Snekkja (‘Yacht’) has been accepted as a girl’s name in Iceland by Mannanafnanefnd, the Icelandic Naming Committee.
Story has it that a comment from US President Richard Nixon during his 1973 visit to Iceland saved historical houses in Reykjavík from demolition.
Today, the temperature has risen to 17°C (63°F) in Iceland, while Norway and Sweden have been subject to sub-zero temperatures and snowfall. Unseasonably warm weather is forecast throughout this week.
Þór Þorsteinsson, a member of search and rescue association ICE-SAR, posted a video on Facebook from yesterday’s operation leading to the rescue of two ptarmigan hunters who were lost on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland.
The leaders of three political parties, Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence Party, Benedikt Jóhannesson of the Reform Party and Óttarr Proppé of Bright Future, talked informally last weekend about a potential government coalition.
A new department for organized crime at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police is investigating suspected cases of human trafficking in Iceland, especially in the construction and tourism industries. The department has hired a special investigator for such cases.
More than 80 volunteers from search and rescue associations in North Iceland and Reykjavík, along with the Coast Guard’s helicopter crew, took part in the rescue of a man who had become trapped in the steep mountainside of Gunnólfsvíkurfjall on Langanes peninsula, Northeast Iceland, yesterday...
The 2016 Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) will be held in Reykjavík, September 29-October 9.
Progressive Party MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir, who chairs the Alþingi parliament’s Budget Committee, and Independence Party MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, the committee’s first deputy chair, presented a report on Monday criticizing the re-privatization of the banks.