Horses on the way to Lake Mývatn

Death of Horses Not Caused by Negligence

The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has completed its investigation into the drowning of 12 horses in Bessastaðatjörn pond outside Reykjavík late last year. Their death is not believed to have been the cause of negligence.

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship

Machine Guns Still in Iceland

It is yet to be decided when and how the 250 MP5 submachine guns will be returned to the Norwegian Armed Forces, according to spokesperson for the Norwegian military Vegard Finberg’s a written response to Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV.

Police car

Up to 30,000 Unregistered Guns in Iceland

It is estimated that there are up to 30,000 unregistered firearms in circulation in Iceland, compared to 73,000 registered firearms, as stated in a recent article in police journal Lögreglublaðið by police officer Runólfur Þórhallsson, reports today.


Iceland’s Healthcare System to Be Restored

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, acting Minister of Finance Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, chair of the Icelandic Medical Association Þorbjörn Jónsson and chair of the Association of Icelandic Surgeons Kristín Huld Haraldsdóttir signed a...

Charlie Hebdo vigil in Reykjavík, January 8, 2015

Hundreds Attend Charlie Hebdo Vigil in Reykjavík

Between 300 and 500 people attended a vigil outside the French Embassy in Reykjavík last night in memory of the victims of the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday and to rally in support of free speech.

Icelandic broadcaster RÚV staff show support for victims of Charlie Hebdo

Rally to be Held outside French Embassy

A rally will be held outside the French Embassy in Reykjavík at Túngata 22 in downtown Reykjavík at 6 pm today to remember for the victims of the terrorist attack at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday.

Charlie Hebdo shooting rally in Cologne, Germany, January 7, 2015

Iceland Sends Condolences to Paris

Iceland’s president, prime minister, foreign minister and Reykjavík’s mayor have joined leaders around the world in sending condolences to France after the terrorist attack at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday.


Surgeons in Iceland Sign New Wage Contract

Representatives of the Association of Surgeons in Iceland and the Icelandic state signed a wage agreement at around 00:30 am last night after 14 hours of consecutive talks. Further strikes planned by surgeons, who have been striking on and off since November 4, have been called off.

Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson speaking at the signing of a declaration of intent regarding new student apartments..

Hundreds of New Student Apartments in Reykjavík

The City of Reykjavík, the Icelandic Student Agency (FS) and University of Iceland signed a declaration of intent on Monday on the construction of 650 new apartments for students on the University of Iceland’s main campus and in the university’s vicinity in the next five years.

A screenshot of a map showing ICE-SAR's operations in 2014.

Search and Rescue Called Out 12,194 Times

A total of 92 member associations of ICE-SAR (the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) with 2,468 volunteers participated in 1,500 operations in 2014, including the highland watch, responding to 12,194 callouts, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR.

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Ísafjörður Mayor Rejects Liability for Dioxin Pollution

Mayor of Ísafjörður Gísli Halldór Halldórsson has said that the town will not accept liability relating to the dioxin pollution in Engidalur valley near Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, from the incinerator Funi despite the fact that the municipality will participate in compensating farmers in the...


Doctors Resume Strike, Negotiations Paused

Doctors in Iceland have launched a new series of strikes, starting at midnight. They will not resume work until after four days. The latest meeting between the delegations of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state ended at 3 am last night.

Fireworks at Jökulsárlón

Man Loses Fingers, Sues over Fireworks

A man who lost three fingers in a fireworks accident on New Year’s Eve 2013 has now filed a lawsuit against the sales agent, the agent’s insurance company and the minister of justice. He believes the firework was faulty and holds both the importer and state responsible.


Cardiac Surgeon Iceland’s Person of the Year

Cardiac surgeon Tómas Guðbjartsson, a professor and senior physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, was voted Person of the Year by listeners of Rás 2 radio station on Wednesday. Tómas and his team recently saved a man who had been stabbed in the heart.

Landspítali National University Hospital

Iceland’s First Baby of 2015 Arrives

A girl born at 3:54 am at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík was the first baby to arrive in Iceland in 2015. The girl weighed approximately 3 kilos (7 pounds) and measured 49 centimeters (20 inches). Both the mother and baby were in good form after the delivery.

Bjarg farm in Eyjafjörður

Man Walks 500 Meters Naked to Save Family from Fire

It was the night before Christmas when Vífill Valgeirsson woke up. He was in bed with his wife and everything was still on the farmhouse Bjarg in Eyjafjörður, close to Akureyri. Suddenly, his dreams were interrupted when he smelled smoke and felt extremely warm.

Gifts that warm.

Opening Hearts and Minds

The ticking of a clock from one year to the next can make us all look forward with change in mind. Erla Kristinsdóttir did just this. She made a new year’s resolution for the first time and what she decided involved ribbons, recognition and enriched not just her life but those of hundreds of...


Doctors’ Wage Dispute Still Unresolved

A meeting between the delegations of doctors and the Icelandic state ended at 7:30 pm yesterday without a solution to the ongoing wage dispute. A new meeting was scheduled this morning. If the dispute remains unresolved, doctors will strike again in one week.

Reykjavík domestic airport

Former Iceland Minister Defends CIA Flights Report

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who served as Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2007 when a report on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition flights in Iceland was carried out, denies that the report wasn’t thorough, even though there may be a reason to reopen the case.