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Reykjavík Grapevine,  27 May 2018 2:12 PM
Reykjavik Elections: Conservatives Come Out Ahead, Socialist Wins Seat
The Independence Party won the most seats last night in Reykjavík municipal elections, but what shape the next City Council... more

mbl.is,  27 May 2018 1:00 PM
"Women and people of mixed race need to have more visibility in Iceland"
Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir is 26 years old and the youngest person to be elected into city council. Sanna Magda­lena Mörtu­dótt­ir, leader of the Socialist Party in Reykjavik has secured a seat on the City Council in yesterday's election. The Socialist Party did very well in the elections and received 6.4 percent of votes. Mörtudóttir is the youngest person ever to to be elected into city council and also the first mixed race woman to be on city council. more

mbl.is,  27 May 2018 10:35 AM
Independence Party gets largest number of votes in Reykjavik
Current Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Alliance Party and Independence Party Mayor candidate Eyþór Arnalds . Votes in the municipal elections were counted last night and the Independence Party gained the largest number of votes and eight seats at the Reykjavik city council. The Alliance Party received seven seats. The Reform Party holds a key position in whether the Alliance Party or the Independence Party will lead the city council and hold the seat of Mayor. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2018 11:49 PM
First Numbers From Reykjavik: Independence Party Overtakes Social Dems, Socialist Possibly In
With 90,135 on the voter registry, a voter turn-out of 59.1% at 22:00, and 9,235 votes counted so far, the... more

mbl.is,  26 May 2018 8:18 PM
Municipal elections: More voters than four years ago
More voters have voted in Reykjavik than in the last election four year ago. At 5 pm 33.020 people had voted which is 1.547 more than four years ago. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  26 May 2018 4:39 PM
Photos: Iceland’s Smiters Train For World Cup Combat In Reykjavík
Ahead of their first ever foray into a World Cup tournament, the Icelandic men’s national team held an open training... more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2018 10:00 AM
Harlem Globetrotters Return to Iceland
This is the sixth time the exhibition basketball team has visited Iceland. more

mbl.is,  26 May 2018 10:00 AM
Float in weightlessness at a new Reykjavik spa
On Rauðarárstígur, a stonethrow from the Hlemmur Mathöll food market you can now try floating at the Hydra Float Spa. more

Iceland Review,  26 May 2018 9:00 AM
Municipal Candidates Recommend Their Favorite Books
The Reykjavík City Library has asked the chairpeople of all the political parties standing for election what their favorite books are and why. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  25 May 2018 3:59 PM
18 Child Marriages In Iceland Since 1998
The Minister of Justice revealed in Parliament today that 18 exceptions have been made to Iceland’s marriage laws since 1998.... more

mbl.is,  25 May 2018 3:00 PM
Weather warning: Heavy rain and possible floods in South Iceland
Rivers and streams in Reykjavik could also rise tonight to cause flooding. The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding for South and South West Iceland tonight, Friday. Rivers and streams in Reykjavik could also flood due to the rainfall. more

mbl.is,  25 May 2018 2:31 PM
Weekend: Singapore Sling and Skrattar at Húrra
Singapore Sling with frontman and songwriter Henrik Björnsson. Tonight Icelandic rockers Singapore Sling perform at Húrra in Reykjavik. Opening for Sling are newcomer bad boys of rock and roll, Skrattar. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  25 May 2018 1:29 PM
Israeli Consul Meets With Icelandic Public Broadcasting Over Eurovision Row
Israeli authorities are reportedly concerned about Iceland’s growing push to boycott Eurovision next year. RÚV, Iceland’s public broadcasting, reports that... more

mbl.is,  25 May 2018 1:26 PM
Iceland is the most expensive country to drink a beer
Giving up beer might be an idea before travelling to Iceland! According to a survey conducted by travel bureau Intrepid, Iceland is the most expensive country to drink a beer. The cheapest country for beer is Vietnam. more

Iceland Review,  25 May 2018 11:00 AM
Vast Majority of Foreign Tourists Sample Local Food in Iceland
Nearly half of all tourists try lamb in Iceland and just under half eat skyr. more

mbl.is,  25 May 2018 10:56 AM
Iceland has highest rate of children born out of wedlock than anywhere else in Europe
In  2017, 4.071 children were born in Iceland. Only 28.8 percent of children were born in wedlock in Iceland in 2017. This is reported by the Iceland bureau of statistics. more

Iceland Review,  25 May 2018 10:00 AM
Icelandic Voters Agree on Environment
Nearly 9 out of 10 Icelanders agree their municipal government should take a leadership role in environmental issues and consider the environment in their planning more

Iceland Review,  25 May 2018 9:52 AM
Largest Cruise Ship Ever to Visit Iceland Docks in Akureyri
The total number of passengers on board is equal to a third of the town’s population. more

Iceland Review,  25 May 2018 9:37 AM
Construction Modified for the Sake of Elves
An apartment complex in Hveragerði, South Iceland was redesigned to accommodate a rock many locals believe houses elves. more

mbl.is,  24 May 2018 6:00 PM
Iceland Airwaves announce this year's line-up
Faraoese singer Eivör will return to the Iceland Airwaves festival this year. Following on from announcing Fever Ray, Blood Orange and Alma, Iceland Airwaves have revealed the third round of acts for 2018. More than 50 acts from 15 countries join what’s already a massive line-up for the festival's 20th Anniversary edition. more

Iceland Review,  24 May 2018 4:34 PM
Icelandic Flag Prototypes Shown in Denmark
Three designs for the Icelandic flag made in the early 20th century are now on display for the first time. more

mbl.is,  24 May 2018 3:27 PM
Tourists still happy about their Iceland trip
How happy were you about your Iceland trip? A new survey on how happy tourists are about their trip to Iceland shows that people are just as happy as they have been in recent years. more

mbl.is,  24 May 2018 9:58 AM
Largest cruise liner to come to Iceland expected on Saturday
The Meraviglia arrives in Reykjavik on Saturday and almost resembles a small town. The largest cruise liner ever to have come to Iceland is the Meraviglia and it's expected in Reykjavik on Saturday. more

mbl.is,  23 May 2018 3:44 PM
This guesthouse, next to one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls, is for sale
Fosshóll guesthouse boasts of a magnificent location. Guesthouse Fosshóll, which is almost on the edge of the Skjálfandafljót canyon, 500 metres from the famed Goðafoss waterfall, is up for sale. The price is a hefty 170 million ISK. more

Iceland Review,  23 May 2018 2:19 PM
Björk Performs on TV for the First Time in 8 Years
Björk performed live on Jools Holland’s BBC show “Later…” last night. more

Iceland Review,  23 May 2018 1:03 PM
NASA to Prepare Mars Expedition in Iceland
A NASA research team are evaluating conditions in Iceland for conducting research aimed to facilitate the exploration of other plants. more

Iceland Review,  23 May 2018 12:57 PM
Foreign Companies Pay Guides 80% Less
Tour guides employed by foreign companies in Iceland are receiving a daily salary of just ISK 12-15 000 ($115-140/€100-120). more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  04 May 2018 4:37 PM
The IMO and The Icelandic Civile Protection Agency reassess the status for Öræfajökull
It is close to nine months since an unrest in Öræfajökull was detected. The unrest was apparent from elevated seismicity, the development of a depression in the ice-surface (cauldron) within the caldera, and the presence of geothermal gases from a glacial river. At this time, the geothermal activity beneath Öræfajökull was assessed to be high relative to previous decades.more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  20 April 2018 4:17 PM
Glaciers in Iceland continue to retreat
The mass balance of the Icelandic glaciers has been negative since 1995 with the exception of the year 2015 when it became positive for the first time in 20 years. The mass balance in 2016 was again negative by a similar magnitude as in recent years. The mass balance of Langjökull and Hofsjökullwas again negative in 2017 whereas Vatnajökull was almost in balance. The glaciers have lost approximately 250 km3 of ice since 1995, which corresponds to ca. 7% of their total volume. Glaciers in Iceland have retreated rapidly for more than two decades and glacier downwasting is oneof the most obvious consequences of a warming climate in the country.more

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