Restaurants open on Christmas Eve

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Storm in Reykjavík: All roads in and out of the city are closed

A storm with heavy snowfall is raging in the city and people are strongly advised to stay indoors and avoid all travel by car. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the end of the school day to make sure children get home safely. More »

Bad weather in the south and west

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a bad weather warning for the southern and western parts of Iceland.   More »

Björk's Christmas cat and other Icelandic carols

With Christmas almost upon us, Icelandic radio stations play Christmas songs all day long. But what do Icelander's listen to at Christmas? Here are a few firm season's favourites. 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 »

The storm in pictures

All roads in and out of the Reykjavík were unpassable yesterday and the weather today continues to be bad around the country. Traffic is heavy in Reykjavik due to difficult road conditions and travel around the country today is not advised. Here's a look at the weather in Reykjavik yesterday pictured by Mbl.is More »

Magnitude 5,4 earthquake in Bárðarbunga

The strongest earthquake in Bárðarbunga since Friday occurred yesterday at 09:37 at the northern rim of the caldera. It was of magnitude 5,4, the first earthquake above magnitude 5 since December 5th. More »

Bad weather in South and West Iceland tomorrow

Snow and strong winds are expected tomorrow, Tuesday in South and West Iceland with winds up to 18-23 meters per second. The Icelandidc met office warns that visibility will be bad and that driving conditions will be poor. More »

Icelanders could face a healthcare crisis

Minister of health Kristján Þór Júliusson said at Parliament today that if the planned strike action goes forward at the beginning of next year, "Icelanders could be facing a completely different and much more serious healthcare situation than for the past few weeks, for far too many weeks." The opposition is calling for the appointment of a special committee to resolve the strike. 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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