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”

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”

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”

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?”