The Ring Road will be closed for the next two to three weeks due to the glacial flooding that destroyed the bridge over Múlakvísl river, according to Vísir. Scientists have yet to confirm whether or not it was caused by an eruption. Our friend Henrike is living in Vík these days and sent us these photos of the damage caused by the jökulhlaup.
The tale of pair of Icelandic cats who became best friends made it onto Reddit’s front page yesterday. The story of the lonely Lancelot who was befriended by the neighbour’s cat has warmed the hearts of internet surfers worldwide. “Lancelot likes to go outside, but is only allowed out on a lead, so he doesn’t make a lot of friends,” wrote Lancelot’s owner Anna Guðbjörg. “He’s usually over-excited when a cat walks through our yard and bolts at them. But this one cat started to stop by and hang out with him on our porch. Then Neighbor Cat, started coming
Musician Ólafur Arnalds has been unable to pick up a painting, gifted by a friend and sent to Iceland via mail, from the customs office , because an official receipt for the work does not exist, reports Vísir. As the painting was made by Ólafur’s friend as a gift to the young composer, it has never been ascribed monetary value. Besides, presenting someone you’ve given a gift to with a document specifying its fiscal value is generally considered bad form. After a recent exchange with the Directorate of Customs, Ólafur posted the following on his personal Facebook . Ólafur’s Facebook
The sixth Yule Lad, Askasleikir (Bowl Licker), unveiled the newest addition to the Omaggio design family at the much-anticipated Kähler holiday event last night. Several rumours have been floating around on the internet about how the company would innovate next and fans were not disappointed by the newest rollout. “The Omaggio Askur is a modern twist on a classic Icelandic design,” said Askasleikir while presenting the bowl in front of a crowd of industry specialists and design bloggers. “Kähler and I are confident that our collaboration will inspire a new generation of home-owners and tip its hat to the traditionalists
Correction: This story’s headline was corrected after its publication. See note at the end of this post for further information. On Monday, UN Independent Expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavksy ended his week-long fact-finding mission to Iceland on the effects of the 2008 economic crash on the enjoyment of human rights. He introduced his preliminary findings at a press conference held that day. A detailed report is to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2015. Bohoslavksy praised “not only conscious decisions by competent Government officials” but also “the behaviour of social partners, a vibrant civil society, and many
For two minutes on Tuesday, Jón Þór Ólafsson, member of Alþingi on behalf of the Pirate Party, stood silent by Alþingi’s podium, to commemorate first rate healthcare in Iceland. This was during a session about next year’s State Treasury budget. Two minutes are the time allocated to each parliamentarian’s response during discussions. At the end of his two minutes of silence, Jón Þór said: “I believe that if nothing is done, first rate healthcare in Iceland will die. I found it proper to have a little moment of silence for two minutes, on the occasion.” Since 2007, Doctors’ wages have
If you’re interested in “Icelandic stuff” (which let’s face it, you probably are if you’re on this website – thanks for that, by the way, we love you) you may have caught a glimpse of Arngrimur Sigurðsson’s Duldýrasafnið project on social media recently. Because with the help of plenty of well-targeted sponsored posts on Facebook, his vivid (re)imaginings of mythical Icelandic creatures from the mists of history have gone a little viral. Not like Ebola-viral or anything, but definitely like a catchy cold that “goes around.” Utlising the Karolina project funding website, a campaign to raise funds for a book