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  • Tips & Tricks From Veterans

      In lieu of writing our annual “Guide To Not Losing Your Shit At Iceland Airwaves,” we decided to solicit advice from some of our Airwaves savvy friends. Best of luck out there! “General rule: If you’re too cold during Airwaves, it means you’re not partying hard enough. Take extra vacation for recuperation, plan out

  • Seven New Projects To Catch This Airwaves

    Each Iceland Airwaves festival features a gobsmackingly large number of bands, and this year is no exception with 220 in the lineup. It’s not everyone and their grandmothers playing, mind you. Festival organisers have put a lot of energy into vetting the bands, and turned down 200 local and 700 international acts. “Airwaves is a

  • Iceland Demanded Secrecy Over Weapons Purchase

    The Icelandic Coast Guard demanded that its purchase of 250 machine guns from the Norwegian army would not be made public, according to RÚV. The request for secrecy was made as early as December 2013. This was revealed when RÚV asked the Norwegian Army to see the contract between the two parties. The Army replied,

  • FM Belfast Cover Ghostbusters Theme Song

    GGG is the title of an art exhibition devoted to three films from the 1980s, whose titles, fittingly, start with G: Gremlins, Goonies and Ghostbusters. Thirty artists take part in the exhibition. Among those are members of FM Belfast, who made a cover of the Ghostbusters’ theme song for the occasion: The exhibition will open

  • Of Horses And Men Awarded Nordic Council Film Prize

    Wednesday night, director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, received the Nordic Council Film Prize for the 2013 comedy Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss). This is the first time an Icelandic film wins the award, established in 2002. The award committee said that the director “demonstrates a profound understanding of the primal

  • Icelandic “Kokteilsósa” Origin Called Into Question

    Iceland’s ubiquitous kokteilsósa (“cocktail sauce”) did not come from Iceland, as was recently asserted, but variations of the condiment can be found across continents. Master chef Úlfar Eysteinsson told listeners on Reykjavík siðdegis last Wednesday that the pink sauce found on countless Icelandic burgers and sandwiches was “completely Icelandic”, allegedly first concocted by Magnús Björnsson.

  • Norway Wants Their Gun Money From Iceland

    Despite the repeated claims of Icelandic officials to the contrary, the Norwegian government wants Iceland to pay actual money for the guns they sent us. DV reports that Bent-Ivan Myhre, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, does not share the opinion of the Icelandic Coast Guard that, despite their being a signed sales

  • Sulphur Dioxide Back In The Capital

    It looks as though our long-term friend sulphur dioxide will be spending a couple days in the capital area – starting tonight. MBL reports that there were low levels of SO2 from the Holuhraun eruption in the capital area today. The highest levels were recorded in the east Reykjavík neighbourhood of Grafarvogur, where sulphur dioxide

  • Poll Results: People Trust Police and University

    In a recent poll, conducted by Market and Media Research (MMR), measuring public trust towards key institutions, most people were found to trust the Police, whereas most people distrusted the bank system. 81.3 percent said they trusted they trusted the Police “a lot” or “somewhat”. Second in line was the University of Iceland, trusted by

  • Witches’ Lava By Now Largest Field Since 1780s

    Covering an area of 65 km2, Nornahraun, or Witches’ lava, created by the eruptions around Bárðarbunga, has become the largest new lava field in Iceland since the eruptions in Laki, 1783-1784. At 600 km2, the lava field created by the catastrophic events at Laki still leads by a great advantage, though. The figure was announced

  • Ninth Day On Hunger Strike

    Today, Adam Ibrahim Pasha entered the ninth day of his hunger strike. He has receives some medical care and visits from the social services. As of yet, there is no indication that the extreme measures taken by Pasha have affected the course of his case at the Directorate of Immigration. The directorate published a press

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