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Rescue teams called out to secure Hlemmur Square hotel sign

A huge, heavy aluminium sign at Hlemmur Square hotel in central Reykjavik hung by a thread a little earlier this evening and had to be cut down by rescue team members. "There have been too many storms in Reykjavik this winter, some screws must have come l
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Rescue teams called out to secure Hlemmur Square hotel sign

A huge, heavy aluminium sign at Hlemmur Square hotel in central Reykjavik hung by a thread a little earlier this evening and had to be cut down by rescue team members. "There have been too many storms in Reykjavik this winter, some screws must have come loose," said hotelier Klaus Ortlieb, one of the hotel owners.

First Bitcoin ATM machine in Reykjavik introduced at Hlemmur Square hotel

Hlemmur Square hotel, located at Hlemmur square, introduces Reykjavik's first Bitcoin ATM machine tonight. German hotelier Klaus Ortlieb gains no revenue from the machine but says he likes to give something back to Icelandic society.
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First Bitcoin ATM machine in Reykjavik introduced at Hlemmur Square hotel

Hlemmur Square hotel, located at Hlemmur square, introduces Reykjavik's first Bitcoin ATM machine tonight. German hotelier Klaus Ortlieb gains no revenue from the machine but says he likes to give something back to Icelandic society.

Last of the February storms hits Iceland this afternoon

A deep low pressure area is approaching Iceland rapidly and will reach South and West Iceland this afternoon. According to the Iceland Met Offie, it's the last storm on the cards for a while, with calm and dry weather next week.
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Last of the February storms hits Iceland this afternoon

A deep low pressure area is approaching Iceland rapidly and will reach South and West Iceland this afternoon. According to the Iceland Met Offie, it's the last storm on the cards for a while, with calm and dry weather next week.

Yellow weather warning issued for Reykjavik this afternoon

The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police urge people to clear drains and secure loose objects outside as a storm is arriving later this afternoon. The Iceland Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert.
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Yellow weather warning issued for Reykjavik this afternoon

The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police urge people to clear drains and secure loose objects outside as a storm is arriving later this afternoon. The Iceland Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert.

All main roads to and from Reykjavik impassable due to storm

The Iceland Road Administration closed all main roads to and from the capital this morning due to weather. More road closures are likely to occur in Iceland throughout the day. Rescue teams have been on call since the early hours of the morning.
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All main roads to and from Reykjavik impassable due to storm

The Iceland Road Administration closed all main roads to and from the capital this morning due to weather. More road closures are likely to occur in Iceland throughout the day. Rescue teams have been on call since the early hours of the morning.

Reykjanesbraut has been reopened

The Iceland Road Administration has reopened Reykjanesbraut, the road leading to Keflavik International Airport. The weather has reached a climax in Reykjavik according to the Iceland Met Office.
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Reykjanesbraut has been reopened

The Iceland Road Administration has reopened Reykjanesbraut, the road leading to Keflavik International Airport. The weather has reached a climax in Reykjavik according to the Iceland Met Office.

Flooded engines as cars disregard closure signs

The storm this morning caused an enormous amount of water from snowmelt on the streets of Reykjavik. The road under the bridge at Smáralind shopping mall was completely flooded.
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Flooded engines as cars disregard closure signs

The storm this morning caused an enormous amount of water from snowmelt on the streets of Reykjavik. The road under the bridge at Smáralind shopping mall was completely flooded.

Icelandic doctors support ban on circumcision for boys

Over 400 Icelandic doctors have signed a declaration of support for the bill against the circumcision of boys in Iceland except for particular medical reason. They believe that circumcision made without such reason go against the Declaration of Geneva made b
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Icelandic doctors support ban on circumcision for boys

Over 400 Icelandic doctors have signed a declaration of support for the bill against the circumcision of boys in Iceland except for particular medical reason. They believe that circumcision made without such reason go against the Declaration of Geneva made by doctors.

Circumcision of boys already punishable in Iceland?

Brynjar Níelsson, high court lawyer and MP for the Independence Party points out on his Facebook page today that circumcision of boys is already punishable by law in Iceland. This comes in wake of the religious stir caused by a bill put forward by MP Silja D
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Circumcision of boys already punishable in Iceland?

Brynjar Níelsson, high court lawyer and MP for the Independence Party points out on his Facebook page today that circumcision of boys is already punishable by law in Iceland. This comes in wake of the religious stir caused by a bill put forward by MP Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir of the Progressive Party recently to ban circumcision of boys.

Children should be accompanied to school Wednesday morning

The Reykjavik Fire Department urges parents and guardians to follow weather announcements carefully. An orange alert has been issued for the Reykjavik capital area tomorrow morning. Younger children should by no means go to school unaccompanied.
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Children should be accompanied to school Wednesday morning

The Reykjavik Fire Department urges parents and guardians to follow weather announcements carefully. An orange alert has been issued for the Reykjavik capital area tomorrow morning. Younger children should by no means go to school unaccompanied.

Main road closes because of pork scattered in accident

Sæbraut, the street along the seaside south of Miklabraut is closed due to a traffic accident when the doors of a lorry containing pork opened and meat was scattered. It is now being cleaned up.
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Main road closes because of pork scattered in accident

Sæbraut, the street along the seaside south of Miklabraut is closed due to a traffic accident when the doors of a lorry containing pork opened and meat was scattered. It is now being cleaned up.

Slayer and Gucci Mane confirmed for Secret Solstice festival

The Secret Solstice festival, which takes place in June in Laugardalur, Reykjavik, have confirmed heavy metal legends Slayer and rapper Gucci Maine as additions to a line-up that includes Bonnie Tyler.
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Slayer and Gucci Mane confirmed for Secret Solstice festival

The Secret Solstice festival, which takes place in June in Laugardalur, Reykjavik, have confirmed heavy metal legends Slayer and rapper Gucci Maine as additions to a line-up that includes Bonnie Tyler.

Largest earthquake so far in Grímsey

An earthquake of a magnitude of 5.2 was detected at Grímsey island at around 7 this morning. The powerful quake was felt in many parts of North Iceland and the department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management has declared a level of incertitude in Nor
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Largest earthquake so far in Grímsey

An earthquake of a magnitude of 5.2 was detected at Grímsey island at around 7 this morning. The powerful quake was felt in many parts of North Iceland and the department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management has declared a level of incertitude in North Iceland.

Bigger quake possibly on its way

"We think it's likely that the seismis activity will die down and that this morning's quake was the largest, but there could be a larger one or one of a similar size that will arrive. We can't rule that out," says Hildur María Friðriksd
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Bigger quake possibly on its way

"We think it's likely that the seismis activity will die down and that this morning's quake was the largest, but there could be a larger one or one of a similar size that will arrive. We can't rule that out," says Hildur María Friðriksdóttir at the Iceland Met Office asked about this mornings earthquake just off Grímsey and the ensuing uncertainty level raised by the Civil Protection in Iceland.

Why do tourists visit Iceland in February?

This weekend's edition of Morgunblaðið published interviews with tourists visiting Iceland to find out what on earth they are doing in Iceland in stormy, cold February!
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Why do tourists visit Iceland in February?

This weekend's edition of Morgunblaðið published interviews with tourists visiting Iceland to find out what on earth they are doing in Iceland in stormy, cold February!

Tourists call emergency number in snowstorms

The emergency number in Iceland is 112 and calls from tourists to that number are increasing. Some people call when their vehicles are stuck in snow and others call when they are driving in a storm and are too afraid to continue.
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Tourists call emergency number in snowstorms

The emergency number in Iceland is 112 and calls from tourists to that number are increasing. Some people call when their vehicles are stuck in snow and others call when they are driving in a storm and are too afraid to continue.

Three earthquakes over magnitude of 3 in the space of half an hour

There are still numerous earthquakes at Grímsey island in North Iceland and this morning three were measured at 3.5 to 3.6 on the Richter scale in the space of thirty minutes.
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Three earthquakes over magnitude of 3 in the space of half an hour

There are still numerous earthquakes at Grímsey island in North Iceland and this morning three were measured at 3.5 to 3.6 on the Richter scale in the space of thirty minutes.

400 earthquakes detected at Grímsey island in last twelve hours

Since midnight an earthquake swarm has struck at the island of Grímsey off the north coast of Iceland. The largest quakes were at 3.2 on the Richter scale. No signs of volcanic unrest says the Iceland Met Office.
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400 earthquakes detected at Grímsey island in last twelve hours

Since midnight an earthquake swarm has struck at the island of Grímsey off the north coast of Iceland. The largest quakes were at 3.2 on the Richter scale. No signs of volcanic unrest says the Iceland Met Office.

Next storm hits Iceland on Sunday

Today is a bright and beautiful day in Reykjavik and it loos like the weather will be calm until Sunday when an area of low depression arrives from the south.
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Next storm hits Iceland on Sunday

Today is a bright and beautiful day in Reykjavik and it loos like the weather will be calm until Sunday when an area of low depression arrives from the south.

Iceland Met Office issues warning about an ice cave in Hofsjökull

News has recently been shared about a newly discovered ice cave in Blágnípujökull, a SW outlet from the Hofsjökull ice cap in central Iceland, where a child has collapsed due to breathing in toxic gases. Fifteen years ago, geothermal activity which melte
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Iceland Met Office issues warning about an ice cave in Hofsjökull

News has recently been shared about a newly discovered ice cave in Blágnípujökull, a SW outlet from the Hofsjökull ice cap in central Iceland, where a child has collapsed due to breathing in toxic gases. Fifteen years ago, geothermal activity which melted a hole in the ice cover, accompanied by a strong sulfur smell, was observed at this same location.

Dress-up day for kids- Ash Wednesday in Iceland

It's Ash Wednesday, a day where children in Iceland dress up in fancy-dress and go out to collect sweets. It's kind of like the Icelandic version of Halloween.
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Dress-up day for kids- Ash Wednesday in Iceland

It's Ash Wednesday, a day where children in Iceland dress up in fancy-dress and go out to collect sweets. It's kind of like the Icelandic version of Halloween.

Storm hits South Iceland - windspeeds up to 50 m/s

The storms are hitting Iceland relentlessly it seems and this morning the Iceland Met Offie put out an orange alert for South and South East Iceland. The no.1 road between Hvolsvöllur and Jökulsárlón is closed. All traffic through Hellisheiði and Kjalarn
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Storm hits South Iceland - windspeeds up to 50 m/s

The storms are hitting Iceland relentlessly it seems and this morning the Iceland Met Offie put out an orange alert for South and South East Iceland. The no.1 road between Hvolsvöllur and Jökulsárlón is closed. All traffic through Hellisheiði and Kjalarnes has also been put to a stop.

Tourists can't be blamed for not checking weather forecasts if locals don't

Over three hundred SAR team members were hard at work getting cars unstuck during the storms that hit Iceland this weekend. A great number of them were driven by tourists. Half of the problem, is however, Icelanders themselves.
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Tourists can't be blamed for not checking weather forecasts if locals don't

Over three hundred SAR team members were hard at work getting cars unstuck during the storms that hit Iceland this weekend. A great number of them were driven by tourists. Half of the problem, is however, Icelanders themselves.

Rising doubts over Iceland's EEA membership

"The time has come in my opinion for us in Parliament to take into serious consideration what the position of the EFTA countries is based on the EEA Agreement when such demands are made by the European Union."
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Rising doubts over Iceland's EEA membership

"The time has come in my opinion for us in Parliament to take into serious consideration what the position of the EFTA countries is based on the EEA Agreement when such demands are made by the European Union."

Icelander hangs out washing in shoulder-deep snow

Photographer Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir who lives in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland wanted to show her husband, who lives in the capital, how much it had snowed overnight and posted a photo of herself hanging out the washing on her Facebook page.
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Icelander hangs out washing in shoulder-deep snow

Photographer Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir who lives in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland wanted to show her husband, who lives in the capital, how much it had snowed overnight and posted a photo of herself hanging out the washing on her Facebook page.

VIDEO: Terrifying footage when a car spins out of control in South West Iceland

Only a few centimetres separated Friðrik Helgi Friðriksson's car from a vehicle that had spun out of control and headed straight towards him on Vesturlandsvegur yesterday during the storm.
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VIDEO: Terrifying footage when a car spins out of control in South West Iceland

Only a few centimetres separated Friðrik Helgi Friðriksson's car from a vehicle that had spun out of control and headed straight towards him on Vesturlandsvegur yesterday during the storm.

Tourists stuck in a pile of snow for 20 hours

A couple were stuck in their car in a pile of snow on the road east of Þingellir for twenty hours until a park warden found them. The woman is pregnant and was transferred to safety at the Þingvellir service centre.
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Tourists stuck in a pile of snow for 20 hours

A couple were stuck in their car in a pile of snow on the road east of Þingellir for twenty hours until a park warden found them. The woman is pregnant and was transferred to safety at the Þingvellir service centre.

Today is Bun Day in Iceland!

To mark the beginning of Lent, Icelanders celebrate with three days next week: Bolludagur on Monday, Sprengidagur on Tuesday and Öskudagur on Wednesday. Bolludagur, or bun day is a day to feast on cream-filled buns.
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Today is Bun Day in Iceland!

To mark the beginning of Lent, Icelanders celebrate with three days next week: Bolludagur on Monday, Sprengidagur on Tuesday and Öskudagur on Wednesday. Bolludagur, or bun day is a day to feast on cream-filled buns.

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