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Baltasar Kormákur during filming for Trapped

RVK Studios to Establish Movie Village

Reykjavík City Council today unanimously voted in favor of selling a large plot and industrial buildings to director Baltasar Kormákur’s production company to set up a Hollywood-style studio lot.

Iceland Qualifies for Bocuse d’Or Final

Iceland’s nomination for the Bocuse d’Or, chef Viktor Örn Andrésson, has placed fifth in the European heats of the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, winning a place in the finals in France in January.

Ásmundarsalur

Museum Building Sold Fast

The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) has voiced amazement over how quickly Ásmundarsalur, a building on Freyjugata, Reykjavík, was sold.

Gréta Salóme.

Eurovision Semi-Finals Tonight

The fate of Iceland’s contribution to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be decided tonight when Greta Salóme steps on stage during the competition’s first semi-final in Stockholm.

European Team Chess Championship 2015

Chess Marathon for Refugees Underway

Hrafn Jökulsson, author and chess fanatic, is today and tomorrow engaged in a chess marathon for charity. He is playing at Reykjavík City Hall and everybody is welcome to come along. Hrafn is collecting money for the UNICEF Fatima Fund for Syrian refugee children.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

Icelandic Actor in Favor with Spielberg

Steven Spielberg was so set on having Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson play in his upcoming summer Disney adventure, The BFG, that he didn’t even need to audition. “He just contacted me out of the blue,” Ólafur Darri says.

Protected Building Demolished Without Permission

Contractors this week demolished Exeter House, on Tryggvagata in Reykjavík, against planning rules. All work on the site has been stopped and the City of Reykjavík is likely to report the demolition to the police for criminal investigation. The chairman of the planning committee describes the...

From Reykjavík.

Grave Dig Gives Window on Past

Following Iceland’s adoption of Christianity in around 1000 AD, it is believed a church was built on the present-day corner of Aðalstræti and Kirkjustræti in Reykjavík. 800 years’ worth of Reykjavík residents are buried in the graveyard, which is now being excavated.

Reykjavík Multicultural Day 2015

Polish Proves Popular

Two beginners’ courses in Polish have got off to an excellent start at the University of Iceland, with the number of students enrolled tripling between terms.

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