News 2007 - July

Craftsmen meet in competition

Ísmót 2007 - The Icelandic Skills Competition, a contest between the best hairstylists, cosmetologists, goldsmiths, fashion designers, and photographers, will take place at the new Show Hall in Laugardalur, central Reykjavik, the first weekend in September.

International congress on soil reclamation in Iceland

An international congress on soil, communities and climate change will he held in Iceland between August 31 and September 4. The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland is hosting the congress to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

Today is Merchants’ Holiday

Today is Merchants’ Holiday in Iceland, a public holiday celebrated annually on the first Monday in August. People of all walks of life use the long weekend, known as the Merchants’ Weekend, to travel to the countryside and celebrate at outdoor festivals.

Argentinean tango in Iceland

Dance enthusiast María Ásmundsdóttir Shanko is organizing a series of events and lessons in Iceland this month related to Argentinean tango aimed at strengthening the local dance culture.

Culture Night in Reykjavík

Every year downtown Reykjavík fills with 80,000 to 100,000 people who come to enjoy Menningarnótt (“Culture Night”), a celebration of Icelandic culture. Festivities officially begin Saturday August 18 at noon in the city center and end in the evening with a fireworks show.

Tourists prepared to pay entrance fee for Iceland’s attractions

According to a study undertaken by masters student María Reynisdóttir, the majority of local and foreign tourists are prepared to pay an entrance fee for Iceland’s main tourist attractions, like Gullfoss waterfall, provided the money will be spent on improving and maintaining the sites.

Improvements to airport in Akureyri

Minister of Transport Kristján Möller announced last weekend that the government had agreed to speed up the improvements to the airport in Akureyri, northeast Iceland, by one year; they are now scheduled to finish in fall 2008.

The murder in Reykjavík believed to have been pre-meditated

An investigation into the murder that was committed in Reykjavík last Sunday indicates that the murderer had planned the attack in advance.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />