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.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the northern end of Bárðarbunga between 4 and 5 am yesterday morning. The volcano, which lies under the massive Vatnajökull glacier, caused the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption in the northeastern highlands of Iceland.
This summer’s nesting season at Tjörnin, the Reykjavík Pond, in the Vatnsmýri bird reserve in the city center, is looking to be successful. The local birdlife is on the mend after many years of poor results. Three new duck species have appeared there in recent years.
A helicopter pilot who landed in the Holuhraun eruption site, a restricted area, three times in September and October 2014, has been fined ISK 200,000 (USD 1,694, EUR 1,513). If the fine will not be paid within four weeks, the pilot must serve a 14-day prison sentence.
Justice League, the latest film in the DC-Comics series, will be shot in Iceland in October, more specifically in the village Djúpavík in the West Fjord’s remote Árneshreppur region. Owner of local hotel Ásbjörn Þorgilsson is...