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New Program Profiles Muslims in Iceland

04.03.2015 - icelandreview: The first episode of a new two-part documentary program Stöð 2 television channel profiling members of Iceland’s Muslim community was broadcast on Monday night....

Cruise Ship to Iceland for Solar Eclipse

04.03.2015 - icelandreview: The first cruise ship to arrive in Iceland this year is expected later this month. The arrival is earlier in the season than usual in order to view the solar eclipse on March 20....

Ode to Sjón (KH)

04.03.2015 - icelandreview: Poetry by my favorite Icelandic lyricist....

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04.03.2015 - icelandreview: Þingvellir....

Sixty Percent of New Jobs in Tourism Industry

04.03.2015 - icelandreview: The number of tourists visiting Iceland in 2015 is expected to increase by 25 percent....

Björk Exhibition Opens at MoMa on Sunday

04.03.2015 - icelandreview: A retrospective exhibition of the work of Icelandic singer Björk will open in The Museum of Modern Art in New York on Sunday....

Coldest February in Reykjavík in Seven Years

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: This past February was the coldest Iceland’s capital has seen since 2008. The temperature was below the average for the past ten year across the country and below the average for 1961-1990 in South and Southwest Iceland and in most parts of West Iceland t...

Icelandic Banks Profit ISK 370 Billion since Collapse

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: The combined profits of the three large commercial banks in Iceland, Landsbanki, Arion Banki (earlier Kaupþing) and Íslandsbanki (earlier Glitnir), was ISK 80 billion (USD 600 million, EUR 530 million) last year. Since the banking collapse in 2008, they’v...

Scientists Reassess Hazard Assessment for Eruption Site

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection met this morning with representatives of the Icelandic Civil Protection, the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health to discuss the situation at the Holuhraun eruption s...

Another Storm Brewing in Iceland

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning of more than 20 m/s in Iceland for tomorrow. A northwesterly wind of 10 to 18 m/s is forecast for Northeast and East Iceland, accompanied by snowshowers, elsewhere lighter westerly wind and occasio...

Special Forces Arrest Armed Woman in South Iceland

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: The special forces of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police were called out shortly before noon today to assist the police in Selfoss, South Iceland, because of a woman who was armed with a shotgun, standing on the balcony of an apartment comp...

Vio: Dive In

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: More Manchester than Mosfellsbær, if you will....

Sun World Glacier (PS)

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: The silence has been broken. Too many tourists are visiting the same places at the same time....

Leak Affair: No Consequences for Police Chief

03.03.2015 - icelandreview: Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal stated yesterday that there will be no consequences for Chief of Reykjavík Metropolitan Police Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir for sending sensitive and personal information about asylum seeker Tony Omos and others to Gís...

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03.03.2015 - icelandreview: Fresh hay on frozen ground....

Volcanic eruption in Holuhraun came to an end

03.03.2015 - icenewsis: The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection has released the latest facts about the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun: The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun came to an end on Friday 27th of March. Seismic activity in Bárðarbunga continues to...

Björk opens up on new album

03.03.2015 - icenewsis: Icelandic musician Björk has admitted that she was initially appalled by her new album, Vulnicura, because it was all about her break-up with long-term partner Matthew Barney. The singer-songwriter explained that she began working on the album following h...

The Holuhraun Eruption in Numbers

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun lasted almost six months, from August 31 (a minor eruption began in a similar location on August 29 and lasted a few hours) and ended on February 27, or 181 days in total....

Holuhraun Eruption Danger Zone Still in Effect

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: Even though scientists have concluded that the eruption in Holuhraun ended on Friday, the area around the eruption site is still off limits and the emergency level is still in effect. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection will me...

The Flague (JB)

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: The notorious flu with her fierce blows strikes hard this year....

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02.03.2015 - icelandreview: Gullfoss waterfall. Please don’t leave the path and be careful not to slip on the ice....

Of Monsters and Men Perform Seven New Songs

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: Icelandic alternative rock band Of Monsters and Men (OMAM) performed seven new songs from their upcoming sophomore album at “an intimate gathering” for select journalists and music industry representatives at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday even...

Tourists in Extreme Danger on West Iceland Beach

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: Travelers visiting the beach Djúpalónssandur on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland risked their lives by standing too close to the surf on two occasions on Saturday. Giant waves crashed over the people and started pulling them out to sea....

Gas Pollution May Increase after Eruption’s End

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: Volcanic gas pollution from the Holuhraun eruption site may increase in the coming days and weeks, even though there is no more volcanic activity at the site, according to meteorologist Elín Björk Jónasdóttir....

Scientists: Sub-Glacial Eruption in Bárðarbunga Likely

02.03.2015 - icelandreview: In light of the volcano’s history and considering the fact that a large part of the Bárðarbunga volcanic system lies under Vatnajökull glacier, a sub-glacial eruption is likely, according to Kristín Jónsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Met Office’s natur...

Icelanders Allowed to be Called Eivör, not Eilithya

01.03.2015 - icelandreview: The notorious Icelandic naming committee has given the girl’s name Eivör the green light, meaning that fans of the Faroese songstress Eivør Pálsdóttir can now name their daughters in tribute....

The Smallest Town Gets the Smallest Liquor Store

01.03.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic state famously has a monopoly on selling alcohol in Iceland....

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01.03.2015 - icelandreview: In Egilsstaðir earlier this week....

Today is Beer Day in Iceland, Festival Ensues

01.03.2015 - icelandreview: Today marks 26 years since beer was legalized in Iceland....

Another Stormy Day (AG)

01.03.2015 - icelandreview: On an endless winter....

Icelandic atheist society mocks National Church

01.03.2015 - icenewsis: The Icelandic atheist organisation Vantru has joked that it is to register all newborn children in the country as members. In a satirical statement to highlight the flaws of the National Church, the atheist society revealed that everyone would be a member...

The Eruption - It’s All Over!

01.03.2015 - icelandreview: After six months the eruption in Holuhraun is over—at least for now. The eruption was one of the biggest and most dangerous in Icelandic history, spewing toxic gases all over the country and filling a very large area with lava....

Netflix Officially Coming to Iceland

28.02.2015 - icelandreview: Sam Film has completed a contract with the entertainments company Netflix, meaning that Iceland can expect to gain legitimate and legal access to Netflix services starting later this year....

English-Language Radio Iceland on the Air

28.02.2015 - icelandreview: A new Icelandic English-language radio station, Radio Iceland, went live last week, broadcasting news about Iceland, weather updates, information on road conditions and Icelandic music, along with interviews with noteworthy people and stories about Icelan...

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28.02.2015 - icelandreview: Sunset in Hafnarfjörður, near Reykjavík earlier this week....

Tourists Asked to Respect Iceland’s Dangers

28.02.2015 - icelandreview: The last week has seen regular Icelandic news stories about tourists putting themselves in danger, for example at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Reynisfjara beach—as well as car windows being smashed as tourists attempted to drive in Öræfasveit during...

Iceland: Cannabis ice cream experimenters wind up naked outside and seeking medical help

28.02.2015 - icenewsis: An Icelandic couple who thought they would try out a special recipe of cannabis ice cream ended up making fools of themselves, with one running around naked outside and the other calling the police after becoming concerned about the state of their mental ...

Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, former Suðurnes police chief and current capital region police chief, broke the law on data privacy and the treatment of personal information when she sent Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to the then-interior ministe...

Where the Fresh Winds Blow (ESA)

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Reykjanes is not just for driving through....

Icelandic MP Shocked by Proposed Spying Powers

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP for the Pirate Party, has serious reservations about the recent report by the national police commissioner into the threat of terrorism in Iceland. She says the report indicates the police believe they need to spy on Icel...

Calls to Strengthen Restraining Order Law

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: It is increasingly important to for Iceland to give restraining order laws sharper teeth, as well as strengthening laws preventing people being thrown out of home by partners or other housemates, according to seven organizations that delivered a critical ...

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27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Eskifjörður, East Iceland, earlier this week....

Calls for Dedicated Asylum Seeker Center in Iceland

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Iceland needs a dedicated reception center for asylum seekers, according to acting head of the Directorate of Immigration, Þorsteinn Gunnarsson....

Iceland smaller than thought

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: New measurements by the company Loftmyndir ehf. have concluded that Iceland is smaller than previously believed....

Tourists endanger themselves at Gullfoss

27.02.2015 - icelandreview: Tour guide Helgi Guðmundsson is calling on tourists to respect warning signs and not put themselves in unnecessary danger following an incident yesterday he wishes he had not seen....

Life in a Fishbowl wins Iceland’s Oscars

27.02.2015 - icenewsis: Baldvin Zophoniasson’s Life in a Fishbowl claimed an incredible 12 prizes at Iceland’s Edda awards on Saturday night. The annual ceremony, Iceland’s equivalent of the Oscars, was held at the Harpa concert hall in the capital Reykjavik and hosted by the Ic...

Special Police Unit Called Out Weekly

26.02.2015 - icelandreview: The Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner, Iceland’s counter-terrorism unit, specializing in various types of armed and unarmed infantry combat, has been called out on average once per week over the past four years, as stated in a new security ...

Food and Fun Festival Begins

26.02.2015 - icelandreview: The annual Food and Fun festival in Reykjavík opened yesterday....

Blizzard and Avalanche Risk in West Fjords

26.02.2015 - icelandreview: A blizzard is raging on all mountain passes in the West Fjords and on the roads leading to Flateyri and Suðureyri. The driving conditions are poor around Reykhólar in the southern part of the region and along Ísafjarðardjúp in the north. The roads under t...

Tourists Saved from Highlands in Crazy Weather

26.02.2015 - icelandreview: Search and rescue associations were called out yesterday evening to track down two groups of travelers in dismal weather conditions; two men who were located north of Mýrdalsjökull in the southern highlands and three others who were traveling the northern...


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