Icelandic bottom fetish?

Icelandic bottom fetish?

Whether you call them “bums” or “butts”, they’re everywhere you look in Iceland at the moment.  More »

Kristjánsdóttir to return?

Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic Finance Minister and leader of the centre-right Independence Party (‘Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn’) is confident that Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will return to parliamentary politics. More »

Men on Vatnajökull doing fine

Rescue teams are currently on their way towards the two men trapped on Vatnajökull in the storm. The atrocious weather is making the journey long and difficult but the team have been in contact with the two men who say they are doing fine. Hopefully the team will reach them by 4 p.m More »

Lady Boys' ninth release

Lady Boy Records have enjoyed critical acclaim lately for their releases and now this interesting music label has released Lady Boy Records 009, a limited edition, laser engraved cassette compilation. It features 12 tracks by artists including Jóhann Eiríksson, Dr. Gunni, Talibam!, Nicolas Kunysz and Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson. More »

Bacon imported for tourists

The total value of imported food and drink in January and February this year is some 30% higher than the same period last year. The 2015 figure is ISK 9.6 billion (approx. €64.6 million) as compared to ISK 7.4 million in 2014. More »

EU best option for Iceland

Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Alliance (‘Samfylkingin’), has reacted strongly to an news item claiming he has doubts on the European Union (EU) and the euro. More »

Nature pass “will not work”

The ‘nature pass’ to be introduced for those wishing to visit certain popular tourist destinations in Iceland will not achieve its stated objective, according to the Þingvellir National Park. More »

New youth record for Hinriksdóttir

Iceland’s Aníta Hinriksdóttir has set a new European youth record and a new Icelandic record in the qualifying heats for the 800m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague. More »

“Fascists” inappropriate language

The views expressed by Salmann Tamimi’s on the pledged funds from Saudi Arabia are his own and he in no way speaks for the Icelandic Muslim Assocation, according to Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson. More »

Hellisheiði closed and all domestic flights down

The weather today is not for travelling around Iceland with snowfall, rain, sleet and strong winds in most parts of the country. The Reykjavík metropolitan police urge people to refrain from travelling today and to check the Icelandic road administration for information. All domestic flights are currently down. More »

Saudi money for Reykjavik mosque

The Saudi Arabian authorities have offered to contribute some ISK 135 million (approx. €907,000) towards the building of a mosque in Reykjavik. More »

Two Icelanders are the hottest guys on Tinder

Elle.com has published a list of the 20 hottest bachelors on Tinder. Two Icelanders are on the list, the 29 year old Þorsteinn Halldór Þorsteinsson and the 32 year old Sverrir Ingi Óskarsson, both from Reykjavík. More »

Food wastage assumed to be a problem

Sigrún Magnúsdóttir, Icelandic Minister for the Environment, has set up a working group to look into the possible problem of food wastage in Iceland. More »

Moustaches to adorn ships and buildings

In honour of Mottumars (Iceland’s answer to Movember), Fisheries Iceland is encouraging all Icelandic fisheries to decorate their vessels and work premises with moustaches. More »

Storm hits south Iceland

A storm is currently raging in South and South West Iceland with strong winds and snowfall. Winds will calm down by the afternoon. Another storm is expected on Friday. More »

Whale meat? What if it had been drugs?

Canadian MP, Don Davies, is outraged at the news that whale meat from Iceland transited twice through Canada on its way to Japan in the course of last year. More »

Forbes billionaire listing for Icelander

Icelandic businessman and entrepreneur Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson has re-entered the Forbes Billionaire List after a five-year absence. He has an estimated fortune of $1.3 billion. More »

Armed woman pointing gun at passers by

The Icelandic special forces unit was called out just before noon to aid the local police in arresting an armed woman currently on a rampage in Selfoss, south Iceland. The woman is located is aiming a shotgun at passers by. More »

Iceland's beer ban

BBC Magazine has written a feature on the ban on beer in Iceland titled, "Why Iceland banned beer." Beer was banned in Iceland between 1915 and 1989 for numerous reasons More »

Two men stranded on Vatnajökull

Two tourists who are hiking on Vatnajökull glacier on cross country skis have just called emergency services for assistance. Earlier this week the men refused to accompany rescue teams from the glacier when their companion got sick and was transported to safety. More »

“Fascist” Saudi money rejected

The former Director of the Icelandic Muslim Association has announced that there is no way the association will be accepting money pledge by Saudi Arabia towards a mosque in Reykjavik. More »

Airlines may benefit from lower oil prices

If oil prices remain at current low levels, the Icelandic economy could save up to ISK 40 billion (approx. €269 million) a year. More »

Fewer emissions only solution

According to Bjarni Diðrik Sigurðsson. the only long-term solution to climate change is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Other methods such as carbon capture will, however, remain necessary throughout the transition period over to renewable energy. More »

Colours the hairs on her upper lip

Mottumars (Moustache march) is getting off to a great start, with over 1,400,000 ISK already in the till to support the fight against men's cancer. One of the more unusual participants growing a moustache in March is Alda Villiljós who pledges to colour the blonde hairs above her upper lip in a variety of colours. More »

Mysterious lights over glacier

Mysterious lights over Skálafellsjökull in Vatnajökull glacier were spotted last night in the town of Höfn and the Icelandic coast guard were notified as it may be possible that the lights are SOS flares. More »

Selling hope to the dying

An episode of current-affairs programme Kastljós on RÚV last night has created quite a stir. A man, terminally ill with MND, had a camera hidden in his clothes when meeting with a salesman trying to sell him an alternative treatment which he said had cured cancer, HIV and other diseases. The footage was shown on the programme. Another salesman was shown selling ionised water and pendulum treatment. More »

ISK 10,000 note not legal tender

Supermarket shopper Helena Na­tal­ía Al­berts­dótt­ir was sent away empty-handed from Hagkaup in Garðabær this weekend after being told that she could not pay with a ISK 10,000 note. More »

From Jesus to Liverpool

A photograph taken by Icelandic photographer, Jónína G. Óskarsdóttir, of the famous Northern Lights has been identified by some as a vision of the ‘liver bird’, the symbol of the city of Liverpool, UK, and of the city’s world-famous football team. More »

Iceland's best photojournalism of 2014

The Association of Icelandic Journalism presented awards to the best news photographs of 2014 at a formal ceremony on Sunday. Photo of the year went to Sigtryggur Ari Jónsson, photographer for DV for a photo of Afghan asylum seeker Ghasem Mohama­di who went on a hunger strike after overr two years of waiting and nearly being deported. More »

Mysterious vibrating suitcase reveals vibrator

The Suðurnes police were called to Keflavik International Airport because of a suitcase which was due to go on a flight to London. The bag vibrated suspiciously and police located its owner and opened it. More »

Reykjavík

1 °C
SSV 6 m/s
Skýjað
Akureyri Skýjað SSA 5 m/s 2 °C
Egilsstaðir Skýjað SSV 9 m/s 1 °C
London Heiðskírt SV 2 m/s 7 °C
Kaupmannahöfn Súld SV 2 m/s 6 °C
New York Heiðskírt N 0 m/s -3 °C
icelandair

Iceland in World News More

Exchange Rates

US Dollar USD 135.550
Euro EUR 148.680
British Pound GBP 205.800
Canadian Dollar CAD 108.660
Danish Krone DKK 19.950
Norwegian Krone NOK 17.394
Swedish Krone SEK 16.211
Swiss Franc CHF 138.780
Japanese Yen JPY 1.129

Local Sites More