Christian Mathias Markus

German Tourist Missing

A young German tourist, Christian Mathias Markus, born October 11, 1980 is missing. He was last seen on Thursday, September 18, when he left the hotel in Breiðavík in the West Fjords.

Landspítali National University Hospital

Number of Physicians Decreases in Iceland

Data by the Icelandic Medical Association shows that there are currently 1,100 physicians practicing in the country. More than half of them are over 50 years old. Since 2009, the total number of practicing physicians has decreased by 110.


Reykjavík Climate Walk Highlights Challenges

About 300 people gathered for the Loftslagsganga (‘Climate Walk’) in Reykjavík on Sunday. The walk was part of an initiative organized by the global movement Peoples Climate March, calling for the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Transport vessel Akrafell runs aground in East Iceland.

Another Ship Runs Aground, Akrafell’s Future Uncertain

Cargo ship Green Freezer ran aground on a skerry by Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, yesterday evening. An attempt will be made to tow it loose at high tide tonight. Another transport vessel, Akrafell, ran aground at a similar location recently, the future of which is...

Transport vessel Akrafell runs aground in East Iceland.

Transport Vessel Runs Aground in East Iceland

Transport vessel Akrafell ran aground on a skerry by Vattarnes between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður shortly after 4 am this morning. The ship, which is 137-m (450-feet) long, started leaking and all search and rescue units in the East Fjords were called out.

Jail in Skólavörðustígur

Breaking into Jail?

We have all heard of people trying to break out of jail, but this is a bit strange. Last night the Reykjavík police got the most unusual call. A man was seen on the roof of the old city jail on Skólavörðustígur and at first it was thought that he was trying to break into the building.

Jón Gnarr talks to NBC

Jón Gnarr to Appeal in Name Change Case

Former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr will appeal a decision by the National Registry which prevents him from changing his legal name from Jón Gunnar Kristinsson to Jón Gnarr, which he has gone by since he was a child.


Icelandic Naming Committee Rejects Clinton

The Icelandic Naming Committee rejected the name Clinton at its recent meeting. The committee made several rulings on July 30, most of which were positive, but Clinton was rejected as a middle name on the basis that it is not considered derived from local roots.

Swedish Whitebeam tree on Grettisgata, Reykjavík.

Reykjavík Citizens Save 106-Year-Old Tree

A 106-year-old Swedish Whitebeam tree that stands at Grettisgata 17, downtown Reykjavík, will be spared by zoning officials after the people of Grettisgata and surrounding streets organized demonstrations, including petitions and an outdoor concert, to protest its imminent removal.


Justin Timberlake Iceland Concert Bait in Phishing

On a website called, in the name of Icelandic patrol station chain N1, people were asked to type in their personal identification numbers (kennitala) and register into their Facebook accounts “for security reasons” yesterday for the chance to win two tickets for...