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Best Of Reykjavík Dining 2022: Best Food Hall

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 12:51pm

They say that adversity breeds creativity; that adage has certainly held true for Reykjavík restaurants. When we first started to put together the Best of Reykjavík issue it was slim pickings, but over the years, decision making has increasingly become a less-straightforward affair. This has really been one of our most challenging dining editions to put together, as we were spoilt for choice both in terms of quality as well as consistency. Restaurants old and new have a post-pandemic energy about them, and we’re delighted to once again grace their tables. We’ve chomped, chewed and gulped our way around this fine city, all in the name of bringing the very best that Reykjavík has to offer you, dear gourmands.

Best Food Hall

Borg 29

Borgartún 29

Photo by Art Bicnick

The panel was divided on whether the interiors at Borg 29 were ‘campy cool’ or ‘canteen-y soulless box’. What we could agree on, however, is that this is one of the more comfortable food halls to be at with a wide variety of choices to please most anyone. “Almost every place makes small plates, which is excellent for sharing,” observed one panellist. She’s right, one can choose from sushi at Umami, to burgers at Yuzu, to grilled meats at Bál to healthy skyr bowls at Svala.

Runner-Up:

Hlemmur Mathöll

Laugavegur 107

Photo by Art Bicnick

The OG, Hlemmur Mathöll is a small yet powerful foodhall. Whether it’s the curated champagne selection at Kröst, the gastropub take on Icelandic cuisine at the Michelin Bib awarded Skál, hearty Vietnamese pho or some Napoli pizza by Flatey, this is the best place to sample a cross-section of Icelandic restaurant fare without having to worry about reservations and wait lists. Finish off with artisanal gelato by Gæta Gelato and you’re golden, baby.

Runner-Down:

Grandi Mathöll

Grandagarður 16

Photo by Timothee Lambrecq

Grandi Mathöll might have fallen out of favour, but things finally seem to be turning around. There is Pronto Pasta which is popular with families and Fjárhúsið is still going strong with their lamb platters, as is Gastrotruck with their chicken sandwiches. What works in Grandi’s favour beyond the food, is that expanse of glass wall that overlooks the Reykjavik harbour.

Previous Winners 2021: Lemmur Mathöll

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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Icelandic Government Admits To Violations In National Court Cases

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 12:46pm

Following decisions by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Icelandic government has admitted to violations in 14 cases handled by the National Court, reports RÚV and Frettabladid.

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In Iceland, all of the cases were heard by the same judge who was deemed to have been illegally appointed to the court. The 14 cases heard by the ECHR include everything from drug trafficking to corruption. An additional two plaintiffs received settlements with only the state.

Each plaintiff will be entitled to 4,000 euros and the choice to reopen their case in Icelandic court.

Vilhjálmur H. Vilhjálmsson, the lawyer for most of the plaintiffs, says the process is not over. “My clients must now decide whether they wish to pursue their claim for reopening on this basis. It seems to me from today’s deicsion of the Human Rights Court that it shows great confidence in the new reopening court.”

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Road Into Landmannalaugar Opens For Summer Season

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 12:35pm

The Icelandic Road Administration opened the road into Landmannalaugar via the Sigalda Power Station yesterday, marking a late start to the summer season in this part of the Highlands.

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An alternative route to Landmannalaugar through Landmannaleið has not been opened yet, but officials from the Icelandic Road Administration expect it to be accessible by jeep this weekend, reports Vísir.

Kjalvegur was the first major highland route to open this summer, and the route to Kjölur was opened next on June 10. Kaldadalsvegur was opened later on June 13.

A considerable amount of snow is still on Sprengisandsleið, so it is not expected to open until after the end of the month, Magnús Ingi Jónsson at the Icelandic Road Administration told Vísir.

A snowy winter and cold spring mean many other parts of the Highlands are still closed to drivers, according to RÚV. People who are planning to travel in the Highlands should check the Icelandic Road Administration’s traffic maps to make sure the roads they are planning to use are open and passable.

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Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake Rocks Langjökull Glacier

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 12:29pm

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred around 22:00 last night in Langjökull glacier, reports the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

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About 100 aftershocks followed the earthquake, which was felt widely in west and south Iceland.

Icelandic Meteorological Office data shows there seismic activity has been increasing across the country. There were a total of 1,600 earthquakes last week—400 more than the previous week. Most active areas of Iceland experienced some seismic activity last week.

There have been numerous small earthquakes on the Reykjanes peninsula this week, though none were as large as the magnitude 3.9 earthquake detected near Grindavík on June 13. The area has been a hotspot for seismic activity and is being closely monitored after the eruption last year.

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Icelandic State To Pay Damages To Woman Who Was Deported While Nine Months Pregnant

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 12:19pm

The Icelandic government has admitted liability in the deporting of an Albanian woman in 2019 who was nine months pregnant at the time, despite medical personnel advising against her being deported in her condition, Vísir reports.

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As reported, the family in question was visited by police during the night in November 2019 and suddenly informed that they were going to be deported. The mother of the family, after being examined at the maternity ward of a local hospital, received certification that she was unfit to fly. Furthermore, the family’s case was still pending review and a final decision from the Immigration Appeals Board. Ultimately, a doctor working on behalf of the Directorate of Immigration contended she was in good enough shape to be deported and the whole family–father, heavily pregnant mother and two-year-old child–were arrested and delivered to the airport.

The deportation drew strong criticism from the Directorate of Health, the Bishop of Iceland, numerous members of Parliament, and others. On Wednesday, the group Réttur Barna Á Flótta confirmed that the government’s admission of liability was based on the Directorate of Health coming to the decision that the Directorate of Immigration’s doctor had broken the law by issuing a so-called “fit to fly” certificate for this woman.

The woman’s lawyer, Claudia Ashonie Wilson, further confirmed the liability admission, but would not disclose how much money the Icelandic state would be paying.

“This incident will hopefully wake up the Icelandic government to consider and ensure the humane treatment of those individuals seeking international protection in this country,” she said. “We seem to forget sometimes that we’re talking about people, individuals just like us, who are in great need.”

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Þingeyri: ný flotbryggja

Bæjarins Besta - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 11:59am

Hafnarstjórn Ísafjarðarbæjar leggur til að keypt verði ný flotbryggja sem sett niður á Þingeyri. Um er að ræða uppgerða vel farna 3x12m flotbryggju, tvær einingar sem kostar 4 milljónir króna.

Í minnisblaði hafnarstjóra segir að árið 2020 hafi verið sett upp til bráðabirgða álfloteining á Þingeyri og „var alltaf meiningin að þar yrði varanleg stein flotbryggja við hliðina á flotbryggjunni sem þegar er til staðar. Köfunarþjónustan hefur yfirfarið bryggjueiningarnar og teljast þær vera í góðu ástandi.“

Ákveðið hefur verið að fresta kaupum á löndunarkrana og í staðinn farið í endurnýjun á mengunarvarnarbúnaði. Því mun verða eftir af þeirri fjárveitingu á fjárhagsáætlun til að mæta þessum viðbótarkostnaði.

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Vestfirsk fyrirtæki styrkja hjálparstarf í Úkraínu

Bæjarins Besta - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 11:20am

Samtök fyrirtækja í sjávarútvegi (SFS) og fyrirtæki innan þeirra vébanda hafa ákveðið að styrkja þrenn hjálpar og mannúðarsamtök í Úkraínu um 130 milljónir króna. Upphaflega var tilkynnt um gjöfina á ársfundi samtakanna 6. maí en þá lá ekki fyrir hvaða hjálparsamtök yrðu fyrir valinu.

Meða fyrirtækjanna eru þrjú vestfirsk fyrirtækja. Það eru Arctic Fish ehf Ísafirði, Hraðfrystihúsið Gunnvör hf í Hnífsdal og Oddi hf á Patreksfirði.

Samtökin sem styrkinn hljóta:

Caritas eru hjálparsamtök í Úkraínu. Styrkur til þeirra mun einkum fara til útibús samtakanna í borginni Ternopil sem er skammt frá borginni Lviv í vesturhluta landsins. Styrkurinn mun koma í góðar þarfir á þessum slóðum því þúsundir Úkraínumanna hafa flúið hörmungar í austurhluta landsins og leitað til borganna tveggja. Þar er mikill skortur á ýmsum nauðsynjum eins og mat, klæði og húsnæði.

UNICEF, Barnahjálp Sameinuðu þjóðanna, sinnir börnum og fjölskyldum þeirra innan og utan Úkraínu, en talið er að allt að 60-70% barna í Úkraínu hafi flúið heimili sín. UNICEF hefur opnað barnvænar hjálparstöðvar við landamæri Úkraínu þar sem fólk á flótta getur fengið mat, rými til að hvíla sig, sálræna aðstoð og nauðsynlegar upplýsingar. Þar er flóttafólk skráð og fjölskyldur sameinaðar. Samtökin sinna einnig fylgdarlausum börnum en talið er að um 4% barna á flótta tilheyri þeim hópi. Þá senda samtökin nauðsynjar til fæðingarheimila í Úkraínu sem starfa við ömurlegar aðstæður.

UN Women sinna neyðaraðstoð og sérstökum þörfum kvenna og jaðarsettra hópa. Eitt verkefna samtakanna snýr að því að styðja konur sem hafa verið beittar kynferðisofbeldi í stríðinu. Samtökin veita konunum athvarf, sálrænan stuðning og lögfræðiaðstoð. Mikilvægt er að koma konum og stúlkum til aðstoðar eins fljótt og hægt er og koma málum þeirra í þann farveg að hægt sé að sækja stríðsglæpamenn til saka.

Fyrirtækin sem standa að gjöfinni:  

Arctic Fish, Ísafirði

Brim, Reykjavík
Eskja, Eskifirði
G. Run., Grundarfirði  
Gjögur, Grenivík
Hraðfrystihúsið Gunnvör, Hnífsdal
Huginn, Vestmannaeyjum

Iceland Pelagic, Hafnarfirði

Iceland Seafood International, Reykjavík

Ísfélagið í Vestmannaeyjum
Loðnuvinnslan, Fáskrúðsfirði
Oddi, Patreksfirði
Rammi, Siglufirði 
Samherji, Akureyri

SFS 
Síldarvinnslan, Neskaupstað
Skinney-Þinganes, Höfn í Hornafirði
Vinnslustöðin, Vestmannaeyjum
Vísir, Grindavík
Þorbjörn, Grindavík

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Strandabyggð: Þorgeir bæði oddviti og sveitarstjóri

Bæjarins Besta - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 10:40am

Þorgeir Pálsson, oddviti Strandabyggðar var einnig ráðinn sveitarstjóri á fundi sveitarstjórnar í gær. Þrír fulltrúar T listans studdu ráðninguna en einn fulltrúi A lista var á móti.

Matthías Lýðsson, oddviti A lista gerði athugasemd við varamann Þorgeirs á fundinum sem er Grettir Ásmundsson en hann er starfsmaður Strandabyggðar og því undirmaður Þorgeirs Pálssonar og því að mati Matthíasar vanhæfur í atkvæðagreiðslunni. Fór fram sérstök atkvæðagreiðsla um tillögu um vanhæfi Grettis og var hún felld með þremur atkvæðum gegn einu.

A listin gerði nokkrar athugasemdir við ráðningarsamninginn. Laun samkvæmt ráðningasamningnum munu skiptast milli starfs sveitarstjóra og starf oddvita og vera 90% fyrir sveitarstjóraþáttinn og 10% fyrir oddvitahlutann.

Varðandi umsamin mánaðarlaun telur A listinn þau of há miðað við samanburð sveitarfélaga í svipaðri stærðargráðu og þegar rætt er um sveitarfélag í fjárhagskröggum eins og Strandabyggð. Þá var gerð athugasemd við að sveitarstjóri geti unnið önnur aukastörf skv. samningnum. A listinn vill að öll aukastörf séu samþykkt af sveitarstjórn í heild en ekki eingöngu af varaoddvita og varðandi uppsagnarfrest þá gerir A-listi þá athugasemd að réttur til biðlauna eigi eingöngu við starf sveitarstjóra en ekki oddvitahlutann.

A-listi lagði fram eftirfarandi bókun:
„Með ráðningu sveitarstjóra án auglýsingar er verið að ganga á svig við starfsmannastefnu Strandabyggðar þar sem segir: „Að jafnaði eru öll störf sveitarfélagsins auglýst, ráðningarferli er skýrt og starfslýsingar hafðar til hliðsjónar í öllu ferlinu. Ávallt er leitast við að ráða hæfasta umsækjenda til starfa og jafnframt tekið mið af aðstæðum og þörfum vinnustaðarins á hverjum tíma.“ Einnig gengur þetta þvert gegn kosningaloforði T-listans sem segir: „Allar ráðningar í stjórnunarstöður auglýstar.“

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UMFÍ: Ísfirðingarnir mættir á landsmót í Borgarnesi

Bæjarins Besta - Ven, 24/06/2022 - 10:01am

Þátttakendur á miðjum aldri og eldri eru nú að streyma til Borgarness en Landsmót UMFÍ 50+ hefst með keppni í boccía í fyrramálið. Boccía er ein af fjölmennustu greinum mótsins. Ísfirðingar fjölmenna á mótið sem fer fram um helgina.

Á þriðja hundrað manns yfir miðjum aldri eru skráðir til leiks á mótið í mörgum greinum.

Ísfirðingarnir mættir á landsmót í Borgarnesi

Þeir voru glaðir og kátir fyrstu þátttakendurnir sem komu til að ná í mótsgögnin fyrir Landsmót UMFÍ 50+ í þjónustumiðstöðina í Borgarnesi.

Þetta eru þeir Guðjón Bjarnason, Reynir Pétursson og Finnur Magnússon, sem allir ætla að keppa á mótinu í boccía fyrir liðið Kubba 3 frá Ísafirði. Kubbi er aðildarfélag Héraðssambands Vestfirðinga (HSV) og er von á miklum fjölda þátttakenda þaðan á mótið í Borgarnesi. Fjórði maðurinn er Salmar Jóhannsson, sem hefur skráð sig í sund, pútt og golf.

Þeim félögunum fannst vindurinn heldur vera að flýta sér í Borgarfirðinum, eins og þeir orðuðu það en eins og flestir vita er alltaf blankalogn á Ísafirði.

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Grapevine Events: Midsommar, Flipp and Fringe

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 6:29pm

Midsommar at the Nordic House
Friday June 24, 15:00 – 19:00 at Sæmundargata 11, 101 Reykjavík

It’s that time of year—that’s right, time to celebrate the summer solstice. Do more than simply viewing the midnight sun by visiting the Midsummer Festival. This event includes traditional activities like making a flower crown, as well a book sale, story hour for children, and live music. Hungry? Sónó Restaurant will serve food and drinks for purchase. There’s something for everyone to enjoy right in the heart of Reykjavík. EL

Flipp Festival
Saturday June 25th to Sunday June 26

Clowns might freak you out, but it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the Flipp Festival—an outdoor circus festival taking place this weekend. On the agenda: acrobatics shows and a circus workshop anyone can participate in. Sounds like the fun event to visit with kids or without. IZ

Fringe Opening Party
Friday June 24th, 19:30, IÐNÓ

AND

Fringe Preview Night
Sunday June 26th, 19:30, Tjarnarbío

Looking for some arts and culture to fill your weekend? Well you’re in luck! This weekend marks the opening of the Reykjavík Fringe Festival and two events will immerse you in the excitement right away. Friday boasts the opening party which is a great intro into the festival. Including dancing, music, drinks, and so much more it’s unbelievable this event is completely free. If you’re interested in the festival but you aren’t sure what to see, be sure to check out the free preview night on Sunday where every artist and performer is given 2 minutes to “pitch” their exhibit. AE

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Best Of Reykjavík Dining 2022: Best Ice Cream

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 1:11pm

They say that adversity breeds creativity; that adage has certainly held true for Reykjavík restaurants. When we first started to put together the Best of Reykjavík issue it was slim pickings, but over the years, decision making has increasingly become a less-straightforward affair. This has really been one of our most challenging dining editions to put together, as we were spoilt for choice both in terms of quality as well as consistency. Restaurants old and new have a post-pandemic energy about them, and we’re delighted to once again grace their tables. We’ve chomped, chewed and gulped our way around this fine city, all in the name of bringing the very best that Reykjavík has to offer you, dear gourmands.

Best Ice Cream

Joint Winners:

Gaeta Gelato

Aðalstræti 6

Photo by Art Bicnick

Hailing from a line of maestro gelatiere, the Gaeta family uses the best Icelandic ingredients, marrying them with top line produce from Italy for an unmissable treat. Piedmontese hazelnuts and Sicilian pistachios are swirled and churned to creamy perfection. Gaeta’s crispy, thin cones are coated in chocolate sauce for a surprise ending, and if that wasn’t enough, you can choose two flavours in a single scoop!

Skúbb

Laugarásvegur 1

Photo by Art Bicnick

Nothing quite says live in the moment like a melty cone of luscious ice-cream. Did you know that Skúbb only uses milk from Bíobú, an organic local farm? Each scoop at Skúbb is vibrant and intense, whether vegan or diary (can you even tell which is which?). With a small curated selection that reflects the seasons, this imaginarium of joy churns everything from tomatoes to licorice roots into ice cream.

Runner-Up:

Omnom

Hólmaslóð

Photo by Joana Fontinha

Award winning, world famous chocolate brand Omnom now do ice creams! Omnom elevates milky vanilla soft serve to kawaii artform. Sure, they don’t make their own ice cream, but it is a welcome blank canvas for their gourmet toppings and flourishes. Thankfully, they now serve their giant portions alongside a much-needed children’s size, so you don’t have to share your treats with anyone.

Previous Winners 2021: Gæta Galeto 2020: Skúbb 2019: Skúbb

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 Dining 2022: Best Indian

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 1:10pm

They say that adversity breeds creativity; that adage has certainly held true for Reykjavík restaurants. When we first started to put together the Best of Reykjavík issue it was slim pickings, but over the years, decision making has increasingly become a less-straightforward affair. This has really been one of our most challenging dining editions to put together, as we were spoilt for choice both in terms of quality as well as consistency. Restaurants old and new have a post-pandemic energy about them, and we’re delighted to once again grace their tables. We’ve chomped, chewed and gulped our way around this fine city, all in the name of bringing the very best that Reykjavík has to offer you, dear gourmands.

Best Indian

Austur-Indíafjélagið

Hverfisgata 56

Photo by Art Bicnick

What can we say about Austurindia that hasn’t already been said? That this is one of Harrison Ford’s favourite restaurants, that they’ve been voted one of top 10 establishments in Reykjavik, or that they are one of only a handful of places that have been in town for almost three decades now? Walking in through the carved, antique doors, one is instantly transported to sunny India. Replete with bronzed teak interiors and soothing music, smiling staff guide you to your table.

Runner-Up:

Gandhi

Bergstaðastræti 13

Photo by Art Bicnick

Gandhi went through a change of location during the pandemic but seem to be settling in at their new quarters. We highly recommend the prawn kizhi; even without the customary banana wrapping it is a tender, fiery rendition of the South Indian dish. Vegetarians will delight in their Alu paneer kofta; which are deep fried and simmered in a cashew based gravy.

Runner-Up:

Himalayan Spice

Geirsgata 3

Photo by Art Bicnick

This family-run restaurant has been serving Nepali cuisine since their Laugavegur days. Post-pandemic however, they are in a new larger and airy location. They seem to have shorn some of the traditional Nepali dishes in favour of more Indian ones, and while we do miss the Wai Wai chaat, we console ourselves that the Himalayan Thali is just as good as ever. Pair this with a round of momos as starters and it’s almost as good as a trip to Nepal.

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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More Refugees Than Ever Enter The Country

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 1:07pm

This year more refugees than ever have entered Iceland, already totaling at 1,887 refugees, reports RÚV.

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Of the 1,887 refugees, 1,215 are from Ukraine and Gylfi Þór Þorsteinsson, the operations manager for the arrival of refugees from Ukraine, believes the number of Ukrainian refugees will increase in the autumn. Currently, six to eight refugees arrive every day.

It is possible that more than 3,000 refugees could come into the country this year. The highest refugee numbers in the past have been between 1,100 and 1,200.

“We can see that if this continues, the flow of refugees to Iceland this year will possibly approach 3,000, and we need to adjust our response so that we can accommodate such a large number,” says Gylfi.

Providing work for the refugees has been successful, with more than 300 people finding employment through the Directorate of Labour. However, housing is hard to find and the Immigration Service’s short-term facilities are overfilled.

“People are perhaps staying longer in these short-term solutions than we had hoped for,” says Gylfi. “The reason why people are staying longer is both that there is a shortage of rental housing in the country as a whole, as well as rental prices are relatively high in Iceland, and therefore it is more difficult for people to leave our short-term housing than we had hoped.”

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Tourist Dies In Djúpivogur, Safety Measures Reviewed

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 1:01pm

A foreign tourist died in the coast of Gleðivík in Djúpivogur last night, RÚV reports.

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A man in his sixties was run over by a construction vehicle, as a safety cable that was supposed to separate pedestrian and driving traffic had been taken down. The case is now under investigation.

Reportedly, the man was on a walk with his relatives at the time of death. The relatives have already received trauma assistance from the Red Cross at Egilsstaðir.

The harbour area where the accident took place is a popular tourist destination. It is home to the artwork by Sigurður Guðmundsson—34 oversized eggs carved into stone. Since 2009 when the artwork was installed, the industrial activity in the harbour area increased substantially.

Authorities are now reviewing the safety protocols at the site, with the discussion of moving the artwork in place.

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Officials To Install Alarm System At Reynisfjara

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 12:53pm

Government officials and landowners met Tuesday evening and agreed to install an alarm system on the beach at Reynisfjara to alert visitors about dangerous conditions, reports Vísir.

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This decision comes after a tourist was caught by one of the area’s notorious sneaker waves and died earlier this month. The tragic accident hasn’t been the only one at Reynisfjara, though. Vísir reports there have been 12 serious emergency calls to the beach since 2014, and of those, five people have died.

Representatives from the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Icelandic Road Administration, and the Civil Protection Department of South Iceland presented a risk assessment for the area during the meeting. Furthermore, a consultation group will include representatives of those offices, as well as landowners, the search and rescue group Landsbjörg, the municipality of Mýrdalshreppur, and the Icelandic Tourist Board. The consultation group will create a timed action plan and submit its proposals to Minister of Tourism Lilja Alfreðsdóttir no later than September 30.

Director of Tourism Skarphéðinn Berg Steinarsson told Vísir that the meeting went well, and everyone is very willing to cooperate to ensure the safety of tourists in the area.

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Labour, Management & Central Bank Square Off Over Inflation–And How To Stop It

The Reykjavik Grapevine - Gio, 23/06/2022 - 12:41pm

There is no disputing that Iceland’s inflation rate has been steadily rising–from 4.3% in July 2021 to 7.6% in April 2022. The real question is what to do about it, and the Central Bank, business leaders, and union representatives all have different approaches that indicate a tough road ahead in the upcoming wage negotiations.

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Ásgeir Jónsson, the chair of the Central Bank, announced yesterday that the Central Bank would raise the policy rate by another percent, taking it to 4.75%. This is the seventh such policy rate increase in the past year.

The raising of the policy rate is, of course, to try and bring down inflation, and Ásgeir was blunt when speaking to reporters, saying, “We’ll go as high as we need to” when asked how high the policy rate could get. Ásgeir also said that this ought to send a clear message to business leaders and union representatives alike, as wage negotiation contracts are coming up soon, saying that there is no need to “ask for special wage increases to compensate for inflation”.

On this point, there is little agreement.

Purchasing power and wages

Halldór Benjamín Þorbergsson, the chair of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA), told RÚV that he considers it unwise “to get into a staring contest with the Central Bank”, saying that the Central Bank has the tools at their disposal to make policy rates hurt. He added that business owners are also affected by rising policy rates.

While reluctant to say whether he believed it is likely that SA will be able to convince unions to settle for a small wage increase, he pointed out that Iceland’s purchasing power is nearing its peak. Data from Statistics Iceland does show the purchasing power of disposable income rising steadily, and he added that “sometimes you need to take one step back in order to take two steps forward later. I think that applies well to the fragile state of the economy today.”

While Halldór is likely hoping to keep wage increases as low as possible, when asked if he believed business owners were willing to hold off on raising prices, he said, “I choose not to look at this so narrowly.”

The union response

Meanwhile, the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) say that they are more aiming for a krónur amount increase in wages rather than a percentage increase, as is usually the case in wage negotiations, in the hopes that this will benefit their lowest paid workers in the inflationary market.

Regardless of the purchasing power in Iceland right now, Vilhjálmur Birgisson, the chair of SGS, pointed out that debt service has increased, meaning that the amount of cash people have to pay on interest rates in order to pay down debts has risen.

Whatever the next few weeks and months bear out, one thing is certain: upcoming wage negotiations are going to be hard fought.

Drífa Snædal, the president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), pointed out that the policy rate is higher now than it was three years ago, when the previous wage agreements were approved. In response to Ásgeir’s cautioning about wage increases, she said, “Let’s be clear that this trick is always used and this song about the unions and wage earners needing to shoulder responsibility is rather tired. There hasn’t been wage-driven inflation in Iceland for years or decades.” Rather, she believes the inflation rate can be attributed to a runaway housing market.

Wages, housing, and inflation

Indeed, the very idea that rising wages drive inflation is itself a matter of dispute. Paul Kedrosky, an investor and partner at SK Ventures, has said that the idea that wages drive inflation is “nonsensical”, adding that it is “not born out by historical wage-price relationships, where, while there is a relationship, it is messy and nonlinear.” At the same time, he cautioned that expecting wages to go up with inflation could lead to companies laying off workers.

Currently, Iceland is experiencing a massive labour shortage, in sectors such as construction and tourism, so lay-offs are unlikely, and labour shortages are traditionally favourable towards unions in wage negotiations.

The housing market can, however, have a real and significant effect on inflation, brought about by demand outpacing supply to a great degree. Simply put: when housing demand outpaces supply, housing prices go up, which leads to needing an increasingly higher income to afford to buy a home, and the constraining supply in turn contributes to rising consumer prices.

It is no secret that housing prices in Iceland have been rising dramatically while the supply is continuing to be constrained–and rising policy rates contribute to the cost of owning a home. This has in turn affected the rental market, which hits the lowest income earners especially hard.

Whatever the next few weeks and months bear out, one thing is certain: upcoming wage negotiations are going to be hard fought.

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MERKIR ÍSLENDINGAR – STEINGRÍMUR HERMANNSSON

Bæjarins Besta - Mer, 22/06/2022 - 8:00pm

Steingrímur fæddist í Reykjavík þann 22. júní 1928, sonur Hermanns Jónassonar, alþingismanns og ráðherra og eiginkonu hans, Vigdísar Oddnýjar Steingrímsdóttur.

Steingrímur Hermannsson ólst upp í Ráðherrabústaðnum við Tjarnargötu 32 í Reykjavík sem sonur forætisráðherra, Hermanns Jónassonar.
Steingrímur lauk stúdentsprófi frá MR 1948 og prófi í rafmarksverkfræði frá tækniháskólanum í Chicago árið 1951. Þá lauk hann  M.Sc.-próf frá California Institute of Technology í Pasadena árið 1952.
Eftir nám starfaði Steingrímur sem verkfræðingur hjá Rafmagnsveitu Reykjavíkur 1952—1953 og hjá Áburðarverksmiðjunni  1953—1954. Hann starfaði einnig sem  verkfræðingur við Southern California Edison Company í Los Angeles 1955—1956. Hann var framkvæmdastjóri Rannsóknaráðs ríkisins 1957—1978.
Steingrímur var kjörinn á Alþingi 1971 fyrir Framsóknarflokkinn og sat þar til ársins 1994, fyrst fyrir Vestfjarðakjördæmi en frá 1987 fyrir Reykjaneskjördæmi. Hann var dóms- og kirkjumála- og landbúnaðarráðherra frá 1978 til 1979 og sjávarútvegs- og samgönguráðherra frá 1980 til 1983 þegar hann var skipaður forsætisráðherra. Hann tók árið 1987 við embætti utanríkisráðherra en var árið eftir forsætisráðherra á ný til 1991.
Steingrímur var formaður Framsóknarflokksins á árunum 1979 til 1994 og gegndi að auki fjölda trúnaðarstarfa og embætta.
Steingrímur  var seðlabankastjóri frá 1994 til 1998.
Steingrímur var tvíkvæntur.
Fyrri kona hans var Sara Jane Donovan og þau eignuðust þrjú börn: Jón Bryan, Ellen Herdísi og S. Neil.

Seinni kona Steingríms var Guðlaug Edda Guðmundsdóttir. Þau eignuðust þrjú börn:  Hermann Ölvir,  Hlíf og Guðmund.

Steingrímur Hermannsson lést þann 1. febrúar 2010.
 

Hér má sjá Steingrím Hermannsson og fleiri frambjóðendur í Vestfjarðakjördæmi á framboðsfundi á Þingeyri árið 1979.
Sjá  þessa slóð: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI1gCMxbLHo

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Björn Ingi Bjarnason og Steingrímur Hermannsson, f.v. forsætisráðherra,á tröppum Ráðherrabústaðarins við Tjarnargötu 32 í Reykjavík þar semSteingrímur ólst upp. Húsið stóð áður á Sólbakka við Flateyrisem íbúðarhús hvalfangarans Hans Ellefsen.

Skráð af Menningar-Bakki.

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Umframafli strandveiða fyrstu sex vikurnar 2022

Bæjarins Besta - Mer, 22/06/2022 - 7:16pm

Samtals 511 bátar af þeim 668 bátum sem hafa fengið leyfi til strandveiða hafa komið með umframafla að landi fyrsu 6 vikur strandveiðitímabilsins. Samtals er um að ræða 78,715 kg. Mest á svæði A þar sem umframaflinn er 51,195 kg.

Af einstökum bátum hefur Arnar ÁR 55 komið með mestan umframafla 1,425 kg næst er Ingibjörg SH 174 með 1,191 kg og þar á eftir Doddi SH 223 með 988 kg. Aðrir bátar eru með minna en 700 kg í umframafla.

Mestum umframafla hefur verið landað á Patreksfirði 10,343 kg

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