“Summer Streets” Just Around The Corner

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A good portion of downtown will once again be closed to car traffic for the summer. An statement from the…

Lawyer Going After Journalists, Social Media Activity

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A lawyer representing two men who were accused of rape is now setting his sights on journalists and people posting…

Opposition Takes Hit, Ruling Coalition Gains Ground In New Poll

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The results of a new Gallup poll show the Independence Party surpassing the Pirates for the first time in over…

President’s Wife Linked To More Offshore Companies

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New revelations have linked Dorrit Moussaieff to more offshore companies than was previously thought. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has denied…

Tied With President, And Not Even Running Yet

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Despite not even announcing his candidacy, historian Guðni Th. Jóhann­es­son is tied with incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in a new…

Watch The UEFA Championship Outdoors

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The City of Reykjavík will be broadcasting live coverage of the UEFA European Championship on a giant screen overlooking Ingólfstorg…

Protest At Finance Minister’s Home: Relaxed, But With Police Response

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A small, peaceful gathering of protesters held near the Finance Minister’s home was met with a police response. A group…

The 2nd “Iceland Is Weird But So Great” Video Is Here

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The second installment of the travel video series is here, and this time, outdoor geothermal swimming is explored. Many guests…

Thousands To Visit North Iceland By Cruise Ship

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It is estimated that some 120,000 visitors to Iceland will arrive by cruise ship to the northern part of the…

Food Waste An Environmental Concern As Well

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The amount of food Icelanders throw away is even contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, The Environment Agency of Iceland says….

Ripley Meets Ripley

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The Icelandic child named after the Alien protagonist met Sigourney Weaver, and the results were adorable. Readers may recall the…

The Iceland Diaries #1 – Spring Is A Lie

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Foreigners often delight in expressing their confusion over the Icelandic holiday known as “the first day of summer”, and not…

Radical May 1 On Offer This Year

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Numerous activist and radical groups are uniting for a special May 1 march and gathering, all open to the general…

Flight Delays Due To Labour Dispute

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The ongoing dispute between air traffic controllers and management delayed numerous flights last night, and an agreement has still not…

President Refuses To Answer Any Questions About Panama Papers Connection

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has nothing more to say about his connections to offshore accounts. RÚV reports that their news…

American Airspace Patrol Departs

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American air patrols of Iceland have concluded, and troops were bid farewell at a ceremony held last Monday. In an…

Sanitation Manager Wants Weed Growers To Recycle Better

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The manager of a recycling centre in Akureyri has had enough of marijuana growers disposing of items in the wrong…

President Leading In Polls

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The results of a new poll show incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with a considerable lead, although author Andri Snær…

“Neanderthals” Filmed Cavorting In Iceland

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A South Korean television station filmed at least part of a series on Neanderthals in west Iceland last week. RÚV…

City Reverses Position On Street Cleaning

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In response to residential complaints, the City of Reykjavík has decided they will sweep the sidewalks after all. Initially, the…

Iceland: “A Nation Of Bastards”

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Once again, an American fundamentalist Christian has moral objections to how Icelanders live their lives. As CNN’s The Wonder List…

President’s “New Campaign Song” Revealed!

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When President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson visited CNN and was asked whether he or his family have any connections to offshore…

Vodafone Owners Made To Pay Damages

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The company which owns the telecom was made to pay damages to customers whose sensitive data was exposed in a…

Old Restaurant Makes Way For New Chain

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A restaurant that has been a downtown institution for over 25 years has left, to make way for another Joe…

Presidential Office Denies Knowledge Of Offshore Companies

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An official response from President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson’s office denies any knowledge of the companies brought to light yesterday. In…

President Connected To Panama Papers

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson does in fact have connections to at least one offshore account, despite contentions to the contrary…

Geyser Dyer Case Going To Court This Week

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The case of an artist who made headlines last year for pouring pink dye into the geyser Strokkur will be…

Bus Company Hopes To Get More Tourists Into The Countryside

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One bus company has started offering direct routes from Keflavík to Akureyri, in part to get more tourists into the…

Fines For “Phone Driving” Expected To Increase Soon

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The real data behind accidents caused by phone driving is still largely unknown, but a legislative response is expected soon….

Opposition Emerges Unconvinced From Meeting With PM

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A meeting with the Prime Minister did not produce an exact date for early elections, but we may know which…

Progressive MP Gives Mixed Messages On Early Elections

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A Progressive MP told attendees of a party meeting that the government has a mandate to serve until spring 2017….

Gonorrhoea On The Rise

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There have been almost as many cases of gonorrhoea this year as there were in all of 2015. Vísir reports…

Former PM Tried To Influence Journalists Directly

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson met with news editors to curb “negative” coverage of himself. Stundin reports that Sigmundur…

Low Press Freedom In Iceland Cause For Concern

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Press freedom is still considerably low in Iceland, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concerns in their yearly report….

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Have Significantly Reduced Electricity Consumption

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Increased use of more energy-efficient light bulbs has reduced power consumption by about 8% in just five years. According to…

Man Awarded Damages For Faulty Fireworks

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One man’s legal struggle for justice has finally come to a close. RÚV reports that the story began on New…

Welcome To The First Day Of “Summer”!

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You might not know it to see it, but tomorrow is the First Day of Summer in Iceland. On this…

Icelander Implicated As Member Of Daesh

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Stolen documents from Daesh, also known as the Islamic State, show at least one Icelander registered with the group. However,…

Genderqueer Day Today!

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Today marks the second annual Genderqueer Day in Iceland, and interested parties will have a chance to learn more about…

Brian Wilson To Perform “Pet Sounds” At Harpa

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The rock legend will perform the Beach Boy’s seminal album in full this coming autumn. MBL reports that Wilson will…

No Insulting Foreign Leaders In Iceland, Either

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Germany is not the only country with a law prohibiting the ridicule of a foreign leader. The case of Jan…

President’s Bid Announcement Gets Mixed Response

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Iceland’s President announcing he is running for a sixth term has been not entirely well received. Yesterday, President Ólafur Ragnar…

President Announces He Will Run Again

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At a press conference held at Bessastaðir just moments ago, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced that he will run for…

Tourists Get A Scolding From Police

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South Iceland police gave a group of tourists a stern talking-to after they were spotted walking onto the ice at…

Glaciers Melting At Alarming Rate

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Iceland’s glaciers have retreated by 500 square kilometres since the turn of the century, and are continuing to melt. RÚV…

Homemade Bomb-Making May Soon Be Illegal

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A bill from the Ministry of the Interior will, if passed, make it illegal to make your own explosives. RÚV…

President To Hold Press Conference Today

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will hold a press conference later today, but his office will not disclose what the occasion…

Divide And Conquer: When The Opposition Eats Itself

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The breaking news of the Panama Papers leak last week, and the Icelandic politicians involved, has sparked some truly inspiring…

Minister May Get Involved With Jökulsárlón Sale

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The Minister for the Environment is reportedly “concerned” about the sale of land near the site of natural wonder. While…

Sigmundur Davíð To Answer To His Party Next Month

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who is still chairperson of the Progressive Party, will soon have to answer to…