Left Green Movement leads the polls

  noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> The Left Green Movement is the largest political party in Iceland acccording to a survey done for Morgunblaðið. The party enjoys 30 % of votes.  40 percent of women would vote for the Left Green Movement and 20 % of men.  The Independence Party loses a considerable amount of votes according to the poll, from the last general election one year ago.  The poll also showed that  a majority of Icelanders, 57 % of voters, believe it right that the government collapsed.

Outdoor farmers market at Hlemmur Mathöll this weekend

noncleared-maintext”> The successful Hlemmur Mathöll food hall is now adding outdoor market stalls this weekend offering fresh meat, vegetables, flowers and dairy products.  The outdoor market will be open all weekends until Christmas, and then take a pause until spring.  The first weekend of the outdoor market offers meat from Bjarteyjarsandur farm, Japanese products from Ramen Lab that include homemade kimchi, shiitake mushrooms and fresh noodles, fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers straight from the farm. 

Woman murdered in Reykjavik last night

She died of her injuries at the National University Hospital last night. Two men are in police custody.  According to chief of police Grímur Grímsson the investigation in its early stages.  Two ambulances and police vehicles arrived at a building in West Reykjavik last night shortly before 10 pm. Witnesses said to mbl.is that the special armed force of the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police were called out.  The woman who died was in her forties. The two suspects are an Icelander in his twenties who lives in the building and a man of foreign nationality in his thirties who was visiting the building.  noncleared-maintext”> A woman was murdered in West Reykjavik last night.

Hypnotic video of the annual sheep round ups in West Iceland

#icelandA post shared by GUNNAR FREYR (@icelandic_explorer) on Sep 22, 2017 at 5:59am PDT noncleared-maintext”> Icelandic photographer Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson posted up a wonderful video of Icelandic sheep during the annual sheep round ups that clocked up 10 k likes in only one hour of being published.  The video was taken in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland on September 9th at the sheep pen called Fljótstungurétt.  The annual roundup of sheep.

Storm expected on Saturday in Iceland

noncleared-maintext”> An area of low depression is on its way to Iceland and a storm is expected to hit on Saturday.  This will be the first real autumn storm accompanied by heavy rain through most parts of the country.  Windspeeds could reach up to 50 m/s  (144 km/klst, 90 mph) and driving conditions will be bad in almost all of South Iceland and the highlands.  Anyone hiking in Iceland are also warned to stay put on Saturday,  The most rain is to be expected in South East Iceland and the East Fjords. Temperatures will  be between 8 – 16 degrees, warmest in the North. 

The salad mouse case: Spanish spinach was the culprit

noncleared-maintext”> A report from the Reykjavik health authorities states that a baby mouse, found dead in a salad earlier this week, was inside a bag of spinach packaged in Spain. The spinach had not been washed at the restaurant.  So concludes the great mystery.  Man finds dead rodent in Reykjavik restaurant According to the Reykjavik health authorities, the spinach was unwashed and came in 500 g bags from Spain.  All spinach from the same company has been called in and the restaurant is not selling it anymore.  Restaurant in mouse incident calls for police investigation Exactly what kind of mouse was in the salad is not known yet. 

WOW air to offer noon flights

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air have decided to put good use of the dead hours at Keflavik International Airport at noon by beginning direct flights to several cities in Europe this spring.  Túristi.is  reports that no departures were on the airport schedule between 11.30 to 12.45.  WOW air will offer departures to Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris and Copenhagen at noon and the jets return in the early evening, in time for the new direct flights to US cities Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas and Detroit.  According to WOW air, more departures flights will be added around noon. 

Minister charged with sexual offences

noncleared-maintext”> A committee within the Icelandic national church dealing with sexual offences has sent three different cases forward to the church complaints board, all concerning the same minister, at Grensáskirkja church in Reykjavik.  All cases concerned sexual harassment towards women. According to Fréttablaðið the minister was sent on leave this summer to undergo therapy. 

An old downtown cinema is transformed into exhibition for tourists

Both exhibitions are also of great interest to Icelanders as they on one hand show Iceland, it’s country and people from a visitor’s perspective, and the other shows highlights from Iceland’s history in a modern format.”  The exhibition is free for September if people register on the website www.tales.is.  From October 2nd onwards there will be an entry fee.  The exhibition is based on numerous films that span three to four minutes each placed on 14 giant screens spaced over two floors. He adds that the exhibition is not only aimed at tourists. “I think its really nice that a role has been found for this historic building, it’s been struggling a bit in recent years but now its been rebuilt to house this entertaining and interesting exhibition,” says managing director of Tales from Iceland, Jón Gunnar Bergs. The exhibition is in English but more languages will be available at a later date.  “Our hope is to help to build up this East central area of Reykjavik. We’re close to Hlemmur where the food hall opened recently and we’re going to rent out the building as well for closed receptions outside normal opening hours.” noncleared-maintext”> Austurbæjarbíó, or the East Reykjavik […]

Restaurant in mouse-incident considers police investigation

Health authorities immediately did a sanitary inspection of the restaurant and found everything to be in perfect order and saw no reason to shut down the restaurant.  Speaking to visir.is the owner of Fresco says that he believes that this was a prank or that somebody was trying to make the restaurant look bad.  In a press announcement from Fresco they state that all their lettuce is washed, put in ice and then prepared in front of the  customer and that it’s impossible for even the tiniest of objects to get into the salad.  The company is taking the matter very seriously and are looking into the matter being investigated by the police.  noncleared-maintext”>  Owners of restaurant Fresco are shocked and saddened by the news that a young man found a mouse in a salad purchased there and consumed at his office. Fresco are thinking about calling for an in-depth investigation of what happened.  Rodent found in salad at Reykjavik restaurant The man who found the mouse in his salad went for a hospital check-up after the incident occurred.

Authentic Mexican food at Hlemmur food hall

noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> One of the tiny restaurants that opened inside the hugely popular Hlemmur Mathöll food hall is the Taquería la Poblana, an authentic Mexican taco joint. It’s become so popular that they often run out of food, especially on weekends.  The Hlemmur Food Hall is open frm 8- 11 daily and the Taqueria la Poblana is open from 11 am to 9 pm daily.  The menu. It sells tacos or burritos filled with vegetables, potatoes, chicken, fish or beef with an array of condiments.  The food is prepared by Juan Carlos Peregrina Guarneros who conjures up the food that his mother and grandmother taught him to make.  The taqueria is a fresh change from the tex-mex mexican food usually served in Iceland and is not laden with sour cream or cheese sauce. mbl.is/ÞS

Acclaimed Icelandic author dies of cancer

A great amount of Icelanders are paying homage to this well-loved and respected man.  Pálsson was born on July 30th in 1948 at Skinnastaðir in North Iceland. He received the Icelandic prize for literature in 2007 and was selected to be the Reykjavik city artist between 1987-1990. He also completed cinema direction studies. He was the director of the Alliance Française in Iceland for a time and the chairman of the Icelandic association of writers.  He was part of the movement called Listaskáldin vondu in 1976 and received many awards and nominations for his work. noncleared-maintext”> Icelandic author and poet Sigurður Pálsson died at the National University Hospital in Reykjavik last night aged 69 after a three-year-long battle with cancer. He received the order of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 1990 and the French President awarded him with the French chivalric order called Chevalier l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2007.  On New Year’s Day, 2017, he was awarded the Icelandic Order of the Falcon for his contribution to Icelandic literature and culture.  His widow is director Kristín Jóhannesdóttir.  After college in Iceland he studied French in Toulouse  and Paris and theatre and literature at Sorbonne University. He […]

Iceland’s first all-inclusive fan convention announced

“With a combined convention and event experience of over 30 years, consisting of members from Nexus, Cosplay Iceland, and the Nordic Cosplay Championship team Iceland, the team is dedicated to offering a welcoming and safe home to fans of all genres.”   More information is available starting today at http://www.midgardreykjavik.is and on social media: https://www.facebook.com/midgardrvk and https://twitter.com/MidgardRvk noncleared-maintext”> Nexus and Cosplay Iceland have just announced Iceland’s first all-inclusive fan convention, Midgard, which will cover video games, books, comics, table top games, board games, cosplay, artists and other subjects. The event will be packed with panels, workshops, vendors, artists and exhibitors, and will run for 2 days. According to a joint statement sent to press, Midgard 2018 will be held on September 15th and 16th 2018, at Laugardalshöll in Reykjavik, Iceland. Midgard 2018 will be host to multiple tournaments and competitions, such as the Icelandic Cosplay Championship, the Nordic Cosplay Championship, Warhammer 40k tournaments, X-wing Tournaments, Board game competitions, and much more.

Réttir: The annual sheep round-ups begin

It’s in Icelandic but the dates and place names are easy to figure out! mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg Það eru allir hvíldinni fegnir enda búnir að vera að í tólf og hálfan klukkutíma.   mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg Féð rann fallega áfram í góðviðrinu á miðvikudagskvöldið.  Once the sheep are back home, they’re herded up in outdoor sheep pens where farmers invite family, friends and basically anyone interested in helping to sort the sheep.  During the gathering, a sip of Brennivín and coffee is generally offered and some traditional singing. mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg mbl.is/Árni Sæberg noncleared-maintext bigimgs-interleaved”> One of Iceland’s oldest cultural traditions is the annual sheep round up in September, an event called Réttir.  Icelandic sheep are left to graze freely in mountains and valleys during the summer and farmers venture off on horseback to find them and bring them back home, an effort that can take a few days. In some parts there’s a Réttaball, an organised dance to celebrate the sheep rounds.  The following photographs were taken at sheep round-ups last weekend in Fljótsdalur, South Iceland by Morgunblaðið photographer, Árni Sæberg.  Here is a comprehensive list and map of all the round-ups in Iceland.

Man finds dead rodent in salad at Reykjavik restaurant

Our cleanliness standards are so high that this is just incredible.” It is thought that it arrived with the vegetables from abroad.  Morgunblaðið contacted the wholesale company that imports the lettuce and they were very sorry that this occurred.  The Reykjavík health authorities were alerted and the restaurant facilities were immediately checked out.  “The restaurant was closed for a while while it was being investigated but we didn’t feel that there was any need to keep it closed as nothing points to a rodent infestation,” said Óskar Ísfeld Sigurjónsson at the Reykjavik health authority.  The rodent was a baby and has been sent to specialists to find out what it is exactly. I’ve never experienced anything like it. We take this very seriously.” The restaurant manager said to Morgunblaðið, “I’m totally shocked. noncleared-maintext”> A man who ordered a salad this weekend at a restaurant in Reykjavik was surprised to find a dead rodent in his meal. “The spinach is transported in closed packaging from abroad.