A resident of West Iceland, who had just returned to the country after traveling abroad, requested permission to stay in a prison cell as all hotels in the capital region were fully booked.
The Icelandic Naming Committee rejected the name Clinton at its recent meeting. The committee made several rulings on July 30, most of which were positive, but Clinton was rejected as a middle name on the basis that it is not considered derived from local roots.
A man, who is in his thirties, was taken into custody by the police in Akureyri, Northeast Iceland, last week, where he will remain until August 22, on suspicion of having committed sexual violations against two eight-year-old boys.
Howard Brown, a student at the Reykjavík International School, recently came second in an international film competition hosted by the American foreign service for his film about his daily life in Iceland.
A 106-year-old Swedish Whitebeam tree that stands at Grettisgata 17, downtown Reykjavík, will be spared by zoning officials after the people of Grettisgata and surrounding streets organized demonstrations, including petitions and an outdoor concert, to protest its imminent removal.
Never before have as many Icelanders lived outside the capital area, new numbers from Statistics Iceland indicate.
Reykjavík City Council decided to look into the possibility of starting a public bicycle sharing system yesterday, establishing a task force to investigate its feasibility.
On a website called n1leikur.net, in the name of Icelandic patrol station chain N1, people were asked to type in their personal identification numbers (kennitala) and register into their Facebook accounts “for security reasons” yesterday for the chance to win two tickets for...
According to the website turisti.is, the majority of Icelandic flight passengers during the month of July headed to Copenhagen.
Around 700 Icelanders registered with Fylkisflokkurinn (‘The County Party’), which wants the country to become Norway’s 20th county, within a period of 48 hours earlier this week.
At Laugardalslaug swimming pool in Reykjavík, a room designated for fathers to change their babies’ diapers has recently come under fire. Several fathers who have visited the pool have asked that administrators reconsider the signage of the room as it shows a woman changing a child’s diaper,...
A new analysis of hateful comments on news stories in the Icelandic online media was presented yesterday, showing that racist comments based on stereotypes are common and that immigrants who participate in the dialogue often fall victim to hate speech.
A foreign couple were seriously injured near Bláfeldur in the southern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Iceland, this morning when their motorcycle was blown off the road by a strong gust, resulting in the pair being thrown several meters from the vehicle.
Monozygotic triplet boys were born yesterday in a Danish hospital to a Danish mother and an Icelandic father. Another set of triplet boys were born in the same family in Iceland in 1977.
The Ministry of the Interior announced today its decision to grant asylum to four Syrian families, a total of 13 people, and thereof six children.
A group of eight archaeologists led by Dr. Bjarni F. Einarsson, manager of the Archeological Office, has criticized the conduct and practices of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland.
Five women sought help at centers for emergency services for victims of sexual abuse after or during Verslunarmannahelgi (the Merchant’s Weekend).
The Imagine Peace Tower, an artwork by Yoko Ono on Viðey island off the coast of Reykjavík, will be lit tonight, earlier than usual, in memory of the at least 408 children killed in the conflict at Gaza in recent weeks.
Surgical nurse Elín Oddsdóttir arrived in Gaza on behalf of the Red Cross in Iceland yesterday morning. Elín will be working with a team of doctors from the International Red Cross.
Two sexual offenses that occurred during the long festival weekend, Verlunarmannahelgi, have been reported to the police in Selfoss, South Iceland.
An 18-year-old tourist from Switzerland fell when taking a shortcut on a wet path leading up to Stjórnarfoss waterfall near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in South Iceland yesterday.
An Icelandic kayaker had come close to exhaustion when he was saved by a man on a small boat yesterday evening, while a foreign tourist was hit by a car when cycling near Lake Mývatn.
The Facebook group Gefins, allt gefins! (‘Free, everything for free!’), whose membership currently stands at 17,500, yesterday started a campaign to donate food to those in need.
An increasing number of tourists in Iceland has prompted the growing popularity of air bed & breakfasts and short-term rentals by real estate companies.