VIDEO: The Last Day of the Volcano – Part 1

Reporter Alina Mauer and videographer Art Bicnick bring you the latest from an earthen berm that was recently breached with lava, only about a kilometre away from the Svartsengi Power Plant and the Blue Lagoon. This prompted not only shoring up the berm with bulldozers, but also the use of fire trucks to cool the lava, a strategy last employed in 1973 during the Heimaey eruption of the Westman Islands.

As the eruption may be drawing to a close, we spoke with Þorvaldur Þórðarson, one of the country’s leading volcanologists and a professor from the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland, on what the situation really is, and what the near future of volcanic activity in the region may bring.

Part 2 of this interview will air next Saturday, so stay tuned!

Iceland News Review: Fire at Kringlan, Renegade Ram and More!

In this episode of Iceland News Review, lava is getting dangerously close to the Svartsengi power plant, Kringlan re-opens after a large conflagration, a parliamentary party wants to ban whaling, and so much more. Join us Yelena explores these, and the week’s other top stories, in this episode of Iceland News Review.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

VIDEO: Icelanders Who Were There for the First Independence Day

Today, on June 17 2024, Iceland celebrates its 80th anniversary as an independent republic. On this day in 1944, Icelanders celebrated their total independence after some 682 years of foreign rule; from Norway in 1262 and later from Denmark, from 1380 up until that fateful day.

Many of the Icelanders who were alive for this momentous occasion are still with us today, and so we visited Hrafnista nursing home in Reykjavík to speak with some of these folks about what this day was like, and what June 17th means to them.

VIDEO: The Day The Blue Lagoon Turned Into A Volcanic Paradise

Two weeks after our last volcano update, reporters Alina Maurer and Art Bicnick make their way to the tranquil tourist paradise of the Blue Lagoon. After the most recent eruption began on May 29 and an initial closure, the spa continued to restart operations – with a bubbling crater just 3 kilometres from the famous milky Blue Lagoon.

Since then, the facility was forced to close down multiple times. Lava flooded one of the roads leading to the lagoon and heavy gas pollution pestered the area for some time. Nevertheless, work to protect the Blue Lagoon and other infrastructure continues and emphasizes Icelanders resilience when it comes to natural disasters. As we like to say: „Þetta reddast“! (It will be fine!)

Iceland News Review: Whale Hunting, Eruption in Reykjanes and More!

In this episode of Iceland News Review, The Minister of Fisheries has allowed for fin whale hunting this year, but it remains unclear if any whaling will be done this summer at all. Join us Yelena explores this, and the week’s other top stories, in this episode of Iceland News Review.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

VIDEO: Winter Returns to Iceland – Snowstorm in June

Winter has returned to Iceland!

Officially, summer should have already started in Iceland in late April – at least according to the old Icelandic calendar. But since the beginning of the week, a low-pressure front has brought back the Arctic winter in full force – in June.

Yesterday, Art and Alina travelled to Akureyri to witness an unusual summer storm that unexpectedly hit the North and East of Iceland, blanketing the landscapes with snow and ice just as they were eagerly awaiting summer.

You can now watch our report on this unusual weather phenomenon on our YouTube channel!

You can catch our previous video in the series here.

VIDEO: Saving a Town from Lava

In this installment of our visits to the eruption area, reporter Alína Mauer and photographer Art Bicnick provide a closer look at the efforts being made to protect the Reykjanes town of Grindavík from lava. A big part of this is the construction of earthen berms, which help keep the lava at bay.

As reported, there is limited reentry allowed into the town, although overnight stays are discouraged. Grindavík was evacuated just hours prior to last Wednesday’s eruption.

You can catch our previous video in the series here.

You can read our continuing eruption coverage here, and also learn a bit about safety when it comes to dealing with eruption sites in our latest In Focus piece here.

VIDEO: A Visit to the Eruption Area

Yesterday, reporter Alína Mauer and photographer Art Bicnick paid a visit to Reykjanes, minutes after an eruption began northeast of Sýlingafell. Join us as we explore the area, what has happened, and what may develop from this point onward.

You can read our continuing eruption coverage here, and also learn a bit about safety when it comes to dealing with eruption sites in our latest In Focus piece here.