Culture

Icelandic Literature Prize Announced

Three authors, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Snorri Baldursson and Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, were awarded by President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the Icelandic Literature Prize ceremony, held at presidential residency Bessastaðir yesterday.

Chess Grandmaster Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík

Friðrik Ólafsson, Iceland’s first grandmaster in chess, was given the title Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík at a ceremony in Höfði yesterday. Friðrik, who celebrated his 80th birthday on January 26, was made an honorary member of FIDE (the World Chess Federation) at the same occasion.

Dark Music Days Starts Today

The contemporary music festival Dark Music Days opens in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík today. Established by the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1980, the festival has been described by the Times as “ever-diversifying… a hot ticket in a cultural hotspot.”

Last McDonald’s Burger in Iceland on Display

The final McDonald’s burger to be sold in Iceland before the chain closed its doors in the country in October 2009 is on display at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavík. The man who purchased the last burger, Hjörtur Smárason, had kept it in his garage for three years before donating it to the National...

Film Crew Takes over North Iceland Town

The cast and crew of Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson’s upcoming crime series Trapped (Ófærð) have taken over the North Icelandic town of Siglufjörður. A group of around 70 people recently arrived in town to set up for what is expected to be the most extensive television series filmed in...

Could America Have Looked Like This?

Icelandic journalist Illugi Jökulsson has written an article about what could have happened, if the settlements established by Icelander Leifur Eiríksson in North America had been permanent and Nordic people had gone to other parts of Vinlandia.

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