Trend of lower unemployment continues

Trend of lower unemployment continues

The number of unemployed persons in Iceland in November was 5,800 according to fresh numbers from Statistics Iceland which means the unemployment rate was 3.1 percent. The activity rate on the other hand was 80.9 percent and employment rate 78.4 percent. More »

Warning due to flooding and heavy thaw

Heavy rainfall and warm weather is forecast for west and south and south Iceland on Monday (29 December), lasting until the early hours of Tuesday. More »

Cheaper fireworks thanks to free trade

Due to the free trade agreement between Iceland and China which became active last summer prices for imported Chinese fireworks will remain the same as last year despite higher prices in China as well as higher transport expenses. More »

Crazy northern lights over Akureyri

Photographer Micha Andreas captured amazing footage of northern lights dancing over the town of Akureyri in north Iceland on Boxing Day, December 26th. "The northern lights were just crazy. I've never seen them moving so much," Andreas said to mbl.is More »

Graves damaged by reckless driving

Fifteen graves and a cross have been damaged at Grafarvogur churchyard in Reykjavik due to reckless driving. Witnesses have come forward and the incident will be reported to police on Monday. More »

Crowds in the city centre

The central street of Laugavegur in Reykjavík bustles with people as shoppers make their last-minute Christmas purchases. Today, Tuesday, is Þorláksmessa, the mass of St.Þorlákur, and shops stay open until late. A few Santas were spotted downtown and the smell of roasted almonds lingers in the air. More »

Ordered to pay damages to Wikileaks

Sig­urður Ingi Þórðar­son, otherwise known as Siggi "The Hacker" hs been ordered to pay over 7 million ISK to Wikileaks for fraud which took place in 2011 when Þórðarson pretended to have authority from Julian Assange to have money transferred to his personal account from the Spreadshirt webstore. More »

Pagan ritual at winter solstice

The Ásatrú society of Iceland celebrated winter solstice yesterday, December 21st, with a ceremony in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík. According to allsherjargodi Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson an Ásatrú temple will begin to rise in February or March. More »

Twelve horses drown in icy lake

Twelve horses were found drowned at Bessastaðir lake, near Reykjavik on Sunday morning. The horses seem to have all walked onto the ice and fallen through it during the storm last Tuesday. The accident is a terrible tragedy, say the owners and the emotional distress from the loss greater than the financial damage. More »

The conservatives gaining ground

The conservative Independence Party is by far the largest political party in Iceland according to a new opinion poll carried out by the pollster MMR. Well over 29 percent of the voters would vote for the party. Almost twice the support for the second largest party. More »

Crazy bulldozer driver pushes guy's car

A video of a crazed bulldozer driver in Ólafsvík, west Iceland, pushing a car that was stuck in the snow out of the way, went viral yesterday. More »

Sheep rescued from snow

A ewe and her two lambs were rescued from deep snow in Skeggjadalur in north-west Iceland last Monday. They were found covered in ice and snow up a mountainside and were ferried back to safety by farmers on a snowmobile. More »

Guardian awards five stars to Elíasson's Contact

Art critic for The Guardian, Jonathan Jones, was impressed by Ólafur Elíasson's latest exhibiton, Contact, at the Louis Vuitton foundation in Paris. "Romantic art is not dead. It glows on, a blazing horizon, in the work of Olafur Eliasson," writes Jones. More »

The Mountain becomes the face of a men's fragrance

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, otherwise known as The Mountain has become the face of men's fragrance Vatnajökull. Björnsson, who rose to fame in the Game of Thrones series showed his model side in a series of shots taken on Vatnajökull glacier. More »

Reykjavik storm captured on camera

No, this is not the North Pole. This is Reykjavik. The cameraman of Mbl.is ventured into the suburbs of the city on Tuesday, the day of the snowstorm, to check out how the traffic was going. As you can see he encountered lorrys and jeeps stuck in mountains of snow, and even a hardy cyclist. More »

Costco may open in Iceland next year

The US retailer Costco is considering to open a 14,000 m2 warehouse in Garðabær in Iceland next year. The daily Morgunblaðið initially reported in March this year that the second largest US retailer was considering to extend its operations to Iceland. More »

A cold, white Christmas ahead

Iceland faces another snow storm this weekend and plunging temperatures according to the weather forecast and it looks like we could have a rather Arctic Christmas ahead. More »

A volcanic Christmas

Did you wonder what the volcanic eruption looked like at Christmas? Helicopter company Norðurflug captured footage from the eruption at Holuhraun on December 24th. More »

Restaurants open on Christmas Eve

Seventeen restaurants are open this Christmas Eve in Reykjavík offering everything from a kebab to reindeer paté. Some of the finer restaurants are almost fully booked. Reykjavík is becoming a popular Christmas destination according to travel agencies. More »

Bodies of horses recovered

All the bodies of the horses who drowned in an icy lake at Bessastaðir have been recovered. Divers broke through the ice on the lake and secured ropes to the corpses which were then hoisted up by a helicopter. More »

Siggi "The Hacker" gets two years prison

Sigurður Ingi Þórðarson, better known as Siggi "The Hacker" has received a two-year prison sentence for multiple fraud and theft. The total charges add up to around 30 million ISK. The district attorney called for a two-year sentence referring among other things to a psychological evaluation which deems Þórðarson as a sociopath. More »

Submarines or fishing boats?

Fisheries has been one of Iceland's main industries for a long time and fundamental to the country's economy. But bringing home the riches of the fishing grounds around Iceland has always been a very tough job. Especially in bad weathers which Icelandic fishermen are no strangers to. More »

Iceland repays IMF more in advance

The Central Bank of Iceland has decided to repay in advance part of the financing received by Iceland from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the financial crisis hit the country in the autumn of 2008 with the collapse of its three largest banks at the time. More »

Volunteer's car set on fire

Fisherman Jón Elíasson, who has volunteered for five years for the family aid centre in Reykjavík was woken up by police last night who told him that his car had been set on fire. Elíasson makes the candles for the charity that are sold at Christmas to help families in need. "Someone broke into my car, stole a snow shovel and a couple of CD's and then set fire to it," said Elíasson to mbl.is More »

Beef becoming more popular at Christmas

According to the national union of dairy farmers, beef is becoming more popular as a Christmas food in Iceland. Import of beef is greater this year than previous years as production of Icelandic beef is insufficient for the demand. The most popular traditional Christmas dishes in Iceland are smoked lamb, gammon and ptarmigan. More »

City's oldest pool to receive make-over

The Reykjavik environmental and city planning committee has agreed for an extension to be made to Sundhöllin pool in central Reykjavik. An outdoor pool with hot tubs and a kids pool will be added and will no doubt be a popular sunspot. More »

London Philharmonic in Reykjavik

World-famous Norwegian virtuoso Leif Ove Andsens is in Iceland to perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Harpa concert hall tonight and tomorrow night. Mbl.is met with Andsnes at Harpa‘s Silfurberg hall where he was choosing a grand piano. More »

The lull before the storm

"There's a traitorous calm inside the depression which is literally sitting over Iceland," according to meterologist Trausti Arason at the Iceland Met Office. Tomorrow, a storm and snowfall is expected in north Iceland More »

The gran who ran away with a biker gang

Designer Hildur Yeoman is introducing her new range, Yulia, in designer boutique Kiosk tonight. The range comprises of feminine pieces using strong prints and is inspired by Yeoman's grandmother who left her family in the forties to travel around the USA with a biker gang. More »

Storm in Snæfellsnes -roads bad around the country

There are heavy winds and snowfall in Snæfellsnes and electricity was down in many areas this morning. Most roads in the West Fjords are unpassable as well as Holtavörðuheiði leading north. More »
  • Iceland Airwaves earlybird tickets on sale

    Tickets for Iceland Airwaves tickets 2015 went on sale at noon today with special earlybird prices for the first people buying them. This year's festival was sold out with a record number of international guests. Meira »
  • Skrillex, Paul Kalkbrenner and TV on the Radio at Sonar Reykjavik

    Sonar Reykjavik has announced new additions to the line-up of its 2015 edition taking place in February. Legandary New York band TV On The Radio will be joining artists such as Skrillex, Paul Kalkbrenner, Samaris and Todd Terje. Meira »
  • 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 »

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