Steep ministry bill for lost case

Steep ministry bill for lost case

The Icelandic Ministry of Home Affairs spent ISK 3.2 million on media and legal consultancy fees for a legal case which saw the Minister resign and her political advisor convicted for breach of confidentiality. More »

Pagans celebrate first day of summer

The Ásatrú society in Iceland will be celebrating the first day of summer which according to Icelandic tradition takes place this Thursday. The pagan summer ritual, or "blót" takes place in the concave grassy area east of the art museum and families are welcome to join in. More »

Good prospects for the little boy in river accident

The nine year-old boy who almost drowned with his brother at Reykdalsstífla in Hafnarfjörður last week is in good health according to information from the National University hospital and has been discharged from ER and is now at the Hringur children's hospital. According to mbl.is sources it's only a matter of days before he gets to go home. More »

Icelandair drone diversion disruption

An Icelandair flight en route to Manchester (UK) was forced to divert to Liverpool this morning when a drone sighting forced closure of Manchester airport. More »

Ad for skyr set in 1960's Iceland

Truenorth recently serviced this commercial for Arla Skyr, directed by Dougal Wilson at Blink Productions. It portrays Iceland in the 1960's and promotes skyr, one of Iceland's best loved dairy products, in the UK version from Arla, available in a variety of flavours including honey and nordic sour cherry. More »

Water-fight on first day of summer!

Thursday is the official first day of summer in Iceland. We kid you not. The good news is, that despite whatever the weather gods may bring us this week, Thursday is a day off work. One of the more interesting events taking place on Thursday is a water-fight organised in the city centre by outdoor clothing company 66°North. The event, called H2O15 starts at 2 p.m. More »

Epic Kaupþing abuse trial begins

Today sees the start of the main court proceedings in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history. The trial is expected to take up to 22 days to complete. More »

Cold spell for the start of summer

Thursday marks the official start of summer in Iceland. According to the latest information for the Icelandic Met Office, the weather gods do not appear to have got the memo. More »

Shat in a policeman's pocket

The Reykjavík metropolitan police received a phonecall about a bewildered pedestrian who got into trouble near the police station in Hafnarfjörður. The pedestrian turned out to be a goose which had become disoriented and was wandering around in the midst of traffic. More »

Climbs Everest a second time

Icelandic adventurer and mountaineer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, who walked solo to the South Pole in 2012, is now climbing up Mount Everest for the second time. She had to abandon her second attempt last year when 16 climbers were killed in an avalanche. Gissurardóttir admits that she finds this second climb a lot harder than the first. Icelander Ingólfur Axelsson is also climbing the mountain. 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 »

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 »

Iceland to begin Dunkin’ Donuts

American doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a franchise agreement to open sixteen outlets in Iceland over the next five years. More »

Two hikers rescued from a canyon

The Akranes search and rescue service rescued two hikers yesterday who had become trapped in the canyon of Glymsgil in Hvalfjörður, south Iceland. A fellow hiker called emergency services. 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 »

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