Final preparations for this weekend’s Iceland Winter Games are currently underway on Hlíðarfjall, Akureyri. The games consist of freeskiing, snowboarding and kite skiing events.
IKEA raised the price of saltkjöt og baunir (salted meat and bean stew), traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday in Iceland, by 500 percent this year. The day is known as Sprengidagur (‘Bursting Day’).
Icelanders have donated USD 500,000 (EUR 360,000) to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, which reached the USD 1 billion milestone yesterday.
Members of Parliament in the Left-Greens, Social Democratic Alliance, Pirate Party and Bright Future have requested an investigation into the granting of ISK 200 million in funds to various projects by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
Icelandic adventurer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir reached the peak of Kilimanjaro along with her traveling partners around 7 am this morning. At 5,895 meters, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.
The population of Iceland increased from 321,857 to 325,671, or 1.2 percent, between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014, according to Statistics Iceland.
Björk, Patti Smith, Highlands, Of Monsters and Men, Samaris, Retro Stefson, Mammút and Lykke Li will perform at a concert in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík on March 18 to raise funds for the conservation of Icelandic nature.
An estimated 8,000 people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, yesterday afternoon to protest against the government’s proposed withdrawal from European Union accession talks.
Around 75 percent of people registered with the unemployment office in Iceland from 2009 to 2013 were in work or study in autumn last year, according to a survey by the Directorate of Labor.