EIA for North Iceland Power Plant Reviewed in Part PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 05:00

Engineering firm Elfa concluded in a new report presented yesterday that a new overall environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a proposed geothermal power plant at Bjarnarflag near Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland is unnecessary.

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Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

The evaluation, carried out on behalf of Landsvirkjun national power company, stated that fundamental changes have not occurred to the basic condition or legal framework since the last EIA for Bjarnarflag was made ten years ago, ruv.is reports.

 
However, the report pointed out that what the current EIA lacks is an estimate...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:15
 
Hollywood Invades South Iceland Village PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:25

Filming for Christopher Nolan’s latest movie Interstellar began in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Iceland, yesterday. All hotels in the vicinity are fully booked and some of the town’s inhabitants have leased their houses to the film crew. Summer house owners in the region have done the same.

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Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Approximately 120 people live in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, so with the arrival of the Interstellar crew of 300, the population has tripled, ruv.is reports.

The movie’s biggest stars, Matt Damon, Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, arrived...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:14
 
Tourists Ignore Warnings at Geothermal Area PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:00

A ranger at the Reykjanes reserve, Óskar Sævarsson, says a photographer and his traveling companions, who were photographed walking off the path at geothermal area Krýsuvík, Southwest Iceland, to take better photos, were putting themselves in danger.

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Photos: Dagmar Trodler/Iceland Review.

Óskar told mbl.is that signs clearly indicate the dangers of walking off the path and approaching the high-temperature areas which are characterized by bubbling fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs, and says he has seen some serious accidents of people getting burnt in the area.

According to Óskar, although...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:13
 
Iceland Fin Whaling Season Goes Sour PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:08

Bad weather has interrupted fin whale hunting by Icelandic whaling company Hvalur in recent days and as the forecast does not look promising, company representative Gunnlaugur Geirsson said they will decide next week whether to continue with whaling this season.

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Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

A total of 121 fin whales have been caught and processed at Hvalur’s whaling station in Hvalfjörður, West Iceland, this summer. The quota allows for 20 more whales to be caught this season, which will soon come to an end, ruv.is reports.

In other news, inhabitants in West Iceland took advantage...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:11
 
Northern Lights interactive centre opens in Reykjavík Iceland PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:06

Northern Lights interactive centre opens in Reykjavík Iceland Aurora Reykjavík, a new interactive centre that recreates the surreal nature of the Northern Lights, has recently opened in Reykjavík, Iceland. The facility is a new educational, recreational and interactive attraction, which uses the latest advances in multimedia technology to bring the Northern Lights to life.

Designed by Snorri Valdimarsson, the interior of the centre has been noted for its otherworldly concept, which represents the alien-nature of the Northern Lights.

Aurora Reykjavík is split into various sections including information & photography; interactive & educational; and...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:06
 
Sea Shepherd targets Faroe Islands whale hunt PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:36

faroe flag The conservation activist organization, Sea Shepherd, have announced plans to disrupt or stop the Faroe Island annual whale hunt tradition, known locally as ‘The Grind’. Operation GrindStop 2014, as it is now known, will once again engage in actions to try and prevent fishing boats forcing a pod of whales into coves where they are forced to beach and are subsequently slaughtered.

The tradition has been going since 1584 but in recent years Sea Shepherd has succeeded in thwarting the tradition, with no whales slaughtered in 2011. Their campaign in these particular waters began in 1985 and has...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:05
 
Iceland Under 21s edge closer to UEFA Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:44

football1 A convincing win against Kazakhstan on Tuesday evening put Iceland’s Under 21 football team at the top of Group 10 table, making it four victories in a row.

With a maximum 12 points and strong goal difference, their chances of playing the UEFA Championship remain strong. They will need to beat France to top their group and automatically qualify, but even defeat to this seeded side will not entirely rule them out. Four runner up teams with the best points or goal difference score will earn one of eight spots for the 2015 Czech Republic tournament.

Although drawn 0-0 at half time, the plucky...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:04
 
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