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23 March 2021

Volcanic eruption in Geldingadalur 2021

The volcanic eruption that started Friday night in Geldingardalir (the valley of eunuch / castration) just west of Reykjavík towards Keflavík airport is considered very small by local scientists and unlikely to threaten people or infrastructure.

18 March 2021

The Arctic - Map Arctic Portal

Long-lost ice core, discovered by coincidence in Copenhagen 2017, provides direct evidence that the giant ice sheet covering most of Greenland melted off within the last million years, and is highly vulnerable to a warming climate, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - PNAS, study shows.

17 March 2021

Blackbird in Iceland

Due to unseasonably strong warm winds many migratory birds got lost on their way from Western Europe to the British Isles or to southern Scandinavia and were in stead blown off their course by the strong and warm wind all the way up to Northeastern Iceland, months earlier than normally. 

10 March 2021

Recorded seismic activity in the past 13 days in Iceland

Satellite images from last night indicate strongly that magma is rising gradually to the surface and the pressure is increasing. Based on this information and the constant seismic activity an volcanic eruption is increasingly likely according to the Icelandic Met office spokesperson, Kristín Jónsdóttir.

8 March 2021

International Womens Day Yihui Yuan

Today, March 8, is the International Women´s Day. It is celebrated around the world and has been for over a century now. The theme of this year is #ChooseToChallenge to indicate that a "challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change".

3 March 2021

Iceland earthquake location - Fagradalsfjall

Scientists warn that a volcanic eruption is starting by Reykjavik in the very next hours!

17 February 2021


The Trent-Yukon Model Arctic Council 1 Conference (TRYKOMAC)  for universities - Make a journey into the far North - will be held online 24 – 26 March 2021.

16 February 2021

AP MAP Scotland 2020

Scotland 2070­ Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Arctic Portal provided some input to a recent book written by three Scots on the future of their country. The reviews of the book are extremely positive. We can recommend it as a highly informative contribution to the thinking amongst the Nordic Nations and for the future of the Arctic.

15 February 2021

European Academies Science Advisory Council - EASAC

“We cannot rely on linear developments and a steady energy transition over the next 30 years to 2050.” says William Gillett, Energy Programme Director of EASAC. The European Commission’s public consultation on the revision of the renewable energy directive gives EASAC the opportunity to remind the EU to step up its game. “Scientific evidence shows we have less than 15 years left to avoid a grim future”, explains Gillett.

12 February 2021

Chinese New Year 2021

The Chinese New Year 2021 is today Friday 12 February 2021, and the celebrations culminates with the Lantern Festival on 26 February 2021. It is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over and is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. The Chinese New Year marks the transition between the zodiac signs, 2020 was the year of the Rat but 2021 will be the year of the Ox.

10 February 2021

Northern Forum 30th anniversary logo

This year the Northern Forum is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. The Northern Forum is an international organization of Northern Regions founded in Alaska on 8 November 1991.

9 February 2021

Map of Reindeer territory in Iceland

The Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources has set a reindeer hunting quota for 2021 after receiving proposals from the Environment Agency. Up to 1220 animals, 701 cows and 519 bulls will be allowed to be hunted during the year.