German tourist and anti whaling activist Arne Feuerhahn of Hard To Port left the mast of whaling vessel Hvalur 8 yesterday evening, after 15 hours, in spite of having planned to protest Iceland’s whaling for 48 hours. The organization claims that he was threatened.
The verdicts in the so-called Arum and Imon cases were announced at Reykjavík District Court yesterday. All defendants in the former case were acquitted and all but one in the second.
Former chair of the Progressive Party criticized the party’s comments on the building of a mosque in Reykjavík and the PM’s reactions to them.
A 32-year-old unnamed activist from Berlin from the organization Hard to Port chained himself to the mast of Icelandic whaling ship Hvalur 8 this morning.
Fox hunter Guðmundur Jakobsson from Bolungarvík witnessed a female fox attack and attempt to kill a baby seal in the West Fjords yesterday morning.
Ascension Day is a Christian holiday celebrated 40 days after Easter to commemorate Jesus’ bodily ascension to heaven in the presence of his apostles.
Today Iceland celebrates Labor Day, as is celebrated in many countries across Europe. Also referred to as May Day, it has been a national holiday in Iceland since 1966 and is one of the country’s 11 flag days.
Today is the first day of Harpa, the first summer month of the old Icelandic calendar, which is also officially the first day of summer, or Sumardagurinn fyrsti. The holiday always falls on the first Thursday after April 18 and has been a bank holiday since 1921.
Easter Monday is a bank holiday and the last day of Easter celebrations in Iceland. It is known as Annar í páskum ('The second day of Easter') in Icelandic and also commemorates the resurrection of Christ.