Five astronauts and Neil Armstrong’s descendants will visit Iceland at the invitation of the Exploration Museum in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, next summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the training for the moon landing in the Icelandic highlands in 1965 and 1967.
The computer game EVE Online, developed by Icelandic company CCP Games, has been nominated for a BAFTA award, as announced in London yesterday.
Icelandic actress Hera Hilmarsdóttir (Life in a Fishbowl, 2014) accepted her European Shooting Star award in from U.S. actress Natalie Portman at the Berlinale film awards ceremony in Berlin last night. The prize was awarded to ten young actors in Europe.
A large iceberg from Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland, was transported to Reykjavík last week for a new theater performance, Fjalla-Eyvindur by Jóhann Sigurjónsson, which opens March 26.
Icelandic and Finnish designers have teamed up in a project titled ‘We Live Here’ for this week’s Stockholm Design Week, which ends tomorrow.
The annual Winter Lights Festival opened in Reykjavík last night with a light installation by artist Marcos Zotes at Hallgrímskirkja cathedral.
Icelandic actor Sverrir Guðnason received the Guldbagge trophy at the Swedish Film Awards last Monday for Best Actor—defending his title from the 2014 awards. This year Sverrir earner the title for his performance in Flugparken.
Three authors, Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Snorri Baldursson and Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, were awarded by President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the Icelandic Literature Prize ceremony, held at presidential residency Bessastaðir yesterday.
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.