Baugur Rejected by Somerfield

The Guardian reports that Icelandic company Baugur’s bid to take over the British Somerfield supermarket chain has been rejected. A bid valued at one billion pounds, or 190p a share, was rejected outright.

Bad News for Cats

The City of Reykjavik has passed a law stating that all cats older than 6 months will be neutered if found on the streets.

Check Mate

Former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer has been granted a tourist passport, and given an Icelandic social security number. The passport was sent to the Icelandic embassy in Japan.

Heavy Fog Grounds Flights

An unusual, heavy fog has covered Reykjavík for the past few days, delaying domestic flights.

Another Icelandic Singer in Elle

Icelandic singer Thórunn Antonia Magnúsdóttir appears in the latest issue of British Elle along with seven other female musicians selected for their style and beauty.

Fire on Board

The fishing trawler Valur went up in flames last night, as it was moored in the harbour at Sandgerdi, southwest Iceland. The 169 tonne vessel reportedly caught on fire around 8 pm, and crews spent most of the night trying to put out the flames.

Gas Up

Trying to capitalize on the recent transgressions of the nation’s major oil companies, Atlantsolía has entered into the market, opening a new location in Reykjavik.

New York Times Publishes Sontag on Laxness

Susan Sontag’s introduction to the forthcoming Magnus Magnusson translation of “Under the Glacier” was published on the New York Times website this weekend. In a lengthy essay, Sontag praises this later work of Laxness as being a mix of the comic and philosophical style novels.

No Get Out of Jail Free Card for Fischer

The Icelandic government has decided not to grant citizenship to chess great Bobby Fischer. The decision was handed down yesterday by the Parliamentary general committee....


Blizzard conditions have grounded four Icelandair planes at Keflavik International Airport. As of 11:00 am, pilots were signalling that it was unsafe to take off due to a lack of visibility.

Strong Currency

The Icelandic Krona is in fourth place amongst currencies that have the largest gain against the US dollar, according to the Economist.

Tsunami Relief

The Icelandic government has agreed to give an extra ISK 10 million to the WHO for Tsunami relief. Iceland is also donating to the UN Food program, and to UNICIEF.

No Crazies in Iceland

The American bio-tech company Xytos will set up a research and development lab in Iceland. Xytos, which recently registered on Nasdaq, will be conducting stem cell research in its Iceland lab.

Free Housing

Banks have been reporting a large number of defaults on their 100 percent mortgage loans, according to RUV. The loans, which require no money down to purchase a house, have been very popular with students and low-income residents.

Drunk Driving

Chelsea striker Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly driving drunk. The 26-year-old Icelandic national was stopped by police for speeding around 5:20 am on Sunday, after Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Everton. Gudjohnsen scored the team’s lone goal in the match.

Icelander is America's Most Gorgeous Man

After the final episode of the American television show, "Manhunt", it's an Icelander who has been crowned "America's most gorgeous male model".

In The Mood for a Melody

The venerable rock singer Robert Plant is scheduled to perform in Reykjavik this April at Laugardalshöll. The concert is part of a tour to promote his new album "Mighty Rearranger", which is due out April 25th in the UK and May 3rd in the US.

Aluminium Smelter

The company Bechtel plans to hire up to 1500 employees to build the new aluminium smelter in Reydarfjordur, east Iceland. The aluminium smelter will be owned by Alcoa, Inc.

And The Winner Is…

Icelander Valdís Óskarsdóttir won the BAFTA for best editing for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Saturday at the British Academy Film Awards.