Earthquake activity lower

Earthquake activity lower

Since 10 a.m yesterday on November 24th, around 70 earthquakes have been detected within Bárðarbunga. Most of the seismicity is occurring on the northern side of the volcano's caldera as on the day before. Of the 70 detected earthquakes, at least 11 are sourced from the northern part of the dyke intrusion under Dyngjujökull. More »

Volcano versus fighter plane

Pilots in the Czech army recently went on an air traffic control mission over Iceland. They shot this footage of a Saab JAS-39 fighter plane flying over the orange glow of the Holuhraun eruption. More »

Icelandic film industry generates billions in turnover

The combined revenue of cinema, television and video production in Iceland was 10,5 million Icelandic kronas in the first eight months of this year. This is a record for the industry which clearly shows that the sector is in rapid growth. More »

Music teachers' strike resolved

Music teachers have signed a new contract following an all-night meeting with representatives of the association of municipalities. The strike has been resolved and music teaching will recommence after a five-week long strike. More »

Man with hammer hit by two cars

During rush hour on Saturday afternoon a man was hit by two cars on Miklabraut, one of Reykjavík's busiest thoroughfares, not far from the shopping mall Kringlan. The man, who was under the influence according to witnesses, stood in the middle of the street swinging a big hammer. More »

Missing tourist found

Rescuers have found the body of missing tourist Pawel Maciag. He was found deceased close to a security fence surrounding Keflavik airport. More »

Man stabbed in central Reykjavík

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed last night. The stabbing occurred in Hverfisgata, central Reykjavík yesterday evening and four suspects are in police custody. They are believed to have known the victim. More »

Guardian readers vote for Iceland

Guardian readers have voted Iceland their favourite European country - "drawn by its epic vistas, otherworldly remoteness." The Guardian just published a selection of Instagram photos of Iceland by Siggeir Magnús Hafsteinsson who has 24,000 Instagram followers. More »

Sharp earthquake at Bárðarbunga

An earth­quake of 5,1 was mea­sured at 09:22 this morn­ing on the south­ern edge of the Bárðar­bunga caldera. This was the sharpest earthquake in the area since last Sunday, and the only one over 5 on the Richter scale. More »

Could rejoin the cabinet

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, who yesterday announced her resignation as a result of a leak from her ministry, could possibly rejoin the government later. This is reported by the Icelandic daily Morgunblaðið today. More »

Guns to be returned to Norway

The 250 MP5 submachine guns that the Icelandic Coast Guard got from the Norwegian military at the beginning of the year will be returned to Norway. This was the result of a meeting yesterday between the two parties according to a press release from the ICG. More »

Sulphur from the eruption could prove drastic to Icelandic nature

Millions of tons of sulphur and sulphur dioxide are being dispersed into nature every second from the Holuhraun eruption according to professor Jónas Elíasson at the seismic research institute at the University of Iceland. "I don't think people realise how serious this is, especially as the eruption just keeps on going," he says in an interview with the national agricultural paper Bændablaðið. More »

Glacial lagoon in National Geographic

A photograph of Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in south-east Iceland was published on the National Geographic's Instagram page this week. Iceland has been a hot topic in the magazine recently, with an article on the Holuhraun eruption featured recently. More »

Failed banks' creditors face exit tax

Creditors of the failed Icelandic banks that went under in the autumn of 2008 may face an exit tax if they want an exception from Iceland's capital controls to transfer their claims out of the country. More »

Former bank CEO appeals sentence

Former Landsbanki Íslands CEO Sigurjón Þ. Árnason has decided to appeal prison sentence he received this morning at Reykjavík District Court. Árnason was sentenced to 12 months in prison for market manipulation, thereof nine months suspended. More »

Three bankers sentenced to prison

Former CEO of Landsbanki Íslands, Sigurjón Þ. Árnason, was sentenced to 12 months in prison this morning by Reykjavík District Court for market manipulation while he was running the bank. More »

Solar winds spark bright northern lights

According to space weather reports a coronal mass injection from the sun is heading to the earth's magnetic field at 600 km/second which will result in strong northern lights over Iceland in the next 10 days. Unfortunately the weather will be mostly cloudy and rainy except for in the north. More »

Things that go hum in the night

The local newspaper of Akureyri, Akureyri Vikublað, reported last spring that a strange low frequency sound has been keeping people awake at night. The sound has returned and locals suspect everything from ghosts to the air conditioning system in a tunnel. More »

Icelandic team wins gold at culinary world cup

The Icelandic culinary team received the gold medal at the culinary world cup in Luxemburg last night. The team had six hours to prepare a three-course meal for judges and 110 guests. In a press announcement from team manger Hafliði Halldórson the win confirms the Icelandic culinary team as very strong. " We've put emphasis on using Icelandic ingredients such as lamb, cod, lobster, skyr and Icelandic vegetables. " More »

Rescue teams search for missing tourist

Police and rescue teams have been searching for Arkadiusz Pawel Maciag, who is on a visit to a friend in Iceland, since yesterday afternoon. Maciag, who is lost in the Reykjanes peninsula was reachable by phone yesterday. He could not state his location but said that he was cold and wet. Rescue teams believe he is alive due to data received by his mobile phone. More »

Salmon sold to Russia as Icelandic

Some 300 tons of farmed salmon have since October been exported to Russia from within the European Economic Area (EEA) under the pretext it was manufactured in Iceland. The export documents used were falsified. More »

Iceland's Coast Guard to the Mediterranean

The Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr left Reykjavík harbour on Thursday on her way to the Mediterranean Sea where she will carry out assignments for Frontex, the European Union's external borders agency. More »

Eruption in Holuhraun well visible

The fissure eruption in Holuhraun has been well visible on cameras throughout the last days and nights, no obvious changes in volcanic activity have been observed or reported by scientists in the field. More »

Shooting stars and northern lights

Lucky Helgi Guðmundsson who took this beautiful photograph of a shooting star amidst a veil of northern lights on November 16th. Guðmundsson, who sent us the photograph was at Laugarvatn, south Iceland. The bright star to the right on the photograph is Vega in the constellation of Lyra. More »

Minister of the Interior to resign

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir has announced her resignation. She will step down despite support from the Independence Party to remain Minister. More »

Changes to Mýrdalsjökull ice cap

Mýrdalsjökull glacier, south Iceland, has undergone considerable changes in the past 28 years. NASA's home page shows two satellite photos of the glacier, the former taken on September 16th 1986 and the latter on September 20th 2014. The images clearly show how much the ice cap has receded. More »

Supported Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Icelandic band Fufanu sounds like Disclosure attending Bela Lugosi's funeral, Joy Division's secret jam band phase and a glacier on fire. The bands brooding soundscapes attracted the attention of Damon Albarn who asked them to support his show at the Royal Albert Hall in London last week. More »

I am a slut

A new book of photographs documenting the annual Slut Walk in Reykjavík will hit bookstore shelves before Christmas. The book, titled Ég er drusla //I am a Slut, is by photographer Rúnar Gunnarsson who explains how "he woke up" to issues regarding rape culture when he attended the slut walk. More »

Baltasar Kormákur is the face of 66°North

Director, producer and actor Baltasar Kormákur is the face of Icelandic outdoor clothing store 66°North in Denmark. His portraits adorn the windows of a new 66°North store at the centre of Copenhagen which is also the label's first branch abroad. More »

Iceland says Stop Julien Blanc

9020 people have signed the online petition „Stop Julien Blanc!“ against a planned visit from the „date coach“ Julien Blanc to Iceland next summer. The petiton was launched today. More »
  • The Nutcracker at Harpa myndasyrpa

    Tchaikovsky's famed bal­let, The Nut­cracker, was performed by the St.Pe­ters­burg Fes­ti­val Bal­let accompanied by the Ice­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra at Harpa concert hall and conference centre this weekend. In­spired by ETA Hoff­man­n's short story, Tchaikovsky's Nut­cracker is un­doubt­edly one of the most pop­u­lar bal­lets of the past cen­tury and is regularly staged in the Christmas season around the world. Meira »
  • Happy fries and J-pop

    Iceland's Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir, otherwise known as DJ Flugvél og Geimskip, went to Japan in the wake of Iceland Airwaves where she's currently participating in the Hokuo music fest and making J-pop with Japanese artists. She let us break into her I-phone to see what she's been up to. Meira »
  • New Icelandic opera receives rave reviews in Denmark

    Chamber opera "Babel" by Icelandic composer Steingrímur Rohloff has received excellent reviews in Danish media. Babel is based on a short story by Argentinian author Jorges Luis Borges and is about the library in Babel. Meira »
  • Fufanu, Samaris, Young Karin and more at Eurosonic

    The latest additions to Eurosonic 2015 in the Netherlands have been revealed and the festival is set to be quite a showcase for Iceland. Joining previously announced acts Low Roar, Kaleo, Kiasmos, Júníus Meyvant, Rökkurró, Samaris, Sóley and Vök are DJ. flugvél og geimskip, Fufanu, M-Band,Óbó, Skálmöld, Sólstafir, Tonik Ensemble, Ylja, Young Karin and Mammút will also be showcasing at Eurosonic Noorderslag. Meira »
  • Taste the Land of Bread and Honey

    Sisters Liya Yirga Behaga and Tsige Yirga Behaga have just opened Teni, the first Ethopian restaurant in Reykjavík. Ethiopian food is a spicy mix of vegetable and lentil stews and slow-simmered meats eaten with Injera, a sourdough-risen flatbread. " Meira »

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