Friday, May 30, 2008


I have been titling my last few blogs with just a figure. So was is 6.1? 6.1 is the magnitude of the earthquake that shook the southwest of the country yesterday afternoon at 15:45. The epicentre was closed to Selfoss.

I already spoke about the numerous daily tremors and quakes in a previous blog. I haven't really felt any but this one now... It's a different story. The interactive picture showing earthquakes on Veð is like a Christmas tree.

Every little single dot is a tremor/quake and this is in less than 24hrs!!! The little green stars represent quakes with magnitudes of over 3 on the Richter scale. Quakes between 6 and 6.9 are considered as "Strong - Can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometres (100 mi) across in populated areas -with frequency of 120 per year in the world"

There hasn't been any casualty, just damage to buildings and infrastructures. Schools are closed today in Hveragerði and Selfoss, which are the closest towns to the epicentre. A long crack has now appeared on road N°1.

Weather outside: Mostly Cloudy, 9°C.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


25°C (77°F)... This was the temperature forecasted for Egilsstaðir yesterday. Egilsstaðir is located in the East of the country and tends to have higher temperatures over the summer.

Egilsstaðir did not get the 25°C forecasted but just a "mere" 22°C (71.6°F)... and we had 10/11°C (50/52°F) in Reykjavík.

The next few days are still nice in the East and still rather fresh in the West with almost always 5/6°C difference between Egilsstaðir (top) and Reykjavík (bottom).

With such difference in temperature between East and West, there is no point getting a summer house in Spain, Croatia, or any other Mediterranean country... Just head to Egilsstaðir!!!

weather outside: Mostly cloudy, 11°C

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


42%. This is the percentage of French living in Iceland who forgot to fill in their tax returns!!! Way to go lads...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Youtube is full of useless videos but sometimes you find something interesting. Yesterday I found a series of videos to learn Icelandic. How practical!

Here is what I suppose ought to be the first lesson: Icelandic greetings.

Weather outside: Rain, 10°C