Icelandic authors Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Jón Kalman Stefánsson are among 15 authors to be long-listed for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Papa John’s pizzeria in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty —which was filmed in Iceland—was chosen as one of the worst cases of latent advertising last year by Brandchannel, who handed out their annual Product Placement Awards last week.
Reykjavik is among eight cities on CNN ’s list of ‘Great Coffee Cities’ published earlier this week.
Today is Öskudagur (Ash Wednesday). Öskudagur (literally: ‘Ash Day’) is in many ways Iceland’s answer to Halloween.
Traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and bean stew, is eaten in Iceland today to celebrate Sprengidagur ('Bursting Day'), which is Iceland’s answer to Shrove Tuesday. The motto is to eat stew until you burst.
Björk, Patti Smith, Highlands, Of Monsters and Men, Samaris, Retro Stefson, Mammút and Lykke Li will perform at a concert in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík on March 18 to raise funds for the conservation of Icelandic nature.