The galaxy over a black Icelandic beach

The galaxy over a black Icelandic beach

An astounding photo by French photographer Stéphane Vetter is picture of the week on Stjörnufræðivefurinn, Iceland's foremost astronomic website. The photo shows the billions of stars in our own galaxy disappearing into the light of dawn. 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 »

Dancers needed

Rigg Events is looking for four female dancers, over eighteen years of age, to take part in a concert show featuring the songs of Tina Turner. The concert will be held in May 2015 in the Eldborg Concert Hall in Harpa, Reykjavik, and in the Hof Cultural and Conference Centre in Akureyri. More »

Proactive police powers?

There may be cause for police to use ‘proactive investigation techniques’ in order to prevent terrorism, says Icelandic PM.  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 »

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 »

The allure of the bearded Vikings

Beards have been the hottest accessory for an Icelandic man for a couple of years now, since the trend of the hipster lumbersexual hit the country. Maybe a beard also resonates well with our Viking roots and now two Icelanders are developing a range of special beard products based on those Viking traditions. 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 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 »

RECALL: Energy for You

The Food Board of the Reykjavik Public Health Authority has recalled the following products: Energy For You Nanoclu­st­ered Water and Way­back Water - Energy For You Nanoclu­st­ered Water. More »

Vaping more popular than smoking

According to a new study by the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA), 17.1% of fifteen and sixteen-year-olds said they had tried e-cigarettes, while just 15% had tried real cigarettes. More »

Falling temperatures and snow on the way

The good weather enjoyed by residents and tourists of Reykjavik this weekend will not be lasting long, with snow forecast for Tuesday, then sleet through to Friday. More »

Strætó success

Strætó, the Icelandic bus company serving the Greater Reykjavik area, has posted a profit for the sixth year in a row.  More »

Food market at Harpa this weekend

Over 45 farmers, fishermen and specialist producers come together under the stunning roof of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre today for Iceland's largest artisan food market. The market is on the ground floor and is open from 11 - 6 on Saturday and Sunday. More »

The eruption has come to an end

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, which began on August 31st 2014, has come to an end.  More »

A winter drive through Iceland

Malcolm Holmes, a car design manager living in Milton Keynes, England, drove around Iceland in the winter of 2014 in a Land Rover Defender. Amongst the hidden gems he encountered on his journey was an abandoned fish factory, the charming Krossnes swimming pool in the West Fjords and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. More »

Nursing-home shortages

An estimated 480-510 new nursing-home places will be needed by 2020. The most urgent needs are in the Greater Reykjavik area and in parts of Northern and Southern Iceland. More »

Iceland's top-bank trio post high profits

All three of Iceland's three biggest banks have posted healthy pre-tax profits for 2014. Landsbanki's figure of ISK 29.7 billion (approx. €199 million) takes the trio's total pre-tax profits to ISK 81.2 billion (approx. €544 million). 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 »

Centenarian thanks her genes

Ásta Bryndís Guðbjartsdóttir celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday surrounded by family and friends at the Nauthóll restaurant in Reykjavík. "I guess it's in my genes to be able to become such an old woman," she said to mbl.is. Life expectancy in Iceland is high with the longest male life expectancy in Iceland, Switzerland and Australia. More »

Mbl.is wins journalism award

The editorship of mbl.is received the Icelandic Award for Best Journalism 2014 for their coverage of the extensive fire in Skeifan in July. The editors of mbl.is dedicated the award to journalist Egill Ólafsson, who passed away suddenly in January and is greatly missed by his collegues. More »

One of the world's greatest wonders myndasyrpa

Nearly three thousand tourists went on a northern lights trip with the companies Kynnisferðir and Grayline last night. They were lucky enough to witness an incredible display of light and colour in the cold March sky. More »

Tourists saved from drowning at dangerous beach

Tour guide Ægir Þór Þórsson encountered a couple of tourists at Djúpalónssandur beach in Snæfellsnes, West Iceland yesterday who had come close to drowning. "They were soaking wet and obviously in shock. A wave had caught them while they were standing at the beach and carried the woman out to sea. Fortunately her boyfriend was a good swimmer and works as a lifeguard in Spain. He managed to save her." More »

No crash fatalities for six months

Today marks six months of no deaths on Icelandic roads, the last fatal traffic accident having occurred on 28 August 2014.   More »

International Opal

Did you know that Opal, Iceland's classic sweet black-liquorice pastilles, were also popular in America and Russia?  More »

Icelandic humpback in the Caribbean

A humpback whale tagged with a satellite transmitter in the waters off Hrísey in Northern Iceland on 10 November 2014 is now, 110 days later, in the Caribbean. More »

Thumbs down for Eilithya

Iceland’s famous Naming Committee has rejected the girl’s name Eilithya, on the grounds that the spelling is not in accordance with general spelling rules in Iceland More »

Crazy storm filmed in West Fjords

Photographer and fisherman Arnþór Einarsson shot this video yesterday of the weather in Súgandafjörður in the West Fjords. As you can see, there's not much to see at all, with snow blowing in all directions. A typical glimpse of Icelandic winter weather, at least this winter which has been particularly stormy. More »

Public-transport pet petition

A petition has been launched urging the Icelandic bus company Strætó to begin allowing pets on their vehicles.  More »

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