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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.

Doctors

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...

Ambulance

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.

Snowfall in Reykjavík on October 21, 2014.

White Christmas Expensive for Reykjavík

Iceland’s capital has seen extensive snowfall this December, which has resulted in significant expenses for clearing snow and salting roads, estimated at ISK 150 million (USD 1.2 million, EUR 1.0 million) in December, totaling at ISK 500 million this year.

Elligleði. Stefán Helgi Stefánsson singing.

The Butterfly and the Alchemist

Elligleði—meaning ‘old joy’—was formed by teacher and opera singer, Stefán Helgi Stefánsson and retired craft teacher, Sesselja Magnúsdóttir. Together they have brought magical moments to many people in their twilight years and immeasurable joy to their families.

Bergen, Norway

Norwegians Help Single Icelandic Father

Almost 300 Norwegians have in the past days offered donations to Hagbarður Valsson, a single father of four originally from Iceland. Hagbarður’s fiancé Guðrún Guðmunda Sigurðardóttir died suddenly last year when she was seven months pregnant.

A cargo ship with containers.

Twenty Containers Fall into Ocean

Twenty containers, which were being transported by Eimskip vessel Dettifoss en route to Iceland, fell into the ocean 85 nautical miles northwest of the Faroe Islands last night when the ship was hit by rogue waves.

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

Carcasses of Dead Horses Free from Icy Pond

The carcasses of all 12 horses who were found in the frozen Bessastaðatjörn pond, near Reykjavík, yesterday, have been freed from the ice. Divers broke through the ice and a helicopter from Reykjavík Helicopters heaved the dead horses out of the pond.

'Apartheid' cocktail.

‘Apartheid’ Cocktail Wreaks Havoc in Iceland

A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

Emergency Coastguard Helicopter Takes Three Hours

A crewmember on board the freezing trawler Örfirisey RE suffered a heart attack on 5th December and it took a coastguard helicopter some three hours to come and get him, because the helicopter had been on a mission for the civil protection agency at the Bárðarbunga volcano site.

A screenshot from a video showing a Sunday Times journalist driving off-road in Iceland.

Sunday Times Journalist Drives Off-Road in Iceland

A Sunday Times journalist has been caught driving off-road in Iceland. The journalist was testing the new Land Rover Discovery Sport for the car manufacturer, who will continue to fly foreign journalists to Iceland for this purpose in the next six weeks.

Syrian refugee children

Icelandic Filmmaker Not Working for IS, His Family Says

The family of the Icelandic filmmaker, who, according to a Syrian defector from IS (aka ISIS) has been working for the terrorist organization, as stated in an article in The New York Review of Books by Sarah Birke, has come forward, saying he is not involved with IS.

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