The first sheep herders headed for the mountains yesterday for the annual réttir, roundups of horses and sheep. The first réttir will take place in the Húnavatnssýsla and Eyjafjörður regions tomorrow.
The film Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) by Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival yesterday as one of 12 films in the Venice Days category. The film was well received by both attendees and critics.
A Spanish tourist, who was made pay EUR 800 (USD 900, ISK 100,000) by landowners for driving up to the Douglas DC-35 Super Dakota plane wreck on Sólheimasandur in South Iceland, is taking his case to the Spanish Consulate after the police dismissed his complaint.
Moody’s Investor Service raised the credit rating for the Icelandic state treasury by two points, from Baa2 to A3 yesterday, with stable outlook. Iceland’s credit rating has not been higher since in late 2008.
Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir’s bill on the establishment of a National Security Council was passed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday. The council will be responsible for Iceland’s policy on national security and will be chaired by the prime minister.
The second annual Fundur fólksins (‘The People’s Meeting’) begins in the Nordic House in Reykjavík today and continues through September 3. This is an opportunity for members of the general public to meet with officials and leaders of interest associations.
Fjarskipti hf., the parent company of Vodafone in Iceland, and media and telecommunications company 365 miðlar hf. signed an agreement on Tuesday on private talks on Vodafone’s acquisition of the broadcasting and telecommunications services of 365 for ISK 8 billion (USD 69 million, EUR 62...
Icelandic gaming company CCP announced yesterday its plans to enable users to play the massively multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online for free as of November. After its release 13 years ago, the game, which is set in space, became a global hit and currently has over 500,000...
Rebecca Cathrine Kaad Ostenfeld, farmer at Hólar in Hvammsveit, Dalir, West Iceland, became world famous after a picture of a letter she received last spring was shared on Reddit two days ago. The letter both lacked her name and address, but was still delivered.