Only in Hollywood and Höfðatorg

Only in Hollywood and Höfðatorg

Í gær, 21:32 Video showing two shirtless men trying to leave a parking garage in Iceland in 2011 has been posted on YouTube. Security camera caught on tape when the driver manages to drive through a gate only to overturn the car. Miraculously no one got hurt. More »

Pollution now in north Iceland

Í gær, 15:49 Sulphur dioxide pollution is now high in Húsavík, Mývatn and surrounding areas. Pollution has gone down in Höfn, east Icelanad but residents in the aforementioned areas are warned to stay indoors especially if they have respiratory illnesses. More »

Domain's owner now registered in the UK

Í gær, 15:15 The registered owner of the domain names and, which were used for a website with links to the terrorist organisation Islamic State, has changed his postal address given to ISNIC, the Icelandic company responsible for registering .is domains. More »

Badly equipped rental car overturned on icy road

Í gær, 12:32 Two French tourists were lucky not to get hurt when their vehicle overturned in Mýrdalssandur near Vík, south-east Iceland. The car was very poorly equipped for driving in wintery conditions. More »

Icelandic police received MP5 machine guns as gift from Norwegian authorities

Í gær, 11:25 The Icelandic police force has acquired 150 MP5 machine guns . This was first disclosed in newspaper DV yesterday and has caused a stir of controversy in Iceland as Icelandic police are normally not armed except for a special Viking squad. More »

Icelandic water for sale in Taiwan

í fyrradag Jón Ólafsson, director and founder of Icelandic Water Holdings hf. released a statement today that Icelandic Glacial water will now also be distributed in Taiwan. "We are proud of this contract and proud to offer Icelandic Glacial in this beautiful country." Icelandic Glacial is sold in 19 countries throughout the world and is also used by french fashion house and cosmetic giant Christian Dior in the production of the Dior Snow facial cream. More »

Icelandic bomb specialists may have found mustard gas in Iraq

í fyrradag There are several indications that the weapons found by a bomb squad in 2003 contained chemical weapons. Bomb specialist Jónas Þorvaldsson revealed this in an interview on Rúv national television last night as a follow up to The New York Times story on the secret casualties of Iraq's abandoned chemical weapons. More »

Rock star sentenced for attacking police officer

í fyrradag Musician Oddur Hrafn Stefán Björgvinsson, better known as Krummi, lead singer and songwriter of bands Mínus and Legend, has been sentenced to 60 days probational prison for attacking a police officer on duty. Krummi has denied all charges. More »

Icelandic journalist wins case in the ECHR

í fyrradag Hjálm­ar Jóns­son, chairman of the Icelandic Union of Journalists says in an interview with that he is very pleased about journalist Erla Hlynsdóttir winning a case in the ECHR (European Convention of Human Rights) against the Icelandic state. More »

Accidents due to snow and ice

20.10. Rescue teams have just been called out to Hellisheiði, south Iceland when a truck skidded off the road where weather conditions are bad. There is snowfall, heavy wind and the road is very icy. A coach literally blew off the road near Ingólfsfjall mountain, south Iceland just after 6.p.m. Fortunately, no one was injured in either accident. More »

Large quake this morning

20.10. There is still considerable seismic activity at Bárdarbunga. An earthquake of 5,1 was measured at 08.54 this morning on the north side of the cauldera. More »

Lyrics about bad weather and bad communication

20.10. Ambient/dream-noise-rock band Oyama are releasing their debut LP, Coolboy, on November 3rd in Iceland and have received considerable attention for music that they describe as " sleepy melodies wrapped in puffy clouds of noise and angsty peachy fuzz." They're also heading for a Japan tour in November after playing at iceland Airwaves. Don't miss them in concert this Thursday. More »

National Geographic publishes article on the eruption

18.10. Leading magazine The National Geographic published images and an article on the eruption in Holuhraun on their website. The article states that the lava flow will "soon be larger than any seen for more than two centuries in the volcanically active island nation." "At this rate, the lava flow will soon be larger than any seen for more than two centuries in the volcanically active island nation. And there's no telling when it will stop—months, maybe, or years." More »

Icelandic waterfall adorns Apple homepage

17.10. Skógarfoss, a majestic waterfall in south Iceland is displayed on the screen of the new iMac on the Apple website.   More »

Ebola response team prepared

17.10. "People are of course worried about the risk and also the insurances and risk premiums available in case of possible infection," explains Cecile Björgvinsdóttir, a registered nurse and rights department manager of the Icelandic Association of Nurses. A response team is being prepared with around 25 doctors and nurses in the possibility of an Ebola infected person arriving in Iceland. More »

Acid rain may fall

16.10. The first acid rain may soon be expected since the start of the eruption in Holuhraun, says Sara Barsotti at the Icelandic Meterological Institute. Water samples from around the country are regularly taken and measured. So far, no acid rain has been measured since the beginning of the eruption. More »

Attracting tourists to Iceland all year round

16.10. Inspired by Iceland has launched another Share the Secret marketing campaign, with the one last year winning a Skiftie award. In the video, 100 thousand Iceland fans planned a dream trip for one traveller chosen from 4500 applicants. The lucky traveller was Jennfer Asmundsson, a chef from the US who traces her origins back to Iceland. "My grandfather moved to the States when he was young and he told me lots of stories about Icealnd when I was a kid," she explains," and added that the trip was an incredible opportunity. More »

Reykjavík one of world's top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations

í fyrradag The Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2015' lists Reykjavík in ninth place for the ten gay-friendliest cities in the world. The story made British newspaper The Independent today and the book hits stores tomorrow. More »

Watch out: Icy roads tonight

í fyrradag The snow that fell last night has melted slightly during the day. Freezing temperatures are expected towards the evening and according to the Icelandic Road Administration this will cause roads to become dangerously icy. More »

Reykjavik children delighted: How to have fun in the snow!

í fyrradag While Icelandic adults may have sighed this morning at the prospect of winter, children are always delighted when the first snow arrives. Youngsters all over Reykjavik pulled out their snow sleds and toboggans and tried their hand at building snowmen or throwing snowballs at each other. More »

People of Höfn warned to stay indoors

í fyrradag Considerable pollution is now in Höfn, in Hornafjörður east Iceland due to the Holuhraun eruption. Last night the levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2) rose to 1,8 ppm or around 5100 µg/​m3.. This warning was announced from the Icelandic Civil Protection. Text messages to mobile phones were sent to residents in the area where they were urged to stay indoors and to close their windows. More »

First snowfall in the capital

í fyrradag Citizens of Reykjavík woke up to a pretty sight this morning - a thick layer of snow. Although children are gleeful at the prospect the snow is causing heavy traffic and the police reminds drivers to take care today. Several mishaps occurred in Kópavogur this morning due to cars getting stuck in the snow and slippery road conditions. More »

Passenger on plane to Iceland tied down due to disorderly behaviour

20.10. Airline crew of a plane flying from Toronto to Keflavík Airport notified the police of a passenger exhibiting disorderly behaviour on the flight. The man was very drunk and verbally abused the airline staff. The crew had to take measures to tie the man down in his seat so that he wouldn't cause further discomfort or danger to fellow passengers. More »

No Clintons allowed

20.10. The Icelandic naming committee recently came to a verdict on 15 different names. The committee has now accepted the names Mark, Kamal and Þóri as legal names for boys as they fit Icelandic rules of conjugation, but Duane, Hector, Sveinnóli, Karma and Clinton were refused. More »

Snowstorm expected today

20.10. The first snowfall of the season might occur in Reykjavík today and the weather outlook for most parts of Iceland is for strong winds, snow or sleet. People are advised to pick another day to travel to northern Iceland or the westfjords. More »

Hvalfjörður tunnel closed for repair until Monday

18.10. Travellers around Iceland this weekend are advised that the Hvalfjörður tunnel is closed for repair this weekend. The tunnel, which cuts the distance from Mount Esja and Akranes by about an hour, reopens at 6.a.m on Monday morning. More »

Baker gives birthday cakes to families in need

17.10. Head baker Ragnheidur Gudmundsdóttir offers cakes to families in need. " I wanted to some good," she explains and the cakes are mostly children's birthday cakes and parties, or simply just to make children happy. "This may not be much, but it makes a difference for people who simply can't affort to throw birthday parties for their children." More »

Rivers of lava- stunning new shots of the eruption

17.10. The eruption in Holuhraun has subsided somewhat. Pollution from poison gases is now the largest problem arising from the eruption. There is still considerable seismic activity in the Bardarbunga crater, with quakes coming at frequent intervals and ending in a large quake. More »

Pirate Bay to be blocked in Iceland?

16.10. The Reykjavik District Court has made a ruling that Vodafone and Hringdu should block access to Icelandic torrent site and one of the largest torrent websites in the world, Pirate Bay. The websites to be blocked are,, www.thepira­, www. thepira­ and the This ruling has now been passed to the district magistrate in Reykjavík. More »

Unemployment in Iceland 3.0 percent

16.10. The total unemployment in Iceland in September was 3.0 percent according to fresh numbers from the Directorate of Labour down from 3.1 percent the month before. Total number of unemployed was 5,029 people. More »

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