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.
Icelandic swimmer Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir finished 11th in 200-m breaststroke in the Olympics in Rio last night in 2:24.41 minutes and did not make it to the finals. She is now done competing at the Olympics and says she is content with her achievement.
Four US Air Force fighter jets flew across South Iceland this morning. People were surprised at the sight and engine sound but the birds even more so. The Icelandic Coast Guard reported that the jets had had a stopover in Iceland on their way across the Atlantic.
A video work by Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams is being projected onto the façade of Hotel Belmond Copacabana in Rio, Brazil, on the occasion of the Olympics. A video of the artwork has been shared on Facebook and viewed more than two million times.
In July, 69,000 visitors to Iceland sought the services of the Reykjavík Tourist Information in Aðalstræti in the city center—more people than have ever visited the information center in one month since it was established in 1987.
The most famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós will play along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles in three concerts April 13-15 next year.
On their first official visit yesterday, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Reid went to Sólheimar, a sustainable community in South Iceland. Guðni commented that he “felt like a rock star” as everybody wanted to take their picture with him.