Eight fledgling political parties announced on Monday that they would be uniting to form a single party to run in the 27 April parliamentary elections. The new party has been named the Household Party (“Heimilanna”), and will be running candidates in all constituencies, RÚV reports. The new party is chaired by Pétur Gunnlaugsson with Inga Ingólfsdóttir stepping in as vice-chairman. If you’re finding it difficult to keep track of all the parties running in the upcoming elections be sure to check out the next issue of the Grapevine for informative Q&A with many of the political hopefuls.
Former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone, has expressed his love for Icelandic beer in an interview with Breaking News. Ecclestone, who appears in the moody new crime drama Fortitude which was shot in Iceland, said the cast harvested their own fortitude during filming with the help of a stiff drink. “I was a naughty elf in the bar on Fortitude, but I wasn’t a naughty elf [on set]” said Ecclestone. “[The bar] had some great beers – Icelandic beers – and we all tried the local stuff. There are some serious drinkers in Iceland, and some serious drinkers in the cast
More than 200 people are stuck in Staðarskáli gas station in Northwest Iceland due to a large storm which closed Holtavörðuheiði road, reports Vísir. Around 80 people have been offered a place to sleep at the local school, Reykjaskóli, and some families have managed to get lodgings at a local hotel. Even so, more than 200 people will remain in the gas station overnight until snow ploughs can clear the road sufficiently to allow drivers to get behind the wheel again. Although the gas station grill closed at 11 pm last night, the station plans to stay open in case
Lately it seems that people are getting more and more concerned about the dropping price of oil. This is perhaps less obvious to those of us buying petrol in Iceland, but some Icelanders are questioning whether the search for oil in Drekasvæðið (the ‘Dreka’ or ‘Dragon’ region to the northeast of Iceland) should continue with crude prices down 55% since June. It seems logical that if the price is dropping there is no reason to look for more resources, but as with most things, it is a little more complicated than that. In December, OPEC met to discuss what should
The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Archery competition took place on January 17 & 18. The qualification round consisted of FITA triple 40 cm targets for Compound bows and Recurve bows. Archery has always been the sexier cousin of target shooting—rich with history and drama. Also, it isn’t mentioned enough, if you accidentally shoot your friend with anything lethal, a bow and arrow is the most comical. For more information, check out the website: www.rig.is See Also: Reykjavík International Games Swimming (photo gallery) Reykjavík International Games: Figure Skating (photo gallery)
The Reykjavík International Games are being held January 16 – 25, and the Karate competition took place on January 17, which included individual categories for both Kata and Kumite. Kata is a choreographed exhibition of skill, whereas Kumite is unrehearsed sparring. Emma Lucraft from England won women’s kata, which is maybe not a surprise as she holds the eleventh place in the Karate world rankings, whereas Elías Snorrason from the Reykjavík Karate Club took the men’s title. Similarly, Viktorija Rezajeva from Latvia, 28th place in the world rankings, won women’s kumite competition, and Lonni Boulesnane from France came in first place in the men’s
The Fulbright Commission of Iceland has signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States guaranteeing 550,000 USD over the next three years to support US scientists’ Arctic research in Iceland. The agreement is the first of its kind between any Fulbright Commission and the NSF and was signed at the Icelandic Embassy in Washington D.C. with Evan Ryan, the United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s Ambassador to the US. The Fulbright Commission and National Science Foundation hope the agreement will create new opportunities for collaboration