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise)
  9. Ólafur Flóvenz, geologist
  10. Ólafur Karl Nielsen, ornithologist and Chair of BirdLife Iceland
  11. Páll Halldórsson, pilot-in-command
  12. Rakel Garðarsdóttir, activist
  13. Rósa Björg Jónsdóttir, library and information specialist
  14. Þorbjörg Helgadóttir, former dictionary editor at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen.

 

The award is bestowed twice a year, on January 1 and June 17.