Iceland: Stalling tourism buts economy at risk

Sound macroeconomic policies and favourable external conditions have enabled Iceland’s economy to emerge stronger from a decade of post-crisis management. Yet the impact on growth from a drop in tourist arrivals and seafood exports underlines the need for reforms to open up and diversify the economy and improve its resiliency to sectoral shocks, according to … Continue reading “Iceland: Stalling tourism buts economy at risk”

Magic exists everywhere, I have seen it

Barcelona born photographer Sara G. Amo opens up an exhibition of her work next Thursday at Grófinn City Library in Reykjavik. “Magic exists everywhere. I have seen it. I have felt it. It’s always all around us. It’s the wind whispering through the trees, the moss growing from a rock, the moon rising above a … Continue reading “Magic exists everywhere, I have seen it”

JSC Gidrostroy Plant by Skaginn 3X launched by the Russian president

Skaginn 3X, an Icelandic innovator of high-tech processing equipment, just launched a JSC Gidrostroy’s state-of-the-art pelagic processing plant in Russia. The company has decades of experience in a wide range of solutions for food processors and has become one of the leading company in the design and development of chilling, freezing and food processing solutions … Continue reading “JSC Gidrostroy Plant by Skaginn 3X launched by the Russian president”

Little Grey and Little White continue to do well in Iceland

Beluga whales Little Grey and Little White continue to do well in Iceland and have settled into their temporary care pool following their epic journey from China to their new home. The whales are healthy and in good spirit but based on their progress and the changing weather conditions in Iceland their caretakers have taken … Continue reading “Little Grey and Little White continue to do well in Iceland”

Age of Entanglements opening in Malmö

Iceland based visual artist, Thomas Pausz, is exhibiting at “The Age of Entanglements”, a two-year bio-design project in which eight international design studios have used the planet Mars as a workspace for speculations. The exhibition opens up in Malmö Form / Design Center opening today. This exhibition of artifacts and collages is part of the … Continue reading “Age of Entanglements opening in Malmö”

Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visiting Iceland

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has spent the last few days in Iceland. Now considered “a friend of Iceland” Nikolaj is one of Denmark’s best-known actors and in recent years best known for his role of Jaime Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He published the following video on Instagram to his 3.3 million followers … Continue reading “Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visiting Iceland”

MICE visitors continue to elevate the Icelandic economy

According to Sigurjóna Sverrisdóttir, there new managing director of Meet in Reykjavík – Reykjavík Convention Bureau, there is a good reason for optimism: MICE visitors continue to elevate the Icelandic economy. Last year, Iceland welcomed an estimated 135,000 international MICE travelers. The number has been growing steadily since the opening of Harpa Conference Hall and … Continue reading “MICE visitors continue to elevate the Icelandic economy”

An overview of Iceland – Drone of the day

The team from “Off To Iceland” has been traveling around Iceland with his team and shooting Iceland from angles that very few people have seen. We got the license to share some of these pictures with you. This project is dedicated to bringing those with interest in Iceland a daily dose of this beautiful island. Personally … Continue reading “An overview of Iceland – Drone of the day”

Crossfit fans can now book trips to Iceland

Crossfit fans around the world can now book trips to Iceland through CrossFit Reykjavík (CFR) as they recently teamed up with one of Iceland’s most experienced travel operators to create the ultimate Crossfit adventure in Iceland by combining sightseeing and WOD´s in some of the countries most iconic, dare we say epic, locations and if … Continue reading “Crossfit fans can now book trips to Iceland”

Be a responsible tourist and take The Icelandic Pledge

Iceland is offering travelers visiting the country to become a responsible tourist and take The Icelandic Pledge, a unique ‘oath’ for tourists, agreeing to respect Iceland’s nature and to travel responsibly during their visit and enjoy Iceland as Icelanders do. Over 73000 people have taken the pledge so far. The pledge is as follows. I pledge to be … Continue reading “Be a responsible tourist and take The Icelandic Pledge”

New airline based on the foundation of WOW air in the making

Two former WOW air managers are starting a new airline and according to Frettabladid it is connected to an Irish fund (Avianta Capital) related to the Ryanair family. With backing from Avianta Capital, the founders are now looking towards Icelandic banks to bridge the rest of the funding needed to get this new airline off … Continue reading “New airline based on the foundation of WOW air in the making”

Norse mythology published as divination cards

Llewellyn Publications will be publishing 81-card divination deck bringing the wisdom of Norse mythology to life. The decks are designed by Haukur Halldórsson, renowned artist and long-time participant of the heathen revival. The project is a cooperation between Halldorsson and daughter Gunnhildur Hauksdottir, both are  Icelandic artists living and working between Iceland, Denmark, and Germany. “For … Continue reading “Norse mythology published as divination cards”

Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily give Icelandic director Elfar Aðalsteinsson great reviews

End of Sentence, by director Elfar Aðalsteins, receive very positive reviews in leading film industry magazines such as Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily, which picked it one of five buzzy titles from the Edinburgh International Film Festival which finished last weekend. The film’s two leading actors, John Hawkes, and Logan Lerman are also praised in … Continue reading “Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily give Icelandic director Elfar Aðalsteinsson great reviews”

The fight against IUU fishing means monitoring vessels in real time

The issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is not a new challenge and overfishing has led to an imminent crisis in fish stocks around the world, IUU fishing has lead to over-exploited and unsustainable fisheries. The IUU term that captures a wide variety of fishing activities, but one might summarize that Illegal fishing is … Continue reading “The fight against IUU fishing means monitoring vessels in real time”

Icelandic Creative Agency Short-Listed for a Cannes Lions for their UN Women Campaign

The impactful UN Women Iceland campaign entitled “Gender-Based Violence is Closer Than You Think” has earned Icelandic creative ad agency PiparTBWA a spot on the short-list for a coveted Cannes Lions award. The particular award that the agency is up for, a Glass Lion, celebrates culture-shifting creativity—appropriate for an agency that specializes in disruptive creative … Continue reading “Icelandic Creative Agency Short-Listed for a Cannes Lions for their UN Women Campaign”

Icelandic singer/songwriter Arnar Jónsson’s amazing duet with Michael Bublé in Glasgow

Arnar Jónsson is an Icelandic singer/songwriter know for his smooth voice. His influence in music comes from Celine Dion and Michael Bubleé among others and in 2018 Arnar fronted two Michael Bublé tribute concerts in Iceland. In May 2019 the dream of attending a Michael Bublé concert came true when his mother took him to … Continue reading “Icelandic singer/songwriter Arnar Jónsson’s amazing duet with Michael Bublé in Glasgow”

Delta increases its Iceland services with daily Minneapolis flights

Delta has, as of 24th of May, restarted of its summer service between Reykjavik and Minneapolis/St Paul, Delta’s flight will offer 193 seats nonstop from Minneapolis to Reykjavik every day. The flight complements Delta’s existing New York-JFK service, giving customers more nonstop options to the United States from Iceland. “With two daily flights during the … Continue reading “Delta increases its Iceland services with daily Minneapolis flights”

Icelandic drone knowledge to be exported

Local delivery company Aha recently partnered up with Flytrex to launch the world’s first autonomous drone delivery system in Iceland, Aha has since then become a global leader when it comes to bringing products to customers using drones. Their experience in the Icelandic market has lead them to start looking into exporting their knowledge. According to … Continue reading “Icelandic drone knowledge to be exported”

Legalization of Medical Cannabis – So far so good

Danish and international companies are pushing for Denmark to become a cultivation and research hub in Europe for medical cannabis, the program is being led by the Danish Health Minister Ellen Trane Nørby who expressed her pleasure with the program so far, in contrast to the warnings of the Danish Medical Association. Nørby was the keynote at … Continue reading “Legalization of Medical Cannabis – So far so good”

Hatari partners up with Bashar Murad and shoot a video in Palestine

Icelandic band Hatari partners up with Bashar Murad and shoot a video in Jericho, Palestine during their Eurovision trip. With less than a week since their waving of the Palestinian flag at Eurovision held in Telaviv Israel, Hatari has released a video in cooperation with Palestinian artist Bashar Murad. The video is filmed in Jericho, … Continue reading “Hatari partners up with Bashar Murad and shoot a video in Palestine”

Sea Life Trust Planning a media trip to Iceland in relation to their Beluga Whale Sanctuary

During the 18th and 19th of June this year, Sea Life Trust is planning a media trip in relation to their Beluga Whale Sanctuary. The media will be offered to join Sea Life Trust and cargo-airline Cargolux for the arrival of the Beluga whales Little White and Little Grey to Iceland, and take the opportunity … Continue reading “Sea Life Trust Planning a media trip to Iceland in relation to their Beluga Whale Sanctuary”

Join Music Empowerment Mobility and Exchange this Friday

This Friday, Stelpur rokka! (Girls Rock!) will host a launch event for the international project MEME Vol. 2: Music Empowerment Mobility and Exchange, at Hlemmur Square. Bands and artists performing are all associated with Stelpur rokka!; Gróa, Bláskjár and rauður from Iceland, along with She Makes Sounds from the UK. The show starts at 20 … Continue reading “Join Music Empowerment Mobility and Exchange this Friday”

Will hate prevail in Israel or will the world dare to dream of peace?

As the dust settles after this year’s Eurovision Song Contest controversy, different voices and opinions are emerging that are as varied as Europe is, and indeed a variety of Eurocentric fans flocked to Israel to enjoy the music and hospitality of Israel. Iceland’s competitor, Hatari, performed with their song Hate Will Prevail. They held up … Continue reading “Will hate prevail in Israel or will the world dare to dream of peace?”

Eurovison: Hatari merchandise selling out

The popularity of the Icelandic Eurovision sensation Hatari seems to be taking off, after making to the finals yesterday their online store appears to have grown in popularity and people are buying “Hatari Merch,” and shipping it around the world. When looking at their website www.hatari.is and reviewing their merchandise selection, it seems like one … Continue reading “Eurovison: Hatari merchandise selling out”

Reykjavik up 30 places on the ICCA Statistics Report

2018 ICCA Statistics Report was published yesterday. According to the report, Reykjavík moves up 30 places on the worldwide ranking from the previous year. Reykjavík now shares the 50th place with Vilnius and Zurich, but in 2017 the capital of Iceland was number 80 on the list. “We are in very high spirits here at … Continue reading “Reykjavik up 30 places on the ICCA Statistics Report”

Kitty Von-Sometime joins forces with GusGus for the music video FIREWORKS

Director and Video Artist Kitty Von-Sometime have joined forces with GusGus for the music video Fireworks, the video premieres on the 13th of May at 17:00 (GMT). Kitty was commissioned by choreographer Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir for her project “Ég býð mig fram” (I volunteer) and extended the collaboration to involve GusGus. With the help of … Continue reading “Kitty Von-Sometime joins forces with GusGus for the music video FIREWORKS”

Protesters arrested at Alþingi

Protesters from the No Borders pressure group held a protest outside Alþingi yesterday. In this protest they attempted to stop people entering the building including staff, MPs and visitors. Police were called who arrested some of the protesters. Helgi Bernódusson, estates manager, claimed the protesters formed at each of the entrances including the car park … Continue reading “Protesters arrested at Alþingi”

Interim Justice Minister appointed

Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, the current industry and innovation minister, will be temporarily taking on the role of Minister of Justice following the announcement that Sigríður Á. Anderson will be stepping down from the role. The announcement of who will be taking on the role was declared by the finance minister Bjarni Benediktsson. The replacement … Continue reading “Interim Justice Minister appointed”

Iceland welcomes the return of the ice bar

Downtown Reykjavík is the new location for an ice gallery with bar in April. Ice-themed establishments have become an increasingly popular feature and point of focus when it comes to tourism and economy in Nordic countries and Iceland finds itself opening the latest in the Magic Ice chain. The gallery will feature ice sculptures and carvings … Continue reading “Iceland welcomes the return of the ice bar”

Measles vaccinations available this weekend

A measles vaccination drive will take place in the capital city and East Iceland this weekend. Unvaccinated people aged over six months, who were born after 1970, have priority. An outbreak of the virus came in February from a man travelling home from the Phillipines, three caught the virus from this person on a flight … Continue reading “Measles vaccinations available this weekend”

Hatari as Iceland’s Eurovision entry

Söngvakeppnin’s finale was held live on Saturday from Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík to decide who would become Iceland’s Eurovision entry for May 2019 in Tel Aviv. All five performers took to the stage and faced the public vote with Hatari and Friðrik Ómar becoming the final two. After a second round of voting (and Hatari fixing … Continue reading “Hatari as Iceland’s Eurovision entry”

European Film Awards comes to Iceland

The location of the European Film Awards 2020 has been announced to be held at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik in December. The event will be expected to host over 1,400 people and will also be broadcast live internationally. The event is held every two years in Berlin, in the interval year the film awards are … Continue reading “European Film Awards comes to Iceland”

State Mediator called for further wage negotiations

Following last week’s reports of various unions meeting with the State Mediator and the SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, there is news of the Icelandic Electrician’s Association seeking to bargain negotiation with the State Mediator. The timing of these meetings comes as the agreed contracts are all expiring at a similar, however the meetings between … Continue reading “State Mediator called for further wage negotiations”