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Gálgahraun Protesters Fined ISK 100,000

The Reykjanes District Court yesterday issued fines to nine individuals in relation to protests regarding the construction of a new road through Gálgahraun lava field connecting Garðabær and Álftanes in the capital area.

Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono on Viðey island, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Yoko Ono Awards Jón Gnarr Grant for Peace Award

Former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr is among five recipients of this year’s Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace awards. Artist Yoko Ono, who is the founder of the awards, stated that Jón has inspired others to get involved in politics.

Reykjavík mosque

Forty-Two Percent against Building of Mosque

Forty-two percent of Icelanders are against the Muslim Association of Iceland building a mosque in the country while 29.7 percent said they supported it, according to a new poll by MMR. The results are similar to previous polls conducted by MMR.

A message in a bottle found in West Iceland, 2014.

Message in a Bottle Returns to Owner

Fisherman Kristján Lár Gunnarsson, who lives in Stykkishólmur, West Iceland, sent message in a bottle from the islands Bjarneyjar in Breiðafjörður bay in 1995, when he was there collecting eggs with his family. This summer, Kristján happened upon the same bottle.

Harpa concert center in Reykjavík, pink on the occasion of Pink October in 2013.

Pink Street Lights, Young Women Wanted

The street lamps along Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík turned pink last week on the occasion of the annual ‘Pink October’ initiative to raise awareness of cancer in women. This year, the Cancer Society is encouraging young women to show up for regular checkups.

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Police Officer Suspected of Defrauding Tourists

A police officer in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, has been suspended while accusations against him of defrauding tourists are being investigated. The officer is believed to have fined drivers, mostly foreign tourists, for speeding, asking for cash and keeping the money.

Children in Iceland

Not Enough Teachers in Reykjanesbær

The municipality of Reykjanesbær in Southwest Iceland is short of teachers and needs about as many new instructors as are graduating from the Teacher Education Program at the University of Iceland this year.

HeForShe Campaign: Icelandic Men Leading in Numbers

As of this afternoon, 3,019 Icelandic men have taken part in the campaign HeForShe which aims to mobilize men against the discrimination of women. The initiative was brought to life by a speech that actress Emma Watson gave on feminism at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday.

Christian Mathias Markus

German Tourist Missing

A young German tourist, Christian Mathias Markus, born October 11, 1980 is missing. He was last seen on Thursday, September 18, when he left the hotel in Breiðavík in the West Fjords.

Landspítali National University Hospital

Number of Physicians Decreases in Iceland

Data by the Icelandic Medical Association shows that there are currently 1,100 physicians practicing in the country. More than half of them are over 50 years old. Since 2009, the total number of practicing physicians has decreased by 110.


Reykjavík Climate Walk Highlights Challenges

About 300 people gathered for the Loftslagsganga (‘Climate Walk’) in Reykjavík on Sunday. The walk was part of an initiative organized by the global movement Peoples Climate March, calling for the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Transport vessel Akrafell runs aground in East Iceland.

Another Ship Runs Aground, Akrafell’s Future Uncertain

Cargo ship Green Freezer ran aground on a skerry by Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, yesterday evening. An attempt will be made to tow it loose at high tide tonight. Another transport vessel, Akrafell, ran aground at a similar location recently, the future of which is...