The United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane which made an emergency landing on Sólheimasandur, a black sand beach in South of Iceland, in 1973 has become famous after being featured in music videos and films.
A new outdoor artwork, Hringur og Kúla (‘Circle and Ball’) by Kristinn E. Hrafnsson and Studio Granda, turned out to be too heavy to be moved to the Arctic Circle on Grímsey island, north of Iceland, where it was supposed to stand and move with the Arctic Circle.
Two earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 4.5 hit Katla volcano in Mýrdalsjökull glacier last night, followed by a series of aftershocks. These are the largest quakes to hit Katla since 1977, when a 5.1 earthquake was measured there.
Guðmundur Guðmundsson, the Icelandic coach of the Danish national team in men’s handball, led his players to victory against France in the Olympic finals in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, 28:26. Denmark has never won the Olympic gold before.
President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he would like to change the tradition that the official who becomes acting president while the president is abroad—most often the prime minister—escorts the president to Iceland’s boarders.
The 2016 edition of the Reykjavík Jazz Festival opened in Iceland’s capital yesterday with marching musicians. Running through August 14 with concerts in Harpa, the program includes Latin music performed by Tómas Einarsson and Sigríður Thorlacius.
Microbrewery Bruggsmiðjan in Árskógssandur, a village in North Iceland, is planning to open a beer spa in the region, with a view of Hrísey island, in February next year. Guests will be invited to bathe in a mixture of beer, water, hops and yeast.
The Icelandic pension funds hold at least 40 percent of shares on the local stock market worth approximately ISK 365 billion (USD 3.1 billion, EUR 2.8 billion). Their combined share has increased by nine percent in three years.
After initial reports of a successful nesting season—unusually many puffins laid eggs and unusually many chicks were hatched—it has now turned out that 83 percent of puffin hatchlings in the Vestmannaeyjar islands off Iceland’s south coast have died due to lack of food.