A temporary strike at Keflavik International Airport has come to a close. The airport staff’s strike began at 4 a.m. last night and ended at 9 a.m. this morning.
Lea Gestsdóttir, an Icelandic guide, was traveling in South Africa with friends earlier this week when they decided to visit Swaziland. She had to wait at the border as officials were reportedly baffled by her passport, claiming that it was not valid.
Icelanders take two to three times the amount of sleeping pills used by people elsewhere in the Nordic countries. The Directorate of Health has raised concern about the effects of excessive pharmaceutical use.
Teaching in secondary schools in Iceland is expected to resume on Monday. A new collective wage agreement is expected to be signed today and the strike, which has lasted almost three weeks, is expected to come to an end.
The first of four strikes by airport personnel in Iceland on April 8 will affect 38 Icelandair flights to and from Iceland and 5,000 passengers, according to Guðjón Arngrímsson, spokesperson for the airline.
Eighty-eight percent of the members of the three unions with employees at ISAVIA, the company which the operates airports in Iceland, voted in favor of holding four short strikes, closing all airports in Iceland and disrupting all air traffic to and from Iceland.
Police stopped a 17-year-old girl with her brand new driver’s license driving 143 km/h (89mph) opposite IKEA in Garðabær, a town just outside Reykjavík, on Wednesday night. The maximum speed there is 80 km/h (50 mph).
A young woman living in rural Iceland recently received a call from Iceland Lottery, that she had won ISK 6.5 million (USD 57,610, EUR 42,000)—she had a subscription ticket.
Hafþór “Thor” Júlíus Björnsson, Iceland’s strongest man, will be doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from 4-5 pm this afternoon.
Between 1,500 and 1,800 teachers at 26 state secondary schools and two private schools in Iceland have gone on strike today.
In the last ten years the population of Iceland has increased by 12 percent. However, in the Northeast region of Þingeyjarsýsla, which reaches from just east of Akureyri all the way to Bakkafjörður, the population has decreased by 10 percent over the last ten years.
The belongings of several well-known Icelanders are up for auction as part of Moustache March, an initiative to raise funds and awareness for cancer among men.
A man in his twenties was last week charged with defrauding people after he sold them tickets to the Iceland vs. Croatia World Cup 2014 playoff in Reykjavík in November last year but failed to provide them with the tickets.
A 22-year-old Icelandic man was recently sentenced to four and a half years in prison in Argentina for attempting to smuggle cocaine.
The police in Selfoss, South Iceland, have released a transcript of a phone call it received yesterday because of the closure of Hellisheiði mountain pass between Reykjavík and the town of Hveragerði following a snowstorm which hit, leaving many stranded.
Ring Road 1 between Lake Mývatn and Egilsstaðir has reopened. There is still a lot of snow, as can be seen on the Road and Costal Administration’s web cameras.
Public trust in the Icelandic Presidential Office is considerably lower than a year ago, according to a new poll from Gallup on confidence in 17 of Iceland’s principal institutions.
Icelandic adventurer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir reached the peak of Kilimanjaro along with her traveling partners around 7 am this morning. At 5,895 meters, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.
The population of Iceland increased from 321,857 to 325,671, or 1.2 percent, between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014, according to Statistics Iceland.
Around 75 percent of people registered with the unemployment office in Iceland from 2009 to 2013 were in work or study in autumn last year, according to a survey by the Directorate of Labor.