Flooding Strikes Siglufjörður

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Heavy and persistent rains have led to an emergency situation as the north Iceland town of Siglurfjörður deals with torrential…

Iceland Sees Surge In Public Support For More Asylum Seekers

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Icelanders across the political spectrum are showing increasing support for accepting more asylum seekers than the government originally planned. The…

Drug Dogs Used On Secondary School Kids

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Police used drug dogs to search a group of first-year secondary school kids (aged 16) on their way on a…

Iceland Dairies Want To Ban Swedish Company From Using “Skyr”

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Iceland Dairies (MS) believes Swedish company Arla is misusing the word “skyr” to describe their “Icelandic style yogurt”, and wants…

Another Asylum Seeker Attempts Self-Immolation At Red Cross

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An asylum seeker threatened to set himself on fire at Icelandic Red Cross offices today, protesting the length of time…

Conservative Chair Confounded By Pirate Party

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Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson says he finds the Pirate Party to be “a blank page” and questioned the commitment…

New Name For Holuhraun Pending … Or Not

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This October, it will be decided whether or not the resulting lava field from the Holuhraun eruption will be given…

Solar Particles Launch Surprise Shock & Awe Attack Against Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

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Last night, northern lights came to Iceland a bit earlier than usual, and in a spectacular state of activity, catching…

Still More Icelandic Towns Want Asylum Seekers

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More Icelandic towns have expressed the desire to welcome more asylum seekers to Iceland, and have appealed to national authorities…

Extreme Chill Case Going To Court

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Attendees of the Extreme Chill festival who were subject to egregious police practices are taking the police to court. Helga…

Iceland More Secular Than Global Average

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Only about half of Icelanders define themselves as “religious”, well below the global average of a newly released Gallup poll….

BREAKING: Bollywood Director Shooting In Iceland

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Bollywood choreographer-director Farah Khan and others are currently in Iceland to shoot a romantic number. India.com reports that Farah is…

Fish And Whaling Chiefs Go Fishing With Russian Officials

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Captains of Icelandic industry – including fishing giant HB Grandi and whaling company Hvalur hf. – recently took Russia’s Assistant…

Weather-Changing Machine Used During Culture Night

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The cloud seeding machine that was used earlier this summer was also used during last weekend’s Culture Night celebrations. Nútíminn…

Nauthólsvík Could Start Charging All Year

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If city council plans come to be, Nauthólsvík could start charging admission to the beach and related facilities. RÚV reports…

Former Mayor Lands Job At Company He Fought For As Mayor

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A mayor who fought for the building of a controversial silicon metals plant in his municipality has a new job:…

New Icelandic Video Game Released

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Icelandic startup Radiant Games has released a new video game that hopes to encourage children’s interest in coding. The award-winning…

10 More Windmills About To Go Up

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Ten more windmills will be raised in south Iceland to add to the energy grid. Wind power experiments so far…

Mývatn Mysterious White Colour Not So Mysterious Anymore

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The cause of the mysterious white colour that was first spotted in the famous lake has been determined at last:…

Changes To Refugee And Immigration Law Proposed

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The Icelandic government could begin taking steps to abide international law where the treatment of refugees is concerned, if a…

NATO Air Force Commander In Iceland

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The Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and NATO Allied Air Command is visiting Iceland, in part to visit…

Supermarket Sells Expired, But Edible, Food For Cheap

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The supermarket Krónan experimented with selling expired food at a heavy discount this summer, with successful results. Vísir reports that…

Amateur Drone Use Under Scrutiny

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Drones are becoming increasingly popular in Iceland, but regulations in the works would limit how and where they are flown….

Whale Watching Tourist Witnesses Hunted Whales Towed To Shore

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Two recent events have increased pressure on the Ministry of Fisheries to cut short the whaling quota, and end the…

Cops Want The Right To Strike

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The National Police Federation of Iceland (LL) is calling for a meeting with members of parliament, in the hopes of…

Priests Taking Under-The-Table Payments

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Some priests have taken to accepting “under the table” payments for baptisms, weddings and confirmations, a practice church leadership frowns…

Geothermal Areas “Overused”, Unsustainable

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A geologist and a physicist say that some geothermal regions in southwest Iceland are being overused, rendering the practice ultimately…

Akureyri Welcomes Asylum Seekers

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Akureyri town council has expressed the desire to welcome up to 50 asylum seekers currently being detained in refugee camps…

Culture Night: No Cars, Free Late-Running Buses

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A large swath of downtown Reykjavík will closed to car traffic during this weekend’s Culture Night, but buses will drive…

Most Icelanders Want Presidential Term Limits

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A new poll shows the majority of Icelanders want term limits for the office of the president, with about half…

Consumer Association: Price Hikes Hard To Fathom

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The head of the Consumers’ Association of Iceland (NS) has criticised companies who raise prices based on having to pay…

IKEA Responds To Increased Revenue – By Lowering Prices

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IKEA will be lowering prices due to better economic performance, and have encouraged other retailers to do the same. MBL…

Vandals Hit Abandoned House

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Vandals tagged an abandoned house of historic significance, leaving hurt feelings for locals. The matter was first brought up in…

Russia’s Import Ban Likely Ineffective Against Iceland

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Russia’s import ban against Icelandic products will likely not affect Iceland’s increasing stream of exports, the Central Bank predicts. RÚV…

And Now, An HD Video Of Whales In North Iceland

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A whale watching company in Akureyri has released some spectacular drone footage of whales in action. Whale watching company Ambassador…

Man-Made Earthquakes Could Be On The Way This Week

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There will be a heightened chance of earthquakes in South Iceland this week, due to work being done on a…

Zoo Directors Want Law Changed To Save Baby Seals

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Zoo management want the law changed to allow animals that have grown up with humans to be released into the…

About Half Of Icelanders Want To Stay Out Of EU

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A new Gallup poll shows most Icelanders are still resistant to joining the European Union. Kjarninn reports that 50.1% of…

Mayor Gets Raise While City Workers Get Sacked

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The mayor of Hafnarfjörður gave himself a 28% raise, at a time when a number of city employees have been…

Jökulsárlón Named One Of The Best Places In The World To Visit

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Lonely Planet has just released their Ultimate Travelist, and the starkly beautiful glacial lake has once again earned accolades. The…

Foreign Minister Defends Sanctions, Criticises Fishing Companies

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has responded bluntly to critics of Iceland’s participation in the sanctions against Russia,…

Whale Saved From Netting

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A humpback whale that was discovered tangled in netting has been rescued, and is expected to make a full recovery….

Emergency Landing Passenger Tells His Story

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One of the two men who were forced to make an emergency landing in a challenging spot Thursday told his…

Humpback Whale Rescue Underway

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A group of Icelanders are headed out to sea to rescue a humpback whale that has been tangled in netting…

Extremely Unchill: How Police Went Too Far At A Music Festival

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The Extreme Chill Music Festival is not exactly the rowdiest scene, as the name might attest. It’s more known for…

Guesthouse Shut Down By Police For Third Time

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Police have shut down the same guesthouse three times for operating without a license, and former guests have taken to…

Mumps Still A Thing In Iceland

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People still get the mumps in Iceland, despite the existence of a vaccine, at rates that might be higher than…

Iceland’s PM Meets Medvedev Over Trade Sanctions

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The two Prime Ministers met to discuss Iceland’s sanctions against Russia, and Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against Iceland. MBL reports that…

Tiny Plane Makes Precarious Emergency Landing

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A small, single-engine plane was forced to land in the rocky Westfjords, and pulled off one of the more precarious…

Church “Cannot Take Any More Cuts”

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The Bishop of Iceland says the national church does not have the funds to pay its clergy, but the salaries…