Baby boom in Iceland 9 months after EURO 2016 success

— Dagur Sigurdsson (@DagurSigurdsson) March 28, 2017 The article is titled “Baby boom nine months after the Icelandic sensation” 🇩🇪 so muss man Feiern 👶🏻🇮🇸 #hui pic.twitter.com/Y9XmBkxHdy Icelandic handball trainer Dagur Sigurðsson posted a picture from a German newspaper on Twitter. Nine months after Iceland’s amazing success and after beating the English National Team, a record number of babies were born. noncleared-maintext”> The effect of the Icelandic Men’s National Football Team’s success in the EURO 2016 on Icelandic society was very visible last summer. Headlines in Germany This has been noted by many. The effect of the nation’s celebration is even more visible today, nine months later. There was a record set in Icelandic hospitals recently. The streets of Reykjavik were empty and stores closed early. Everyone was watching.

Tourist coaches wreaking havoc in city centre

“This is particularly bad in Grettisgata, Klapparstígur and neighbouring streets.” Among the suggestions for the new regulations are that coaches and superjeeps are not allowed to drive in narrow streets in the areas of Þingholt, Skólavörðuholt, Kvosin and some parts of Vesturbær, the western part of town. noncleared-maintext”> Coaches picking up or dropping off tourists to hotels and apartments in the Reykjavik city centre are causing traffic problems. The regulations will be voted on at the City Council next week and if they go through, the regulations will be applied in April.  A new committee has been formed to control coach traffic in this area.  Their suggestions are likely to bring about limitations in the traffic of bot large and small coaches, as well as superjeeps.  A video of a coach driver and a passer by arguing in the city centre has gone viral in the past couple of days. The pedestrian tells the driver that he’s parking illegally and the driver responds that he “honestly doesn’t give a f**k.”  See the video here below.  Director of the environmental and planning department of Reykjavik, Hjálmar Sveinsson, says that the situation is intolerable in the city centre.  “We’ve received a great […]

Icelandic President on his way to meet with Putin

Following the conference Jóhannesson will meet with Putin.  Jóhannesson is now travelling to Arkhangelsk in Russia to participate in a conference called The Arctic: Ter­ritory of Dia­logue along with Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.  The conference begins tomorrow, and on Thursday, Jóhannesson will be making a speech. noncleared-maintext”> Icelandic President Guðni Th.

Organic Icelandic skyr in the US

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Skyr is becoming very popular in the US. The product has obtained a variety of awards for quality.  Ásmundsson grew up in Hafnarfjörður, a fishing town next to Reykjavik, and ate a lot of skyr, both in the morning and at lunchtime.  Last year Ásmundsson sold four million containers of skyr in twelve flavours all across the US.  He remembers the time that the family bought traditional skyr in plastic bags in Borgarnes, driving from Snæfellsnes to Hafnarfjörður, and his mother stirred the skyr herself, adding milk and sugar to make it more tasty. Icelander Smári Ásmundsson is the founder of Smári Organics which produces the only organic skyr on the US market.  The company is based in California and sells skyr to over three thousand stores around the US.

Enormous increase in Pagan Ásatrú religion in Iceland

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Since 2014 there has been a 50 % increase in registered members of the Ásatrú pagan religious movement in Iceland which worships the ancient Norse gods such as Ódin, Thor and Freyja.  According to the National Bureau of Statistics in Iceland, memebrs were 2.382 in 2014 and now they are 3.583.  Men are a majority of members with 2.369 men in the society and 1.214 women. 

Video: Life on a tiny remote island in Iceland

noncleared-maintext”> “I don‘t feel as though I‘m isolated here, it doesn‘t annoy me. Vigur is an island of natural wonders with high mountains and deep fjords.  Iceland Monitor’s videographer Hallur Már Hallsson paid Vigur a visit last week.   If the weather is bad I can‘t go anywhere but that‘s just fine. Around 9 thousand tourists visited Vigur last year.  It doesn‘t bother me at all,” says Svavar Baldursson, farmer on the island of Vigur in the straits of Ísafjörður in the West Fjords.It takes 40 minutes to sail from Vigur, a popular tourist destination in summer, to Ísafjörður.

A bike cave and café in a picturesque quarter of Reykjavik

Called the Bike Cave, the venue offers cheap, good fast food, including a now famous vegan burger.  noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> A café and restaurant opened in the residential area of Skerjafjörður, West Reykjavik, two years ago,  and it’s also a bike repair shop.

Canadian artist Steven Nederveen hosts workshop in Iceland

Nederveen will be hosting a workshop in Iceland on March 28th in Akureyri and March 30th in Reykjavik.  Steven Nederveenis a well known Canadian artist with work featured internationally in galleries, art fairs, magazines, media programs and many private collections. By blurring the lines between photography and painting, and between our familiar surroundings and the unrevealed forces of a co-existing hidden world, he has developed a magical realism that he hopes will reveal the mystical energy of nature and inspire you to see it with enchanted eyes. During the workshop, Steven Nederveen will introduce his work through audiovisual presentations, highlighting how it fits into the history of Canadian painting. Steven Nederveen will also showcase the artwork produced for the “Brain Project” a Baycrest Foundation fundraising which leveraged 1.3M$ through the auctioning of 100 sculptures to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, dementia and other brain diseases and directly support care and research. This painting, by Canadian artist Steven Nederveen, was created for the Canadian Embassy in Iceland in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  He holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from University of Alberta (1995). He finds inspiration in painting as a means of drawing connections between the natural environment and spirituality, […]

Spring has arrived in Iceland, according to folklore

It isn’t all that surprising, the weather in Iceland is very unpredictable and even the locals which live here all year around, would not even try predicting the arrival of any season. The plover is a migrating bird that spends the summer in Iceland. The bird’s arrival, according to folklore, means that spring has come in Iceland. The bird however doesn’t seem to be very on point this year, as the weather forecast for this week is frosty all over Iceland. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The first golden plover of the year has been spotted in South Iceland, according to the South East Iceland Birds Observatory. The first plover sighting is always covered in the media, and Icelanders start preparing for spring.

Icelandic swimwear inspired by the local swimming culture

We don’t believe in swimming seasons – swimming is a part of the daily life in Iceland and the designer took inspiration from her ritual trips to the local pool and the wooden sauna and mixed it with her experience to be in the now.  Photo/ Saga Sigurðardóttir With focus on minimizing environmental impact and the nowness in life, the philosophy behind Swimslow springs from the local culture and history of bathing in the Icelandic swimming pools. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Swimslow is a sustainable swimwear brand by designer and stylist Erna Bergmann. The swimsuits are designed in Iceland and made in Italy out of recycled quality fabrics. With a focus on sustainability, the swimsuits are characterized by classic silhouettes, clean lines and sharp tailoring, Erna’s objective was to create a piece of clothing that was modern, subtle, timeless and elegant with an underlying rawness and sensitivity.

WOW air to begin direct flights to Chicago

Icelandair began direct flights to the city last year.  This is reported by Túristi.is.  The two airlines are therefore both offering the same direct flights to four US cities.  WOW air flights to Chicago begin on July 13th and will take place four times per week until October 22nd.  Chicago is the tenth US destination served by WOW air. Flights to Miami begin on April 5th and to Pittsburgh on June 16th.  noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Icelandic airline WOW air have decided to begin direct flights to Chicago in the USA. The other cities are Washington DC, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.

15 things to see and do in Westman Islands

A trip to the pool is a great family activity. Photo: Stofan Bakhús 10. The history of the islands is very interesting. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The Westman Islands are a stunning place to visit, with beautiful nature steeped in history and culture. Slippurinn Restaurant Slippurinn is one of the highest rated restaurants in Iceland, and one of the best located outside the capital area. There is even a local brewery and it’s home to one of the highest rated restaurants in Iceland. A small brewery founded by brothers that unexpectedly won an award for Best Beer of the Year at Hólar Beer Festival. Sailing around the island is a magnificent way to get to know this unique area. Joy is a great stop for dessert or a snack. A visit would not be complete without a cocktail. Photo: Mats Vibe Lund 8. Explore the islands from sea The Westman Islands are stunning to view from sea. Sæheimar Aquarium Sæheimar is Iceland’s oldest aquarium. The Westman Islands, Vestmannaeyjar, is an archipelago just a half an hour sailing from Landeyjarhöfn harbour, South Iceland. Photo: Sagnheimar Photo: JOY 6. There can’t be many golf courses with such an amazing scenery, the view is nothing […]

Jewellery launched in cooperation with Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

“We dive into the core of beauty, place the Silica in precious metal and carry it on us as a reminder that the beauty comes from within, “says Auður Hinriksdóttir, jewellery designer, and one of the founders of Raus. The range is made from a microscopic image of Blue Lagoon Silica known for its beautifying effects on the skin. Raus Reykjavík is a jewellery design shop founded in fall 2016 of Auður Hinriksdóttir, Harpa Kristjánsdóttir, Rut Ragnarsdóttir and Svana Berglind Karlsdóttir.  Raus refers to the initial letters in the names of Rut, Auður and Svana who began the cooperation with Harpa joining them at later stages. In the company ‘s logo the letters au are more prominent than the other letters, the reason being that au is the sign for gold in the periodic system.  Their inspiration is nature, history, visual arts and architecture. The range is called EINN/One, and it’s inspired by Blue Lagoon and its natural environment includes necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets made from silver, gold and white gold. They are all goldsmiths and jewellery designers and each have a diverse background in design.   For more information contact:  Auður Hinriksdóttir, designer,  tel 865-6236 and Magnea Guðmundsdóttir, […]

Jewellery made from old Icelandic coins

The coins are not worth much, not used anymore and not old enough to be of interest to collectors. noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Viktor Andri Halldórsson is a young man studying to become a skipper in the Technical School of Reykjavik. Viktor however sees their worth. It was hideous, and the next, and the next.” Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg First results hideous “My mom has over the years collected coins in a jar that she keeps in the laundry room. At least as a material for the jewellery. I had seen a picture of a ring made from some American coin online, and I thought of making such a thing from an Icelandic coin, and my mom permitted me to try it with the coins from the jar. On the side he makes jewellery from old Icelandic coins.

Dog saves unconscious bird in Iceland

He picked up a straw paper basket and placed it over the bird who didn’t move. “The bird then proceeded to fly in a large circle around the living room, and then sat down on the dog’s head! noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> “I was sitting by my computer and the balcony door was open. Sigurjónsson says that he spotted a small redpoll lying motionless on the balcony floor. After a while he began tweeting so I realised him.” Sigurjónsson then placed the bird in his palm and took a few photographs of Tígull the dog sniffing the bird. My dog, Tigull, came whimpering to me and wouldn’t stop until I followed him onto the balcony.”Tígull was trying to point out to his owner that a small bird was lying unconcious on the balcony. “I thought it was dead but then it started fluttering about and sat down. I took it inside and gave it a bit of water and some seeds. Then Tígull licked the bird and we took it to the balcony.”  He placed the bird on the railing and went back inside. Owner Gunnar Kr. An hour later he saw the bird sitting in the same spot.