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.
Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson and rector of the University of Iceland Kristín Ingólfsdóttir signed a cooperative agreement yesterday on launching preparations for establishing a Peace Center in Reykjavík.
Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti) by Icelandic director Baldvin Z was the most watched and highest-grossing film in Iceland in 2014, earning ISK 70 million (USD 536,000, EUR 455,000).
January 6 is known as Þrettándinn or ‘the Thirteenth’ in Iceland. According to the Icelandic calendar, it marks the 13th and last day of Christmas—the first being Christmas Day—and also the day when the last of the 13 Yule Lad brothers returns to his cave.
Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson has been named Sony Country Imaging Ambassador for Iceland, made official on Sony’s website in the last few days. He is one of 17 Country Ambassadors and 11 Global Ambassadors for Sony worldwide.
Reykjavík City Council agreed in a meeting last month to grant the Living Art Museum free usage of the public women’s bathroom on Bankastræti in the city center as an exhibition space. The public bathrooms were closed seven years ago.
As in past years, the topics covered by Iceland Review Online’s columnists in 2014 were diverse and while four of the top ten news stories of 2014 were about volcanic eruptions, only two of last year’s Top 10 columns were eruption-related.
Sixteen bonfires are being prepared for New Year’s Eve in Iceland’s capital region, of which ten will be in Reykjavík. The largest will be at Gufunes in Grafarvogur, Geirsnef by the mouth of Elliðaár river, Ægisíða in Vesturbær and Rauðavatn in Norðlingaholt.
The January-March issue of Iceland Review magazine is out. The spectacular ongoing eruption at Holuhraun is again on the magazine’s cover with the issue including a feature about our trip to the site in mid-October by Zoë Robert, accompanied by images by Iceland Review editor and photographer...
The most popular story of national broadcaster RÚV this year was one featuring a video of 11-year-old Björk reading from the nativity story on children’s program Stundin okkar in 1976 published on ruv.is on December 20. It was part of RÚV’s Christmas calendar.
Today is Annar í jólum, or the ‘Second Day of Christmas.’ in Iceland After eating to excess on December 24 and 25, many families have leftovers for lunch, enjoy their gifts and relax on December 26.
Only 32 percent of Icelanders were planning to buy real Christmas trees this year, down from 56 percent in 2012, according to a new survey by MMR. Artificial trees are gaining popularity with 56 percent of respondents preferring them over real trees this year.
Tonight is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas cards.
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.
The longest night of the year was last night, the winter solstice beginning at nightfall yesterday, at 3:30 pm in Reykjavík, and ending at sunrise at 11:23 am today. Ásatrúarfélagið, followers of the old Norse religion, will celebrate the event tonight.
Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason’s 2011 novel Konan við þúsund gráður (La femme à 1.000°; ‘The Woman at 1000°’) was named the best literary translation by the association of translators in France (Syndicat national des traducteurs professionnels) on Saturday.