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    Two arrested on-board Greenlandic trawler in connection to missing girl

    By Staff

    The trawler Polar Nanoq Two sailors from the trawler were arrested earlier today in connection to the disappearance of 20 year old Birna Brjánsdóttir on Saturday morning. Photo/Vísir.

    According to a press release from the Metropolitan Police members of the Icelandic Police Special Forces arrested two crew members of the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq. The men were arrested on suspicion that they have information about the disappearance of 20 year old Birna Brjánsdóttir on Saturday morning. The trawler is expected to dock in the Hafnarfjörður harbour at 11 PM. The police still has no clues as to where Birna is located.

    Read more: Missing girl: Disturbing clues, no arrests, but Greenlandic trawler returned to harbour in Iceland

    Earlier today members of the Police Special Forces were flown to the Danish coast guard vessel HDMS Triton which was on an intercept course with the Greenlandic trawler. The Police Superintendent in charge of the investigation told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV that the Icelandic Police had asked for and received assistance from Danish authorities in the case.

    Birna Brjánsdóttir has not been seen since Saturday morning when she left a downtown bar at 5AM. She can be seen on footage from security cameras downtown, but disappears at 5:25AM. Police is certain that she left downtown Reykjavík in a car at that time. A red Kia Rio is seen in security footage just seconds later. A telecommunication antenna in Hafnarfjörður picked up a signal from her phone at 5:50 AM, and shortly thereafter the phone is turned off. Birna's phone has not yet been found.

    Read more: Search for missing young woman: Police releases footage from surveillance cameras

    The Kia Rio had been rented by sailors from the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq, which was docked in Hafnarfjörður harbour, near the location where the last signal from Birna's mobile phone was detected. Birna's shoes were also found a short distance from where the trawler was docked. 

    Read more: Missing woman: Car seen in surveillance tapes likely found, driver seen behaving strangely

    Surveillance cameras from the Hafnarfjörður harbour area show that the red Kia Rio makes several trips to and from the trawler Polar Nanoq on Saturday morning. The travels of the car are described as "suspicious". Security camera footage from a nearby golf club also shows the car pulling into the parking lot, but speeding off as the driver discovers that a security camera was recording the parking lot.

     

  • General

    Missing girl: Members of the Police Special Forces on their way to Greenlandic trawler

    By Staff

    Reykjavík Airport at noon Members of the Police Specal Forces squad seen boarding the Coast Guard helicopter at Reykjavík Airport. Photo/Screenshot from RÚV

    Members of the Police Special Forces were seen boarding the Coast Guard helicopter TF-LÍF at noon today. The helicopter then flew out to sea. According to the sources of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV the helicopter is headed out to the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq.

    The Police Superintendent in charge of the investigation did not confirm that a police operation involving the trawler was underway. He told RÚV that it was impossible to say whether someone would be arrested in connection to the case later today. The trawler is expected to arrive in harbour at 23:00 tonight (11 PM).

    Yesterday Icelandic Police requested assistance from the Danish coast guard to contact the trawler, as one or more crew members are believed to have vital information about the 20 year old woman, Birna Brjánsdóttir, who has been missing since Saturday morning. The trawler was harboured in Hafnafjörður harbour at the time of Birna's disappearance.

    Read more:  Missing girl: Disturbing clues, no arrests, but Greenlandic trawler returned to harbour in Iceland

    Disturbing connections
    Crew members had rented a red Kia Rio which police believes is connected to Birna's disappearance. On Monday her shoes were found a short distance from where the trawler was harboured. According to the local newspaper Fréttablaðið the crew of the trawler decided to turn the ship around and sail back to Iceland. According to the local newspaper Morgunblaðið Icelandic police officers were flown by helicopter to the Danish coast guard vessel Triton which will is sailing to intercept the Greenlandic trawler.

    Read more: Missing woman: Car seen in surveillance tapes likely found, driver seen behaving strangely

    The case has gripped the Icelandic nation. In an interview with the local news site Vísir Grímur Grímsson, Chief Superintendent at the Metropolitan Police, who is in charge of the case, urged people to show calm and warned against hysteria.

    The local news site Vísir reports that Police divers are currently searching in Hafnarfjörður harbour.

     

     

  • Northern lights

    Heads up: Fantastic conditions for northern lights sightings tonight!

    By Staff

    Firing up the Northern Sky The combination of high activity and clear skies come together to create great conditions for spotting one of nature's most amazing shows. Photo/Ernir

    The conditions for experiencing the northern lights will be brilliant around Iceland after midnight tonight. The skies will start to clear late tonight, and by midnight they should be clear or partly clear all around the country. According the excellent aurora forecast by The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) we can expect "high" or grade 5 northern lights activity tonight. 

    Aurora forecast 18.1.17
    Aurora forecast 18.1.17, Photo/IMO

    IMO explains that grade 2 (low activity) can be beautiful and grade 3 (moderate) can be dazzling. Grade 5 has the potential of being truly spectacular.

    Read more: Beautiful short film commemorating a week of fantastic northern lights

    Be sure to dress warmly if you are heading for northern lights hunting as the mercury will drop to or below zero degrees Celsius (32 F) throughout the country in the evening. See IMO's forecast.

    Read more: Learn all about the Aurora on this new interactive website

    According to IMO it will be dark from 17.35 (5.35 pm) to 9.40 (9.40 am). Sunset is at 16.30 (4.30 pm) and the nearly full moon rises at 1.27 (1.27 am). The best conditions for spotting the Northern Lights should be between midnight and five in the morning. 

    If you catch beautiful photos of the Northern Lights tonight, share them with us! 

    Aurora forecast 18.1.17
    Aurora forecast 18.1.17  Skies will be clear or partly clear all around the coast from midnight until five in the morning. Photo/IMO

     

  • General

    Airing of British TV series The Missing postponed while search continues for missing girl

    By Staff

    The Missing The second series of the BBC produced drama revolves around the case of a young girl who goes missing in Germany but is found 11 years later. Photo/BBC

    The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV has decided to postpone the airing of the second series of British drama The Missing while the search for 20 year old Birna Brjánsdóttir continues. The first episode of the series, which explores the emotional fallout of a child's abduction, was scheduled to air yesterday, but was postponed.

    The series features a case of a girl who disappears in Germany, but is then found 11 years later. 

    People urged go show calm
    A spokesman for RÚV explained that the decision was taken out of respect to the family and friends of Birna who has been missing since Saturday morning. The case has gripped the Icelandic nation. In an interview with the local news site Vísir Grímur Grímsson, Chief Superintendent at the Metropolitan Police, who is in charge of the case, urged people to show calm and warned against hysteria.

    Read more:  Missing girl: Disturbing clues, no arrests, but Greenlandic trawler returned to harbour in Iceland

    A Greenlandic trawler, whose crew is believed to have information about the disappearance of Birna, is returning to harbour in Iceland. The trawler will dock at 11PM tonight.

    The Missing replaced with Barnaby
    Instead of airing The Missing RÚV aired an episode of less gripping crime drama series, Midsomer Murders. In the series inspector Barnaby solves murder mysteries in the idyllic but surprisingly murderous villages of the English countryside. 

  • Weather

    Difficult driving conditions today: Blowing snow, low visibility and icy roads

    By Staff

    Vatnaleið heath Snæfellsnes peninsula Drivers in West and North-West Iceland can expect low visibility today due to blowing snow. Slick and icy roads make driving even more challenging. Photo/IRCA webcam.

    The Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority has issued a travel advisory for today, warning that that strong winds with snowshowers and blowing snow will make driving in West and North West Iceland difficult. The wind speed is expected to remain between 13 and 18 m/s (29-40 mph) near the coast, but will reach 22 m/s (50 mph), severe gale strength on mountains and heaths.

    The wind is expected to pick up during the morning and around noon. Conditions are expected to have improved by tonight.

    Poor visibility, on top of icy and slick patches
    As there is alot of new snow in the area which the strong winds will blow up visibility is expected to be extremely poor.

    The IRCA also warns that the road connecting Reykjavík and South Iceland is very slippery due to ice. Conditions along the entire ring road are similarly difficult due to ice and slick patches. Travellers are asked to show caution. 

    Road conditions 18.1.17
    Road conditions 18.1.17: Blowing snow and snowfall and ice Red: closed roads, Blue and organge: Ice or spots of ice.  Photo/IRCA

     

  • General

    Missing girl: Disturbing clues, no arrests, but Greenlandic trawler returned to harbour in Iceland

    By Staff

    Western part of Hafnarfjörður harbour The Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanoq was docked 300m/984 ft) to where Birna's shoes were found. Crew members had rented a red Kia Rio which police believes is connected to the disappearance of the 20 year old woman early Saturday morning. Photo/Vísir, Iceland Magazine.

    Nobody has yet been arrested in connection to the disappearance of 20 year old Birna Brjánsdóttir early Saturday morning. A Greenlandic trawler who's crew is believed to be connected to or have vital information about the case, has been returned to habour in Iceland. Search and Rescue Units which have been involved in the search for Birna have halted their search as they wait for new clues. 

    The latest development in the case which has gripped Icelanders is that while Birna remains missing, more disturbing clues have emerged. Icelandic Police requested assistance from the Danish coast guard to contact the trawler. According to the local newspaper Fréttablaðið the crew of the trawler decided to turn the ship around and sail back to Iceland. According to the local newspaper Morgunblaðið Icelandic police officers were flown by helicopter to the Danish coast guard vessel Triton which will is sailing to intercept the Greenlandic trawler.

    The local news site vísir reports that police concentrated its search yesterday on Hvaleyrarvatn lake, south of Hafnarfjörður harbour. The extensive search did not turn up anything.

    Read more: Young local woman missing since Saturday: Have you seen her?

    Police is now confident that she left downtown Reykjavík in a car around 5:25AM. A red Kia Rio is seen in security footage just seconds later. A telecommunication antenna in Hafnarfjörður picked up a signal from her phone at 5:50 AM, and shortly thereafter the phone is turned off. Birna's phone has not yet been found.

    Read more: Search for missing young woman: Police releases footage from surveillance cameras

    Missing woman
    The vehicle A car police had been searching for was found yesterday Photo/Vísir

    Yesterday it was revealed that a red Kia Rio which the Metropolitan Police had been searching for in connection to the case had been found in the suburban municipality Kópavogur. The car had been rented to sailors on the Greenlandic trawler Polar Nanuq which was docked in Hafnarfjörður, where the last signal from Birna's mobile phone was detected.

    Birna's shoes were found a short distance from where the trawler was docked. Circumstantial evidence points strongly to Brynja having entered the car on Laugavegur in downtown Reykjavík seconds after she disappears from CCTV footage.

    Read more: Missing woman: Car seen in surveillance tapes likely found, driver seen behaving strangely

    Birna Brjánsdóttir, Missing girl
    Birna Brjánsdóttir 20 year old local woman has been missing since Saturday morning Photo/Metropolitan Police

    The local newspaper Fréttablaðið reports that surveillance cameras from the Hafnarfjörður harbour area show that the red Kia Rio makes several trips to and from the trawler Polar Nanoq on Saturday morning. The travels of the car are described as "suspicious".

    Security camera footage from a nearby golf club also shows the car pulling into the parking lot, but speeding off as the driver discovers that a security camera was recording the parking lot.

    Read more: Police does not rule out that pair of shoes believed to belong to missing woman were planted

    The trawler Polar Nanoq is expected to come to harbour in Iceland tonight. The crew members will then most likely be questioned by police. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that the Police does not yet suspect any of the crew members of criminal acts. When he was asked whether police thought Birna was being held captive in the trawler he said that police did not rule anything out. 

    According to the local newspaper Fréttablaðið security camera footage from the Hafnarfjörður harbour does not show Birna walking into the ship.

    Read more: DEVELOPING: Car linked to disappearance of young local woman connected crew of a trawler from Greenland

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