Median Age in Iceland Lower Than Anywhere in European Union

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According to new data published by Eurostat last week, the median age of the European Union population was 44.4 years old as of January 1, 2022. The median age in Iceland, 36.7, is far lower—lower in fact, than in any country in the EU.

Iceland is not a member of the EU, but it is part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), along with Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Eurostat measures the median age in EFTA countries alongside that of countries in the EU.

In 2022, the median age in EU countries ranged from 38.8 in Ireland and 39.7 in Luxembourg to 46.8 in Portugal, 46.1 in Greece, and 48.0 in Italy.

The median age in the EU has increased by 2.5 years since 2012, when it was 41.9 years. This is an average of .25 years annually. Iceland’s median age has also increased since 2012, but less than it has in the EU: it’s only gone up 1.4 years in the last ten years. The only EU countries that did not see an increase in their median age last year were Malta and Sweden. There was no change at all in Malta, where the median age remains 40.4 years. Sweden’s median age went down, if only incrementally, from 40.8 years in 2012 to 40.7 years in 2022.

Europe facing a ‘marked transition towards a much older population structure’

The recent Eurostat findings also measured what it calls the “old-age dependency ratio,” that is, “the number of elderly people (aged 65 and over) compared to the number of people of working age (15-64).” In 2022, more than one fifth of the EU population (21.1%) was aged 65 and over. Demographic aging is “likely to be of major significance in the coming decades,” reads the report. “Consistently low birth rates and higher life expectancy are transforming the shape of the EU’s age pyramid; probably the most important change will be the marked transition towards a much older population structure.”

As of 2022, the old-age dependency ratio in the EU increased to 33%, up 5.9 percentage points (pp) from 27.1%  in 2012. “This indicator varied among EU members,” explains the report, “but remained above 20% in all of them.” This is true in Iceland as well, where the old-age dependency ratio in 2022 was 22.5%, up from 18.9% in 2012.

Across the EU, there was an average increase of 3.1 pp in the share of the population aged 65 or over between 2012 and 2022. Considered alone, Iceland had less of an increase in this indicator, only going up 2.4 pp over ten years, but the country still experienced more of an increase in this indicator that a number of countries surveyed, including Latvia (2.3 pp), Switzerland (1.8 pp), Austria (1.6 pp), Sweden (1.5 pp), Germany (1.4 pp), and Luxembourg (.8 pp).

These findings are significant and are expected to dramatically impact daily life and economies throughout Europe in the future. As the Eurostat report explains, “As a result of demographic change, the proportion of people of working age in the EU is shrinking while the relative number of those retired is expanding. The share of older people in the total population is expected to increase significantly in the coming decades. This may, in turn, lead to an increased burden on those of working age to provide for the social expenditure required by the ageing population for a range of related services.”

See Eurostat’s full summary of its findings, in English, here.

Around 2,000 Icelandic Pensioners Live Abroad

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New data from Statistics Iceland shows that there were around 51,000 Icelandic pensioners as of December 2020—an increase of 3.9% from what this number was a year ago. Just under 2,000 Icelandic pensioners live abroad now, which represents 4% of the total number of pensioners. The number of pensioners living abroad has increased by 45% since 2017.

Around 24,000 of the recorded pensioners are men and 27,000 are women. About a quarter of the individuals on pensions were under 70 years of age; almost half were 75 or older.

The number of pensioners on disability has increased by 0.3% between this year and last, almost 20,000 people total. This is a lower relative increase than has been seen in previous years. Close to 12,000 pensioners on disability are women and around 8,000 are men.

The number of individuals receiving rehabilitation pensions increased by a quarter, just around 3,000 at the end of last year. Rehabilitation pensions differ from disability pensions in that they are temporary.

See the full report, in English, here.

COVID-19 in Iceland: Vaccination Update

Nearly 100% of Icelandic residents over 80 are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. By the end of today, 90% of staff at Iceland’s largest hospital will have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Iceland is still far from reaching herd immunity against COVID-19, however: just 5.6% of the population of 368,590 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while an additional 6.7% have received one dose.

Janssen Vaccine Expected in April

Iceland began administering COVID-19 vaccines on December 29, 2020. Since then, 45,422 have received at least one dose of either the Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, which Icelandic authorities acquired via collective contracts through the European Commission. The European Medicines Agency recently approved a fourth COVID-19 vaccine produced by Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) and Iceland expects to receive 4,800 doses from the manufacturer in April. That will be enough to vaccinate 4,800 people, as the Janssen vaccine is administered in a single dose. Icelandic health authorities aim to vaccinate over 50% of the population by the end of July. Vaccine delivery is expected to speed up in the coming months as manufacturers ramp up production.

90% of Hospital Staff Have Begun Vaccination

The National University Hospital is not only Iceland’s largest hospital and location of its COVID-19 Ward, it is also the country’s largest workplace, with some 6,000 employees. Around 90% of the hospital’s staff have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or will receive their first dose today. The hospital paused vaccination of its staff when Icelandic authorities suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month. Iceland made the move alongside several other European countries while the European Medicines Agency investigated instances of blood clots among individuals who had received the vaccine. Further research showed the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks. Icelandic authorities decided last week to resume use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on those 70 and older, as new research had shown its safety and efficacy among the demographic. At a briefing last week, Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated that the rare blood clot issues that may be linked to the vaccine were limited to younger people.

Some 340 Hospital Staff in Vaccine Limbo

The decision to limit the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to the older demographic leaves some hospital staff in limbo. RÚV reports that around 340 staff members of the National University Hospital who received one dose of AstraZeneca earlier this month are in the age group that’s now considered too young to receive the vaccine. Hildur Helgadóttir, project manager of the hospital’s epidemic committee, stated the hospital is waiting for a decision from the Chief Epidemiologist on how to proceed with the vaccination of those staff members. She noted, however, that a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine provides considerable protection against contracting the SARS-CoV-2 as well as developing serious illness.

COVID-19 in Iceland: Vaccination Priority Groups Reordered

By the end of March, Iceland is expected to have received enough doses of COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate 30,000 people. This is a smaller amount than initially expected, and the slow distribution has led Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist to reorder the vaccination priority groups. While all frontline healthcare workers will have received their first or second dose of the vaccine by the end of January, the next group in line for the shots will be individuals over 70 years of age.

Iceland received 10,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 28 and nearly 5,000 healthcare workers and nursing home residents received their first dose before the new year began. No more than 50,000 additional doses are expected from Pfizer and Moderna in the first three months of the year. They will be used to complete vaccination among frontline healthcare workers and to begin vaccinating those over 70 and individuals with certain underlying diseases. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has stated it is unlikely other groups will be vaccinated before the end of March.

Moving seniors up on the list means those in other priority groups, such as police officers and firefighters, may wait longer to be vaccinated.

Read More: What’s the status of COVID-19 vaccination in Iceland?

Following is a lightly edited transcript of Iceland Review’s live tweets of today’s COVID-19 briefing.

 

On the panel: Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, Assistant to the Director of Civil Protection Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, and Icelandic Medicines Agency Director Rúna Hauksdóttir Hvannberg.

Yesterday’s numbers have been updated on covid.is. Iceland reported 11 new domestic cases (7 in quarantine at the time), 10 from border testing. Total active cases: 126. 20 in hospital, none in ICU.

The briefing has begun. Rögnvaldur starts by complimenting the staff of the country’s quarantine hotels. He also gives praise to the border patrol at Keflavík Airport, calling them an important link in securing the country’s infection prevention.

Þórólfur takes over to discuss the numbers. He says there were 6 in quarantine among yesterday’s 11 new cases, not 7 as reported on covid.is. This is a little higher than in the past few days but not by much, says Þórólfur. Until now 22 individuals have been diagnosed with the British strain of the virus, three of these were domestic infections but all were closely related to an infection diagnosed at the border. If we look at the new domestic cases we’ve seen in the past few days, they’ve been relatively few although they increased a little yesterday. There are more infections now at the border than domestically, which reflects the growth of the pandemic abroad.

Three individuals have contracted the British strain of the virus domestically and there are signs indicating now that this strain is more infectious but there are no indications it causes more serious illness. We don’t know if the strain reacts to medication and vaccines in the same way. Hopefully that information will be available soon.

Before the end of March, we stand to receive vaccines for 30,000 people. We have already distributed 10,000 doses. Since we’re receiving less of the vaccine than hoped in the first three months of the year, Þórólfur says he has been forced to reconsider the priority groups for vaccinations. When the next shipment of vaccine arrives, we’ll complete vaccinations of frontline healthcare workers and continue vaccinating individuals over 70. According to the information we have now, we do not anticipate that we will start vaccinating people under the age of 70 until after March.

Þórólfur is preparing his recommendations for updated restrictions from January 12, but is not yet ready to release the details. He reminds people that restrictions have been eased considerably for schools, which are now open for in-person teaching, and asks students and teachers to be careful and continue to practice infection prevention. It’s important for us to do everything we can to prevent another spike in infections, says Þórólfur. We’re seeing the British strain wreak havoc in the countries around us and I trust we’ll do our very best to keep up our success.

Rúna takes over to discuss vaccinations. She says COVID-19 vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. Two vaccines have received a conditional market authorisation in Iceland, the BioNTech Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently under review. Rúna discusses the reports of side effects the Iceland Medicines Agency has received following the first wave of vaccinations.

Four deaths were reported among elderly individuals with underlying illnesses who had received vaccines. No link has been found between the vaccinations and the deaths, but they will be investigated nonetheless. It should be noted that in the first wave of vaccinations, the oldest and most frail members of society were first in line. On average, 18-20 people die in nursing homes in Iceland per week, says Rúna. She uses the opportunity to send her condolences to the people’s families. There are no indications that the vaccines are unsafe, says Rúna. Mild side effects are to be expected and subside in a few days. Serious side effects from vaccines are rare but the Icelandic Medicines Agency received five notices of possible serious side effects – the 4 deaths mentioned and one hospitalisation – but there is no evidence they are linked to the vaccines. The Iceland Medicines Agency has received 41 reports of vaccine side effects in total, of which 36 were considered mild.

The panel opens for questions. Þórólfur hopes the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine will arrive next week but the exact date is yet to be set. When asked if border restrictions will be tightened in light of the new British strain, Þórólfur mentions that he has suggested before that testing at the border be mandatory and he has now recommended that once more. (Currently, arriving travellers can opt between double testing with 5-day quarantine and 14-day quarantine without testing.) Þórólfur says, however, there are very few who choose not to be tested at the airport. Authorities are monitoring people in quarantine. They’re doing everything they can to stop the British strain from entering the country and spreading domestically.

When asked if the previously-stated goal of vaccinating most of the nation in the first half of the year is now unrealistic, Þórólfur declines to comment in detail. Vaccine manufacturers are working to increase production and speed up distribution but nothing has been confirmed. On the other hand, says Þórólfur, I have previously stated that we will need to maintain some form of restrictions until we achieve herd immunity. We can be happy about the fact that the pandemic is at a low here, unlike in other countries. The healthcare system is not struggling. We have to hold out until we receive the vaccine doses we require.

The panel is asked about surveillance of arriving travellers. Rögnvaldur goes over quarantine surveillance. Authorities trust that people are following the rules but verify that by monitoring.

When asked about when gyms will reopen, Þórólfur states that he will give the same answer he has given so many times before: it depends on the state of the pandemic. Pressed to discuss what his recommendations for updated restrictions will be, Þórólfur declines to discuss them in more detail. He adds that we should remember that current restrictions in Iceland are much more relaxed than in most of the countries around us.

When asked about the informal negotiations with Pfizer about a potential vaccination research project in Iceland, Þóróflur states that the ball is still in their court and he doesn’t really have more to say on that until they give their answer. Þórólfur agrees that deCODE genetics has been very helpful in COVID-19 testing in Iceland and their help has been instrumental, especially in the first wave of the pandemic.

Þórólfur is asked about sports activities. He states the conversation between authorities and sports organisations is ongoing and they’re doing their best to keep the pandemic down and not impose tighter restrictions than necessary. He says the situation is difficult and won’t get easier.

Þórólfur is asked about conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines and whether authorities will aim to reach those in society who are opposed to vaccination. Þórólfur says that these conspiracy theories aren’t new but the group in Iceland that believes them is small, which is good because they are completely unfounded in reality. There has been no increase in overall deaths in nursing homes following the first round of vaccinations and Þórólfur denounces all such conspiracy theories.

Asked about attempts to increase production, Rúna says Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are working to ramp up manufacturing, they are just as invested in that as we are. Þórólfur is asked about the number of people in quarantine rising. He states that the number fluctuates and is not necessarily indicative of an increase in domestic transmission or growth of the pandemic. When asked again about reopening gyms, Þórólfur states that a recent article about infection prevention at the gym is in line with what authorities have been saying: if people are careful, there’s not a high risk of infection. If they aren’t, there’s danger. Authorities go over all suggestions and comments they receive and welcome constructive criticism, says Þórólfur. Let’s follow the rules that are in place, we’re all in this together.

Rögnvaldur closes the meeting by stating we are each responsible for our individual infection prevention. There is often an unfair burden placed on staff at shops and in public places to remind us to follow the rules. Rögnvaldur encouraged staff to not give up, even when customers are being difficult and encouraged the public to be responsible. “Let’s do this together.”

Iceland Review will live-tweet the next briefing on Monday, January 11.

Iceland to Prioritise Healthcare Workers, Elderly in COVID-19 Vaccination

Healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be prioritised access to a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available in Iceland. The Minister of Health has confirmed regulations defining ten priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. Children born in 2006 or later will not be vaccinated unless they belong to risk groups.

The priority groups were defined in consideration of the World Health Organisation’s recommendations as well as perspectives that have emerged in neighbouring countries. Emphasis is placed on healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. The groups are prioritised in the following order:

  1. Healthcare workers and other employees that work in the emergency wards of the National University Hospital in Reykjavík and Akureyri Hospital in North Iceland.
  2. Healthcare workers and other employees of the National Hospital’s COVID-19 ward and inpatient ward as well as comparable wards at Akureyri Hospital; healthcare workers and other staff at health clinics as well as those who administer COVID-19 tests; and staff at nursing homes and retirement homes.
  3. Residents of nursing homes, retirement homes, and hospital geriatric wards.
  4. Licenced EMTs and paramedics that work in ambulance services; Coast Guard staff that work in the field; firefighters that work in the field; prison wardens; and police officers that work in the field.
  5. Other healthcare staff that have direct contact with patients “and require COVID-19 vaccination according to further decisions by the Chief Epidemiologist.”
  6. Individuals 60 years of age or older. Those who belong to this group and are also inpatients at healthcare institutions will be given priority.
  7. Individuals with underlying chronic illnesses that belong to particular high-risk groups for COVID-19 as further determined by the Chief Epidemiologist.
  8. Staff of preschools, primary schools, and junior colleges. Community and welfare service staff that have direct contact with users, including those that provide in-home services.
  9. Individuals that are vulnerable due to social or economic factors and are at particular risk.
  10. All others who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 according to further decisions by the Chief Epidemiologist.

The first five groups on this list number around 20,000 individuals, according to RÚV.

Several Vaccines and Access for Everyone

Vaccination will be free of charge. The Chief Epidemiologist is responsible for further prioritisation within each group and can also make exceptions to the regulations outlined above, but must provide reasoning to the Health Minister.

The Chief Epidemiologist is also responsible for determining which groups receive which vaccine. It is likely that locals in Iceland will be vaccinated using several different vaccines. The Icelandic government has made a deal with AstraZeneca to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine the company is developing, and will have access to other COVID-19 vaccines currently in development through the European Union. Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has stated that Icelandic authorities also have the option to negotiate with vaccine developer Pfizer. In a briefing in Reykjavík last Thursday, Þórólfur stated Iceland should have access to enough vaccines for everyone. He added that there was as of yet no definite information on when a vaccine would be available in Iceland.

North Iceland Seniors Cycle in International Competition

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Residents at nursing home Hlíð in Akureyri, North Iceland having been breaking a sweat recently in an international cycling competition called Road Worlds for Seniors. This is the third year that Hlíð takes part in the competition and its residents are currently in second place of 120 homes that are participating.

Physiotherapist Ásta Þorsteinsdóttir manages the project, which she says is very popular among Hlíð residents. “First thing in the morning there’s a queue outside here when we arrive and this is on from eight until four o’clock, just constantly,” she told RÚV reporters. “As it stands, we are in second place of 120 teams with 1,700km (435mi) cycled. Last year we were in fifth place so we are doing a bit better this year.”

Residents take part in the competition on stationary spinning bikes in the home, while a screen provides them with video and audio of point-of-view bike trips through cities around the world.

Jónína Axelsdóttir is one of the residents participating in the competition daily. “It’s just so fun, amazing to participate in this.” Jónína hopes Hlíð takes home the trophy this year, but adds “it would be OK to get second place.”

Icelandic Shops Reserve First Open Hour for Elderly and At-Risk Groups

Twelve Nettó grocery stores and 15 Kjörbúð stores across the country will reserve the first hour of opening, 9.00am to 10.00am, for the elderly, chronically ill, and others who face increased health risks from contracting COVID-19. The initiative begins tomorrow morning, and will continue through the country’s four-week gathering ban.

The stores have introduced increase hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Cashiers will use masks and gloves, and all contact surfaces will be regularly disinfected. Customers are asked to follow the gathering ban guidelines and maintain a two-metre distance from others. Contactless payment is recommended, and the use of cash discouraged.

The participating stores are listed below.

  • Nettó Borgarnes
  • Nettó Egilsstaðir
  • Nettó Grindavík
  • Nettó Hafnarfjörður
  • Nettó Hornafjörður
  • Nettó Hrísalundur (Akureyri)
  • Nettó Húsavík
  • Nettó Iðavellir (Reykjanesbær)
  • Nettó Ísafjörður
  • Nettó Lágmúli (Reykjavík)
  • Nettó Salavegur (Kópavogur)
  • Nettó Selfoss
  • Kjörbúðin Búðardalur
  • Kjörbúðin Blönduós
  • Kjörbúðin Bolungarvík
  • Kjörbúðin Dalvík
  • Kjörbúðin Djúpavogur
  • Kjörbúðin Eskifjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Fáskrúðsfjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Garður
  • Kjörbúðin Grundarfjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Neskaupsstaður
  • Kjörbúðin Ólafsfjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Reykjahlíð (Mývatn)
  • Kjörbúðin Sandgerði
  • Kjörbúðin Seyðisfjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Siglufjörður
  • Kjörbúðin Skagaströnd
  • Kjörbúðin Þórshöfn

Organised Beer Tasting for Elderly Neighbours

Grund Elderly Care Centre.

A pilot project which provided housing for university students in elderly care centres in Reykjavík will continue this fall, Vísir reports. In exchange for the living space, students organised social events and provided company for their elderly neighbours. Two students participated in the pilot last year, and a new report on the project states the experience was a positive one.

The City of Reykjavík Welfare Committee confirmed the continuation and expansion of the pilot in a meeting in August. University students will receive housing in five elderly care centres and provide companionship and social activities at the locations. One student will reside at each of the five centres this fall, and two additional students will be added annually over the next two years.
Andrea Ósk Sigurbjörnsdóttir, enrolled in recreation studies, was one of the two students who participated in the pilot. While she says the project entailed many challenges, her experience was overall a positive one.

“It was a very fun experience. The project was sometimes taxing, but it’s definitely something that I absolutely don’t regret doing,” Andrea stated. “I went for walks with some of the residents and then chatted with others throughout the day. Then I tried to stimulate social life at the location by organising bingo, poetry evenings, and beer tasting, among other activities. That created a great atmosphere.”

Andrea says the project succeeded in bridging the gap between generations. Hey eyes were opened to all kinds of challenges faced by senior citizens, and at the same time she has undoubtedly opened the eyes of her former neighbours and widened their perspective. “I got a girlfriend during [the time I lived there] and she sometimes stayed with me and vice versa. Many residents thought she was my sister and some whispering was heard in the corridors. But I was just open about it and then it was no big deal.”

One aspect of the project Andrea thinks could be improved would be increasing the collaboration between students who take part. “I didn’t have any contact with the other participant and that would have certainly helped both of us.”

State of Emergency in National Hospital

Emergency room

Neither the lodging conditions nor the staffing at the National University Hospital of Iceland’s emergency room meet regulations on minimum professional standards, according to an assessment carried out last month. RÚV reports that current conditions are such that the ER cannot ensure patients’ rights regarding care. The assessment, carried out by the Directorate of Health, says understaffing and lack of space are the main issues.

Ignored alarm bells

The report states that although staff and management have been attempting to raise the alarm on the situation their efforts have received insufficient attention. “Now it has come to pass that the problem is of such magnitude that we cannot let these conditions go on. It can create grounds for unexpected incidents and the risk of additional staff dropout.” The problem is now of such magnitude that it requires immediate action – and is beyond the power of the National University Hospital to solve on its own, the Directorate asserts.

Longer stays in ER

The assessment found that the ER handled patients with acute problems efficiently, who are usually released in 4 to 5 hours. This average has not increased despite an increase of cases in recent years. Such is not the case, however, for patients waiting to be admitted to other wards. Their average length of stay in the ER has increased to 23.3 hours this year, from 16.6 hours at the same time last year. The longest wait for admission when the assessment was carried out was 66 hours, but there have been cases of patients waiting more than 100 hours in ER after they have been admitted. Those who wait longest are usually elderly people, patients with multiple issues, and patients in isolation. Wait times could become even longer as flu season hits.

Lack of space has led to cases of patients being treated in hallways and patients with conditions requiring isolation to be housed with others. Patients are also often placed in wards which lack the specialists needed to address their health issues simply due to a lack of space. The pulmonary ward in particular houses many long-term patients that could be at home, if not for a shortage of specialised home-care services.

Stressed staff

The audit cites stress on staff as a particular concern, with a shortage of nurses said to increase the risk of errors. It is reported common among hospital staff to miss meals or even stay overtime as their departure is considered dangerous for patients in their care. Many staff report feeling guilty both toward their families and their workplace due to the pressure.

Suggestions for improvement

As a result of the assessment’s conclusions, the Director of Health has suggested to the Ministry of Health to increase staff, particularly nurses, in the short and long term. It is clear that the wages and working conditions of nurses need to be reconsidered.

A nursing home in Seltjarnarnes scheduled to open in February should also be opened sooner if possible, as well as a nursing hotel scheduled to open on April 1. The assessment report suggests considering whether to outsource the operation of temporary care facilities to competent bodies. Other suggestions include reinforcing home care and in-home healthcare services, as well as elderly care.

Patients’ safety threatened

The evaluation was carried out after a specialist in emergency treatment notified the Directorate of Health that conditions at the National University Hospital of Iceland’s ER were threatening patients’ safety. The hospital’s CEO and Chief Medical Officer seconded the specialist’s concerns. The evaluation was a partial audit, examining factors considered crucial, rather than a comprehensive assessment.

Ninety-Five-Year-Old Weatherman Is Oldest Icelander to Go Skydiving

Páll Bergþórsson, the former director of the Icelandic Met Office, went parachuting this week in honour of his 95th birthday, RÚV reports. Asked how he liked the experience, Páll remarked that it was no more disconcerting than standing on a 10 meter-high [32ft] wall.

“It was high time for an old weatherman like me to take a leap in a parachute and get closer to the sky that he’s always…teaching others about,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page. He went on to laud the opportunity the jump gave him to “…observe the splendour of the mountain ranges, the sea, and the land…I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

With his jump, Páll became the oldest Icelander to have ever gone skydiving.

See a video of Páll’s jump on RÚV here.