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Astronauts to Commemorate Moon Training in Iceland

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.

Eve Online

EVE Online Nominated for BAFTA

The computer game EVE Online, developed by Icelandic company CCP Games, has been nominated for a BAFTA award, as announced in London yesterday.

Iceberg to Make Debut at National Theater

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.

Bessastaðir

Icelandic Literature Prize Announced

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.

Icelandic grandmaster in chess Friðrik Ólafsson with Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson.

Chess Grandmaster Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík

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.

Harpa

Dark Music Days Starts Today

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.”

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Last McDonald’s Burger in Iceland on Display

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...

Siglufjörður

Film Crew Takes over North Iceland Town

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...

Could America Have Looked Like This?

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.

Vulnicura by Björk.

The Wisdom of Björk

In recent interviews following the release of her new album, Björk comments on friendship, the environment and music, among other things.

Shark meat

Husband’s Day Celebrated in Iceland

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.

A celebration of women's rights in Reykjavík in 1915.

One Hundred Events to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

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.

Iggi Pop

Iggy Pop Joins ATP Iceland Lineup

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.

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