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  • General

    US bound plane grounded in Keflavík due to drunk, quarreling couple

    By Staff

    Keflavík The two passengers had spent the trip from Paris to Keflavík arguing, and continued when their plane for Denver was about to take-off. Photo/Vísir

    A US bound plane was grounded at Keflavík Airport after a fight broke out on board the plane. The plane was not cleared for take off until Police officers had escorted two passengers from the plane. The incidence took place last week. The nationality of the passengers, who were a couple flying from Paris, has not been made public.

    Flight from Paris spent arguing
    According to a statement from the Suðurnes Police District, which covers the Keflavík Airport, as well as the fishing villages and towns on Reykjanes peninsula, officers entered the plane, which had arrived from Paris on route to Denver. The plane was preparing for take-off when two passengers, a couple which had been quarreling loudly and behaving belligerently, started fighting. 

    Read more: Police assist a woman from Montreal locate her drunk boyfriend at Keflavík Airport

    The couple had been arguing and acting in an disorderly manner on the flight from Paris to Keflavík. The quick stop-over in Keflavík did not calm the two travellers down. The captain and crew of the place determined it was not safe to continue the flight to Denver, and requested the assistance of local police.

    Spent the night at local police station
    When officers arrived on board the plane to escort the people off, one of the two passengers, a woman, refused to obey or listen to the officers' instructions and "continued to make trouble and noise". According to the police statement the woman was very drunk, having consumed significant quantity of alcohol on the route from Paris. She was arrested and taken to a holding cell where "she got the opportunity to sleep off her intoxication."

  • General

    Brief off-roading adventure ends with Police, ICE-SAR rescue, a fine and huge bill

    By Staff

    From the Esatfjords Please stay on the road! Photo/GBA

    In a reminder that off-road driving is never a good idea while travelling in Iceland a traveller who had taken a short off-roading adventure on a beach in a remote fjord in East Iceland ended up with a flooded rental car, steep fines for criminal off-roading and a trip to the police station.

    Did everything wrong

    Víðfjörður, by

    According to a statement from the Police in East Iceland a foreign traveller requested police assistance after he had gotten his rental car stuck in the beach in Viðfjörður fjord. Viðfjörður is a remote fjord, only accessible by sea or by a single gravel road. The traveller had driven off-road to get to the beach where he had been driving when the car got stuck. After the car got stuck the tide came in and flooded the vehicle which was inoperable when Police from the town of Eskifjörður arrived at the scene.

    In addition to driving off-road in the beach, the traveller had driven off-road on grown land, causing significant damage to vegetation. Police requested assistance from members of the ICE-SAR company Gerpir in the town of Neskaupsstaður to get the car out of the sea.

    The traveller was taken to the police station in Eskifjörður where he gave a statement and was fined for criminal off-road driving. He will also be forced to pay the cost of towing the vehicle out of the water. Since flood damage is never covered by car-rental insurance the traveller is also faced with a steep bill from the car rental for the damages he caused to the vehicle.


  • Politics

    Best political ad for the upcoming parliamentary elections has been found

    By Staff

    A regular candidate ad At first glance the Progress Party ad looks like any other political ad. Photo/Progress Party.

    While the leader of the Left Green Movement is the undisputed front runner for the 2017 parliamentary elections, an unlikely and virtually unknown candidate has emerged as the front runner for the most humorous and amusing political ad of the season.

    Jóhann Friðrik Friðriksson, an environmental activist who has fought against polluting industry in the Suðurnes region (which includes the fishing vilalges around Keflavík Airport), who is running on the Progress Party ticket in the Southern district, appears in an ad for the party, urging voters to come to a traditional waffle and coffee soiree today at the party's campaign headquarters. Waffle soirees are one of the key institutions of Icelandic politics: The parties take the waffle making very seriously, with party volunteers baking stacks of waffles, whipping up tub-fulls of whipped cream and rhubarb jelly.

    Jóhann's ad pokes fun at himself and this tradition, while at the same time taking it to its logical conclusion, urging people to show up, because otherwise he would be forced to eat all the waffles himself! Since the original Icelandic might be challenging to most of our readers, we at Iceland Magazine took it upon ourselves to translate it. (The Icelandic Original can be seen at the bottom of the page).  

    2017 elections, political ad
    One way to get votes Threatening and/or pleading with voters? Photo/Progress Party


    2017 elections, political ad
    Icelandic political traditions Portly progres party politicians, stacks of waffles and strange jokes. Photo/Progress Party


  • Geology

    Sharp earthquake swarm in the slumbering giant volcano Bárðarbunga

    By Staff

    Bárðarbunga A giant volcano hidden beneath Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Photo/Magnús Tumi.

    A sharp earthquake swarm shook Iceland's largest volcano early morning. At 5:18 am a 3.1 magnitude quake was detected in the volcano. More than 40 quakes have been detected in the giant sub-glacial volcano in the past 48 hours, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. The epicenter of the activity has been in the eastern part of the volcano's caldera at a depth of only 100 meters (330 ft). 

    Quakes in Bárðarbunga 13 oct 2017
    Quakes in Vatnajökull in past 48 hours The quakes in Bárðarbunga are marked with a green star. Photo/IMO

    Read more: Quick primer on Bárðarbunga, Iceland's most powerful volcano

    Bárðarbunga, which is one of the most powerful volcanic systems in Iceland, is hidden beneath the north-western part of the ice cap of Vatnajökull glacier. Bárðarbunga has been showing significant signs of seismic activity since the end of the 2014-15 Holuhraun eruption. The activity is believed to be caused by the magma chambers of the giant sub-glacial volcano re-filling.

    Read more: Why the constant earthquakes? Iceland is slowly being torn apart

    According to a seismologist at the IMO the night's activity was in no way unusual. A number of powerful quakes have been detected in the caldera since the end of the Holuhraun eruption, but there are no signs of imminent volcanic activity.

  • General

    Fact check: No, President of Iceland won't reveal the secret to making an easy $350/day from home

    By Staff

    Actual fake news The photo and name of the President of Iceland are being used by a fake news site to scam unsuspecting people. Photo/Screenshot-vísir

    Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is challenging the "powerful elites" and "sending shockwaves" throughout all of Icelandic society after he revealed the amazing secret to making big bucks by working from home, CNN Money reports. Apparently Icelanders are leaving their jobs in record numbers swimming in the untold riches of a "new economy".

    Only problem? The whole story is utter and complete nonsense! 

    Fake news

    Fake news, scam
    Fake news, fake friends In fact, the President of Iceland makes public statements quite frequently! Photo/Screenshot

    The news site which masquerades as CNN Money is a notorious phishing site which lures unsuspecting and gullible people into signing up for an elaborate scam. The signs should all be there: The website address is "" and Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is the President of Iceland - he already works from home, Bessastaðir estate, where the President's residence is located, making significantly more than 350 US dollars per day. 

    The scammers appear to have picked up Guðni's photo on the internet, without realizing he is the president of Iceland. Nevertheless, the website quotes Guðni Th. at length extolling this once in a lifetime opportunity:

    "It's even dangerous to talk about it, because the powerful elite does not want the average Iceland worker to have this much wealth. Because the wealthier the population is, the less power they themselves have. They hate me for sharing this!"

    As is the case with any scam the pigeons are urged to act fast: This deal is only available for a short time!

    "The key to success in life is preparation and timing. Sadly, this will really be the only opportunity in 100 years that the average person will have access building weath and making money at home. Because the window for this is so narrow, many Iceland workers will miss out on this. There really is just a few months or even weeks left to rake in mountains of cash."

    You can see the full story by clicking this link, but be adviced the site you are entering is a scam!

    Not the first Icelander to appear in fake news stories

    Fake news
    Real billionaire, fake news Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson's photo and name have also been used to scam people. Photo/Screenshot

    Earlier this year the wealthiest man in Iceland, investor Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson found himself the victim of a similar fake news story and phishing scam. In February the billionaire's name and photo appeared in a story which was circulating Facebook, promising people a "classified system" which would help save people big bucks as they prepared their tax returns.

    Read more: Iceland's sole billionaire drops 40 spots on the Forbes list of world's richest people

    Needless to say, Björgólfur Thor has not released any secret or classified money making system to Icelanders or anyone else, for that matter. Björgólfur, who is number 1,161 on the list of the world's richest billionaires, is too busy looking after his actual business empire.

  • General

    Nobody hurt in fire at downtown hotel yesterday afternoon

    By Staff

    Icelandair Hotel Natura Initially it was feared the roof of the hotel had caught fire. Photo/Helga

    Shortly after three in the afternoon yesterday the Metropolitan Police and Fire Department received a call that a fire had broken out at Icelandair Hotel Natura on the outskirts of downtown Reykjavík. All available fire engines and first responders were dispatched to the site and the hotel was evacuated.

    The fire had broken out on the hotel roof, and thick black smoke plumes rose from the hotel while the fire department was getting the situation under control. 

    Possibly caused by a pizza oven fire 

    Hotel Natura fire
    At the scene Hotel Natura is the oldest Icelandair hotel in Reykjavík. Photo/Helga

    According to the Metropolitan Fire Department the fire had broken out inside a ventilation duct on the top floor of the hotel. The fire remained isolated inside the air duct and did not spread to the roof itself. Initially it was feared the roof had caught fire, as the tall flames rose from the ventilation opening. 

    The fire department had put the fire out by 15:45 and shortly thereafter guests and staff were allowed to return to the hotel. Nobody was hurt and the damage from the fire was minimal. The cause of the fire is unknown, but according to the local news site Vísir the fire department believes arson is highly unlikely. Earlier in the day a fire had broken out inside a pizza oven at the hotel restaurant, but the staff managed to put this fire out themselves. It is unclear whether the two fires are connected. 

    Hotel Natura fire
    Hotel Natura fire Staff and guests waited while the firefighters were doing their job. Photo/Helga


    Hotel Natura fire
    The guests Fortunately the fire was brought under control in only minutes, nobody was hurt and the damage to the hotel was minimal. Photo/Helga


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