The long Verlunarmannahelgin ‘Merchants’ Weekend’ (or ‘Labor Day Weekend’) is coming up with festivals of all kinds celebrated around the country, including sport, camping, outdoor concerts, typically heavy drinking but also family fun.
According to the website strangebuildings.com, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s iconic church, is one of the strangest buildings in the world. It should be noted that the list is interactive and constantly updated according to votes, with Hallgrímskirkja at 3rd place at the time of writing...
With memories from the last festival still fresh, organizers of ATP Iceland have already announced the first headliner for next year: Belle & Sebastian will perform at Ásbrú, the former NATO base in Keflavík, on July 2 as part of ATP Iceland 2015.
The old French hospital in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, originally built in 1903, has been renovated. It opened as a hotel and museum last month.
Justin Timberlake’s sold out show in Kópavogur, a town just outside Reykjavík, on August 24 will be broadcast live around the world via a new website, Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.
The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland is working on the preservation of Þingvallabærinn, the distinctive farm at Þingvellir National Park. The houses were built on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in 1930.
Borg brewery is preparing to export sheep dung smoked IPA Fenrir to the U.S. The beer is the brainchild of brew master Sturlaugur Jón Björnsson, whose love for smoked food inspired him to try the Icelandic traditional method of smoking lamb on beer.
A petition urging 365 Media to renew its license to BBC World Service radio has been added to change.org.
Icelandic band Árstíðir and visual artist Kitty Von-Sometime have announced that they will team up to produce a collaborative art project.
Reykjavík City Council yesterday approved the installation of two murals by Icelandic artist Erró in the Reykjavík suburb of Breiðholt. One of the two murals is 24 meters high and will appear on the side of an apartment block.
Iceland will not appear, or will only appear very briefly, in the fifth season of television series Game of Thrones.
The stream of foreign artists headed to Iceland continues with British reggae/pop outfit UB40 set to perform in Harpa in Reykjavík on September 19.
Iceland has the healthiest diet in the world, according to a documentary, The World’s Best Diet, broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. on Monday night.
The annual Iceland Airwaves festival, held November 5-9 this year, has added more artists to this year’s line-up.
Vonarstræti (Life in a Fishbowl), directed by Baldvin Z, is the most watched film in Iceland so far this year, surpassing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, according to a press release from distributor Sena.
“We made this film for very little money and the dream has always been to give those who put their heart and soul into this project something in return,” says Lára Guðrún Jóhönnudóttir, producer of the short film Jón Jónsson.
The 72-hour Pagan-themed midnight sun music festival, Secret Solstice, began today at 11.00 in Laugardalur park in Reykjavík. This is the first time the festival has taken place.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden was exempted from the new entrance fee near Námaskarð, North Iceland, it has been revealed.
Dagur B. Eggertsson, the new mayor of Reykjavík, says that the City of Oslo was not under any pressure to uphold the tradition of giving Reykjavík a Christmas tree to put on Austurvöllur square.
This coming fall the Iceland office of the AFS Intercultural Program will provide scholarships of ISK 500,000 (EUR 3,220/USD 4,370) to exchange students wishing to study in predominantly Muslim countries. The ones on offer are Indonesia and Malaysia