Guns to be returned to Norway

Guns to be returned to Norway

Í gær, 22:11 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 »

Shooting stars and northern lights

Í gær, 20:28 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 »

Sulphur from the eruption could prove drastic to Icelandic nature

Í gær, 14:39 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 »

Minister of Interior to resign

Í gær, 14:11 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 »

Glacial lagoon in National Geographic

Í gær, 13:19 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

í fyrradag 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

19.11. 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

19.11. 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

19.11. 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 »

The season of Northern Lights

18.11. If you're travelling to Iceland anytime between October and March you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, a phenomenon otherwise known as the aurora borealis. Aurora activity in Iceland is particularly high this year and for the next few years so you might be in for a treat. More »

Rise of twin birth rates

18.11. Twin birth rates have increased by 18,4 percent since last year according to figures from the National University Hospital. This October eight sets of twins were born at the hospital. More »

Lava field spans 72 km2

18.11. Ekk­ert lát er á eld­gos­inu í Holu­hrauni. Hraun flæðir enn úr hrauntjörn­inni í gígn­um til austsuðaust­urs og er hraun­breiðan nú um 72 fer­kíló­metr­ar að flat­ar­máli. Jarðskjálfta­virkni í Bárðarbungu er enn mik­il en stærsti skjálft­inn sem hef­ur mælst í kvöld varð um kl. 20 í kvöld, en skjálft­inn var 4,3 að stærð. Sigið í öskju Bárðarbungu er svipað og verið hef­ur und­an­farn­ar vik­ur. Held­ur dreg­ur úr hraða sigs­ins í miðju öskj­unn­ar en ekk­ert dreg­ur úr flæði efn­is und­an öskj­unni því sig­skál­in stækk­ar með sama hraða og verið hef­ur und­an­farna þrjá mánuði. Á morg­un er út­lit fyr­ir að meng­un ber­ist til norðaust­urs af eld­gos­inu, frá Tjör­nesi aust­ur í Mjóa­fjörð. Vind­ur er hæg­ur og eyk­ur það lík­ur á hærri styrk gasmeng­un­ar. More »

A cry for help from Iceland

17.11. An angry Reddit user has posted up a long comment about the political situation in Iceland over the past weeks. User "askur" criticizes the debt relief plan, the leak from the Ministry of the Interior, the healthcare situation and much more in a bid to make people aware of the fact that "something very bad is happening in Oz." More »

Incredible Iceland

17.11. Last September German cinematographer Daniel Haußmann came to Iceland to shoot a documentary on the different aspects of Icelandic nature. What's special about the film is that drones were used to catch aerial shots of some of Iceland's most famed spots. More »

Lava-jewels from Holuhraun

14.11. It was bound to happen - an Icelandic jeweller is now creating jewellery from the Holuhraun lava field and calls it "fiery hot" at the moment. Gull og silfur on central shopping street, Laugavegur has received great response from tourists who flock to buy the jewellery collection. More »

Sharp earthquake at Bárðarbunga

14.11. An earthquake of 5,4 was measured at 11.25 this morning on the southern edge of the Bárðarbunga caldera. There was one report from Eyjafjörður stating that the earthquake had been felt there. The eruption at Holuhraun continues at a similar rate with no noteable changes. More »

Driver found alive

14.11. The driver of the car that plunged into the Ölfusá river last night has just been found on the riverbank near Selfoss airport. He was freezing cold and very shaken and has been transported to the local hospital. He has not been questioned yet about the accident which occurred a considerable distance from where he was found. More »

Changes to Mýrdalsjökull ice cap

Í gær, 11:07 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

í fyrradag 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

19.11. 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

19.11. 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

18.11. 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 »

No winter snow in sight - but plenty of reindeer

18.11. Icelanders can't complain about the weather at the moment which is warm and mild with a southerly breeze. The weather isn't remotely Christmasey these days with no snow and no need for down jackets. The road administration, however, warns of increased reindeer traffic in east Iceland. More »

Fifth week of music teacher strike

18.11. The Icelandic teacher's union is organising a solidarity event today to support music teachers in their strike at Harpa concert hall and conference centre. Members of the music teacher association have been on strike since October 22nd. More »

Whale meat imported from Norway

17.11. Since Icelanders' demand for minke whale meat cannot be met by domestic production then there is nothing wrong with importing such meat from Norway for that purpose Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Iceland's Fisheries Minister, said in parliament today. More »

Doctors' strikes today

17.11. The second round of strike action by the Icelandic doctors' association began at midnight last night. Doctors in health care centres all around Iceland are on strike today. Increased emergency room traffic is expected today due to these closures. More »

Live footage of the eruption

17.11. The visibility at Holuhraun is good today and the eruption can be clearly seen on the Mila webcam. Visibility in the area has been rather poor for a while so now's your chance to see the eruption in live action! More »

This week in photos myndasyrpa

14.11. This past week has been one of the most eventful weeks in Iceland for months. The government presented its plan for debt relief and former assistant to the Minister of the Interior admitted to leaking confidential information in the Tony Omos case. Iceland Airwaves came to a close, there were protests against the government at Austurvöllur square, but mostly life just went on in the dwindling sunlight of an Icelandic November. More »

Assange to testify in "Hacker" case

14.11. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks will not have to come to Iceland to testify in the court case against Sigurður Ingi Þórðarsson, better known as Siggi "The Hacker", but is instead to testify by telephone. More »

Holiday cheer: The Christmas beer is here!

14.11. Today heralds the arrival of the Christmas beer at the ÁTVR state alcohol shop. Over 29 varieties are available, both local and international. Historian and beer conoisseur Stefán Pálsson says that the beer palate of Icelanders has become more refined over the years. More »
  • Happy fries and J-pop

    19.11. 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

    19.11. 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

    18.11. 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

    17.11. 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 »
  • Catch the Sugarplum Fairy in Reykjavík

    17.11. This weekend, the main stage of Harpa, Iceland's glittering concert hall and conference centre at Reykjavík harbour, will be the setting of Tchaikovsky's famed ballet, The Nutcracker. The ballet, which sets the tone for the Christmas season, will be performed by the St.Petersburg Festival Ballet with music performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Meira »


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