Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason’s 2011 novel Konan við þúsund gráður (La femme à 1.000°; ‘The Woman at 1000°’) was named the best literary translation by the association of translators in France (Syndicat national des traducteurs professionnels) on Saturday.
Spoon Licker ( Þvörusleikir in Icelandic), the forth of the Yule Lads, arrives in town today. He is notorious for stealing Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick.
The Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus, one of the differences being that there are 13 of them, have started coming down from the mountains one by one to treat well-behaved children to presents.
For the first time ever the Icelandic Opera will stage an Icelandic opera at Christmas. This is also the first time an opera is staged at Harpa Concert House at Christmas.
The American Embassy in Iceland has released a video of some of its staff trying out a few select Icelandic phrases and tongue twisters.
Today at 12.00 Dr. Terry Gunnell, professor of Folklore at the University of Iceland, will give an illustrated presentation in English on the beliefs and traditions surrounding Icelandic Christmas, past and present.
Icelander Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for A Golden Globe award for his music in the film The Theory of Everything . He says it is very pleasing that his work with the film’s director should have led to such an honor. The film has been nominated for four Golden Globes.
The committee which decides what does and does not constitute a legal name for an Icelander, has confirmed six new names onto the safe list.
Young Icelandic actress Hera Hilmarsdóttir, who has received much critical acclaim for her role as a single mother in drama Life in a Fishbowl has been included in a group of ten young European Shooting Stars, to be presented at the Berlin International Film Festival, February 5-15, 2015.