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Tourism in Iceland slows down as volcanic eruptions, high price deter travellers

Volcanic eruptions in Iceland’s remote areas helped boost travel but those near top tourist spot, Blue Lagoon spa and inhabited areas is deterring foreigners

A view of the lava flowing from the volcano backdropped by the Northern Lights, near the town of Grindavik, Iceland, early Monday, March 25, 2024. Tourism in Iceland slows down as volcanic eruptions and high prices deter travellers (AP Photo/Marco di Marco)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 02:04 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Know all about migrating to world’s top 3 happiest countries

Finland, Denmark & Iceland are the world’s top 3 happiest countries.

Migrate to happiest countries: Finland, Denmark, Iceland(Pixabay)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 02:51 PM IST

These are world's happiest countries in 2024. Where does India rank? Check list

The ranking is based on individuals' own assessment of their life satisfaction, alongside factors like GDP per capita, social support, and life expectancy.

Along with Finland, Denmark and Iceland have secured the top spots in the list of world's happiest countries.
Published on Mar 20, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Iceland volcano erupts again, Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport remains open

Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport's website showed it remained open both for departures and arrivals as Iceland volcano erupts again, spewing fountains of lava

This image provided by Iceland Civil Defense shows lava erupting from a volcano between Hagafell and Stóri-Skógfell, Iceland. Iceland volcano erupts again, Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport remains open while Blue Lagoon Spa closes doors (Photo by Iceland Civil Defense via AP)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 04:18 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Copenhagen

Volcano erupts again on Iceland peninsula, 4th time in three months

The eruption is thought to be the largest (in terms of magma discharge) of the three previous fissure eruptions from the Sundhnukur crater row.

This image from video provided by Iceland Civil Defense shows lava erupting from a volcano between Hagafell and Stóri-Skógfell, Iceland, on Saturday(AP)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 08:22 AM IST
AFP |

Iceland volcano erupts again, no flight disruptions

Iceland, which is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Kentucky, boasts more than 30 active volcanoes

Volcanic outbreaks in the Reykjanes peninsula are so-called fissure eruptions, which do not usually cause large explosions or significant dispersal of ash into the stratosphere. (AP/File)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 02:48 AM IST
Reuters |

Iceland volcano's third eruption since December fades leaving residents in cold

Iceland Volcano: The eruption began on Thursday, spewing orange lava 80 metres (260 feet) high from a 3 km (2 mile) crack in the earth.

Iceland Volcano: Lava crosses the main road to Grindavík and flows on the road leading to the Blue Lagoon, in Grindavík, Iceland.(AP)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 02:29 PM IST
Reuters |

Iceland volcano updates: ‘Daunting period’, lava eats up homes in Grindavik

Iceland volcano updates: The volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month near the fishing town of Grindavik.

Iceland volcano updates: An areal view of the lava field with the main active vent, the town of Grindavik is in the background, Iceland.(AP)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 09:10 PM IST

Flights in and out of Iceland to continue despite volcanic eruption, lava spread

As volcanic eruption resumes in Iceland and lava spews out near town, flights in and out of the land of fire and ice expected to continue without interruption

Lava spews from the site of a volcanic eruption north of Grindavik, Iceland, Flights in and out of Iceland to continue despite volcanic eruption, lava spread in near town (REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 03:25 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Video: Iceland volcano erupts, 5th time on Reykjanes peninsula since 2021

Iceland Volcano Erupts: It is still unclear where the lava was emerging from or in which direction it was flowing.

Iceland Volcano Erupts: A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts in Grindavik, Iceland.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 14, 2024 02:54 PM IST

Iceland volcano eruption: Tourists can't resist ‘spectacular natural phenomenon’

No disruptions of flights to and from Iceland while international flight corridors remain open as volcano erupts in Reykjanes Peninsula

Billowing smoke and flowing lava turning the sky orange are seen in this Icelandic Coast Guard handout image during an volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula 3 km north of Grindavik, western Iceland on December 18, 2023. A volcanic eruption began on Monday night in Iceland, South of the capital Reykjavik, following an earthquake swarm, Iceland's Meteorological Office reported. (Photo by Icelandic Coast Guard)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 03:00 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Grindavik, Iceland

Videos: Flowing molten lava pours from 4km- crack as Iceland volcano erupts

Iceland Volcano: The eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula began after an earthquake swarm, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.

Iceland Volcano: Flowing lava is seen during at a fissure on the Reykjanes peninsula 3km north of Grindavik, western Iceland.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 02:27 PM IST

OECD Survey: Mathematics, reading skills in unprecedented decline in teenagers

OECD said it had seen some of the steepest drops in performance since 2000 when it began its triennial tests of 15-year-olds reading, maths and science skills.

While more than half of the 81 countries surveyed saw declines, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland saw particularly sharp drops in mathematics scores.(Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 10:25 AM IST
Reuters | , Paris

Canadian travel vlogger reveals how her trip to Iceland turned into a ‘disaster’

Amy also warned people to be careful while choosing their travel partners and expressed that the best travel partners are strangers from your hostels.

The travel vlogger saw northern lights, drove around the Golden Circle, and more.(Representational Image/Unsplash)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 06:44 PM IST

Iceland PM says prepared for volcano threat: 'We have long experience'

Iceland Volcano: Thousands of smaller tremors have shaken the area along Reykjanes peninsula, with several homes and structures suffering severe damage.

Iceland Volcano: Cracks at an intersection in the town of Grindavik, Iceland.(AP)
Published on Nov 18, 2023 10:04 PM IST
AFP |

How Iceland is preparing ahead of expected volcanic eruption

Iceland Volcano: Seismic activity and underground lava flows intensified on the Reykjanes peninsula near the capital Reykjavik.

Iceland Volcano: Vehicles leaving the town of Grindavik, southwestern Iceland, during evacuation following earthquakes.(AFP)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 10:29 PM IST
Reuters |

Volcano eruption soon? Iceland rattled by tens of thousands of tremors in a week

Iceland Earthquakes: The Reykjanes peninsula is a volcanic and seismic hot spot. It is located southwest of the capital.

Iceland Earthquakes: Lava spurts and flows after the eruption of a volcano in the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland.(Reuters File)
Published on Nov 13, 2023 07:44 PM IST

Iceland evacuates town over concerns of volcanic eruption

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said there was a "considerable" risk of an eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula.

The red shimmer from magma is seen coming out from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano behind the tourist landmark Blue Lagoon, near the town of Grindavik on March 20, 2021.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 08:45 PM IST
Reuters |

150 quakes in one hour, Unprecedented seismic activity puts Iceland in emergency

Police closed a road running north-south to Grindavik on Friday after it was damaged by the tremors. Some 24,000 tremors have been registered on the peninsula.

A swarm of earthquakes, brought about by a magma intrusion signalling a potential volcanic eruption, prompted a temporary closure of Iceland's famed Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on November 9, 2023, the operator said.
Published on Nov 11, 2023 09:51 AM IST
AFP | | Posted by Tuhin Das Mahapatra

Blue Lagoon in Iceland gets closed after 1400 earthquakes measured in the region

Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula and is around 50 minutes from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.

Blue Lagoon in Iceland(X(formerly Twitter)/@BlueLagoonIS)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 10:39 PM IST
ByAdarsh Kumar Gupta

Why women in world's most gender-equal country are protesting for wage parity?

Tens of thousands of women refused to work on Tuesday, which was called the ‘kvennafrí’ in Icelandish or the women's day off.

Demonstrators take part in a rally for equal rights, as Icelandic women strike for equality, in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Reuters)
Updated on Oct 26, 2023 02:43 PM IST

Iceland to hike tourism tax to tackle the climate impact of increased travel

Iceland, a busy air-travel market between Europe and North America, to hike tourism tax as it woos travellers to lava flows, hot springs, geysers and waterfalls

Iceland to hike tourism tax to tackle the climate impact of increased travel (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 04:45 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Iceland's 3D optical illusion zebra crossing baffles people

A 3D zebra crossing in Iceland is stunning drivers and slowing down traffic. The optical illusion artwork has gone viral on social media.

Snapshot of Iceland's 3D optical illusion.(Instagram/@AmazingPhysics)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 02:01 PM IST
ByVrinda Jain

Iceland opens access to volcanic eruption site as fumes subside, visitors flock

Those wishing to see volcanic eruption site in Iceland would have to prepare for a hike of about 20 kms in rocky terrain without footpaths

Lava emerges from a fissure of the Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Litli-Hrútur mountain, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland, Monday July 10, 2023. Iceland opens access to volcanic eruption site as fumes subside, more visitors still expected (AP Photo/Marco Di Marco)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 03:49 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Iceland monitors volcanic eruption, no impact expected on aviation

Iceland's main airport, Keflavik, said there are no disruptions to arrivals or departures and a flight ban only covers volcanic eruption zone

A man takes pictures as lava emerges from a fissure of the Fagradalsfjall volcano near the Litli-Hrútur mountain, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland, Monday July 10, 2023. Authorities in Iceland on Tuesday warned spectators to stay away from a newly erupting volcano that is spewing lava and noxious gases from a fissure in the country’s southwest (AP Photo/Marco Di Marco)
Published on Jul 11, 2023 05:09 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

2,200 earthquakes in Iceland in 24 hours: What it means for the region

Iceland Earthquakes: The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said the tremors began around 4 pm beneath Mount Fagradalsfjall.

Iceland Earthquakes: Lava flows from two fissures from a volcano near along the Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland.(AFP)
Published on Jul 06, 2023 11:02 AM IST

'World little less safe than last year': Peace index study; Check India's rank

There are several neighbouring countries that are galloping ahead of India in terms of peaceful nations.

A person throws up a peace sign as the fire burns.(AFP)
Published on Jul 05, 2023 11:04 PM IST

Watch: Ronaldo tells cameraman 'not too close', reason will leave you in splits

Cristiano Ronaldo had a hilarious moment during a post-match media interaction after Portugal's 1-0 win vs Iceland.

Cristiano Ronaldo during a media interaction.
Published on Jun 22, 2023 07:49 PM IST

Iceland suspends whale hunt on animal welfare concerns

Animal rights groups & environmentalists hailed the decision, with Humane Society International calling it “major milestone in compassionate whale conservation”

A recent monitoring report by Iceland's Food and Veterinary Authority on the fin whale hunt found that the killing of the animals took too long based on the main objectives of the Animal Welfare Act.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 20, 2023 09:43 PM IST
AFP |

Russia says will 'respond' after Iceland embassy closure

Iceland on Friday said it would suspend work at its embassy in Moscow as of August 1 and asked Russia to limit its operations in Reykjavik.

A man walks past the Embassy of Iceland in Moscow, Russia June 9, 2023. (Reuters)
Published on Jun 10, 2023 05:56 PM IST
AFP |
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