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The Icelandic Roundup: Terrorist Plot And Monstrous Weather

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 2:46pm

Police in Iceland revealed that they had thwarted a massive terrorist plot last week, but as the days go by, their evidence—or lack of it—has started to be questioned. Reykjavík Grapevine journalists Valur Grettisson and Josie Anne Gaitens go over the case, as well as the recent storm that struck East Iceland.

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Best Of Reykjavík Activities 2022: For A Night Out

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 2:27pm

Reykjavík is bustling with activities, from famous attractions to our small hidden gems. And we have busted our balls, pushing ourselves to our physical limits—have you seen how many mountains we hiked?—to compile this list of what you need to do to experience Reykjavík to the fullest (and most authentic). So, here are the winners of our Best of Reykjavík 2022 Activities awards, all of which are recommended by our panel of locals.

For A Night Out

Tjarnarbíó

Tjarnargata 12, 101 Reykjavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

Tjarnarbíó was originally built as an icehouse but is now the super-cool downtown home of all types of theatre and performance. You can always trust that if something is happening at Tjarnarbíó, it’s worth seeing. We’d like to particularly applaud them as a venue for Reykjavík Fringe, allowing experimental artists to take a big stage. Bravó, Tjarnarbíó. Bravó.

Runner-Up:

R6013

Ingólfsstræti 20, 101 Reykjavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

Bear with us here: this is not your typical venue. If you’re over 40, you might feel odd here—or finally, just like home. The minds behind R6013 have held close to 100 events in a basement on Ingólfsstræti since they opened, and it is a vital bloodline between the lively grassroots scene in Reykjavík and, well, reality. Study the R6013 Facebook page for details on their next gig.

Runner-Up:

FÚSK

Gufunes, 112 Reykjavík

Artwork by Krot & Krass.

A group of visual artists have taken over an old warehouse and changed it into a cutting-edge music and visual arts space. This is probably the most exciting venue in Reykjavík right now; this year, in addition to their annual rave, Buxur, FÚSK are also hosting design festival Rusl (Trash). It’s a pretty impressive space and a good opportunity to dive into the grassroots arts scene.

Previous Winners 2021: Iceland Symphony Orchestra 2020: Iceland Symphony Orchestra

You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2022 magazine—an essential guide to having fun in Reykjavík—here, posted worldwide. 

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Hvammsvík: Where Time Stands Still

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 2:09pm

Just 40 minutes from Reykjavik city centre, in the gorgeous landscape of Hvalfjörður, lies Iceland’s latest thermal baths experience. A peaceful cove and home of former WOW Air CEO Skúli Mogensen and his partner, interior designer Gríma Björg Thorarensen, Hvammsvík now offers a new and unique experience to Icelanders and tourists alike.

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The water levels and temperatures at Hvammsvík Hot Springs fluctuate with the tides that wash in and out of the quiet fjord from the North Atlantic ocean. What also sets this thermal bath experience apart is its location far from the madding crowd; you really have to take a special, albeit short, journey to get there.

Fjord lost in time

On my trip to Hvammsvík, the August weather was exceptionally beautiful with clear blue skies and quiet seas. Hvalfjörður means “whale fjord” and Iceland’s only whaling station is still located there. During World War II it was also the site of a naval base used by the British and American navies. The area is dotted by the ruins of that time.

The road skirting Hvalfjörður was much-travelled until the late 90s,when a tunnel opened running under the mouth of the fjord, shortening the trip considerably. The rest ofHvalfjörður almost stood still in time, cut away from traffic, remote, quiet, framed by mountains, green pastures and indigo waves.

This air of tranquillity and remoteness carries visitors all the way to Hvammsvík and the unassuming stretch of road marked “private” where you park your car and walk down towards the main building, built in WWII barack style and actually constructed on top of naval base ruins. Beyond it are eight different pools and a steambath right by the black sandy beach, a nod to Icelandic bathing culture fused with modern design and artwork. Arriving at Hvammsvík on this picture-perfect Sunday morning I was struck by its serenity, a feeling that stayed with me throughout my visit.

Design in harmony with the surrounding nature

Sustainable modern solutions merge with ancient bathing methods at Hvammsvík. Reykjavík Energy used to own the land and drilled for geothermally heated water at the time. “The old pool called Gamla Laugin has existed here for over 30 years and many people remember sneaking into it for a dip,” Gríma explains. “We used it a lot whatever the weather. It’s so incredible being in a hot pool on the beachfront and how different the experience can be, the differing tides, sunshine or a crazy storm, or starry skies and northern lights.”
The more time she and Skúli spent at the beach, the more convinced they became of developing the area and the geothermal waters further while still taking care to keep any development in harmony with the surrounding nature.

“Skúli has been very ardent in sketching up all kinds of ideas throughout the years and he’s been immersing himself in the design of the pools themselves and their surroundings while my role was to design the interiors and every detail,” Gríma tells me. “But the whole thing merged into one because we’ve spent countless hours together on this project, particularly for the last two years and of course, we’ve had amazing architects and contractors to help us realise our dream.”

She further explains that the hot water from the geothermal borehole is mixed with two-thirds seawater, so guests are literally bathing in warm seawater. “There’s constant flow-through and at night we increase the flow of seawater, which means they [are cleaned] naturally without any detergents used.”

Float in warm seawater with a seal looking on

Their aim in opening Hvammsvík, Gríma says, was to create a unique experience in nature, keeping things small and in harmony with the surroundings and maintaining a personal service.

“There’s so much wildlife in Hvammsvík, which we respect greatly. It’s incredible to float in a warm pool on the beach and see curious seals swimming towards you. There are also plenty of eider ducks and a wide variety of other birds.

“One of our pools is a tidal pool and it disappears when the tide comes in. It’s amazing to relax in a 38-degree hot pool and then feel the cold salty ocean flow over the edge and slowly cool it down. It’s this ever-changing aspect of the baths that never ceases to surprise our guests and we’ve tried to attribute this also to the interior design. We’ve also created our own special scent, our own ceramics, the artwork and Storm Bistro and Bar which we’ve just opened.”

Seawater signature

Adding to the interiors are some truly special pieces of art. Skúli is one of Iceland’s most avid collectors and the interiors at Hvammsvík are adorned with the works of Ólafur Elíasson, Birgir Andrésson, Shoplifter, and more.

“The biggest compliment I get from people is that it seems that the building and the baths have always been here,” Gríma says, proudly. “The colour palette of the interiors is as raw and rustic as the surrounding nature and I used materials sourced from the close surroundings, such as using sand, seashells and stones from the beach for the flooring.”

To complete the Hvammsvík experience, the baths offer weekly Wim Hof sessions, free paddle boarding and a simple but rather wonderful menu to indulge in following your swim at the small restaurant and bar spearheaded by top chef Hinrik Carl Ellertsson. The menu includes algae shots, a seafood soup, and dried fish with dulse, as well as a variety of open-faced sourdough sandwiches and vegan options of course. Then there’s the swim-in bar and an excellent wine selection.

Further attention to detail includes a heavenly grassy seawater signature Hvammsvík scent, which is infused in the change areas’ soaps and shampoos. Those who just can’t bear to leave can stay longer in one of the cabins on site, each stylishly appointed by Gríma in keeping with the rest of the Hvammsvík experience.

Ocean goddess

My experience at Hvammsvík was of utter timelessness. I spent the whole day immersing myself in the different pools, floating in the buoyant seawater, observing the clouds and an occasional bird streaking across the sky, absorbing the mountainscape and the ebb and flow of the tide. I braved the cold ocean for brisk dips between soaking in the warm baths and let the sunlight on my face and the soft seawater do its magic whilst occasionally sipping on algae-fused fruit juice.

When I finally emerged, mostly due to hunger, it was almost six o’clock. I’d spent six hours in the ocean without even noticing the passage of time. My skin was soft, my body tingled, my mind was an oasis of calm and I felt like an ocean goddess. I can’t wait to return.

For bookings visit www.hvammsvik.com

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The Angró House To Be Moved To A New Location

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 2:02pm

The historic house Angró in Seyðisfjörður will be built in a new location after it collapsed during the storm last weekend, reports Vísir.

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Múlaþing is currently working in cooperation with the Heritage Foundation to prepare to move the building to a new location.

Austurfrétt reports that a decision has already been made to move the building to a new location, but Björn Ingimarsson, Múlaþing’s county manager and owner of the building, says in an interview with the media that the weekend’s events only speed up that process more than anything else.

The house survived the landslides on Seyðisfjörður in 2020, but the supporting structure is believed to have collapsed over the weekend, so it was probably in a worse condition than originally thought after the landslides.

The building is set to be removed as soon as possible. Only a part of it will be used in the reconstruction. Pétur H. Ármannsson, director of the Minjastofnun, says that the building will be taken down, but the entire material will be placed in containers and stored until the building is rebuilt. It is necessary to act quickly, as damage can occur in the meantime.

The house was built in 1880 by Ottó Wathne, who is often called the father of Seyðisfjörður. In the past, it was used for herring processing, a shop and an apartment. Until the landslides of 2020, the house served as a storage and exhibition building for the Technical Heritage Museum of the East, which was emptied after the 2020 landslides.

The weather continues to be bad in the North East. With a red weather warning in effect in Austfjörður on Saturday and an orange warning yesterday, it is clear that a lot of damage has been done.

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Strætó Changing Fares Starting October 1st

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 1:57pm

A new announcement from Strætó, the capital area bus service, outlines how fares are going to be raised effective October 1st.

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Both regular fares and period passes will be given a 12.5% price increase. As such, a single fare will go from 490 ISK to 550 ISK, and a 30-day student card will go from 4,000 ISK to 4,500 ISK. The new prices for all other services can be found at the bottom of this page.

Strætó points out that price changes have not been made since the 2020/2021 period, but also that increased operational costs play a role.

“The price increases are intended to cover general cost price increases for Strætó, such as oil price increases, but oil prices have risen by almost 40% since the beginning of the year and costs due to shortening of the work week, which have had a significant impact on the operation,” the announcement reads in part. “The effects of the COVID pandemic are still being felt in the operations and it looks like the cumulative impact on income is in the range of 1500 million to 2000 m.kr.”

That said, Strætó emphasise that the increased prices will also go towards making their service better, and to reduce the need to cut services further, adding, “Strætó is aiming for a carbon-free buses in 2030, which will make the impact of oil prices on Strætó’s operations insignificant.”

In case you were curious, Strætó also points out that according to data from the Icelandic Automobile Association, the cost of driving a car 15,000km per year rounds out to about 1.3 million ISK, “and it is therefore clear that it is still more practical to use public transport.”

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Suspect Denies All Ties With Far-Right Extremism, Lawyer Says

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 1:20pm

A lawyer for a man arrested last week on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist attack says his client is innocent of these charges, and that contrary to previous reports has no ties whatsoever to any far-right extremist groups.

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As reported, the man in question and one other had reportedly been manufacturing firearms using 3D printing technology. In raids in both Kopavogur and Mosfellsbær last Wednesday, police seized dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police said at a press conference the day after that they had been investigating these men for weeks, and that the suspects were planning to attack certain government offices. They added that they are still investigating whether these men have ties to extremist groups abroad. Sources close to Stundin and Morgunblaðið both indicated that such a connection was there.

Ómar Örn Bjarnþórsson, the lawyer for the man in question, says that his client was not planning to attack police officers at their yearly party or Parliament, as was previously contended.

“He denies these charges and has no idea what the police are contending, what he was conspiring to do,” he said. When asked what then he and another suspect were planning to do, the lawyer replied: “I cannot comment on particular details that have come forward during police questioning or in evidence related to the case.”

Ómar said that his client has been cooperative with the police, granting them password access to his phone and computer.

When asked if his client has connections to any far right groups, Ómar said, “Not that I’ve seen,” adding that he has no idea where the police got this information from.

On the subject of why his client was involved in printing 3D guns and what he planned to do with them, the lawyer replied, “I cannot comment on that.”

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Íslandsferð 1845

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 7:00pm

Út er komin bókin Íslandsferð 1845, en þar segir austurrísk kona, Ida Pfeiffer að nafni sögu sína.

Hún var hér ein á ferð, ferðabókahöfundur að viða að sér efni í bók um Norðurlönd. Hún hafði gert sér háar hugmyndir um land og þjóð og varð svo sannarlega ekki fyrir vonbrigðum með náttúru landsins. Meðal þeirra staða sem hún heimsótti voru Reykholt, Þingvellir og Geysir, auk þess sem hún gekk á Heklu, fyrst kvenna að talið er.

En kynnin af innfæddum ollu henni miklum vonbrigðum. Henni fannst þeir latir, ágjarnir og hinir mestu sóðar.

Ida Pfeiffer var trúlega víðförlasta kona sinnar samtíðar. Bækur hennar voru þýddar á fjölmörg tungumál og hvarvetna metsölubækur. Lýsing hennar á Íslendingum fékk ekki góða dóma íslenskra samtímamanna en er óneitanlega merkileg heimild um upplifun evrópskrar millistéttarkonu á landi og þjóð um miðja nítjándu öld.

Guðmundur J. Guðmundsson þýddi og ritaði inngang.

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MERKIR ÍSLENDINGAR : ODDUR FRIÐRIKSSON

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 6:10pm

Oddur Friðriksson; rafvirkjameistari og iðnskólakennari var meðal brautryðjenda á sviði rafvirkjunar á Vestfjörðum í hálfaöld, en á þeim tíma má segja, að hér sem víðar hafi rafiðnaður verið veigamikil undirstaða framfara, einkum í sjávarútvegi. Saga hans er saga íslensks alþýðumanns, sem þyrsti í að tileinka sér hina rómuðu, nýju tækni og tókst það með miklum ágætum.

Minningarorð Björns Teitssonar á útfarardegi Odds Friðrikssonar 10. febrúar 1990.

Oddur Friðriksson fæddist 26. september 1917 í Fremri-Breiðadal í Önundarfirði.

Að honum stóðu vestfirskar ættir. Foreldrar Odds voru hjónin Guðbjörg Guðmundsdóttir og Friðrik Guðmundsson. Systkini Odds voru 12 að tölu, en sum þeirra munu hafa dáið í æsku. Friðrik var bóndi um skeið, en flutti síðar til Flateyrar. Hann var ágætur smiður bæði á tré og járn, og var m.a. þekktur fyrir að smíða fjöldann allan af spunarokkum.
Oddur ólst ekki upp hjá foreldrum sínum nema að litlu leyti. Þegar spænska veikin barst til Vestfjarða haustið 1918 var honum komið í fóstur á næsta bæ, Ytri-Veðrará í Önundarfirði. Næstu árin ólst hann þar upp við gott atlæti hjá hjónunum Guðrúnu Ingibjörgu Jónsdóttur og Jóni Guðmundssyni búfræðingi.
Oddur var varla kominn af unglingsaldri þegar hann fór til Flateyrar á vélanámskeið. Síðan vann hann þarí kauptúninu á verkstæði hjá Ásgeiri Guðnasyni um hríð.
Þegar sett var upp frystihús á Flateyri, líklega rétt um 1940, fór Oddur að vinna sem vélamaður við það.
Árið sem lýðveldið var stofnað, 1944, flutti Oddur ásamt fjölskyldu sinni til Ísafjarðarkaupstaðar og hóf jafnskjótt nám þar í rafvirkjun hjá Þórði Finnbogasyni. Hann tók sveinspróf í ágúst 1948, en meistarapróf fékk hann 1954.
Oddur vann þessi ár hjá Þórði Finnbogasyni og síðan á raftækja verkstæðinu Neista. Árið 1960 setti Oddur upp sitt eigið raftækjaverk stæði sem hann rak í 22 ár, lengst af í Silfurgötu 5 á Ísafirði. Hann sinnti mjög þörfum flotans og var m.a. þekktur fyrir vel heppnaðar viðgerðir á ratsjám. Hann var um talsvert skeið því nær eini ísfirski rafvirkinn sem fékkst við það með góðum ár angri að vinda upp rafmótora. Yfirhöfuð þótti Oddur einstaklega laginn við alls konar viðgerðir, enda bjó hann yfir mjög mikilli og alhliða reynslu á sviðið rafvirkjunar.
Í september árið 1982 var Oddur Friðriksson ráðinn húsvörður við Iðnskóla Ísafjarðar, sem var þá til húsa í um það bil 550 m húsnæði í húsi Vestra hf. við Suðurgötu í Neðstakaupstað. Oddur rækti húsvarðarstarf ið til dauðadags af samviskusemi og heiðarleika.
Í ársbyrjun 1984 var Oddur fenginn til þess að skipuleggja kennslu í grunndeild rafiðna við Iðnskóla Ísafjarðar. Um þetta hafði hann samráðvið kennara við Iðnskólann í Reykjavík. Jafnframt þessu skipulagsstarfi fór hann að kenna rafiðn aðargreinar við Iðnskólann. Var hann sem kennari settur í fullt starf allt til hausts 1987, er hann varð sjötugur, en taldist síðan stundakennari og kenndi eftir sem áður fulla kennslu. Mest kenndi hann ávallt nemum í grunndeild rafiðna, á fyrsta námsári, en einnig kenndi hann nemum á öðru ári. Oddur var mjög þolinmóður við kennsluna og hafði einstaklega gott lag á nemendum. Þeir dáðu hann, enda voru þeir ekki vanir að koma að tómum kofunum hjá honum, því hann bjó yfir óvenjulegri þekkingu og hafði tileinkað sér verklagni, sem var til mikillar fyrirmyndar.
Oddur Friðriksson kvæntist hinn 5. apríl 1941 Álfheiði Guðjónsdóttur, f. 29. janúar 1920, frá Flateyri, og lifir hún mann sinn.
Foreldrar Álfheiðar voru Guðjón Jörundsson, sjómaður á Flateyri, sem drukknaði 1922, og kona hans Arnfríður Lára Álfsdóttir.

Hjónaband Álfheiðar og Odds var hið ágætasta. Hin síðari ár sín bjuggu þau á Smiðjugötu 11a. Þau eignuðust þrjár dætur. Elst er Lára Guðbjörg, skrifstofumaður á Ísafirði, gift Guðmundi Jónssyni. Þá kemur Kristín, bókasafnsfræðingur í Kaupmannahöfn, og er maður hennar danskur, Peter Bonde. Yngst er Guðný Lilja, sjúkraþjálfari, gift Árna Sigurðssyni frá Akranesi, og búa þau í Reykjavík. Barnabörn Odds og Álfheiðar eru sex og skiptast jafnt á milli kynja.
Oddur Friðriksson stundaði starf sitt af hæglátri alúð til hinsta dags. Samstarfsmenn hans og ekki síður nemendurnir sakna hans mjög og er ljóst að skarð hans við skólann er vandfyllt. Álfheiði, dætrum þeirra og dótturbörnum svo og öðrum vandamönnum eru hér með sendar innilegar samúðarkveðjur.

Oddur Friðriksson, rafvirkjameistari varð bráðkvaddur þann 1. febrúar 1990  fyrir utan hús sitt á Ísafirði.

Skráð af Menningar Bakki.

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Vinnustofa um framtíð þjónustu við eldra fólk á Íslandi

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 5:37pm

Vinnustofa um framtíð þjónustu við eldra fólk á Íslandi fór fram á Hilton síðastliðinn fimmtudag.

Vinnustofan var hluti af umfangsmikilli vinnu sem nú á sér stað á vegum félags- og vinnumarkaðsráðuneytis og heilbrigðisráðuneytis og felur í sér heildarendurskoðun á þjónustu við eldra fólk.

Þetta er eitt af stærri verkefnum ríkisstjórnarinnar og hverfist um að tryggja skuli eldra fólki þjónustu við hæfi, hvort sem um er að ræða heimaþjónustu á vegum sveitarfélaga eða heilbrigðisþjónustu, á forsendum þess sjálfs, á réttu þjónustustigi og á viðunandi tíma.

Fram kom að verkefnið væri að ná að samþætta heilbrigðis- og félagsþjónustu og markmiðið væri meðal annars að fjölga því fólki sem tæki virkan þátt í samfélaginu. Þar með að bæta lífsgæði fólks og draga úr þörf þess fyrir flutningi á hjúkrunarheimili eða sjúkrahús. Farið var yfir stöðuna eins og hún var fyrir hálfri öld þegar stór hluti fólks 80 ára og eldri bjó á elliheimilum og þeirri spurningu velt upp hver við myndum vilja að staðan yrði eftir jafnlangan tíma eða  árið 2072.

Opinn fundur mun fara fram í nóvember þar sem öll þau sem vilja geta tekið þátt.

Samhliða vinnustofunni í gær fór fram vinnustofa með aðstandendum fólks með heilabilun þar sem þátttakendur útbjuggu svokallað samkenndarkort og voru niðurstöður þeirrar vinnu kynntar undir lok dags. Í máli Magnús Karls Magnússonar, læknis og aðstandanda, kom meðal annars fram sá samhljómur meðal þátttakenda að eftir greiningu hafi tekið við tómarúm sem sannarlega mætti vinna betur með.

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Uppbygging Ferðaþjónusta í Bolungarvík

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 4:29pm

Íslensk ferðaþjónusta hefur risið hratt undanfarin ár, vaxið upp í það að verða ein aðal útflutningsgrein þjóðarinnar, meðan Bolvísk ferðaþjónusta er enn á byrjunarreit. Hvað veldur? Segir í tilkynningu frá Ferðamálafélagi Bolungarvíkur.

Nýverið var útsýnispallur opnaður á Bolafjalli þar sem búist er við miklum fjölda ferðamanna í framtíðinni og þar með nýr tónn settur af bæjaryfirvöldum sem áður lagði stein í götu stórhuga aðila sem vildu byggja upp ferðaþjónustu í Bolungarvík.

Hvernig ætlar grasrótin að nýta sér einstakt tækifæri til vaxtar ferðaþjónustu í Bolungarvík? Nú er tækifærið, nú er tíminn, við erum í dauðafæri til að stórauka ferðaþjónustu, afþreyingu og alla þjónustu í Bolungarvík og þar með stórauka tekjur inní bæjarfélagið. Hvernig getum við sameiginlega blásið til sóknar og hafið uppbyggingu ferðaþjónustu í Bolungarvík fyrir alvöru? Þetta ætlum við að ræða á fundi í Félagsheimili Bolungarvíkur þriðjudagskvöldið kl 20.

Fundurinn er opinn öllum sem hafa hag af og áhuga á ferðaþjónustu í Bolungarvík.

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Ísafjörður: hik á bæjarráði varðandi niðurfellingu gatnagerðargjalda?

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 3:00pm

Íbúi á Isafirði fer fram á niðurfellingu  gatnagerðargjalda af lóðinni Ártungu 3 á Ísafirði, en fjárhæð gjalds er kr. 6.130.575. Vísar hann til þess í nóvember 2021 árétti bæjarráð að á lóðum þar sem ekki þarf að leggja út í kostnað við úthlutun lóðar vegna gatnagerðar er heimild að fella niður gatnagerðargjöld.

Bæjarráð frestaði afgreiðslu málsins og fól bæjarstjóra að yfirfara þær lóðir í sveitarfélaginu sem gætu fallið undir sérstaka lækkunarheimild, og útfæra samþykkt vegna sérstakrar niðurfellingarheimildar og leggja fram til samþykktar.

Forsaga málsins er að bæjarstjórn samþykkti í maí 2017 að fella niður gatnagerðargjöld af íbúðarhúsnæði, við þegar byggðar götur í sveitafélaginu, væntanlega í þeim tilgangi að hvetja til íbúðabygginga. Samþykktin var bundin við ákveðnar lóðir í sveitafélaginu. Ári síðar var samþykkt að framlengja niðurfellinguna til 1. maí 2019. Í október 2019 var enn framlengt og lagður fram listi af lóðum sem hún náði til. Ártunga 3 er á þeim lista. Í mars 2021 er enn framlengt og nú til loka ársins 2021. Svo er samþykktin áréttuð í nóvember sama ár, eins og umsækjandi vísar til, sem þýðir væntanlega að niðurfellingin hafi verið framlengd fram yfir áramótin síðustu en engin tímamörk eru tilgreind þá.

Þegar erindi um niðurfellingu liggur fyrir er boðuð endurskoðun á reglunum áður en það verður afgreitt.

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The National Court Confirms The Rape Sentence Against A Footballer

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:54pm

The national court confirmed today the two-and-a-half-year sentence for football player Andres Escobar, reports RÚV.

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He played with Leiknir in the Icelandic premier division and has been in detention because of the case.

The National Court says in its judgment that Escobar took advantage of the woman’s drunkenness so that she could not stop the act. The court condemned the attack as a brutal breach of her legally enshrined sexual freedom, and rejected his claims that the victim’s footwear affected her walk rather than her state of intoxication.

In an interview for a Colombian television station Escobar, originally from Colombia, said: “I have been unfairly treated. I am innocent of the charge and want to ask for help, whether that’s from the authorities or some specialists.”

The National Court found the woman’s statement credible but said that Escobar’s statement, on the other hand, was not entirely consistent, such as about the woman’s condition when they met, her condition in the centre of Reykjavík and then at his home. The court noted the fact that the use of an interpreter from Spanish to Icelandic could have affected the consistency of his testimony.

Escobar’s case attracted some attention in Colombia, where online media have recounted his career, which seems to have been rather flamboyant. For a while, he was among Colombia’s most promising players and played, among other things, with superstar James Rodriguez in the country’s junior national teams.

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Best Of Reykjavík Activities 2022: Best Tech Exhibition

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:41pm

Reykjavík is bustling with activities, from famous attractions to our small hidden gems. And we have busted our balls, pushing ourselves to our physical limits—have you seen how many mountains we hiked?—to compile this list of what you need to do to experience Reykjavík to the fullest (and most authentic). So, here are the winners of our Best of Reykjavík 2022 Activities awards, all of which are recommended by our panel of locals.

Best Tech Exhibition

FlyOver Iceland

Fiskislóð 43, 101 Reykjavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

This VR experience took the city by storm in 2019, with as many Icelanders lining up for a bird’s eye view of the country as tourists. On this virtual ride, soar over glaciers, mountains, lava fields and more—complete with fresh mountain air and Iceland’s varied scents—all from the comfort of an amusement ride seat. Now, no matter the season or weather, you can tell all your friends you saw the Northern Lights.

Runner-Up:

Wonders of Iceland

Perlan

Photo by Art Bicnick

If stormy weather blows your glacier trip off course, visit the Wonders of Iceland museum in the iconic Perlan. The impressive displays include a man-made ice tunnel, complete with frigid air temperatures and a selfie spot so realistic it’ll fool your Instagram followers. In the main hall, projected glacial vistas reveal how fragile these majestic phenomena are.

Runner-Up:

Whales Of Iceland

Fiskislóð 23-25, 101 Reykjavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

Whales Of Iceland consists of 23 life-size models of the gentle giants, from gargantuan blue whales to a 25-metre long sperm whale. Meandering around the hall will give you a new appreciation for underwater life. It’s a whale of a time (sorry about that).

Previous Winners 2021: Wonders of Iceland 2020: Wonders of Iceland

You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2022 magazine—an essential guide to having fun in Reykjavík—here, posted worldwide. 

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Best Of Reykjavík Activities 2022: Best Day Trip

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:41pm

Reykjavík is bustling with activities, from famous attractions to our small hidden gems. And we have busted our balls, pushing ourselves to our physical limits—have you seen how many mountains we hiked?—to compile this list of what you need to do to experience Reykjavík to the fullest (and most authentic). So, here are the winners of our Best of Reykjavík 2022 Activities awards, all of which are recommended by our panel of locals.

Best Day Trip

Geldingadalur Volcano

Close to Grindavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

The volcano in Fagradalsfjall was possibly one of the most beautiful natural displays in the world in the past year. The volcano spewed fire and lava for
months, before finally petering out in the autumn (or, so we think… keep an eye on the Met office). But the freshly-cooled lava is no less spectacular and is still steaming eerily—the perfect backdrop for an enviable selfie.

Runner-Up:

Guðlaug Natural Pool

Langisandur, Akranes

Photo by Art Bicnick

Why not swim in the Atlantic ocean? Too cold? We know. But, if you drive all the way to Akranes (okay, it’s not really that far), you will find a beach, with beautiful hot pools on two floors, and the roaring Atlantic in front of you. If you’re brave enough to take a dip in the sea, you can always warm up again in the pool. It’s an incredible experience and perfect for a family day out.

Runner-Up:

Reykjadalur

West of Hveragerði good weather reykjavík

Photo by Art Bicnick

Reykjadalur is only a 40-minute hike from Hveragerði, which is, coincidentally, a 40-minute drive from Reykjavík. At the bottom of the valley, you will find a beautiful hot river where you can luxuriate like you’re in a hot tub at the Reykjavík swimming pool. Pro tip: bring a towel with you and consider wearing your swimming gear under your hiking clothes if you’re too prudish to change in public and flaunt it all.

Previous Winners 2021: Geldingadalur Volcano 2020: Reykjanes Bound! 2019: Snowmobile/ATV

You can buy a copy of the full Best Of Reykjavík 2022 magazine—an essential guide to having fun in Reykjavík—here, posted worldwide. 

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Prime Minister Expects Russian Citizens Will Apply For Asylum In Iceland

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:39pm

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir expects that numerous Russian citizens will apply for international protection in Iceland, RÚV reports, in the wake of new orders from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin that up to 300,000 people could be conscripted into military service, which has already led to Russian men fleeing the country.

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Andrei Menshenin, a young Russian man living in Iceland, told reporters for RÚV that amongst young people he knows, no one wants to be sent to the battlefield. He furthermore encouraged the Icelandic government to accept Russian asylum seekers.

Katrín said that while the matter has not been formally discussed within the government, “we and other European countries can expect more applications [for asylum] from [Russia].”

Some 1,560 Ukrainians have sought asylum in Iceland as of this month, under the auspices of Article 44 of the Law on Foreigners, which grants the Minister of Justice the power to grant asylum to people fleeing war zones. This article would not apply Russian asylum seekers, Katrín said, as the circumstances would be completely different. She added, though, that the matter would be discussed.

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Alþingi: vilja sjálfstæðar fiskeldisrannsóknir við Háskólasetur Vestfjarða

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:28pm

Fram er komin tillaga til þingsályktunar á Alþingi um sjálfstæðar fiskeldisrannsóknir á vegum Háskólaseturs Vestfjarða. Lagt er til að að komið verði á fót stöðu fiskeldisfræðings við Háskólasetur Vestfjarða. Fjármagn verði tryggt fyrir stöðunni og fyrir sjálfstæðum rannsóknum í fiskeldisfræðum á vegum setursins.

Það er Eyjólfir Ármannsson, alþm Flokks fólksins sem flytur málið og með honum eru aðrir þingmenn flokksins.

Í greinargerð sem fylgir með tillögunni segir að mikilvægt sé að byggja upp fræðilega þekkingu á fiskeldi á Íslandi og fræðasamfélagið á Vestfjörðum, efla rannsóknir á fiskeldi og tryggja að sú þekking og reynsla sem myndast á svæðinu verði varðveitt og henni miðlað áfram. Einnig er mikilvægt að rannsaka umhverfisáhrif fiskeldis og stuðla að því að fiskeldi fari fram með vistvænum hætti. 

„Því er lagt til að koma á fót stöðu fiskeldisfræðings, sem starfi við sjálfstæðar rannsóknir og kennslu. Hans hlutverk væri einnig að taka þátt í og stuðla að faglegri umræðu um fiskeldi á Íslandi. Til að girða fyrir hagsmunaárekstra er mikilvægt að slík staða verði ekki á vegum fiskeldisfyrirtækja, heldur óháð og innan fræðasamfélagsins. Þá er Háskólasetur Vestfjarða besti kosturinn, enda eru yfir 50% af fiskeldisafurðum framleiddar á Vestfjörðum eins og áður segir.“

Við undirbúning þessa máls var leitað álits háskólasetursins. Stjórn setursins fagnaði tillögunni og taldi að staða fiskeldisfræðings passaði vel við stefnu þess um að efla rannsóknir, kennslu og þróun á Vestfjörðum.

Þá er rakið í greinargerðinni íbuaþróun síðustu ára sem hafi snúist við og að fiskeldið leiki þar lykilhlutverk:

„Íbúum fækkaði statt og stöðugt á Vestfjörðum frá upphafi 9. áratugarins þangað til viðsnúningur varð árið 2017. Þennan viðsnúning má rekja til ýmissa þátta, m.a. uppgangs í ferðaþjónustu, en óumdeilt er að fiskeldið spilar þarna lykilhlutverk. Fiskeldi er ört vaxandi atvinnugrein á Vestfjörðum. Í fyrra voru þar framleidd yfir 27 þúsund tonn af eldisfiski, sem er nærri tíu sinnum meira en framleitt var árið 2015. Útflutningsverðmæti eldisafurða nam rúmum 36 milljörðum kr. árið 2021 og hlutdeild Vestfjarða í þeirri verðmætasköpun er yfir 50%.“  

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Fourth Coronavirus Vaccination Shots Beginning This Month

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:16pm

Fourth coronavirus vaccination shots will be made available tomorrow, Vísir reports, at Laugardalshöll for those aged 60 and older. Influenza shots will be offered at the same time.

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Fourth vaccination shots for those younger than this will be made available once this round has been completed.

These vaccinations will be on offer from 11:00 to 15:00 every day up to and including October 7th. Local health clinics will handle these vaccinations outside of the capital area.

According to data from covid.is, 78% of Icelanders are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and some 27,644 people have already received a fourth vaccination.

Fourth vaccination shots against the coronavirus have been used in numerous other countries due to the spread of new variants, and health authorities in Iceland announced last week that they would begin the same.

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East Iceland Battered By Storms, Extensive Damage

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 1:00pm

High winds pummeled northeast Iceland over the weekend, especially on Sunday, with extensive damage done to buildings and cars. No serious injuries have been reported.

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MBL reports that high winds did ripped through roofs and smashed car windows in the East Iceland town of Reyðarfjörður.

“You could say that it’s an utter disaster area here at the moment,” Reyðarfjörður mayor Ragn­ar Sig­urðsson told reporters. “I have never experienced anything like this before,” adding that he had seen shrubs and bushes uprooted by the wind.

Vísir reports that about 70 tourists were stranded in Möðrudalsöræfi, northeast Iceland, due to the winds. Fortunately, the rescue squad was able to get all of these people to safety. Vilhjálmur Vernharðsson, who was on the scene, said that the weather ended up being worse than was originally forecast, which took these tourists by surprise.

The storm system extended as far north as Akureyri, which although buffeted by mountains, was subjected to extensive flooding.

All told, half the country was without power for nearly two hours. The winds and flooding, while doing extensive damage, did not result in any serious injuries, but this first autumn storm of the year certainly made its mark.

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Góðan daginn faggi: sýningar á Vestjörðum

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 11:58am

Leikhópurinn Stertabenda og Þjóðleikhúsið í samstarfi við Samtökin ‘78 ferðast þessa dagana um landið með sýninguna Góðan daginn faggi. Elstu bekkir grunnskóla fá boð á sýningu á skólatíma en einnig verða sýndar almennar sýningar. Verkið verður sýnt fyrir almenning í Edinborgarhúsinu á Ísafirði miðvikudaginn 28. september kl. 20:00 og í Skjaldborg á Patreksfirði fimmtudaginn 29. september kl. 20:00. Boðið verður upp á stuttar umræður eftir sýningar fyrir áhugasama. 


Góðan daginn faggi var forsýnd á Tálknafirði sumarið 2021 og frumsýnt í Þjóðleikhúskjallaranum haustið 2021 en hafði þá tekið nokkrum breytingum og meðal annars bæst við nýtt lag. Í fréttatilkynningu segir að verkið hafi slegið í gegn í Þjóðleikhúsinu á liðnu leikári, með yfir 40 uppseldum sýningum, einróma lofi gagnrýnenda og Grímutilnefningum auk þess sem lagið Næs úr sýningunni var lag Hinsegin daga 2022.

Höfundar verksins eru öll alin upp á landsbyggðinni. Bjarni Snæbjörnsson, leikari frá Tálknafirði, Gréta Kristín Ómarsdóttir, leikstjóri frá Hrísey og Axel Ingi Árnason, tónskáld frá Eyjafjarðasveit. Það er þeim því sérstaklega mikilvægt að ferðast með sýninguna um landið. Það er einlæg von þeirra að með sýningum á verkinu í elstu bekkjum grunnskóla og með almennum sýningum og umræðu sem það skapar verði hægt að vinna gegn einangrun hinsegin unglinga, ofbeldi, fordómum og hatursorðræðu sem hefur sýnt sig að undanförnum að færist í aukana.

Góðan daginn faggi er sjálfsævisögulegur heimildasöngleikur byggður á dagbókarfærslum Tálknfirðingsins Bjarna Snæbjörnssonar frá yngri árum. Í verkinu leitar fertugur hommi skýringa á skyndilegu taugaáfalli sem hann fékk upp úr þurru einn blíðviðrisdag. Eftir vandasaman leiðangur um innra líf sitt, fortíð sína og samtíma rekst hann á rætinn hommahatara á óvæntum stað. Hlátur, grátur og glæný söngleikjatónlist sem lætur enga ósnorta.

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Hólskirkja: sr Fjölnir tekur við um áramótin

Bæjarins Besta - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 10:40am

Messað var í Hólskirkju í Bolungarvík í gær, 25. september 2022. Sr. Fjölnir Ásbjörnsson og sr. Kristján Björnsson vígslubiskup í Skálholti þjónuðu fyrir altari en sr. Ásta Ingibjörg Pétursdóttir predikaði. Guðrún Bjarnveig Magnúsdóttir var organisti og stjórnaði Kirkjukór Bolungarvíkur. Einar Jónatansson er formaður sóknarefndar. Að lokinni messu var kaffisamsæti í Safnaðarheimili Hólskirkju sem Kvenfélagið Brautin í Bolungarvík annaðist.

Sr. Ásta Björg flyst um áramótin til Reykjavíkur og tekur við nýju embætti í Laugardalnum og sr. Fjölnir mun hafa skrifstofu í Bolungavík og þjóna Hólssókn.

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