The Olympics - Latest News


The Olympics – Latest News

A warm Welcoming ceremony was held in the Olympic village on 26 July for the Icelandic athletes. The ceremony was attended by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff, Ambassador Benedikt Jónsson and his wife. President Grimsson as well as Katrín Jakobsdóttir Minister of Education, Science and Culture also attended the Opening Ceremony on 27 July where Ms. Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir was flag bearer for the Icelandic team.

Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir hosted a reception at the Icelandic Embassy on 29, honouring the Icelandic athletes and representatives from the Icelandic Olympic Committee.

Many of the Icelandic athletes have competed, with the most notable success being the national handball team’s victories over Argentina, Tunisia and Sweden, and Ragna Ingólfsdóttir’s victory in women’s badminton over Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte in her first match.

Photos from the Welcome Ceremony and the Embassy reception can be found on the Embassy’s Facebook page here.


Meeting Place for Olympics

Young's Dirty Dick’s pub will serve as a meeting-place for Icelanders and friends of Iceland over the Olympics and we hope to see a lot of you there popping in for refreshment whether it’s before or after a game! We’re hopeful that it will be possible to watch some of the sporting events Iceland participates on TV. Please visit the Embassy’s Facebook page for news on broadcasts and events.

Young’s Dirty Dick’s is located in Bishopsgate right next to Liverpool Street Station which is only a 5-10 minute train ride away from the Olympic Village in Stratford.

Dirty Dick’s
202 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4NR
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Olympic Attaché

Most nations that send athletes to the Olympics have a special Olympic representative, a so called Olympic Attaché. The Attaché serves as a liaison between the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) on behalf of the respective nation's Olympic Committee. The Embassy’s counsellor, Mr Axel Nikulásson, serves as the Icelandic Olympic Attaché to the National Sports Association of Iceland (ISI). Mr Nikulásson possesses valuable experience as he also served as Iceland's Olympic Attaché for the Beijing Olympic Games 4 years ago. 

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