Þingvallavatn, a large lake in the South-West bordering popular tourist site Þingvellir, has been undergoing some changes of late. According to Hilmar Malmquist, a biologist and director of the Natural Science Laboratory of Kópavogur, climate change has resulted in increased nutrients in the water, RÚV reports. “Algae is increasing along with nutrient concentration,” said Hilmar. “ Most people know the lake as having blue, clear, and cold water, but these changes affect the colour and clarity… The situation is far from being truly bad, but the trend is not good. It is not known how long it will take for the changes to be damaging. Such changes can come on very quickly.” Hilmar notes that part of the problem is global warming and the area experiencing year-round warmer temperatures, but he also notes that the impact of man on the environment does play a role in the deteriorating water quality and clarity. The state of Þingvallavatn will discussed in a meeting of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association today.
An Icelandic man’s pregnant American wife has still not received a verdict on her Icelandic residence permit application even though she applied for one in the fall of last year, reports DV. Jessica Jacobs has lived in Iceland since 2012. Initially she moved to study Icelandic in Ísafjörður, but quickly relocated to Reykjavík where she met her future husband, Matthías Enok Hannesson. After getting married, Matthías and Jessica filed an application for residency which has since developed into a long-winded bureaucratic nightmare. According to the Reykjavík District Commissioner’s Office the couple need to deliver a certificate confirming her marital status in the U.S. This document must
A young man was arrested last night after he attacked a tourist outside the Cabin Hotel on Borgartún in Reykjavík, reports DV. The man, who was found in possession of drugs, violently resisted his arrest and spent the night in jail. The tourist in question was sent to hospital and intends to file charges against the young man. It was a busy night for police who also stopped two drivers in Austurbær. One was under the influence of alcohol and the other under the influence of drugs. Meanwhile in Vesturbær two other drivers were stopped, both under the influence of
More than 1.000 Reykjavík apartments are listed on the short-term rental site AirBnB, reports RÚV. It is estimated that between 1.500 and 2.000 apartments are now being used to accommodate tourists in need of short-term rental. This includes apartment hotels which rent out 340 registered short-term apartments. The new numbers show staggering growth as just last year 600 apartments in Reykjavík were listed on AirBnB. Related Reading Help! I Need A Place To Live
New Police Commissioner of Reykjavík, Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, could possibly be in charge of investigating the Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s role in the now-infamous leaked memo case despite the fact that she personally appointed the new Police Commissioner, reports RÚV. As reported, Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir was appointed Police Commissioner of Reykjavík yesterday. She is the first woman ever to hold the position. Meanwhile, the standing Police Commissioner, Stefán Eiríksson, who has been investigating the leaked memo case, announced he would be taking up the job as Director of Welfare for Reykjavík City. Although the leaked memo case has reached the State Prosecutor’s desk, RÚV reports
The Directorate of Health says it has had to deal with a virtual explosion of diarrhoea cases caused by campylobacter, a bacteria spread mostly by the poor handling of meat. In a statement posted on the Directorate’s website, about 100 cases of campylobacter-caused diarrhoea have been reported over the past year. The afflicted come from many different backgrounds, making it difficult to find the cause of the outbreak. The most common form of campylobacter, Campylobacter jejuni, is often connected to poultry, as the bacteria lives in the digestive tracts of many different bird species, and poorly handled raw chicken is
An Icelander hoping to sell group trips to North Korea has pulled the plug on the operation, citing negative press of the regime as being the major cause. Vísir reports that Egill Örn Arnarson Hansen, the original organiser of the trips through his travel office Trans Atlantic, claims 20 people had signed up for the trip to North Korea since he first announced the trips last December. This was just under the amount that would be needed for a group trip, despite the 600,000 ISK per person price tag. “We had a complete group, but when news stories about concentration