“Research Vessel” Possibly Hunting For Treasure Off Iceland’s Coast

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A foreign ship conducting unauthorised undersea investigations may have been looking for treasure, possibly within sunken ships and submarines from…

Danish Jets Patrolling Iceland’s Airspace

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The Royal Danish Air Force is currently conducting exercises and patrolling airspace in northeast Iceland as a part of the…

Iceland Lets UN Know: We Are Ready For More Refugees

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The Minister of Welfare has taken the Icelandic people’s voice to the United Nations, letting them know the country is…

Pirates With Most Support Five Months Running

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A new Gallup poll shows some record highs – and record lows – for Iceland’s parliamentary parties. Kjarninn reports that…

But Is It Skyr?

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A new “skyr” product is being produced overseas, and its ingredients call into question what defines “skyr”. Vísir reports that…

Baltasar Kormákur & Ridley Scott Working On EVE Online TV Series

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Baltasar’s production company and legendary sci-fi director Ridley Scott are in talks to fund a pilot for a series two…

Refugee Rights Group Wants Iceland To Drop Dublin Regulation

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Ekki Fleiri Brottvísanir (“No More Deportations”) told Grapevine that Iceland could and should go a lot further where asylum seekers’…

Pirate Party To Make Constitution, EU Referendum Main Focus

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There are two main issues the Pirate Party wants to focus on this coming parliamentary term: changing the Constitution, and…

Police Closer To Finding Cause Of Cat Deaths

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Police have concluded that cats across south Iceland have been poisoned, but they still do not know with what. Vísir…

For The Sake Of Memory: An Interview With Arch-Archivist Lára Hanna Einarsdóttir

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Lára Hanna Einarsdóttir is not a journalist. In fact, the closest she’s come to journalism is doing subtitles for Stöð…

Government Gearing Up To Accept More Asylum Seekers

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The Prime Minister announced he will soon form a special committee to re-assess how many asylum seekers Iceland will accept…

Akureyri: Town Or City?

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A recent seminar held in Akureyri sought to answer the question that has plagued Icelanders for years: is Akureyri a…

Iceland’s Finance Minister Amongst Ashley Madison Users

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Minister of Finance Bjarni “Icehot1” Benediktsson was amongst Ashley Madison’s millions of users, reporters have found. His wife’s account of…

News In Brief: End Of August 2015

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The end of the summer is upon us, and concluded as per tradition with the festivities at Culture Night, which…

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…