Icelandic author Steinunn Sigurðardóttir received the Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize for her contributions to the Icelandic language on Sunday. November 16, the birthday of national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, is the Day of the Icelandic Language.
Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson cut down a pine tree selected by the Reykjavík Forestry Association this week, which will be donated as a Christmas tree to Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, to honor the relationship between the two capitals.
The Design and Craft Fair (‘Handverk og Hönnun’) at Reykjavík City Hall in downtown Reykjavík started on Thursday.
Around 5,000 foreign music fans have made the trip to Reykjavík for this year’s Iceland Airwaves music festival, which runs through Sunday. A total of 9,000 tickets were sold to this year’s festival.
Over the next weekend the second National Icelandic Scrabble Competition will be held. However, a shadow has been cast over the event because of a dispute on the board, a dispute that resulted in one of the board members resigning in protest.
Ancient remains of a house were discovered by ground penetrating radar (GPR) research in Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) off South Iceland this past summer. Archaeologist Bjarni F. Einarsson believes the islands were settled around 800 AD.
Icelandic drama Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti; 2014) by director Baldvin Z was the big winner at the 56th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Germany, claiming the NDR Film Prize of EUR 12,500 (ISK 1.9 million, USD 15,600), on Saturday.
When road improvements of the so-called Konungsvegur (King’s Road) in Þingvellir National Park began last week, old paving stones appeared from underneath the asphalt. These are likely the remains of the original King’s Road from 1907.
Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson claimed the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize Of Horses and Men and the City of Reykjavík won the Nature and Environment Prize at the 2014 Nordic Council Prizes ceremony in Stockholm yesterday.
Biannual visual art festival Sequences will be held for the seventh time in Iceland April 10-19, 2015. Alfredo Cramerotti has been announced as the curator of Sequences VII, taking over from Markús Þór Andrésson. Preparations are said to be going well.
Today is the first day of winter according to the Icelandic calendar. As in the past 11 years, it will be celebrated with Meat Soup Day on Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík, where passersby can enjoy a taste of free kjötsúpa, a classic culinary staple, from 2 pm.
On Thursday, July 17, at around 11:00 am, the citizens of Reykjavík looked up at the sky in astonishment as the magnificent German airship Graf Zeppelin sailed towards the city. Slowly and majestically it approached, its grey body shining in the sunlight
The Icelandic film Borgríki II (City State 2), which premiered on Friday, shot straight to the top of the Icelandic box office, pushing U.S. director David Fincher’s Gone Girl from the number one spot.
The skeleton of a blue whale which beached in Iceland in 2010 will be preserved in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, as Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced at a Progressive Party convention in Hallormsstaður, East Iceland, last weekend.
Organizers of the Iceland Airwaves music festival released the off-venue program yesterday. With 675 performances at 52 locations, it’s the biggest off-venue program to date. Airwaves will start in Iceland’s capital on November 5. The first off-venue concerts take place on November 3.
The 2014 Icelandic Children’s Book Award goes to Guðni Líndal Benediktsson for his book Leitin að Blóðey, as announced today. The book features a grandfather telling his grandchild a bedtime story about his amazing adventures.
The October-December issue of Iceland Review magazine is out. The issue includes a lengthy feature about the Holuhraun eruption by volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson accompanied by images by Páll Stefánsson.
An ambitious collaborative art film, OPUS/YOU AGAIN, made by performance artist Kitty Von-Sometime and band Árstíðir has been released. Shot on Iceland’s second-largest glacier Langjökull, the video features a 160-kilo (350-pound) ice sculpture.
Universal Studios have acquired the rights to a film Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur has been working on for the past six years, taking over from Working Title. Known as Vikingr, the film will be set in Iceland and feature scenes from the Icelandic Sagas.
Tickets to the 2014 Iceland Airwaves music festival, which will be held for the 16th time in Reykjavík this year, from November 5 to 9, have now sold out, as announced in a press release yesterday.