The Reykjavík Chess Open, which starts today, will be the biggest and hardest-fought in the competition’s 53-year history.
Today is the last day before Christmas, known as Þorláksmessa (‘The Mass of St. Þorlákur,’ Iceland’s patron saint). The day is celebrated by eating skata, putrefied (or fermented) skate, and buying the last Christmas presents.
A young Syrian boy, who arrived in Iceland as a refugee in January, charmed visitors at the Reykjavík City Library last week by singing an Icelandic nursery rhyme in flawless Icelandic.
The mystery reels fished up by lobster fishermen in Faxaflói bay earlier this month are from a Soviet film from 1968.
Ten residents of the West Fjords have written an open letter to municipal authorities in Ísafjörður, lamenting the fact that they are required to wear bathing suits in the town’s Finnish sauna.
The Icelandic horse and traditions surrounding it could possibly make UNESCO’s Heritage List within a few years.
Did you ever wish you could trace the travels of the heroes of the Icelandic sagas, and know precisely where each of them uttered an unforgettable sentence, or died a heroic death? Well, now you can. The Icelandic Saga Map has just been awarded the Utilization Award (Hagnýtingarverðlaun) at the...
The Icelandic Crime Authors’ Association has named DNA by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir the best crime novel of 2014, awarding it with the Blóðdropinn (‘Blood Drop’) trophy. The book will be Iceland’s contribution to this year’s Glass Key Award for Nordic crime authors.
Cairns, or carefully arranged piles of stones, have been popping up all over the place and are a more serious problem than it might first appear.
Sunday May 31 is being touted as Obscura Day by Atlas Obscura, a website promoting the world’s hidden gems and little-known wonders.
Today is Whit Monday in the Western Christian calendar, and is celebrated as a national holiday in many countries, including Iceland.