Icelandic man becomes first in world to receive double arm and shoulder transplant

Icelander Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson became the first patient in the world to receive a double-arm-and-shoulder transplant, undergoing the groundbreaking surgery in Lyon, France. The operation, which took place in mid-January, lasted a whopping 14-hours and was comprised of four surgical teams to minimize the transition time between the donor and Grétarsson, stated The Guardian. According … Continue reading “Icelandic man becomes first in world to receive double arm and shoulder transplant”

Retired Norwegian ferry to be recycled as part of sustainable Superdock project in Bergen

Parts of a retired ferry that served as a go-between Askøy and Bergen in Norway are set to be recycled and take new life as part of a new sustainable Superdock project set out by Nordic Circles. The ferry known as MF Melderskin was recently scrapped at the industrial area, Hanøytangen, on the Norwegian island … Continue reading “Retired Norwegian ferry to be recycled as part of sustainable Superdock project in Bergen”

Norwegian wind farm hit with lawsuit filed by indigenous reindeer herders

The Norwegian wind farm, Øyfjellet, has recently seen a lawsuit filed by the Sámi herders of Nordland county, due to the apparent breaking of an agreement that stimulated its construction not interfere with reindeer migration paths. According to The Guardian, Sámi communities have taken multiple legal actions against Norway’s largest onshore wind farm over the … Continue reading “Norwegian wind farm hit with lawsuit filed by indigenous reindeer herders”

Iceland set to be home for testing of new Mars exploration drones

Holuhraun, the lava field in the Central Highlands of Iceland, is set to be the test site for RAVEN, a USD 3.1 million project funded by NASA, labeled as a next-generation Mars exploration concept. According to SpaceRef, RAVEN is a new concept combining rovers and unmanned drones to explore previously inaccessible regions of Mars. Christopher … Continue reading “Iceland set to be home for testing of new Mars exploration drones”

Music streamed 1.2 billion times in Iceland during 2020

According to RUV, Icelanders streamed music 1.2 billion times during 2020, as shown from data provided by the Icelandic Association of Record Publishing Companies. Spotify was noted as the dominating streaming service, with Icelanders streaming on the platform 1.1 billion times. Icelandic music made up to 18 percent of the total, with popular artists Bríet, … Continue reading “Music streamed 1.2 billion times in Iceland during 2020”

Carbon tax to triple in Norway due to new climate procedures

Norway’s carbon tax is set to triple as part of a new set of procedures put forth by the Norwegian government to achieve the country’s climate objectives. It has been announced that Norway aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50-55 percent by 2030. Then, aiming towards a reduction of 90-95 percent by … Continue reading “Carbon tax to triple in Norway due to new climate procedures”

Did Alaska Really Deliver Presidential Votes By Dogsleds?

In the days and weeks after the November USA Presidential 2020 election – which now feels like a century ago – Alaska was lampooned for taking eons to count its votes. On NBC news talk show Meet the Press, prior to the election, political analyst Jessica Taylor suggested that it could take a while for the … Continue reading “Did Alaska Really Deliver Presidential Votes By Dogsleds?”

Denmark Debuts Animated Series About Man with Giant Penis

New Danish animated kid’s TV show, John Dillermand, has caused a stir with its protagonist’s unique attribute, a giant penis. Danish public broadcaster, DR, debuted the show, which is aimed at four- to eight-year-olds, about John Dillermand, a man with the world’s longest penis who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-breaking genitals, states The … Continue reading “Denmark Debuts Animated Series About Man with Giant Penis”

The Engine Among the Ten Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Europe

Digital advertising agency The Engine, a subsidiary of the advertising agency PiparTBWA, has been named one of the ten best digital marketing agencies in Europe in 2020 by marketing magazine MarTech Outlook. This is the second year in a row for the list.“This is great recognition for us and the international marketing work we do … Continue reading “The Engine Among the Ten Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Europe”

COVID-19: 5000 Doses of Moderna Vaccine coming to Iceland

Iceland is set to receive 5000 doses of the Moderna vaccine as of January lasting through to February, according to the vaccine distribution schedule outlined by the Ministry of Health.Yesterday, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the EU health authority. Iceland expects to receive 128,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, with the first 5000 … Continue reading “COVID-19: 5000 Doses of Moderna Vaccine coming to Iceland”

Images of a silent December night in Northern Iceland

There is something magical about the dark month of December in the North. The time of year when Christmas lights of different kinds illuminate the environment and mother nature adds its final touch with a blanket of newly fallen snow. The images featured in this Christmas article are from the town of Akureyri, home to … Continue reading “Images of a silent December night in Northern Iceland”

Outstanding Artistic Achievement goes to Iceland

The CARTA Outstanding Artistic Achievement and the Judge’s Choice for Best Oracle Deck went to father-daughter artist team Haukur Halldorsson, who worked on all the illustrations, and Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir who wrote the book accompanying the cards. The standard was exceptional this year, according to the International Tarot Foundation, who gave out the CARTA Awards, and the … Continue reading “Outstanding Artistic Achievement goes to Iceland”

The Time Is Now For A Globally Respected US Arctic Policy

It will take slightly more than rejoining the Paris Agreement, but the time is now for a globally respected Arctic Policy, states Dr. Dwayne Ryan Menezes, founder of London-based think-tank Polar Research and Policy Initiative, as he puts forth a 20 part list of recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration on how to make US Arctic … Continue reading “The Time Is Now For A Globally Respected US Arctic Policy”

North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission holds it 39th annual meeting

NEAFC is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for fisheries management in international waters in the North-East Atlantic. Its Contracting Parties are Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland), the European Union, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. In opening the meeting, the President Mr Jacques Verborgh, welcomed the United Kingdom as … Continue reading “North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission holds it 39th annual meeting”

Iceland adopts the WTTC global safety and hygiene stamp

Iceland is among 145 destinations to adopt the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) global safety and hygiene stamp, which was launched earlier this year. The Safe Travels stamp was developed as the first of its kind to help restore confidence in travellers and aims to revive an ailing Travel & Tourism sector. It is … Continue reading “Iceland adopts the WTTC global safety and hygiene stamp”

Valka brings a new way of thinking to salmon fillet portioning

Valka is excited to introduce a new approach to salmon portioning and pin bone removal––the Valka Cutter. It brings X-Ray and 3D imaging technology together with robot controlled water jets to detect and remove pin bones and skillfully analyze fillets for portioning. Cutting edge technology is used to efficiently and effectively portion and remove the … Continue reading “Valka brings a new way of thinking to salmon fillet portioning”

Advanced frozen fish processing solutions introduced by Valka

Valka has unveiled revolutionary frozen fish processing solutions that feature the technical precision and sophisticated design necessary to produce and ship high-quality products destined for the freezer aisle. The new Aligner Packing Robot and High-Speed Portion Grader for IQF products are part of a new line of frozen fish processing solutions enabling processors to maximise … Continue reading “Advanced frozen fish processing solutions introduced by Valka”

Meet in Reykjavík moves under the umbrella of Promote Iceland

Meet in Reykjavík, the official convention bureau for Reykjavík city and the capital area, has joined forces with Promote Iceland. According to an agreement between  Reykjavík’s city council executive committee, Promote Iceland and Icelandair,  Meet in Reykjavík will be operated  independently  for MICE marketing and serve as both a national convention bureau for Iceland and … Continue reading “Meet in Reykjavík moves under the umbrella of Promote Iceland”

How will U.S. Presidential Elections impact the Arctic? – Ask Senator Lisa Murkowski

Arctic Circle VIRTUAL is a new addition to the Arctic Circle, starting in October – the same month as the annual Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest global gathering on Arctic matters, is normally held in Reykjavík.  The 2020 Arctic Circle Assembly was postponed because of COVID-19, as were this year’s Arctic Circle Forums in Greenland, … Continue reading “How will U.S. Presidential Elections impact the Arctic? – Ask Senator Lisa Murkowski”

What the Arctic Reveals about Coronavirus

As permafrost grows in the Arctic, so does the threat to health of both people and animals. Permafrost decay can release long hidden bacteria and viruses. An example of a potential threat in Russia is anthrax, a highly toxic bacteria endemic to the country and which thrives among its domesticated and wild ungulate populations, namely … Continue reading “What the Arctic Reveals about Coronavirus”

Man dies from polar bear attack in Svalbard

Tragic news emerged from Svalbard today as a man died in hospital following an attack by a polar bear. The attack happened at a campsite close to the airport, a short distance away from the main town of Longyearbyen where roughly 2000 people live.  Despite frequent polar bear sightings and the estimated number of polar … Continue reading “Man dies from polar bear attack in Svalbard”

Reykjavik International Film Festival goes ahead in September

This year RIFF will explore new technology and use it to bring quality cinema to an even wider audience in Iceland. There will be online screenings to movie lovers across the country to Keflavík, Ísafjörður and Akureyri as well as those who can normally not attend the festival such as those at sea, at hospitals and in … Continue reading “Reykjavik International Film Festival goes ahead in September”

Reykjavik Ensemble presents a collaborative performance project

On the 29th and 30th of August in Klúbbur Listahátíðar (Iðnó), the international theatre company REYKJAVÍK ENSEMBLE will present a collaborative performance “Ég kem alltaf aftur” (I shall always return). The piece is inspired by the work of a Polish theatre master Tadeusz Kantor who thirty years ago visited Listahátíð Reykjavíkur with his performance Ég … Continue reading “Reykjavik Ensemble presents a collaborative performance project”

Iceland Aviation Academy – One of the largest flight schools in the Nordic countries

Keilir Aviation Academy and the Icelandic Flight School recently merged under the name Iceland Aviation Academy.  The Icelandic Flight School was established in 1998 and had until last Spring graduated over 2,000 students including 883 from their ATPL program. Since Keilir Aviation Academy was established a decade ago, the school has graduated over 400 professional … Continue reading “Iceland Aviation Academy – One of the largest flight schools in the Nordic countries”

Iceland’s Road to Sustainability

There was a seminar held on March 30th in Iceland talking about having a green and sustainable future in the transport company of Iceland. It had gathered a panel of several car industry companies talking about electric and sustainable cars. This would be perfect for Iceland since they are already working towards green hydrogen and … Continue reading “Iceland’s Road to Sustainability”

Icelanders Reaction after watching Will Farrel’s Eurovision movie

The 2020 American musical comedy which hit on the platform of Netflix makes Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an incredible movie. This musical comedy movie has been directed by David Dobkin and written by Andrew Steele and Will Farrel. This film is based on two lead singers namely Lars Erickssong and … Continue reading “Icelanders Reaction after watching Will Farrel’s Eurovision movie”

Iceland has eased on its COVID travel restrictions

Iceland has eased on their travel restrictions. They had several rules and regulations for a person if they were tested positive. Passengers who would arrive at Iceland would be in quarantine for 2 weeks. It was seen that if a passenger booked for their screening test earlier before they landed here, it would be beneficial … Continue reading “Iceland has eased on its COVID travel restrictions”

Icelandic Luxury Tourism opening up post-Covid

Iceland has become a sought after destination post-COVID-19 for high-end travellers.  The main reason not only being a fascinating island of diverse and unique natural wonders but also because Iceland has managed to become one of the safest countries in the world post-lock-down.this includes high-end travel, and on the highlands of Iceland, you can see … Continue reading “Icelandic Luxury Tourism opening up post-Covid”

Ground-breaking science research in the Arctic

It took years to prepare, 600 scientists and researchers from 20 countries in all to execute – 100 on board at any given time – in addition to some 300 more working in the background on the data collected ashore, and massive support operations on the ice. This is MOSAiC, the most extensive international Arctic … Continue reading “Ground-breaking science research in the Arctic”

Iceland appeals to high-end travellers post-lockdown

Iceland has emerged as the top destination for luxury travellers post-lockdown. Its secluded landscapes and quiet airports allow visitors to explore without encountering another member of the public, particularly for those flying private. Launching the first large-scale trip in the country was British experiential travel company Cookson Adventures. It took three weeks for the team to … Continue reading “Iceland appeals to high-end travellers post-lockdown”

The High North begins to carefully open up for visitors

Nordic and Nordic-Arctic countries are beginning to carefully open up from COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions. Greenland which was on total lockdown for over three months, even domestically, has opened its borders, but arrivals are limited to visitors from Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Authorities in the Faroe Islands sent early on a clear … Continue reading “The High North begins to carefully open up for visitors”

Icelandair Outlines Plans to Restart Operations for International Tourists

Iceland has been a shining example of how to control and contain the spread of Covid-19 and aims to show other countries how to control the virus whilst allowing the tourism industry to thrive. As the country looks to open its border to international travellers from 15th June, Icelandair, the country’s leading airline, has outlined … Continue reading “Icelandair Outlines Plans to Restart Operations for International Tourists”

Awarding Destination Iceland campaign to M&C Saatchi UK leads to a lawsuit

In Iceland, like elsewhere, authorities have reacted in diverse ways to the negative economic impact of COVID-19. Amongst projects included in the government’s a stimulus packages aimed at protecting jobs and businesses in the country’s all-important tourism industry, was the funding of a 300 million ISK marketing project for Íslandsstofa, Promote Iceland. That project is … Continue reading “Awarding Destination Iceland campaign to M&C Saatchi UK leads to a lawsuit”

Reykjavík is getting ready for the post-COVID-19 era

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavík announced today that it is ready for the post-COVID-19 era When social distancing measures were put in place in Iceland on March 16, Harpa had to close temporarily. Before the outbreak, 2020 was on track to be a record year for Harpa in international events. “It was confusing … Continue reading “Reykjavík is getting ready for the post-COVID-19 era”

The Engine & PiparTBWA Take Home Nordic Search Award

The Engine Iceland, the digital marketing arm of PiparTBWA, won Best Online Marketing Campaign in Iceland for Olís Kvizz Campaign as well as being shortlisted in four other categories. The digital and creative agencies not only received multiple nominations across several categories with their campaigns for Gray Line Iceland, Olís and Taxback International but also … Continue reading “The Engine & PiparTBWA Take Home Nordic Search Award”

Sex, Covid and borders most read content on Icenews

Over the past years, there are several articles that stand out as the most read on Icenews, and it’s not about Volcanos. For the past month, the top five list is as follows: 1. Thoughts about Iceland’s casual sex culture (2.7% of reads)2. Iceland will open its borders on June 15 (2.7% of reads)3. Denmark … Continue reading “Sex, Covid and borders most read content on Icenews”

Iceland will open its borders on June 15

At a press conference yesterday, the Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced that from June 15, the 14-*day quarantine will not be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavík International Airport. Instead, tourists and Icelandic residents entering the country will be given the option of being screened for the novel coronavirus.  After being screened at the … Continue reading “Iceland will open its borders on June 15”

How to dance but keep two meters apart

Two Icelandic healthcare professionals illustrated recently how to dance and still keep the two-meter rule in place. The couple, Valþór, head physician at Siglufjörður health centre and his wife nurse Anna took some light steps in the emergency room. Their performance can be seen below How to dance but keep two meters apartThe original article … Continue reading “How to dance but keep two meters apart”

European Search Awards’ Shortlist Includes The Engine & PiparTBWA

The Engine Iceland, the digital marketing arm of PiparTBWA, made the shortlist in four categories of the European Search Awards. Search campaigns for Gray Line Iceland, Olís and Taxback International landed the digital and creative agencies the nominations with Taxback International receiving two shortlistings for Best Use of Search in B2B and also Best Integrated … Continue reading “European Search Awards’ Shortlist Includes The Engine & PiparTBWA”

#Takk Vigdís

The Icelandic nation has celebrated the 90th birthday of its former president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in recent days with the hastag #TakkVigdís or Thank you Vigdís. Vigdís became the world’s first woman to be democratically elected president in 1986 and served that post until 1996. For decades she has been an inspiration for generations of women … Continue reading “#Takk Vigdís”

Amidst COVID-19 Iceland based Saltverk has found a way to support the global food-service industry

Restaurants and other food-service establishments are taking a massive hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local eateries are closing their doors and many workers have been laid off until further notice. However, one silver lining during this uncertain and unprecedented time is witnessing people and companies come together as one global community. Icelandic salt company … Continue reading “Amidst COVID-19 Iceland based Saltverk has found a way to support the global food-service industry”

We are in this together, united with strength

Nobody could have predicted the world moving through these odd and volatile times. Along with other industries across the globe, the travel and hospitality world in Iceland has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. What used to be a glistening ambience with gliding motions throughout Reykjavik is quiet and dark, much like Broadway today. We might … Continue reading “We are in this together, united with strength”

This is Greenland’s little red lifeline during the COVID-19 crisis

The first case of COVID-19 in Greenland was discovered on March 16th and as of today the total of cases number 9. Two of those 9 patients have fully recovered. Out of 321 tests, 275 results have been negative and 32 are still waiting for results. These numbers may seem small and manageable from a global … Continue reading “This is Greenland’s little red lifeline during the COVID-19 crisis”

A town in Iceland snowed in and isolated for 918 hours in the past 100 days

Iceland has been isolating for more reasons than Covid-19. In the remote northern town of Siglufjörður winter has been extreme. The nearly 1200 local inhabitants have been snowed-in, cut-off from the rest of the country 46 times for a total of 918 hours in the past 100 days, or since mid December. Reasons being heavy … Continue reading “A town in Iceland snowed in and isolated for 918 hours in the past 100 days”

We will get back on the horse again

Straight up, the past week have been extraordinary, to say the least. When looking at global crisis Iceland has its share and looking over the past couple of them, such as the financial crises and the Volcano it is clear that Eyjafjallajökul is much closer to our current status than 2008. As so often, it … Continue reading “We will get back on the horse again”