A winter drive through Iceland

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Alcohol bill passes committee

The General Affairs and Education Committee of the Icelandic Parliament (‘Alþingi’) has concluded it deliberations on a parliamentary bill on the retail sale of alcohol. The bill will now have its second reading in Alþingi. More »

Public-transport pet petition

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

Morgunblaðið the wrong way round!

Readers of the paper version of Morgunblaðið may have had a moment of confusion over their breakfast this morning as they attempted to flick through today's edition. More »

Road over Hellisheiði closed

The no.1 road over Hellisheiði, leading between Reykjavik and Hveragerði has been closed. It is now impassable due to heavy snowfall and wind. Weather is also getting worse on Mosfellsheiði. Tomorrow there will be wind and snowfall in North and North East Iceland. More »

Consumer prices on the rise again

Iceland’s consumer price index rose by 0.67% from January to February this year, or by 0.57% if housing is excluded.  More »

Emiliana Torrini at the Berlin x Reykjavík Festival

"In Berlin, there will be more focus on music from Reykjavik, and in Reykjavik, the focus will be more on music from Berlin. It's a jazz and electronic fusion festival," explains Pan Thorarensen, one of the organisers of the new Berlin x Reykjavik festival which takes place in Reykjavik from February 26th - 28th and in Berlin from March 5th to 7th. The festival in Reykjavik takes place at Kex Hostel and at Húrra and 23 bands altogether will perform. The highlight is undoubtedly Emiliana Torrini at Húrra on Saturday night. More »

An extra ISK 150 million for road repairs

The Environment and Planning Department of the City of Reykjavik has approved a recommendation to the City Council to increase expenditure on road repairs by ISK 150 million (approx. €1 million). More »

Stormy weather for West Fjords today

Strong winds are forecast in the West Fjords of Iceland and down towards Snæfellsnes today, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Storms are expected in the West Fjords. More »

Found safe and sound

The three tourists reported missing by mbl.is yesterday evening having been found safe and sound.  More »

Children should choose their religion

The Pirate Party has submitted a parliamentary bill proposing a halt to the practice of children being automatically registered in religious organisations, allowing them instead to register themselves when they reach the age of thirteen. More »

Putting the clocks back

A group of 11 MPs, from all parliamentary parties, has tabled a proposal to put the clocks in Iceland back by one hour. The proposal is now on the agenda of the relevant parliamentary committee. More »

Straight-talking on the EU

Guðlaug­ur Þór Þórðar­son MP has praised Róbert Marshall MP for for openly stating in parliament last week that he would like to see Iceland join the European Union. According to Þórðarson, straight-talking of this kind must be the basis of any constructive and informed debate on the subject. More »

Who goes to fight for Islamic State?

A report published by the Research Department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police shed some light on the profile of those leaving Nordic countries to fight in Syria and Iraq. More »

Leave badly equipped cars at home

People in Reykjavík are urged to use public transport today and leave inadequately equipped cars at home so as not to add to traffic problems. There's currently heavy snowfall and wind in the city. More »

Police scaremongering?

The recent report issued by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police indicating an increased terror threat in Iceland was discussed in parliament (‘Alþingi’) today. More »

Abolishing domestic-flight fees not the answer

We will not solve the problem of high fares on domestic flights and falling passenger numbers by abolishing State-imposed fees, as such fees make up just a small part of the overall cost, according to Ólöf Nordal, Minister for Home Affairs. More »

Facebook drug-dealing arrests

Reykjavik Metropolitan Police have in recent weeks have made up to 20 arrests and seized considerable quantities for drugs in operations to combat the sale of drugs on social media. More »

Norwegians are the biggest credit-card spenders

The Icelandic Centre for Retail Studies has released data on how Icelanders and foreign visitors use their credits card for tourism services. More »

Bill to decriminalise blasphemy in Iceland

A parliamentary bill proposing an amendment to decriminalise blasphemy in Iceland is currently being commented upon.  More »

No sign of the lost tourists

The search for the holidaymakers who sent an emergency message from Northern Iceland earlier this evening has so far been unsuccessful. The first rescue teams have arrived at the place where the people are thought to have been but there is as yet no sign of them. More »

Tourists slip slidin' away

The car parking area at Gullfoss waterfall is covered with a sheet of ice due to the recent weather. Drivers of a couple of jeeps noticed tourists getting into trouble when strong gusts of wind blew them across the ice. More »

Ten years old with a passion for food

Róbert Leó Arnórsson may only be ten years old but his culinary talents are making news in Iceland. Róbert posts his creations on the Instagram account Robbi eldar (Robbi cooks) and hopes to join the Icelandic Culinary Team in the future. More »

Currency restrictions lead to low-income jobs

A PwC report on how senior management in Iceland and abroad sees the future and the challenges to be faced was the subject of a panel discussion in Reykjavik this morning. More »

Man on probation caught with child pornography

A 59-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for possession of child pornography and offences under firearms legislation. The accused was on probation for sexual offences against an young boy with developmental disabilities. More »

Avalanche warning in Patreksfjörður

The decision has been taken to evacuate a number of apartment blocks in Patreksfjörður, in North-West Iceland, due to the risk of avalanches in the area. The situation is being investigated and more evacuations may follow. More »

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