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Easter in Iceland: Avalanche, Drunken Driving and Burning Dry Grass

The headlines on Easter Sunday indicate it was a quiet day in Iceland. Mbl.is, the most popular news website tells us of an avalanche the fell on the road at Siglufjördur in the northern part of Iceland. Nobody was hurt, but it took about twelve hours to open the road up again. Since this is the only road to Siglufjördur that can certainly be inconvenient, especially since many people might have wanted to use the popular skiing area. But the important thing was that nobody got hurt.

Photo: Easter eggs. Pall Kjartansson/Iceland Review

Many people seemed to use the long weekend to get high, either on alcohol or other substances. Four young men rushed through quiet Borgarnes, a village in the weastern part of Iceland, at a speed of 100 km/h. Police found some cannabis and “a white substance” in the car. The driver was under the influence of some substance, the mbl.is item read.

There were two instances of drunken driving in Ísafjördur in the west. But the big new is that the jail was empty. That is big new, because the popular music festival “I never went South” is taking place in Ísafjördur over the long Easter weekend. The festival is organized by the very popular musician Mugison, a native son of the Ísafjördur area.

Lastly, some kids were burning dry grass in Hafnarfjördur and Gardabær, south of Reykjavík. This is something most kids in Iceland have done on a small scale, but nowadays it is considered dangerous to plants, buildings and even people. It is unusual to have large wild fires, since the grass is usually only dry enough to burn like the in early spring and other vegetation has not come to live yet.

Besides this we get the news that some people went to church, the bishop told us that the message of God had not yet been privatized and most ships were in harbor. It was a happy Easter day.

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