Environmental activists arrested while protesting controversial road project in Iceland

Ómar Ragnarsson

Over 20 environmental activists were arrested this morning at Gardahraun lava field for stopping work on new Álftanes road. The peaceful protesters had blocked construction workers from continuing work on the controversial road project.

Among those arrested is Ómar Ragnarsson, an Icelandic media personality and well known activist for nature and environment. In 2006, he was named the man of the year by Channel 2 in Iceland, for his fight for Icelandic nature. On his 70th birthday in 2010, the Icelandic Government declared September 16 as “Icelandic Nature Day”, in his honour.

Also included among those arrested are Reynir Ingibjartsson, the founder of “Lava friends” and Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, a musician and resident in Álftanes.

Photos by Atli Thor Fanndal and Davíð Þorsteinsson

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of bookiceland.co.uk. He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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