Iceland Airwaves announced today the first batch of artists to perform at this year’s festival, November 4-8.
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.
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.”
Morgunsól (‘Morning Sun’) as a female name was approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee last week. The female names Sivía and Kala as well as the male name Sæbjartur were also approved.
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...
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...
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.
In recent interviews following the release of her new album, Björk comments on friendship, the environment and music, among other things.
Third year students of Iceland’s Photography School, Ljósmyndaskólinn, open their graduation exhibition at Harpa at 3 pm today.
Two hundred copies of the latest issue of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are expected to arrive in Iceland next week. The magazine will be sold in bookstore Penninn Eymundsson, probably starting on Tuesday.
Today is Bóndadagur, or Husband’s Day, when wives and girlfriends in Iceland pamper their men. Bóndadagur also marks the beginning of the old Icelandic month of Þorri, during which Þorrablót mid-winter feasts are held across the country.
Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk released her new album Vulnicura unexpectedly on iTunes yesterday, following a leak of the recordings. The album quickly became the number 1 most downloaded album on iTunes in more than 30 countries, including the UK.
There has been a shortage of lemons in Icelandic stores in recent days and suppliers have had trouble coping with demand. Managing director of fruit importer Bananar Kjartan Már Friðsteinsson guesses that it’s part of a new trendy diet.
The City of Reykjavík will organize 100 smaller and larger events this year in celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland. The events will look back on the achievements of the women’s rights movement while promoting further gender equality.
The organizers of ATP Iceland announced last week that the legendary Iggy Pop will perform during the 2015 music festival, which will be held at Ásbrú in Keflavík, July 2-4. The concert will mark Iggy’s first solo show in decades.
Five Icelandic siblings, who posted a video of themselves performing The Real Group’s ‘Pass Me the Jazz’ on YouTube on January 2 and shared it with their Facebook friends as a New Year’s greeting, have proven a major online hit, their video having been viewed more than 7,000 times.
Thirty-five percent of respondents to a MMR poll published on Thursday were happy with the last New Year’s Eve comedy show Áramótaskaupið, compared to 80 percent a year earlier. The popularity of the program is similar to in 2012, according to the poll.
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson has been nominated for an Oscar for his music in The Theory of Everything, as confirmed in the last hour.
Over 98 percent of Icelanders give presents at Christmastime, have Christmas trees and decorate their homes, according to the latest Gallup poll on the habits of Icelanders at Christmastime.
What shocks some is that the group’s home page shows Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, with a Hitler mustache.
Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson became the first Icelander to win a Golden Globe award last night. Jóhann won the Best Original Score Award for his music in the film The Theory of Everything.
The inhabitants of Reyðarfjörður, the East Fjords, flocked to the premiere of British drama series Fortitude in local community center Staupasteinn yesterday evening. The series was shot in the town and elsewhere in the region.
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for a BAFTA for the music he wrote to the film The Theory of Everything. This is Jóhann’s second nomination for a major award—last month he was nominated for a Golden Globe.