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Rabbit farming in Iceland, a Novelty

08.02.2016 - icenewsis: The past few weeks there have been talks of a new kind of farming in Iceland, one that locals are completely unaccustomed to, namely Rabbit farming. The rabbit is either something a magician pulls out of a hat or a beloved pet in the mind of most Icelande...

Icelanders excited as ever about the Eurovision Song Contest

07.02.2016 - icenewsis: The 2016 Eurovision song contest will be held in Stockholm in May and Icelanders are taking an extra festive approach this year as Iceland’s participation celebrates its 30th anniversary. Saturday night saw the first of two semifinals for the much-loved s...

Icelanders Excited as Ever About the Eurovision Song Contest

07.02.2016 - icenewsis: The 2016 Eurovision song contest will be held in Stockholm in May and Icelanders are taking an extra festive approach this year as Iceland’s participation holds its 30th anniversary this year. The games are on with 97 days until the big day. Last night sa...

Bolla! Bolla! Icelandic Bun day, a Carnival Week of Sorts

07.02.2016 - icenewsis: Bolludagur, Bun Day is today, Monday with many Icelanders gathering around the coffee table at home with family or at work with colleagues after making a head start yesterday with freshly home made buns. This day marks the start of a peculiar series of th...

Avalanche Risk and Storm Still Going Strong

04.02.2016 - icenewsis: There are warnings high danger (level 4 of 5) of avalanches is in mountain areas in northern part of Westfjords and considerable (level 3 of 5) danger in mountain areas in Tröllaskagi peninsula in North Iceland & in the Eastfjords. Six homes were evac...

Tourist Almost Swept Out to Sea at Reynisfjara Beach

04.02.2016 - icenewsis: Earlier in the week a group of visitors on a tour visiting Reynisfjara Beach experienced the power?—and the danger?—of the North Atlantic Ocean. First, two of the tourists ventured too close to the water, almost getting swept up by the surf. They avoided a ...

Worst Storm of the New Year So Far

04.02.2016 - icenewsis: The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a storm warning for today, Thursday. The whole of Iceland will be affected, but the weather will be particularly severe in the southern and western parts of the country. This storm is due to a low pressure sy...

Storm Warning ?– Better not Travel

04.02.2016 - icenewsis: There is no travel weather out there today so if you had a trip planned, better cancel or postpone. If you must travel please pay close attention to Vegagerdin, The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, and travel safe, you can also call them for fur...

Winter Lights Festival Opens Tomorrow

03.02.2016 - icenewsis: The Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival opens this week, celebrating this dark time of year with art installations and events that utilize light in different ways to illuminate the city and brighten people’s lives. The festival runs from February 4-7 a...

Rutabaga farmers by day, artists by night

02.02.2016 - icenewsis: Musicians Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson and Berglind Häsler promptly left Reykjavík in the rearview mirror in 2014 and moved to the country, they got a farm in Berufjord in East Iceland and set their aim to vegan food production. After developing their recipe ...

GPS Mishap Takes American Tourist on a Wild Adventure

02.02.2016 - icenewsis: Noel Santillan, an American tourist, ended up on a wild goose chase upon his arrival in Iceland, when he accidentally put in the wrong address for his hotel into the GPS system in his rental car. He had a room booked at Hótel Frón on the main thoroughfare...

Children’s Show HVÍTT Premiers in Iceland

01.02.2016 - icenewsis: An award-winning children’s performance piece ?“WHITE?” has been adapted into an Icelandic production entitled ?“HVÍTT,?” which premiered in January and has had major success with Icelandic audiences. The original piece, WHITE, was written by Andy Manley and ...

Syrian Refugees to Iceland ?– A Documentary

31.01.2016 - icenewsis: Árni Gunnarsson, formerly fronting the Icelandic refugee-committee (Flóttamannaráð), founded in 1995, has followed some of the refugee´s voyage with a documentary in mind. The film is to focus on the their journey from Lebanon and their adaptation into Ic...

Radiohead to Headline Secret Solstice Festival

31.01.2016 - icenewsis: It was announced two days ago that Radiohead will be headlining at this year’s Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. The latest update on this exciting news is that the band will play in the Laugardalshöll stadium, which holds fewer people than there are f...

Icelandic youngsters in prison in Brazil

31.01.2016 - icenewsis: A young Icelandic couple traveling in Brazil has been imprisoned in Fortaleza in Brazil and now awaits trial. The couple was found carrying cocaine in condoms in their suitcases. The girl a 20 year old imprisoned along with her 26 year old boyfriend in la...

Radiohead to Headline Secret Solstice Festival

30.01.2016 - icenewsis: It was announced two days ago that Radiohead will be headlining at this year’s Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland. The latest update on this exciting news is that the band will play in the Laugardalshöll stadium, which holds fewer people than there are f...

Gender-Neutral Attitude at Icelandic Elementary School

30.01.2016 - icenewsis: Akurskóli, an elementary school in the Reykjanes peninsula, has taken innovative steps to move away from imposing gender binaries on students by removing gendered signs from the bathroom doors and by opening up the requirements for gender-specific swimwea...

Snowrollers ?– a Weather Phenomena

30.01.2016 - icenewsis: In the midst of all the snow in Iceland right now might be appropriate to mention the Snowrollers, a rather odd weather phenomena. Occasionally after storm follows heavy snow, it seems like the wind has rolled up the snow as if its been rolling up a carpe...

A Nation on a First Name Basis ?– The Icelandic Naming System Explained

29.01.2016 - icenewsis: It is worth mentioning that if you look up a name in the phone book in Iceland you look by first name. The whole culture is on a first name basis. Students call teachers by first names, subordinates call bosses by first name, patients call the doctor by f...

Diver’s Death Calls for Stricter Rules at Silfra

29.01.2016 - icenewsis: The victim of a diving accident at the Silfra fissure in Iceland’s Þingvellir National Park was pronounced dead yesterday, Thursday. The victim was a 26-year-old woman of Chinese nationality and United States residency. She was in Iceland as a tourist and...

Young Icelanders don’t believe that God created the earth

29.01.2016 - icenewsis: Religion and superstition might make for an interesting topic if you happen on young Icelanders in the mood to engage in some theological conversation. According to a Gallup International and WI Network of Market Research poll, 0,0% young Icelanders belie...

Plain Vanilla mass layoffs

28.01.2016 - icenewsis: Fourteen employees of the Reykjavik based mobile games company Plain Vanilla have been laid of since today. This makes for 20 per cent of the companies staff, counting approximately 80 people until now. Plain Vanilla earned its name for developing the awa...

Cricket snack to go, Jungle Bar on the table in the USA

28.01.2016 - icenewsis: The owners of Crowbar Protein producers of the insect infused protein bars, Jungle Bar, have signed a contract with a distributor in the USA. Stefán Atli Thoroddsen one of two owners of Crowbar Protein maintains that consumption of insects will increase i...

Fast Times in Akranes Iceland

27.01.2016 - icenewsis: The mayor of Akranes, Regína Ásvaldsdóttir, has recently confirmed that the eighth chapter of the mega-grossing Hollywood franchise The Fast and The Furious will be in part filmed on location in the small town in West Iceland, just 45 km from Reykjavík. R...

Icelanders Demanding Increased Healthcare Funding

26.01.2016 - icenewsis: Icelanders are seeing upsurge participation, with over 47,000 and rising, signing an online petition; Endurreisn [Restoration] calling for increased funding of healthcare in Iceland. The petition draws the parallel that the Icelandic government assigns fa...

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