Icelandic pop singer Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson will ‘sail’ on a Viking ship “for the Icelandic settlement queens” in this year’s Reykjavík Pride parade, which will take place on August 8. Páll Óskar also stated that there will be no “tits and asses” in this year’s parade.
Photographs of Icelandic landscape by Belgian photographer Wim Denijs, which were published on dailymail.co.uk yesterday, have garnered significant attention. According to ruv.is, they’ve been shared 3,000 times.
The population of Iceland at the end of the second quarter of 2015 was 330,610, 166,170 males and 164,440 females, surpassing the 330,000 mark for the first time. The population increased by 870 from the previous quarter.
Icelandic athlete Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir was named the ‘fittest woman on earth’ after winning the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games in Los Angeles yesterday.
Icelandic singer Guðrún Ólafsdóttir and Spanish guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui recently filmed a new music video on the beach in Reykjavík to one of Iceland’s most beloved folk songs, ‘Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu,’ arranged by acclaimed composer Jón Ásgeirsson.
According to a draft on legislation on the use of drones in Iceland, they must be kept at a distance of at least 150 meters (492 feet) from Bessastaðir, the presidential residence, police stations and prisons, and special permission will be required for flying over densely-populated areas.
A foreign tourist received an ISK 150,000 (EUR 1,000, USD 1,100) fine for driving off-road east of Hrossaborg crater in the Mývatn area, Northeast Iceland, this week. Another traveler witnessed the particularly severe case of off-road driving and notified the police.
A total of 51,296 signed a petition protesting Minister of Fisheries Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson’s bill on the distribution of the mackerel fishing quota, which makes it the fifth largest petition in Iceland’s history. The collection of signatures concluded at midnight.
Minister of Industry Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir said no formal application for an aluminum smelter near Skagaströnd in Northwest Iceland has been submitted but that the project has been presented to her. It’s in the initial stages, she said, and the energy has yet to be found.