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Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 July 2018 1:55 PM

What Are Icelanders Talking About?
: The Latest Talking Points From Social Media
If there’s one topic that is always red hot amongst Icelanders, especially on social media, it’s tourism and its inevitable... more

Iceland Review,  19 July 2018 1:50 PM
Stock Exchange to Discontinue Publishing List of Largest Shareholders
The Iceland Stock Exchange will discontinue publishing a list of the 20 largest shareholders in the companies that are listed on the exchange. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 July 2018 1:32 PM
Last Words: Northern Exposure
I recently returned from a trip to Árneshreppur, a small community on the northern coast of Iceland, which recently became... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 July 2018 1:23 PM
The Smiting Never Ends: Women’s World Cup, Aron & Hannes Contracts & More
After a fascinating World Cup tournament reached its finale, the Icelandic men’s team are regrouping for some coming tournaments, while... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 July 2018 1:17 PM
Cartoons: Elín & Lóa Muse On The Icelandic Summer, Or Frequent Lack Of
Here’s the latest relatable content from our resident comic geniuses Elín Elisabet and Lóa. See more comics here. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  19 July 2018 1:12 PM
Grapevine Playlist: ASTVALDUR, Omotrack, Kristín Anna, Andi, Mosi & More
Like eight glorious sea eagles swooping majestically into your living room, we present to you the essential Icelandic tracks of... more

Iceland Review,  19 July 2018 1:07 PM
A Dry Norway Needs Iceland’s Hay
Extensive droughts in Norway have led the country to turn to Iceland for much-needed hay. more

Iceland Review,  19 July 2018 12:16 PM
Mariott to Open 150-Room Airport Hotel in 2019
A new 150-room Courtyard by Mariott hotel will open next year at Keflavík International Airport. more

Iceland Review,  19 July 2018 11:28 AM
Icelandic Oysters Coming to Reykjavík Restaurants
The first oysters ever produced in Iceland are making their way to the table. more,  18 July 2018 2:33 PM
Bomb Discovered Near Reykjavík
From the scene, A bomb, thought to date from World War II, was discovered on Blikastaðanes point, near Mosfellsbær Golf Club, in the vicinity of Reykjavík, at 1 pm today. more

Iceland Review,  18 July 2018 2:10 PM
Sovereignty Celebrations Feature Anti-Immigration Speaker
A Danish MP and vocal opponent of immigration will address the Icelandic Parliament today as a keynote speaker. more,  18 July 2018 1:49 PM
Pirate Party Boycotts Sovereignty Celebration
Pia Kjærsgaard, speaker of the Danish parliament. The party group of the Pirate Party intends to boycott Alþingi’s centennial celebration of Iceland’s sovereignty at Þingvellir national park today. more

Iceland Review,  18 July 2018 12:57 PM
Hospital in Crisis as Midwives' Strike Begins
A midwives’ strike has put added strain on the National University Hospital. more,  18 July 2018 12:01 PM
  Emergency Situation at Landspítali
Páll Matthíasson, director of Landspítali. “There is an emergency situation at Landspítali [National University Hospital],” according to Páll Matthíasson, the hospital’s director. more,  18 July 2018 10:58 AM
Today is Icelandic Sheepdog Day
The Icelandic Sheepdog Kátur from Keldudalur. His name means happy. Today, the Day of the Icelandic Sheepdog will be celebrated from 2 pm to 4 pm at Árbær Open Air Museum in Reykjavík. more,  18 July 2018 10:11 AM
Tulipop Signs Contract with Zodiak Kids
Helga Árnadóttir and Signý Kolbeinsdóttir, co-founders of Tulipop. The Icelandic design company Tulipop has signed an agreement with the international giant Zodiak Kids about the production of a 52-episode animated children’s series. more,  18 July 2018 9:08 AM
Celebrating 100 Years of Sovereignty 
Preparations underway for the parliamentary meeting. One hundred years ago today, Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, voted to approve the Union Law, declaring Iceland a sovereign state. more,  17 July 2018 3:05 PM
Alþingi to Convene at Þingvellir Wednesday
Preparations are underway for the parliamentary session. Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, will convene at Þingvellir national park tomorrow, Wednesday, to celebrate the centennial of Iceland’s sovereignty. more,  17 July 2018 2:12 PM
Iceland’s National Football Coach Steps Down
Heimir Hallgrímsson. Heimir Hallgrímsson, coach of the Icelandic national football team, has left his post. more

Iceland Review,  17 July 2018 1:31 PM
Airport Parking Fee Waived for Buses
Isavia has been ordered to temporarily waive parking fees for buses at Keflavík International Airport. more

Iceland Review,  17 July 2018 12:46 PM
Collect 9.5 Tonnes of Trash in Nature Reserve
Volunteers collected 9.5 tonnes of trash in a Westfjords nature reserve. more

Iceland Review,  17 July 2018 12:05 PM
Iceland Men’s Football Coach Resigns
Hemir Hallgrímsson is stepping down as coach of the Iceland men’s national football team. more

Iceland Review,  17 July 2018 11:14 AM
Fined 400 000 For Off-Road Driving
French tourists were fined ISK 200 000 each for off-road driving in Iceland’s Highlands. more,  17 July 2018 10:46 AM
Hunting of Whale Could Be Punishable by Law
The whale that was hunted on July 8. Results from a DNA analysis are still being awaited. The controversial hunting of a whale by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf. on July 8th may be punishable by law if the whale turns out to be a blue whale and not a hybrid. more,  17 July 2018 9:27 AM
Plenty of Sunshine Today
Count the suns at noon today. So far this summer, the weather map for Iceland has rarely, if ever, included as much sunshine as today. more,  17 July 2018 8:54 AM
Nine Tons of Trash from Beaches
Trash on the beach in Bolungarvík, the Hornstrandir nature reserve. Volunteers picked up nine and a half tons of trash in Bolungarvík, in the Hornstrandir nature reserve in the West Fjords of Iceland, last week. more,  16 July 2018 3:20 PM
Our Moment in the Sun
Sunshine in Reykjavík, at long last! Residents in the southwest part of Iceland could hardly believe their eyes when they took a lunch break today. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  13 July 2018 5:20 PM
Status of Öræfajökull volcano
After a series of meetings with scientists from The Icelandic Meteorological Office, The University of Iceland and Iceland Geosurvey, The Department of Civil Protection has issued the following statement.more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  10 July 2018 3:44 PM
A large landslide falls in Hítardalur valley
A large landslide fell in Fagraskógarfjall mountain in Hítardalur valley, W-Iceland, in the morning of July 7th. The landslide crossed the river Hítará, damming the river and causing a lake to form above the debris tongue. The water found a new channel the next day into Tálmi, a riverbed that reconnects with Hítará a few km farther downstream.The landslide fell from an area that showed evidence of earlier ground displacements and might be an old landslide deposit. The displaced material is a mixture of e.g. rock debris, scree from the lower part of the hillside, swamp soil and sediments from ancient lakes on the valley bottom. A preliminary estimate of the volume of the slide is 10–20 million m3. The area of the debris tongue is ca. 1,5 km2 and the debris is up to 20–30 m thick. more news
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