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Thursday, 03 March 2011 18:34

Enjoy a special Bank Holiday Weekend break in Iceland

As the UK gears up for the Royal Wedding and Bank Holiday Weekend, this extended weekend period opens up as the perfect getaway opportunity to take a short break abroad. Luckily, Icelandair is offering UK travellers an ideal package deal to Iceland for those intending to travel for cheap between March and May.

Icelandair’s ‘Spring Special’ package deal includes flights to Iceland from Manchester, London Heathrow, or Glasgow, and three nights in selected accommodation. This valuable Iceland holiday deal begins from only £239 each, giving UK travellers the change to explore the wonders of Iceland for an excellent price.

There is so much to experience in Iceland, especially via the popular tourist route ‘Golden Circle’, from the bubbling hot springs of Geysir, the historic beauty of Thingvellir, to the breathtaking sight of the Gullfoss waterfall. If that isn’t enough, enjoy relaxing in the geothermal spas at the famous Blue Lagoon and experience the positive effects of the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 01:10
Grounded Icelandic Vessel Arrives in Denmark PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 March 2011 03:22

The container vessel Godafoss, which belongs to Icelandic transport company Eimskip, arrived in Denmark yesterday and cast anchors off the town Grenaa in Jutland last night at the request of the Danish Coast Guard.

Grounded Icelandic Vessel Arrives in Denmark

Eimskip’s PR agent Ólafur William Hand told Morgunbladid that the Coast Guard hadn’t explained why this was necessary but he assumed it is due to safety reasons—the Coast Guard wants to have full control of the vessel’s route in daylight.

Godafoss ran aground in the Oslo fjord in southeast Norway in mid-February. The resulting oil spill proved to be less of an environmental hazard than originally feared.

Yesterday, 60-70 liters of oil was cleaned up in Swedish waters. It is believed to have come from a slick which extended from Godafoss while it sailed through Swedish territory.

The oil didn’t prove to be unrefined petroleum, which Eimskip believes indicates that the slick was caused by oil spots on the ship’s underside dissolving.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 12:57
Berlusconi woos Gaddafi with ‘Danish train gift’ PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2011 15:14

Berlusconi woos Gaddafi with ‘Danish train gift’

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has given Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi a customised Danish train, according to reports. Technology website ing.dk first published the revelations after a photograph of the Danish IC4 train on Libyan tracks appeared in an international railway magazine.

The Igenioren website claims that the train, which is adorned with a message in Arabic saying: “For 40 years’ achievement”, is a present from the scandal-shrouded Italian prime minister to Gaddafi. The inside of the coaches are also said to be lavishly decorated with large white sofas, floor lamps, carpets and curtains.

It was initially thought that the model, which is manufactured exclusively for Danish train company DSB in the Ansaldobreda factory in Italy, was sent to the North African country so it could be tested on a new stretch of railway. Ansaldobreda says that although the trains are made exclusively for the Danish company, they remain the property of the factory until delivered.

The Italian media claims the extravagant gift was paid for by Berlusconi’s government and sent to Libya in conjunction with a visit by the prime minister himself. It is thought that the train was presented to Gaddafi in the hope of securing Italy’s interest in infrastructure projects in the country which is currently experiencing a violent civil uprising.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 01:10
Tomatoes Can Create 100 Jobs in Iceland PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:22

The construction of a giant greenhouse to cultivate tomatoes for export is in preparation in the Sudurnes region on Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland. The greenhouse could create between 60-100 full-time jobs in the employment-starved region.

Tomatoes Can Create 100 Jobs in Iceland


“Such a greenhouse would require 15 megawatts of electricity […], so that’s five to ten jobs per megawatt. For comparison, there is half to one job behind each megawatt in an aluminum smelter,” Gylfi Árnason, project manager at the Association of Local Authorities in Iceland, told Morgunbladid.

The plan is that the greenhouse, which is estimated to cost around ISK 5 billion (USD 43 million, EUR 31 million), could produce enough tomatoes for export as early as 2014. It would have to be ten hectares in size, which is larger than ten football pitches.



Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 12:57
Whale watching season in Iceland to begin PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 16:18

Whale watching season in Iceland to begin

The exciting whale watching season is soon to begin, giving visitors the change to experience one of the most popular spring and summer activities in Iceland. The crystal clear Icelandic waters provide the ideal place to see Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, White Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises.

Icelandair, Iceland’s leading airline, is offering its ‘Whale Watching City Break’ package deal to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik for UK travellers until the end of October. The package deal includes return flights to Iceland from Glasgow, London Heathrow, or Manchester, three nights accommodation, and a whale watching trip with tour provider, Elding.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 01:11
Norwegian cross country skier Petter Northug claims gold in Oslo PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:55

Petter Northug cross country skier The Norwegian cross country skier and double Olympic Champion, Petter Northug, claimed the gold medal in a stunning 30km pursuit at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway. Northug, who won four medals at the Vancouver Olympics last year, two of which were gold, was the pre-race favourite and did not disappoint.

The Norwegian gold medalist, who broke clear with 200m to go, finishing in a time of 1:14:10.4 hours, said winning gold at the world championships in Norway meant at least as much to him as his 50K Olympic win in Vancouver.

Northug commented, “This was maybe my


Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 01:12
Hunters and Travelers Protest Limitations in Park PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 23:58

The board of the Hunters’ Association of Iceland says Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir broke her promise on consulting with them before accepting the preservation and management plan for the Vatnajökull National Park without changes on Monday.

Hunters and Travelers Protest Limitations in Park

The Hunters’ Association released a statement on Monday evening, pointing out that the association wasn’t invited to participate in the planning process even though it has the right to do so according to law, ruv.is reports.

Hunters are dissatisfied with the limitation of hunting within the national park and travelers have objected to the closure of jeep tracks, holding a symbolic burial ceremony for travel freedom last autumn.

According to Stöd 2, not only the access of hunters and travelers on SUVs has been significantly limited in the national park, but also that of horseback riders. Travelers say all their suggestions were ignored in the planning process.

Sveinbjörn Halldórsson, chairman of the travel club 4x4 and board member of the organization Ferdafrelsi (“Travel Freedom”), told Stöd 2 that they are planning an administrational complaint and will take their case as far as they have to, even to the European Court of Human Rights.

Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park in Europe, covering 13 percent of Iceland’s landmass. It includes Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and the area surrounding it, stretching from the southeastern coastline northwards along the Jökulsá river to the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

The preservation and management plan includes nature preservation, outdoor recreation and regional development within the park and is valid for ten years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:04
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