Sigurður Ingi Þórðarson, or Siggi ‘the hacker,’ was sentenced to two years in prison in Reykjavík District Court today for embezzlement. He is also to repay WikiLeaks ISK 7 million (USD 56,000, EUR 45,000) and cover all legal costs.
News 2014 - December
The carcasses of 12 horses were found in Bessastaðatjörn in Álftanes near Reykjavík yesterday. They are believed to have walked onto the frozen pond in one of the past days and fallen through the ice.
The longest night of the year was last night, the winter solstice beginning at nightfall yesterday, at 3:30 pm in Reykjavík, and ending at sunrise at 11:23 am today. Ásatrúarfélagið, followers of the old Norse religion, will celebrate the event tonight.
U.S. airline Delta has canceled plans for scheduled flights between Keflavík International Airport and Minneapolis next summer as the company was unable to obtain service slots at the airport. In summer 2014, Delta offered daily flights between Iceland and New York.
A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.
All the snow which has fallen in Iceland in the past weeks have resulted in ski resorts being able to open across the country. The slopes are being prepared in Hlíðarfjall above Akureyri, North Iceland, and Bláfjöll near Reykjavík and it is hoped that they can open today.
Scientists at the University of Iceland’s Earth Sciences Institute were feeling merry this week and in anticipation for the upcoming holidays posted the above image with a Christmas greeting on their Facebook page.
The approximately 50 Cubans living in Iceland celebrated yesterday when U.S. and Cuban leaders announced that formal diplomatic relations between the two countries would be resumed after 50 years of hostility.
Search for 20-year-old Þorleifur Kristínarson, an Icelandic citizen who has been missing in Denmark since Saturday morning, has been called off, according to information from the North Jutland police.