Rape charges divide a community

Rape charges divide a community

Rape charges brought against a man in his sixties by a 21-year old woman have shaken up the small community of Grímsey, the northernmost island in Iceland. The young woman has pressed rape charges against the man and accuses him of having raped her when she was aged 14 to 17. There are only around 80 people living in Grímsey which lies on the Arctic Circle. More »

United against racism in Iceland

"Well-meaning people don't believe racism exists in Iceland," explains Paul Fontaine, journalist and former MP for the Left Green Party in Iceland. Fontaine is one the people behind a new Facebook page set up to talk about racism and xenophobia in Iceland in light of recent events such as the appearance of a Pegida Facebook page in the country. More »

Bengal cats found safe and sound

The three Bengal cats which were stolen last week in Ölfus, south Iceland, have been retrieved by police. Their owner picked them up yesterday and found them unharmed but a little underweight and scared. More »

Independence Party still supports Kristjánsdóttir

Following the report made on former Minister's Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir misconduct in the case of the Tony Omos leak, leader of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson stated that she still has trust within the party. He added that the case had been damaging for her but that it is up to her whether she wants to return to Parliament. More »

Epic road trip to Iceland

Mike Whitten has shared a post on the website Stuck in Iceland recounting a road trip which he took to Iceland. Among the places visited were Gullfoss, the interior highlands and the eruption site of Holuhraun. More »

Storm warning for Sunday

A storm hits the country today with winds up to 20-25 metres per second. The worst weather will be in Snæfellsnes, west Iceland and winds will be accompanied by snowfall. More »

Ice dam formed in Jökulsá river

A build up of ice has disrupted the flow of river Jökulsá á Fjöllum in the highlands. The ice spans 2,5 kilometres below the Grímsstaðir bridge and 3 kilometres above it according to the Icelandic met office. It's the largest build up of ice in the river since December 2010. More »

Kiss me the cat escaped from the cat thieves

It seems that only three cats of the Bengal variety were stolen from the Nátthagi breeders on Wednesday night. One of the cats, called Kiss me, was found hiding under a sofa last night. "He's obviously in shock and hasn't meowed since I found him," says owner Ólafur Sturla Njálsson. More »

Former Minister's conduct criticized

Tryggvi Gunnarsson, ombudsmann for Alþingi has published a report on the communications between Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, who resigned in November as Minister of Interior, and Stefán Eiríksson, former head of the Reyjkavík police.The report finds that Kristjánsdóttir did not conduct her communications with Eiríksson in a manner that accords with rules of conduct which respect the police force as independent and objective unit. More »

Mysterious cat theft and an incriminating bra

Four cats of the Bengal variety were stolen last night from Nátthagi, south Iceland, which specialises in this expensive breed. The perpetrators left a navy-blue bra and leopard-print leggings at the scene of the crime. More »

Controversial appointment to human rights council

Leader of the Progressive party in Reykjavík appointed Gústaf Níelsson as a party deputy representative at the Reykjavik human rights council, a decision met with great furore yesterday. Níelsson has written several very homohphobic articles in Icelandic media, is against building a mosque in Reykjavík and is a member of the anti -Islamisation of Europe movement, Pegida. The Progressive Party has since withdrawn the appointment, calling it a mistake. More »

Mysterious colourful UFO in the night sky

A pulsing, coloured light was seen hovering over Egilstadir, east Iceland last night. Footage of the object was captured by Bylgja Lind Pétursdóttir who published it on her Facebook page. More »

Dried fish receives a facelift

The traditional food of "harðfiskur" - Icelandic dried fish- is about to marketed as a protein-rich health food internationally. Icelandic company Breki aims to reinvent the image of the product which once was a staple of an Icelandic diet and market it using new packaging and using production methods to lessen its distinctive fishy smell. More »

Costco to open in Iceland

Costco, the second largest retailer in the US will be opening a branch in Iceland at the beginning of next year. The store will be located in Garðabær, a municipality of the greater capital area. More »

Best raw food restaurant in Europe

Guardian food journalist Kate Magic has named the Icelandic Gló restaurant her favourite raw food restaurant in Europe. "You might imagine Reykjavik to be behind the trend, being so isolated, but you’d be wrong," write Magic. More »

An American ghost town in Iceland

When the U.S. Navy left Iceland in 2006, they also left empty dwellings behind, a ghost town, relics of a whole community. Icelandic photographer Bragi Þór Jósefsson is currently exhibiting photographs at the Reykjavik Art Museum of what Iceland's defense force left behind. More »

Watch out, it's icy out there!

The recent weather of snow followed by rain followed by ice followed by snow is creating very precarious ground to tread on. Both pedestrians and drivers are urged to take care. The Icelandic road administration reports very icy conditions on most roads in the country. More »

"The car is blowing away"

Footage taken by a camera placed in the front pocket of a policeman in Akureyri last night shows exactly how bad the storm was. Police and rescue teams were busy coming to the aid of drivers stuck in a snowstorm last night. Visibility was close to none and drivers were urged to remain in their vehicles and wait for help. More »

Iceland's last McDonalds burger still intact

In 2009, McDonalds closed in Iceland and on October 31st that year, Hjörtur Smárason bought the last McDonalds hamburger in the country. Smárason kept the burger in a plastic bag for three years during which it remained unchanged. The hamburger, which still shows no signs of decomposition is now exhibited at Bus Hostel in Skógarhlíð. More »

Pickled penises, rotten shark and other delicacies

Today is bóndadagur in Iceland, a day which can be translated to both farmer's day or farmer's day and it heralds the beginning of the Þorri winter season. This is a time in which Icelanders gather to enjoy Icelandic food which is pickled, putrefied or smoked according to old tradition. More »

Are DJ's the rock stars of the 21st century?

No, say three of the city's most popular DJ's, namely Kristinn Gunnar Blöndal aka DJ KGB, Atli Bollason and Einar Kristjánsson aka Einar Sonic who all bring a different sound to Reykjavik's most popular dance spots. Mbl.is gave them the third degree on ther favourite tracks and their experiences of the deep, dark underworld of the city's nightlife. More »

Hundreds of birds found dead

Farmer Gunnar Óli Hákonarson at Sandur in Aðaldalur, north Iceland found hundreds of birds dead on a beach east of Skjálfandalói bay. The birds were mostly guillemots, an ocean bird. Biologists believe they died from starvation caused by bad weather in December. More »

A war against the land?

Orkustofnun, The National Energy Authority has published a draft of 23 suggestions for new energy harnesssing options in Iceland. Among them are two hydroelectric power plants in Jökulsá á Fjöllum, home to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Writer and environmentalist Andri Snær Magnason calls the proposal "The war against the land," thus citing Nobel-prize laureate Halldór Laxness. More »

Reykjavík's first beach bar

Bar Ananas, or "the pineapple bar" is the latest addition to the Reykjavík nightlife scene. The bar, which opened in November is not located anywhere near a beach but offers a range of cocktails and features cheery décor such as sand and of course, pinepples. More »

Eurosonic a success

Nineteen Icelandic bands took part in an Icelandic showcase at the Eurosonic festival in the Netherlansd last week. According to Sigtryggur Baldursson, managing director of IMX Iceland Music Export, investment returns on the project will be multiple. More »

Unemployment 4,3 percent

According to the Icelandic Bureau of Statistics, 183,700 people aged 16-24 were on the employment market in December 2014 with the rate of unemployment at 4,3 percent, down by 0,3 since December 2013. More »

Björk's Vulnicura out on i-Tunes

Björk's new album Vulnicura has been released on i-Tunes after an online leak. The album was originally supposed to be released in March. In a Facebook post, Björk decribes the album as a "complete heartbreak album." More »

Still in critical condition

The young woman found inside a car which plunged into Reykjavik harbour on Sunday is still in critical condition. She is on a respirator at The National University Hospital intensive care unit. More »

Eruption of Bárðarbunga still possible

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Civil Protection has issued a new factsheet of their studies for Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun. They predict three possible scenarios: an ongoing eruption at Holuhraun which could last for months, the volcanic fissure lenghening and causing a jokulhlaup or a volcanic eruption in the Bárðarbunga caldera leading to a major jokulhlaup accompanied by ashfall. More »

Lemon shortage in Iceland

Lemons are sold out at numerous supermarket chains in Iceland and have also been sold out repeatedly at suppliers in recent weeks. "Lemon fever" has hit the country, says one salesman. More »
  • The designers showing at RFF

    Reykjavik Fashion Festival, RFF, takes place this year between March 12th- March 15th in Harpa. Six Icelandic designers will be showing their creations on the catwalk for the event. Two new designers will be showing this year: Linda Björg Árnadóttir for Scintilla and Ása Ninna for Eyland. Meira »
  • The bands to see at Eurosonic

    The Eurosonic festival in Groningen, The Netherlands is just around the corner. Eighteen Icelandic artists perform at a special Icelandic showcase titled Iceland Erupts. Among the artists playing are Low Roar, Fufanu, DJ Flugvél og Geimskip and Samaris. Meira »
  • Female rap night

    Icelandic female rappers Reykjavíkurdætur held a successful female rappers night at the venue Húrra in Reykjavík on Saturday. Meira »
  • 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 »

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