Icelandic actress in British drama series Poldark

Icelandic actress in British drama series Poldark

Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir, or Heiða Reed as she calls herself in Britain, stars in Poldark, a costume drama set in the eighteenth century and currently aired on BBC1. Poldark, based on Winston Graham's historical novels, is touted to be the next Downton Abbey. Sigurðardóttir has signed a contract of several years with the series. More »

Matthew McConaughey's reaction to Star Wars teaser goes viral

A joke video on YouTube made by Icelandic filmmaker Óskar Arnarsson which puts together the new Star Wars teaser and clips from Interstellar has been viewed over four million times. More »

New director for the Icelandic Opera

Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir has been appointed as the new director of the Icelandic Opera. Ragnarsdóttir is the former music director of Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík. More »

Have your Viking portrait taken: The perfect Iceland souvenir

Guðmann Þór Bjargmundsson, owner of MINK photography studio which interestingly, specialises in doing Viking portraits which means clients can get their photo taken in an impressive set wearing Viking clothing. Bjargmundsson has worked on a number of films and series including the Game of Thrones and offers an impressive collection of costumes for the specialised Viking photo shoots. More »

The younger brother has woken up

The Reykjavik metropolitan police have concluded their investigation of the terrible accident which occurred earlier this week when two boys almost drowned when caught in a waterfall in a river in Hafnarfjörður. The younger brother, aged 9, has woken up in hospital but his condition is still uncertain. More »

President and Minister in Paris talks

The President of Iceland and the Icelandic Minister for Industry and Commerce, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, are in Paris discussing climate change and geothermal energy with their French counterparts. More »

Trams and light railway for Reykjavik?

An agreement was this morning pledging closer cooperation on developing public transport in the region. This agreement includes an undertaking to look into the feasibility of trams and light railway. More »

Icelandic stars in LA

IMX, Iceland Music Export, hosted their annual representation of Icelandic music in Los Angeles last week. The presentation was conducted in cooperation with music licensing software company SynchTank. More »

Down with that American flag!

The American flag flying outside American Bar in central Reykjavik has been described as “unacceptable” and “intolerable” by prominent Icelandic politicians. More »

Icelandic names for bars and restaurants!

A recent decision to rename a Selfoss (South Iceland) restaurant with an English name has caused some controversy.  More »

The poignant image of a two-year-old refugee

Among the refugees saved from a leaking wooden boat by Icelandic coast guard ship Týr on Monday is a two year-old boy. Over three hundred refugees were on the boat. The little boy had a cut to his head and sat quietly with a balloon in his hand while the crew dressed his wounds. The balloon was a gift from the crew. More »

The brothers got stuck in the waterfall

The two boys who were in the river accident in Hafnarfjörður yesterday afternoon are both in hospital in grave condition. One of them regained consciousness after CPR but the other is on a respirator and has not gained consciousness. The two boys, brothers, are aged 10 and 11 and got stuck in the waterfall that comes of the Reykdalsstífla dam. More »

Pirate Helgi Hrafn gets engaged in a remarkably cute way

Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, MP for Iceland's Pirate Party received a most unusual marriage proposal from his girlfriend Inga Auðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir during the Easter holidays. The couple were at a Scout convention at Reineck castle in Germany when Kristjánsdóttir organised a flashmob dance. More »

Týr rescues 342 refugees

Coast guard ship Týr rescued 342 refugees yesterday from a leaking wooden boat around 50 seamiles northwest of Tripoli. Týr is cur­rently tak­ing part in the Fron­tex pro­ject in the Mediter­ranean. More »

Viking hens popular in US

The Icelandic Settlement Hen has become extremely popular in the US and is considered quite unique. The hen is a unique breed which was isolated in Iceland since the settlement in the 9th century. The hens are called Viking hens in the US and are described as clever, having a curious and easygoing nature. More »

Dutch drug duo busted at KEF

Two Dutch nationals are being held in custody after being caught trying to smuggle just under 20kg of amphetamines, cocaine and MDMA into Iceland. More »

Shining a light on autism

The charity for children with autism in Iceland is currently running a "Light it up Blue" campaign to increase autism awareness. Among the buildings in Reykjavik veiled in a blue light are Harpa, The University Hospital and Höfði house. Today, April 10th, people are urged to wear blue. More »

Severe wintry conditions on the way

Severe wintry conditions are forecast for this weekend, beginning with storms and snow later today, according to the Icelandic Met Office. More »

Become a real-life Legolas: The art of horseback archery

This weekend, the first horseback archery course takes place in Iceland. Horseback archery is an ancient Asian martial art and is tought in Iceland by Pettra Engeländer who runs a horseback archery school in Germany. Yesterday I observed two Icelandic horses getting used to a bow and arrow and was allowed to try out this exciting sport for myself. More »

Iceland scores high in ICT

Iceland has placed 19th out of 143 countries in the 2015 Networked Readiness Index (NRI). This index is part of the 2015 Global Information Technology Report produced by the World Economic Forum. More »

Were possibly trying to retrieve a ball from the river

The two young brothers who ended up in the waterfall in Hafnarfjörður, a town next to Reykjavík, Iceland yesterday, were possibly trying to retrieve a ball that fell into the river according to police. A ball was retrieved in the water. Their eleven year old sister was the first to call for help. The younger brother, aged 10 is being kept under and is on a respirator. The older brother, aged 12 has been allowed to go home with his family. More »

Iceland's most luxurious hotel to open

A contract has been by the City of Reykjavik with US real estate firm Carpenter&Company; to raise a 250 room five star hotel in the empty building ground next to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Carpenter works with hotel chains such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Regis, Hyatt and Starwood. More »

Children in serious condition after river accident

Three children are being transported to hospital after a very serious accident in the stream behind Lækjarskóli school in Hafnarfjörður. More »

Iceland Eurovision entry in jeopardy?

An announcement issued by BHM this morning detailing the various effects of the lawyers’ strike on Icelandic society warns that “protracted strike action could jeopardise Iceland’s Eurovision participation”. More »

A cold summer ahead?

Icelandic meterologist Trausti Jónsson has studied the weather forecast of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts for June, July and August and believes that temperatures will be below average. He adds that it's impossible to predict exactly how the weather will be in the summer but that the European weather forecast centre's predictions are exact in 40 percent of cases. More »

Lyngdalsheiði and Hellisheiði closed

The Lyngdalsheiði and Heillisheiði roads are currently impassable. Lyngdalsheiði is the road between Laugarvatn and Þingvellir and Hellisheiði lies between Reykjavik and Hveragerði. Weather in the area is very bad, with strong winds and snowfall. More »

Man lighting pipe with toaster causes fire

The Akureyri fire brigade was called out in the early hours of this morning to deal with a fire which had started in a block of flats. They discovered a strange story... More »

Jón Gnarr has "Texas" tattooed on his forearm

Former Mayor Jón Gnarr who now resides in Texas USA has added a new tattoo to his forearm. The new tattoo reads "Texas".   More »

Fatal car accident in south Iceland

A car carrying six passengers skidded off the road on Biskupstungnabraut, the road between Gullfoss and Selfoss last night. One passenger was very seriously injured in the accident and died in hospital. More »

101-ers most negative about tourists

2.3% of residents in Greater Reykjavik have a negative or very negative opinion of foreign tourists. In central Reykjavik (101), the area receiving most tourists, this figure is 3.1%. More »

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