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”

Cheers to Icelandic National Beer Day

Beer Day is celebrated every year on March 1st in Iceland—a date that marked the end of a nationwide beer ban in 1989. You wouldn’t know it today, with all of Iceland’s microbreweries and general love for the bubbly nectar, but Iceland went 68 years without it and they’re still making up for lost time. … Continue reading “Cheers to Icelandic National Beer Day”

The very same carbon emissions responsible for harmful changes to climate are also fertilizing plant growth

Carbon emissions, yes, those same ones responsible for harmful effects and changes on climate – are also making the world a greener place. Which, in return is somewhat moderating global warming, as it has a cooling effect – only just not enough. Satellite data and models show that global warming could be 25% higher were … Continue reading “The very same carbon emissions responsible for harmful changes to climate are also fertilizing plant growth”

Iceland is One of the Most Sought-After Locations in Film and Television

Iceland is known for its dramatic landscapes ranging from glaciers, geysers and hot springs to volcanoes and lava fields––the perfect place to film sweeping epics of all sorts. Filmmakers have long taken an interest in capturing Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscape on film. Back in 1920, Danish director Oskar Gislason was the first to shoot a major … Continue reading “Iceland is One of the Most Sought-After Locations in Film and Television”

North Barents Sea shifting from Arctic to North Atlantic Climate

A distinct change has happened in recent years in the Barents Sea, around Svalbard (74° to 81° north latitude) showing a clear shift from Arctic climate to North Atlantic climate. The Arctic Ocean is warmest when the air in the Arctic gets colder and at the same time the sea ice north of Svalbard decreases. … Continue reading “North Barents Sea shifting from Arctic to North Atlantic Climate”

Reykjavik named #2 as the 2020 European fishing festination

February is a long month across most of Europe. The holidays are long gone but the back-to-work blues are still going strong. People want to escape the long nights and commuter crowds. To imagine themselves on a sandy beach or a remote river. For anglers, this is the time to start planning the next angling … Continue reading “Reykjavik named #2 as the 2020 European fishing festination”

Polar bears can both swim further and dive deeper

In recent years, satellite collars deployed on polar bears have become more sophisticated and many now record time spent in the water, using a saltwater switch (two contact points that carry current between them when in salt water). Recent studies on polar bears in Svalbard and the Barents region show that female bears especially are … Continue reading “Polar bears can both swim further and dive deeper”

Iceland Named Top Destination for Northern Lights in 2020

Popular travel magazine and website Travel + Leisure agrees that Iceland is among the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights and recently published a handy how-to guide to ensure a successful hunt for the aurora borealis during a holiday in the land of fire and ice in 2020. Front Row Seats … Continue reading “Iceland Named Top Destination for Northern Lights in 2020”

Icelandic Mountaineer John Snorri Attempting to be the First to Conquer K2 in Winter

No one has ever reached the summit of the notoriously dangerous mountain in winter Professional Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjonsson and his international team are attempting to make history by being the first to summit K2 this winter. Others have tried in the past but never succeeded, and some have perished. K2 is the second-highest … Continue reading “Icelandic Mountaineer John Snorri Attempting to be the First to Conquer K2 in Winter”

Iceland Re-Confirmed as Destination for Safe and Exciting Adventures

Iceland has once again ranked high on the Human Freedom Index—a “global measurement of personal, civil, and economic freedom” conducted by Canadian think-tank Fraser Institute.  The purpose of the index is to measure and rank countries across the world based on the freedom of its civilians. Up two spots from the last report, Iceland is … Continue reading “Iceland Re-Confirmed as Destination for Safe and Exciting Adventures”

Social trust is high in the Nordic region – and there is a recipe for that

The Nordic countries are often regarded as the role-model region of the world when it comes to equality on different levels of society. Equal access to fundamental public services like education and health is one strong example. Gender equality ranks nowhere as high as in this region, where four of the five countries are now … Continue reading “Social trust is high in the Nordic region – and there is a recipe for that”

New chair of European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council from Iceland

Professor Eiríkur Steingrímsson is the first Icelander to hold the post will oversee important developments. Steingrímsson will commence his initial one-year term as Chair of EMBL Council on 1 January 2020. Elected at the Council’s winter meeting, Prof. Steingrímsson will be the 16th Chair of EMBL Council, and the first Icelander to hold the position. … Continue reading “New chair of European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council from Iceland”

Weather warnings issued for Iceland

UPDATE: The wind is set to pick up even more now as the day progresses. People are advised to pick up their children in daycare and after-school activities and stay indoors unless it’s essential to go outside and not to leave furniture and lose objects lying around in their gardens.  Avalanche danger in mid-north IcelandRed … Continue reading “Weather warnings issued for Iceland”

The Arctic is under threat from plastic litter pollution, new report shows

Plastic pollution in general – and in the world’s oceans in particular – has emerged as a major environmental problem, and is now acknowledged as a threat to all ecosystems. Recent estimates predict that 5-12 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. And despite being remote and far away from … Continue reading “The Arctic is under threat from plastic litter pollution, new report shows”

Iceland Connects to Asia

It was announced last week that beginning in March 2020, Juneayo Air will fly from Shanghai to Keflavik International Airport twice a week. Although the flight will include a short layover in Helsinki, Finland, this is the first direct flight connecting Asia to the popular tourist destination. The route will be operated with a Boeing … Continue reading “Iceland Connects to Asia”

Unprecedented risk and insurance challenges for coastal communities

“From a business standpoint, and at the global level, my industry is facing unprecedented challenges due to climate change. Larger and more frequent climate-driven disasters are proving ever more expensive in terms of claims, the models that predict risk are scrambling to adapt to an ever more chaotic climate – and reinsurance, the paper that … Continue reading “Unprecedented risk and insurance challenges for coastal communities”

Mythical Iceland, a new family board game

New family board game Mythical Island by Icelandic game designer Svavar Björgvinson from Gamia Games is now available for purchase in stores around the whole of Iceland. This could actually be an ideal “möndlugjöf” this year. Mythical Island is a quick, easy, yet strategic tile-laying game for 2 – 4 players, for ages 8 years … Continue reading “Mythical Iceland, a new family board game”

Iceland: On the Front Line of the Climate Crisis

The rise of global temperatures and sea levels have resulted in glaciers melting at a rapid pace. Being a small island in the North Atlantic that is home to Europe’s largest glacier, Iceland is leading the charge in addressing the many issues arising due to climate change.  In Iceland, the climate crisis isn’t an abstract … Continue reading “Iceland: On the Front Line of the Climate Crisis”

Winter tourism – Iceland’s magical ice-caves

Winter tourism in Iceland, like most parts of the High North, continues its steady growth. The total number of foreign visitors to the country was around 2.3 million in 2018, a 5.4% increase from 2017. Although the overall increase no longer reaches two figure percentages between years as has been the case for almost a … Continue reading “Winter tourism – Iceland’s magical ice-caves”

Ocean acidification – A grave threat to global marine life

Ocean acidification may be the most devastating result of climate change for mankind to tackle.  What it means in simple terms is that the oceans are becoming more acidic and that the pH of oceans globally is decreasing. Ocean acidification is a direct result of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere and a grave threat to global … Continue reading “Ocean acidification – A grave threat to global marine life”

Artist Gunnhildur Hauksdottir exhibiting in Canada

Icelandic visual artist Gunnhildur Hauksdottir has taken the concept of human-environment to study animals and turned it on its head by trying to think of how one would create such an environment, but for humans. The project was done in collaboration with the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and behavioral research scientists Louise Barrett and Miranda … Continue reading “Artist Gunnhildur Hauksdottir exhibiting in Canada”

Third Pole glacier melt impacts ~20-25% of Earth’s population

Glaciers are important to life on earth. It is as simple as that. They are critical freshwater resources and they also impact sea level, surrounding air temperature and ground temperature, and can change the quality of water chemistry as they melt. In other words, glaciers play no small role in our existence.  But the majority … Continue reading “Third Pole glacier melt impacts ~20-25% of Earth’s population”

Exclusive travels: On Arctic ice with baby harp seals

Whale watching is s well known part of High North tourism, where thousands sail out each year from various ports in the North Atlantic hoping to see the majestic giants. Seal tourism on the other hand is a new concept for most. Still, in Canada such an exclusive travel opportunity has been available for a … Continue reading “Exclusive travels: On Arctic ice with baby harp seals”

Northern lights season is upon us, top tips to find them and take a picture

Finding the northern lights takes dedication and know-how, it is magical to see the aurora borealis suddenly jump across the night sky, it is a close encounter with something magical and there are times when the northern lights seem to fill the northern sky with their mystery and magic. In Iceland, it is actually possible … Continue reading “Northern lights season is upon us, top tips to find them and take a picture”

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”