The first Icelander to reach the South Pole alone was given praise and applause during her flight home. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, who last week became the first solo Icelander to reach the South Pole, completed the last leg of her trip back to Iceland via a Wow Air flight from London to Keflavík. Vilborg would find that the congratulations from her countrymen would begin before the plane even touched ground. DV reports that the flight crew were excited to meet her, having a group photo taken (as can be seen in the linked article). While seated in flight, the pilot reportedly made the following announcement to all passengers on board:
Good evening dear guests and welcome aboard this very special Wow air flight to Keflavik Iceland. My name is Sveinn Akerlie and with me in the flight deck is Cpt Alfredo Vigiano. Why is this a special you might ask… Well we have on board this evening Icelands latest national hero. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir just walked unassisted 1140 km journey to the south pole. … I do want to ask everyone aboard to give her a well deserved round of applause.
The pilot then encouraged passengers, in Icelandic, to visit her website, lífsspor.is, and make a donation. All proceeds will be going to the Women’s Department of the National Hospital.
A new poll from Fréttablaðið and Stöð 2 shows about two-thirds of respondents want Interior Minister Hanna Banna Kristjánsdóttir to resign, and trust in her – as well as the government in general – is remarkably low. According to the poll, Vísir reports, which asked respondents if they believe Hanna Birna should resign, 67% of those who had an opinion said they believe she should. When the answers are taken as a whole, 21% were undecided, 26% said she should not resign, and 53% said she should resign. Taken by party affiliation, 45% of Independence Party voters (the party from
A damaged Faroese fishing ship was intially refused service in Reykjavík Harbour. That situation changed after protests from Faroese and Icelanders alike. Vísir reports that the Faroese mackerel fishing boat Næraberg experienced severe engine trouble on their way from fishing stocks in Greenland waters last Thursday. This prompted the captain to put in a request to Reykjavík Harbour, the closest port of call, in order to conduct repairs. However, the answer they received was that they were welcome to dock in Reykjavík harbour, but the crew would not be permitted to disembark, nor would they receive food, drinking water or
An Icelandic musician who has been an outspoken opponent of the Reykjavík Pride festival may be looking at hate speech charges for his remarks about the LGBT community. Gylfi Ægisson, a musician who has made his opposition to Reykjavík Pride publicly known on more than one occasion, did so again in the comments of a news article on the festival. There, he said that homosexuals were categorically child molesters, and that they hope to “brainwash” children – accusations he has made before. Kristín Sævarsdóttir, one of the organisers of Reykjavík Pride, has decided that enough is enough. Vísir reports that
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Yesterday’s volcanic eruption at Holuhraun lasted only 3-4 hours and the aviation code has been downgraded to orange. “It was a small eruption and a small sample of the magma that is moving underground reaching the surface,” geophysics professor Páll Einarsson told RÚV. According to Páll and geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson the eruption was more like an accident and a departure from what was expected. “The magma intrusion strayed unnecessarily close to the surface and some magma came out,” said Páll. Additionally, the Met Office has downgraded the aviation alert from red to orange and the no-fly zone has been reduced