President of Iceland to run the half-marathon

The president is nowhere to be found in the marathon’s pledge system though, as he encourages those that want to support his cause to pledge their donations to the many other runners who have chosen to support PIETA. 1,835 have signed up for the Fun Run and just under 1,200 will take part in George’s Wacky Outfit Race. noncleared-maintext”> The President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, will be running a half-marathon in the Reykjavik Marathon today, in support of PIETA Iceland. Among participants are over 4,000 guests from 87 countries. PIETA is an association that plans to offer resources for suicidal individuals and people suffer from self-harm. Over 14 thousand runners have signed up for the run today. 1,490 will run the marathon, 2,963 will run the half-marathon and 6,747 will run ten kilometers. “I encourage all those that have money to spare to pledge it to runners and support charitable causes,” the president wrote on his Facebook page.

The last male great auk has been found

The bird was bought in London in the year 1971 following a national effort to raise funds for the purchase. From 1845, they were owned by a famous collector in Copenhagen but from then on, they left no paper trail. It is believed that about eighty stuffed great auks exist today. noncleared-maintext”> The remains of the last male great auk, that was killed on Eldey island 173 years ago, has been found at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. One of them is owned by the Icelandic Museum of Natural History. Historians and scientists have long tried to solve the mystery of their disappearance and now they believe they have found clues on where the remains of the second bird might be found. An international group of scientists found the bird by comparing DNA from his esophagus, which is kept in Copenhagen, with the remains of four great auks in museums in Germany, the United States and Belgium. The birds’ intestines and skins were brought to the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen in 1844, where the guts have been kept since. It is believed that the last great auk couple was killed in Eldey in […]

A sound-selfie in Harpa

“I got a grant from Mills to teach recording and the use of synthesizers. Ingibjörg’s installation is on display in the lower basement of Harpa, K2. She studied electronic music composition and recording at Mills and when she graduated she was awarded for outstanding composition. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> If our inner self was a sound, what would it sound like? It can be experienced between 16:30 and 19:30 today and from 12:00 to 15:00 on Culture Night this Saturday. “Walking around the room, the shadows of listeners become a part of the piece. The same clips of audio move between these 14 different speakers and sound different according to the quality of each speaker. Her piece in Harpa is her thesis installation. This reflects how other people influence the self-image and their placement in the room influences their experience. “The piece is called Portrait and the idea is that this is some sort of a abstract self-portrait of me in the form of sound,” Ingibjörg says. She’s an Icelandic composer, singer and audio artist who recently graduated for Mills College in California. Shadows also play a role in the piece as lights create shadow sculptures on the walls. That meant that […]

Drunk bus driver let go by Reykjavík Excursions

About 300 drivers work for Reykjavík Excursions. Kristján says that this is the first case of its kind during his time as CEO. According to police in the Southern Region the man was stopped due to suspicion of drunk driving on the night of August 5th, close to Jökulsárlón. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> A Reykjavik Excursions bus driver that was caught driving under the influence two weeks ago, temporarily losing his license, no longer works for the company. “We address these matters swiftly and firmly,” says Kristján Daníelsson, Reykjavík Excursions/Kynnisferðir CEO. “According to DV’s sources it is widely known within the bus driver community at BSÍ and beyond that [Reykjavík Excursions] don’t address these matters,” the article states. In an article in DV it is stated that the driver is a Icelander in his forties. When the results from the blood test come back, the man will be charged. A breathalyzer test showed that he was under the influence and so he was arrested and taken to the police station were a blood sample was taken for conformation. The article also says that there have been similar events involving Reykjavík Excursions.

Weird events to explore on Culture Night

There will also be “Puff-on a stick” and a “Beak-bite with milk” for hungry attendees. Almost all events have free entry and the same goes for the city buses which guests are encouraged to use instead of private cars. The description does not specify what exactly those dishes entail. At Týsgata 1 there will be “a different kind of fireworks display”. According to the event description guests are invited to see “gifts from travels to various countries over 21 years” Guests can also “see the results, learn the game and explore the boundaries good taste along with the hosts.” Landsbankinn invites guests to Vitatorg to participate in an arts and crafts session where everyone can make their own puffin costumes: beaks, wings, tails and feet. You can run the Marathon, visit the president’s quarters or play with vikings. She will show the shoes off in Hannesarholt and tell/sing the stories of the women who walked in them.  Then there is the surrealist experience of The Box at Hlemmur. noncleared-maintext”> Over 300 events are scheduled for Reykjavík’s 22nd Culture Night this Saturday. The hosts say that the goal is to make a better display than the one planned for the evening […]

“Don’t go to Reykjavík”

The list also includes Venice, Rome, Milan and Barcelona among others. “Tourism here has boomed since the 2008 financial crisis practically destroyed the local economy, yet recently, local residents in cities such as Reykjavik have struggled to cope with the social and environmental impact of the industry.” Iceland has seen significant increase in tourist numbers over the past few years and strong economic growth as a result. Tourism growth may be slowing down, but stronger currency in Iceland that has put prices up for tourists. They complain that the overflow brings housing prices up, fills the streets and that the revenue only finds itself in a few selected pockets. The article says that in the past few weeks locals around Europe have gotten sick of tourists and what they bring. “Defecating in the open air, stealing road signs and even stealing a young lamb to be cooked on a barbecue are just some of the actions of tourists that have angered locals in Iceland,” the author writes. noncleared-maintext”> Travel website The Culture Trip has put Reykjavík on a list of tourist destinations to be avoided this summer.

Doctor says CBS News claims on Iceland, Downs and abortion are false

“I think that if we had a larger group and higher numbers the results would be similar. Of the women who have the screening and get results that point to increased risk about 75 to 80 percent get further tests done but 20 to 25 percent choose not to. Those women don’t want the information. All in all about one third of mothers don’t want to get the screening or blood tests and wouldn’t have abortions. Others don’t do it. Hulda was one of the interviewees in the CBS News story. She says that yes, it is correct that when a woman has gone through all the tests available and the results clearly indicate Downs syndrome, the pregnancies are terminated almost 100 percent of the time. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The claims that 100 percent of women in Iceland who receive a positive prenatal test for Down syndrome terminate their pregnancy are false, according to Hulda Hjartardóttir, chief of obstetrics at Iceland’s National University Hospital. “There are women who choose to continue the pregnancy and I know they spoke to one woman who chose to continue, even with this result.” Hulda says that from her experience those who have already decided to […]

Teaches tourists to make Icelandic chocolate

Halldór says The Chocolate Trailer is a classroom on wheels. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Many a chocolate-lover will recognize Halldór Kristján Sigurðsson’s name as he has taught the delicate art of assorted chocolate making for almost two decades. mbl.is/Kristinn Magnússon Classes can be booked on The Chocolate Trailer’s homepage and you can find out the location at each point in time on Facebook. “I’ve been mulling the idea over for some years and I finally made it happen at the start of this year and had a trailer made in the Czech-Republic. Now the confectioner has acquired a special chocolate foodtruck for his lessons in downtown Reykjavík. Since Icelanders have been so forthcoming these 20 years I thought it would be fun to introduce Icelandic assorted chocolates to tourists.” The molds are shaped like Iceland.

Kaleo to open for Rolling Stones

“It’s incredibly fun, getting to open for the biggest rock band of all time.” The members of Kaleo have been expats in the United States for about two and a half years now. Then I met the agent in Chicago the other day and he said: “Well, it took two years but I’ve sorted it.” “It’s just crazy, unreal really. “It might have something to do – but probably not – with the time when we signed with the booking agency and they asked us what band we most wanted to open for and we answered “Rolling Stones”. I started laughin when I heard about it, thought it was kind of funny,” Kaleo’s guitar player, Rubin Pollock says. They have been very successful so far but landing a gig with the grandfathers of rock and roll is still a huge accomplishment. noncleared-maintext”> The Icelandic rock band Kaleo will open for the Rolling Stones in Spielberg in Austria in September. Rubin believes the cooperation of their record label, booking agency and management agency sealed the deal.

Interrogation via Google Translate

Police interrogated the poacher with the help of Google Translate, Magnús says. He says that the landowners will probably file charges against the tourist and that he can axpect a hefty fine before leaving the country. Magnús called the police. Fishing guard Magnús Fjelsted told local news site Skessuhorn that he had been made aware of the crime at around 10 p.m. He says that as soon as the tourist was made aware that the police would be coming, he suddenly lost the ability to speak English. noncleared-maintext”> A French tourist was caught red-handed Monday night, fishing illegally by Glanni waterfall in Norðurá river.

Body recovered from Hvítá River in South Iceland

Begadze is fell into Gullfoss waterfall on July 19th. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The South Iceland Police Department says that the body of a man found in Hvítá River in South Iceland yesterday is believed to be that of Nika Begadze, a 22-year old asylum seeker from Georgia. The body was found near Brúarhlöð area on the east bank of Hvítá River.  Two Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters over Gullfoss waterfalls during the search. Iceland Monitor/Eggert The body was discovered during the Icelandic Coast Guard search flight.  Gullfoss falls is one of South Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations and is one of the main featires of the popular ’Golden Circle’ route. Over one hundred search and rescue personell particiapated in the search.

SAR teams called out to find lost tourist on Mt.Hekla

noncleared-maintext”> Rescue teams from South Iceland were called out at ten pm last night to find a lost tourist on Mount Hekla.  The man had trekked up the mountain with two friends earlie in the day but had become separated from them, according to an announcement from the Landsbjörg associaion of rescue teams.  His friends had searched for him for quite some time before a formal search began at ten pm.  The man was found at around 11 pm on the Landvegur road west of Hekla where he was trying to hitchhike a lift. 

Style: Jamie’s Italian pays homage to Hótel Borg’s rich past

mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar Ítalskar matvöru eru áberandi á staðnum. mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar mbl.is/Sigurjón Ragnar Matreiðslumenn og -konur staðarins hafa í nægu að snúast. He created the atmosphere and then an Icelandic design team received his drawings and ideas and began searching for the right furniture, lighting and colours, as well as additional props to create the mood.  Peacock blue chairs add a touch of colour. The restaurant was designed by Jack De Wet, who is the head designer for the Jamie’s Italian and Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group. It now forms part of the famous restaurant chain of star TV chef Jamie Oliver. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Restaurant Jamie’s Italian opened a short while ago at Hótel Borg in the centre of Reykjavik.

Thousands participate in Reykjavik Pride Parade

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> It’s a beautiful sunny day in Reykjavik and a great number of people are participating in the Reykjavik Pride Parade.  mbl.is/Hanna You can see a live broadcast sponsored by Landsbankinn here below.     

Dozens of young scouts travelling in Iceland stricken with stomach bug

The norovirus is highly contagious and is known for tearing through crowded spaces leaving sufferers with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. In the UK it’s often called the winter vomiting bug. Over 170 scouts were transported to a rescue centre in Hveragerði with 62 of them sick.  The director of the Icelandic scout association says in an announcement that this was taken very seriously and that it was ensured that the foreign scout members received all neccessary care.  Doctors and paramedics were dispatched to the Úlfljótsvatn scout centre to assess the situation. This is being investigated to understand the source of the virus. The first scouts got sick around noon yesterday and in the space of a few hours, sixty of them were sick, with 55 of them children.  A couple of cases of the Noro virus appeared at the recent international scout meet in Iceland and it’s possible that the norovirus was transmitted from a couple of the guests who remained in Iceland. noncleared-maintext”>  Foreign scouts aged 10 – 25 staying at Úlfljótsvatn in South Iceland have come down with what appears to be the norovirus.