Davíð Örn Bjarnason, a 28-year-old Icelandic man arrested in Antalya, Turkey on Friday after being accused of attempting to smuggle antiques out of the country remains in police custody. After days of Davíð being held without the opportunity to contact his family the Consul of Iceland in Turkey announced yesterday that he had been promised that the imprisoned Icelander would be allowed to call his girlfriend, children and mother, RÚV reports. Davíð’s girlfriend, and mother of his three children, Þóra Björg Birgisdóttir, has confirmed that no call was ever received by anybody waiting to hear from Davíð yesterday. Commenting on the conditions in which Davíð is being held, Þóra told new agencies that Selím Sariibrahimoglu, the Consul General of Iceland in Turkey, was able to provide Davíð with some money yesterday so that he could purchase food in prison. It was initially reported that Davíð would be released yesterday, however Mr. Sariibrahimoglu has since said that he hopes that the request for the man to be released will be considered by a judge by Wednesday. Davíð and Þóra had been vacationing in Antalya and allegedly purchased a piece of stone from a market. Authorities seized the couple, as they were catching their flight out of Turkey and accused them of antiquities smuggling. Þóra was released shortly thereafter and was made to board a flight departing for Sweden, where she resides with Davíð and their children. Davíð has been kept in custody and not permitted communication with anybody aside from the consul. Related: Icelandic Man Arrested In Turkey
Lava exuding from the Holuhraun eruption stretches 3.5 kilometres from the centre of the fissure and measures approximately 1.6 kilometres at its widest point, reports Vísir. According to the Icelandic Met Office the Holuhraun fissure is 1.5 km long with continuous eruption taking place in a 600-800 m long central section. The area of the lava is roughly 4 square kilometres. Currently, none of the tributaries of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum touches the lava edge. A white blueish cloud has been rising from the eruption but its white colour does not suggest that it is an ash cloud. The
The District Commissioner of Húsavík has decided to reopen the road to Dettifoss waterfall on the west side of Jökulsá á Fjöllum as of 08:00 am today, reports the Civil Protection Department. Other roads and hiking trails on the west side of Jökulsá are still closed. The decision has been made, not because the flood risk has gone down – it hasn’t – but because of increased surveillance in the area. As the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun is being intensely monitored and park rangers and additional law enforcement are present in the area it was deemed safe enough to reopen
The managing director of one of Iceland’s largest trade unions says they are “extremely worried” about workers in the tourism industry. “We are extremely worried about [workers within] this field,” Drífa Snædal, the Managing Director of the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS), told Vísir. “If Iceland intends to build up the tourism industry, it will have to really clean house.” Drífa says that unions around the country have had to deal with reports of employees filing grievances, mostly about being paid unfairly. “There are two types of groups within the tourism industry,” she said. “Those who
The beleagured Faroese fishing vessel that ordinary Icelanders assisted despite the cold shoulder from government has bid our fair shores farewell. MBL reports that Næraberg departed from Reykjavík harbour at about 6:00 this morning. At the time of this writing, the ship is about halfway to Greenland, presumably to resume fishing mackerel. As reported, the ship was sailing from Greenland when it encountered engine trouble and radioed Iceland for permission to dock in Reykjavík harbour to conduct repairs. However, citing an obscure law about fishing rights, Icelandic authorities initially only allowed permission for the ship to dock – the crew
The high winds and rain Iceland has been experiencing over the past 36 hours or so are the remains of what was Hurricane Cristobal. Iceland’s mercurial weather caught the attention of science buffs overseas, as Discover Magazine reported late last night that the storm formerly known as Hurrican Cristobal was taking “dead aim” at Iceland. Hurricanes are not common to more northern latitudes. In fact, Cristobal had changed into what is known as a “warm seclusion cyclone” by the time it reached Iceland. This kind of cyclone is characterised by a center of warm, wet air surrounded by cooler air.
Björk’s Biophilia tour went on for almost two years, scoring a huge hit with critics and audiences around the world due to it’s innovative, immersive production. After a long process of trying to fund a definitive concert film of the project, it came right down to the wire, with the final show at London’s cavernous Alexandria Palace becoming the subject of Biophilia Live. BAFTA-award winning editor and filmmaker Nick Fenton, speaking of his experience as co-director, said: “We felt like security guards, in a little booth surrounded by screens and talking to sixteen cameramen and women. You couldn’t feel further