mermaid in tjörnin

Jón Gnarr Receives Mermaid

Jón Gnarr, who is in his final days as mayor of Reykjavík, this week formally received the new statue of a mermaid in Hljómskálagarður park, near City Hall, on the other side of the Tjörnin pond.

Church in Seyðisfjörður

Today is the Second Day of Whitsun

Today is the Second Day of Whitsun, or Pentecost, a Christian holiday and a bank holiday in Iceland. Although Whitsun is a religious holiday, many people skip mass and use the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities with their friends and families.

A church

Whitsun Celebrated in Iceland

Whitsun, or hvítasunna in Icelandic, is a religious holiday, celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Usually known as Pentecost in English, the holiday commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.

IR0314 cover

New Issue of Iceland Review Out

Inside the latest issue of Iceland Review, you will find a blue ice cave and an old man and the sea by photographer Ragnar Axelsson (RAX). We also check out the latest half-Icelandic fashion label, Ostwald Helgason, and talk to our newest music star, Ólafur Arnalds.

Camping in Reykjavík

More Bands Added to Secret Solstice

A host of musicians have been added to the lineup of the inaugural Secret Solstice music festival in Reykjavík, held June 20-22, bringing the number of acts to 150.

Coffee cups

Stick to Prikið for Coffee

Website recently tasted coffee at 18 cafes in downtown Reykjavík. The reason: in March, CNN put Iceland’s capital on a list of eight of the world’s eight ‘great coffee cities.’

Reykjavík Museum opening

Reykjavík Gets New Museum

Reykjavík got a new museum yesterday: Borgarsögusafn Reykjavíkur (The City of Reykjavík Museum). The new museum unites Árbær Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, the Reykjavík Maritime Museum and Viðey Island.

GusGus CrossFade

New GusGus Song Popular

GusGus’ first single from their upcoming album, has been proving popular. ‘Crossfade’ from the album Mexico has been viewed on YouTube more than 105,000 times since being released last month.

Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014 Piano exhibition

Reykjavík Arts Festival Opens Today

The 28th Reykjavík Arts Festival opens today with a new work by singer and composer Högni Egilsson, performed in part with church bells in the city center and conducted by the artist himself.