News & Press Releases
18 May 2021
On 14 May 2021 a virtual launch event on the Pan-Arctic Report was hosted by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, with The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland, The Icelandic Arctic Council Chairmanship, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, the Stefansson Arctic Institute, the Directorate of Equality in Iceland, and the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth.
17 May 2021
On May 16th, during the second day of the 2021 UArctic Congress, the UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education was officially launched in a virtual session led by its managing director Anthony Speca and co-leads Heather Nicol and Gary Wilson. Laera or Læra means learning in Icelandic and Norwegian.
22 April 2021
Today, April 22nd, is the first day of summer in Iceland (sumardagurinn fyrsti). It is an annual public holiday, celebrated on the first Thursday after 18 April, as per the old Icelandic calendar. It signifies the end of the last of the 6 short day (winter) months, Góa, and start of the first of the 6 nightless days (summer) months, Harpa.
16 April 2021
The "touristic" eruption in Geldingadalir Iceland continues. It has been categorized as a small event and not posing immediate danger to people or infrastructure. The eruption started on March 19th, after a period of incredible seismic activity, through a small fissure.
23 March 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
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
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
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
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".
16 February 2021
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.