News
Icelandic Country Legend Honoured

Icelandic Country Legend Honoured

Published September 19, 2012

A man known for being Iceland’s foremost aficionado of country music was honoured by an American country music association.
Hallbjörn Hjartarson – known as the “cowboy of the north” – has been running his radio show Útvarp Kántrýbær (“Radio Countrytown”) since 1992. As the name of the show suggests, Hallbjörn plays country music almost exclusively. He has also released ten albums, and founded a country music museum in Skagaströnd.
RÚV reports that the Country Music Association, in conjunction with the US embassy, have given Hallbjörn a special award for his contributions to and promotion of country music.
US ambassador Luis E. Arreaga told reporters that after visiting Kántrýbær a year ago, he encouraged the CMA to recognise Hallbjörn for his efforts in spreading the genre across Iceland.
Hallbjörn was beside himself, saying, “I find this unbelievable, and would have believed anything else but this. But this is fun, I have to admit.”



News
Afghan Family Who Fled Taliban To Be Deported

Afghan Family Who Fled Taliban To Be Deported

by

A family of seven, who fled persecution from the Taliban for a better life in Iceland, will be deported to

News
Election 2016: Pirate Party Receives Mandate To Form Coalition Government

Election 2016: Pirate Party Receives Mandate To Form Coalition Government

by

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson announced just moments ago that he gave Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir the mandate to form

News
Sushi Samba Cannot Call Itself Sushi Samba Anymore

Sushi Samba Cannot Call Itself Sushi Samba Anymore

by

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Icelandic restaurant Sushi Samba can no longer use this name, as the owners

News
Refugees & Asylum Seekers To March On Parliament Tomorrow

Refugees & Asylum Seekers To March On Parliament Tomorrow

by

Refugees and asylum seekers alike will converge on Parliament tomorrow afternoon to convey three demands: the right to work, the

News
Reykjavík Will Close Some Streets To Car Traffic For The Holidays

Reykjavík Will Close Some Streets To Car Traffic For The Holidays

by

In order to make downtown Reykjavík a more pleasant experience this holiday season, the city will be closing parts of

News
Election 2016: 5-Party Coalition Back On The Table

Election 2016: 5-Party Coalition Back On The Table

by

Talks between the Independence Party and the Left-Greens broke down today, with the latter now entering talks with the Pirate

Show Me More!