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    Naming Committee: Sorry, Not Sorry

    The chairperson of Iceland’s naming committee, Ágústa Þorbergsdóttir, has said that the committee is here to stay and that should it be dismantled the development of names in Iceland could go down a dark path, reports RÚV. Ágústa said that without the naming committee people would begin to name their children letters, like, ‘S’, or give their

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    Seriously, Stay Away From Katla

    Tourists and tour companies are ignoring instructions from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the police and scientists to steer clear of Mýrdalsjökull and Sólheimajökull which border and cover Katla, reports RÚV. As reported, although there are no indications of an eruption, the area is considered dangerous. This is not only due to glacial flooding

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    Sigur Rós: Too Sexy For Google

    Google has been pressuring at least one music website to censor album art considered “sexually explicit”, including the cover for Sigur Rós’ Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The Independent reports that popular music website Drowned in Sound (DiS) has been told by Google that they must censor or remove “sexually explicit” album art

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    “Paris Of The North” Receives Glowing Review

    ScreenDaily says the Icelandic film “must be a contender for a major award and will be a regular feature at other international film festivals.” A review of Paris Of The North (París norðursins) was featured in today’s ScreenDaily, and the verdict is highly positive: “The wonderfully – and often beautifully – bleak landscape contrasts perfectly

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    Foreigners Charged More For Domestic Flights

    Eagle Air charges hire rates for domestic flights that are purchased through their English language website. Eagle Air’s director says it is “not unnatural” for tourists to pay more than locals for the same services. Eagle Air (or Flugfélagið Ernir) has two websites: one in English and the other in Icelandic. How much a person

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    PHOTOS: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Righteous rockers Neil Young & Crazy Horse kicked off ATP Iceland with a special gig at Laugardalshöllin. It was the first time Neil has played in Iceland, and he also debuted a brand new song called, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up And Save The Earth.” Iceland’s own Mugison was a fitting choice to open and set

  • Culture

    5 Picks For ATP Iceland!

    This year’s line-up at ATP Iceland is definitely one of the best that the festival has had in the last few years, with top headlining acts such as Mogwai, Portishead, Interpol and the mighty Swans performing. But what of the other bands on the bill you need to watch? Well here’s my lowdown on some

  • Mag

    We’re Here, We’re Skyr

    This summer, as we mark the centennial of a war that entangled many of the world’s countries in horrific bloodshed, the world’s most peaceful nation has been dragged into a very different kind of war, an ugly war besmeared with thick, creamy carnage and leaving behind a trail of plastic detritus—Iceland has become implicated in

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    News In Brief: Late June, 2014

    Former prime minister and first openly gay head of state Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir delivered a moving speech about LGBT rights at Toronto’s WorldPride Human Rights Conference last week. In her speech, Jóhanna expressed gratitude for LGBT activists and told the audience that she lived with shame and inner conflict before coming out, but that her “story

  • News

    Experts: Katla Not Erupting But Stay Away

    Geologists flew over Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the active volcano Katla, yesterday to investigate sudden glacial flooding in Múlakvísl river and Jökulsá river, reports RÚV.  “It is obvious that [the floodwater] is originating from Katla, but there is nothing that points to a major event,” said geophysicist Björn Oddsson.  Although glacial flooding in the area is not

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    Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised

    A policewoman is criticising gender inequality within Iceland’s Police Force after three men were appointed to senior positions despite applications from several qualified women, reports RÚV. Police Commissioner Stefán Eiríksson said that it was true that several qualified women applied for the positions but that the police force had to give the jobs to the most

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    Jón Gnarr: “In Jesus’ Name, Answer Me!”

    Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr has once again spoken up about the Icelandic Name Committee, calling it “discriminatory” and only applicable to a “fraction of Icelanders”. “In Iceland, you can be named Jesus,” Jón Gnarr posted on his Facebook, Vísir reports. “The Name Committee can’t stop that. It doesn’t matter if you spell it with

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