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The Most Red-Headed Icelander Chosen at Irish Days in Akranes

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: Seventeen year old Laufey Heiða Reynisdóttir was chosen the Most Red-Headed Icelander of 2015, at the annual Irish Days festival in Akranes last weekend....

ATP: Peel Slowly and See – Day One

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: From technopunk miscreants to art-folk aficionados, All Tomorrow’s Parties delighted festival goers from all walks of life with a veritable hlaðborð (‘buffet’) of delights. Here are some of my personal highlights....

Pamela Anderson asks Putin to Stop Icelandic Whaling Company

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson, of Baywatch fame, has sent Russian President Vladimir Putin a personal request, asking for his assistance in halting Icelandic whaling....

Three Men Behind Racist Attack in Downtown Reykjavík

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: Around 9PM on Saturday night, at the intersection of Hverfisgata and Ingólfsstræti, three men jumped from a car shouting racist slurs, before attacking a nearby group of pedestrians....

Hrútar Among the Final Ten for EU Film Prize

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: The film Hrútar (Rams) has been nominated for the LUX Film Prize—awarded annually by the European Parliament since 2007—making it the first Icelandic film to receive this honor....

Dog Summer (JB)

07.07.2015 - icelandreview: Summertime is when the days are long and the nights almost too brief to sleep....

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07.07.2015 - icelandreview: Geothermal area Þeystareykir, near Húsavík, Northeast Iceland....

New Study: Icelanders More Anglo-Saxon than Nordic

06.07.2015 - icelandreview: Icelanders seem to have more in common with Canadians, Brits, Australians, New-Zealanders and U.S. Americans than the Nordic nations, according to a new study carried out by three professors at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of I...

Foxes Increasing in West Fjords Nature Reserve

06.07.2015 - icelandreview: Last year it was reported that there had been a collapse in the Arctic fox stock in Hornstrandir nature reserve in the West Fjords. A multitude of animals were found dead and only a few cubs survived. However, now the fox stock seems to be recovering....

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06.07.2015 - icelandreview: Jarðböðin (Mývatn Nature Baths) by Lake Mývatn, Northeast Iceland....

Tourists Trapped at High Tide in Southwest Iceland

06.07.2015 - icelandreview: Three tourists became trapped where they had camped on a grassy field by the shore at Tungubakkar in Leirvogstunga in Mosfellsbær, a neighboring community of Reykjavík, on Sunday morning. When they woke up at high tide at 7 am, their tent was surrounded b...

Iceland to Decrease Emissions by 40 Percent

05.07.2015 - icelandreview: The government of Iceland announced their climate goals this week ahead of the World Climate Summit in Paris in December. Iceland will be joining Norway and the EU in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to their status in 1...

Hiking Trail Opens at Holuhraun Lava Field

05.07.2015 - icelandreview: Employees of Vatnajökull National Park have finished marking a hiking trail leading from the road across Dyngjusandur plains and up the northern edge of Holuhraun lava field in the northeastern highlands. The trail opened on Thursday....

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05.07.2015 - icelandreview: Willow near Dettifoss waterfall in Northeast Iceland....

International Flights to North and East Iceland Profitable

04.07.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic state could increase its revenue by up to ISK 1.3 billion (USD 9.8 million, EUR 8.8 million) per year from supporting international flights to Akureyri in North Iceland and Egilsstaðir in East Iceland, according to the conclusion of a task f...

Iceland’s Special Prosecutor Made Redundant

04.07.2015 - icelandreview: The office of the Special Prosecutor, which was established to investigate the Icelandic banking collapse in 2008, will be shut down at the end of this year, according to legislation passed by Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Tuesday....

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04.07.2015 - icelandreview: A small unnamed waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park....

Investor Saves Radio Iceland in Eleventh Hour

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: Radio Iceland will continue to be on the air for now. An agreement was reached with an investor about one hour before the station was set to shut down this week on funding its operations temporarily....

New Lagarfljót River Mouth Successful

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: National power company Landsvirkjun had a new river mouth made for Lagarfljót in East Iceland last year at the risk of the old river mouth shifting further and carrying water from Kárahnjúkavirkjun dam into fishing river Fögruhlíðará, which also mouths in...

No Conclusion on Charges at Tourist Destinations

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: Chair of the Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir said in parliament this week that she finds it regrettable that Minister of Industry Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, who is responsible for tourism, had failed to sort out the mess regarding charges at tour...

Chinese to Fund New Smelter in Northwest Iceland

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: Icelandic company Klappir Development and China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction (NFC) signed a declaration of intent on the building of an aluminum smelter in a planned industrial area at Hafursstaðir in Skagabyggð, Northw...

Making Amends (ESA)

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: This year marks the 400th anniversary of Iceland’s only massacre....

Light Rail System to Appear in Reykjavík by 2040

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: A new agreement on regional planning for Reykjavík and surrounding communities, which was signed by all seven municipalities in the capital region on Monday, includes establishing a light rail system in the region by 2040....

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03.07.2015 - icelandreview: Selfoss waterfall in Jökulsá á Fjöllum, Northeast Iceland....

Moody’s upgrades Iceland credit rating

03.07.2015 - icenewsis: Moody’s Investors Service announced, Monday, that it had moved the country’s credit rating up a notch to Baa2, citing an improved outlook to the economy and credit-worthiness over the next four years. While the rating is still just two notches from ...

Whale season begins in Iceland with activists’ incident

03.07.2015 - icenewsis: The first whale kill of the 2015 season in Icelandic waters attracted the ire and intervention of activists, who followed the towed mammal into port lighting flares to draw attention to their campaign. The traditional whaling season gets underway in defia...

Tractors Circle Iceland for Charity

03.07.2015 - icelandreview: Friends Karl Friðriksson and Grétar Gústavsson are currently driving the Ring Road on old Massey Ferguson tractors in support of Vinátta (‘Friendship’), a project launched by Barnaheill (Save the Children Iceland) to raise awareness of and fight bullying....

Pirate Party MP Raps in Parliament

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, MP for the Pirate Party, appeared to have had enough of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Wednesday evening when he rapped the song ‘Hleypið mér út úr þessu partýi’ (‘Let me out of this party’) by Jónas Sigurðsson in the podium....

New Species of Biting Midges Attacks Icelanders

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: Summer house owners in Kjós on both sides of Hvalfjörður fjord in West Iceland had to escape their resorts last weekend after being attacked by culicoides, a genus of biting midges, which has never been seen in Iceland before....

Storm Tears Camper Apart in Southeast Iceland

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: It has been stormy in parts of Iceland in the past days. On Tuesday night a camper was quite literally torn apart by the violent wind which raged in Öræfi, Southeast Iceland, as can be seen in a video caught by Guðmundur Ögmundsson....

Earthquakes Die Down, Eruption a Possibility

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: The earthquake swarm which began off Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland on Tuesday evening appears to be dying down; seismicity dropped last night and this morning. Due to heightened activity in volcano Eldey off shore, the level for air traffic was...

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02.07.2015 - icelandreview: Embracing the midnight sun in Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla county, Northeast Iceland....

Naked Cyclist Raises Driver Awareness

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: The campaign Hjól í huga (‘bike in mind’) which was launched on Monday, aims to increase awareness about cyclists among drivers....

Radio Iceland Closes

02.07.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic English-language radio station Radio Iceland, which was launched in mid-February, has closed....

Preview: ATP Iceland Music Festival 2015

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: ATP Iceland Music Festival Iceland 2015 kicks off tomorrow—here's what to expect....

Icelandic Red Cross Sends Two to Nepal

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic Red Cross recently dispatched two volunteers to the Norwegian Red Cross medical camp in Chautara, Nepal, one of the areas worst affected by the April 25 earthquake....

285 Resign from Iceland’s National Hospital

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: In total, 285 people have left their positions at Landspítalinn National University Hospital since Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, imposed a law banning the strikes of BHM member unions and the Icelandic Federation of Nurses (FÍH) on June 13, RÚV reports....

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01.07.2015 - icelandreview: An aerial view of Reykjavík as seen from the window of a passenger plane....

Season’s First Fin Whales Brought to Shore

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: Whaling ships Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 each brought a fin whale to harbor Monday evening, the first of the season...

More Artists Announced for Iceland Airwaves

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: The latest round of artists for this year’s Iceland Airwaves were announced yesterday: Mercury Rev, SOAK, Lucy Rose, JME and Aurora, taking the lineup total to 46 acts including 31 Icelandic artists....

Two Hundred Earthquakes off Southwest Iceland

01.07.2015 - icelandreview: Approximately 200 earthquakes have been picked up by sensors off Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland since around 9 pm last night. The strongest quakes have been about 4.0 magnitude and could be felt in Keflavík and Akranes....

Iceland bow out of Women’s UEFA U17 championship

01.07.2015 - icenewsis: A spirited Icelandic Under 17 Women’s football side were beaten 2-0 by Spain to exit the competition in front of their home crowd with no points but plenty of pride. The underdogs were outclassed by the 2011 former champs, as Patricia Guijarro and Andrea ...

Midnight Light

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: Leaving Iceland....

Midnight Light (PS)

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: Leaving Iceland....

Beautiful Icelandic Landscapes in Time-Lapse

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: Photographer and Iceland Review reader Carlo Resta shared with us this wonderful time-lapse video of his travels across Iceland!...

Reading Campaign Launched in Iceland

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: The Icelandic Education Testing Institute (IET) has announced the launch of a new program that is to be instituted in all Icelandic elementary schools, and which is aimed at improving reading comprehension among school-aged children....

Beer Cheapest in Reykjavík

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: According to GoEuro.com’s recently published 2015 Beer Price Index, out of the capitals of all five Nordic countries, the price of beer is lowest in Reykjavík....

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30.06.2015 - icelandreview: A couple from Taiwan takes a selfie at Lake Mývatn....

Two Icelanders Inducted into AMPAS

30.06.2015 - icelandreview: On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), inducted 322 new members into its ranks, including two Icelanders....

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29.06.2015 - icelandreview: The sun sets over downtown Reykjavík....

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