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Composer Atli Örvarsson

One of Iceland's biggest composers conducts his music tonight

yesterday, 14:42 GMT Atli Örvarsson is one of Iceland’s most successful composers. Last year he decided to move from Los Angeles, back to his old hometown Akureyri, North Iceland, where he will conduct a concert tonight.

Baltasar Kormákur

New TV shows about Iceland‘s most famous missing person case

two days ago Iceland’s biggest director Baltasar Kormákur, known for Everest and Trapped, will be directing a TV series about Iceland’s most famous missing person case.

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Check out the Children's Culture Festival in Reykjavik this week

27 Apr The Children's Culture Festival opened on Monday at Harpa Concert Hall. See our accompanying video of the delightful event.

Godfrey Hall wearing his beloved 66°North hat.

US journalist places ad in Iceland looking for missing hat - and gets a new one

27 Apr Godfrey Hall, a travel journalist from the US advertised in the letters section of Morgunblaðið for his missing wool hat from Icelandic outdoor clothes company 66°North

Stelpur rokka! (Girls Rock! Iceland) is a music camp for girls that provides an empowering platform for young girls to enter the music business.

Girl's Rock- a music party for all ages on Saturday in Reykjavik

21 Apr Girls Rock! Iceland are throwing a massive party for their 5th year anniversary, on April 22nd at KEX Hostel, Skúlagata 28, Reykjavík.

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New building for Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages inaugurated

21 Apr "My heart always starts beating faster when I go inside, it's such a beautiful building," says former President of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. A new building was inaugurated this weekend at Suðurgata at the University of Iceland and was named in her honour.

Not quite this warm yet, but at least it's summer!

Happy (Icelandic) first day of summer!

20 Apr Today is the first day of summer in Iceland. It’s also the day of summer presents, a custom centuries older than Christmas presents. The reason why first day of summer is so early is that the old Icelandic calendar only had two seasons, winter and summer.

Scented candles infused with Icelandic nature

20 Apr Icelandic designer Sonja Bent, renowned for her gorgeous knits, has now created a new fragrance library inspired by Nordic nature. The collection offers scented candles and in summer will also include burning scents, tinctures and oils.

Tómas R. Einarsson and his Latin band

Say farewell to winter with salsa

19 Apr Tonight is the last night of winter, according to the old Icelandic almanac. A cause for a feast. There’s a Latin/salsa concert at Kex Hostel tonight, a celebration to say goodbye to winter.

Yoga Shala is a gorgeous haven to practice yoga at.

Ashtanga yoga beginners course in English in Reykjavik

19 Apr Have you always wanted to learn the basic foundations of Ashtanga Yoga? Now Yoga Shala in Reykjavik offer a foundation course taught in English.

Musician Eva Kruse.

Grammy awarded artists performs at tomorrow’s Freyjujazz

17 Apr Grammy awarded artists performs at tomorrow’s Freyjujazz, a lunch concert series in the National Gallery of Iceland. She was recently nominated for the Germany’s prestigeious ECCO jazz award for her album "On the Mo". She won that same award in 2014 for her album "In the Water".

Georg Guðni, Mt. Háganga, 1985. Line etching. Sheet (irregular): 7 7/8 x 8 in. Artist’s proof. Courtesy of the estate of Georg Guðni and Hverfisgallerí

Icelandic printmaking exhibition in New York

13 Apr An exhibition on Icelandic printmaking is opening today in International Print Center New York. The exhibition is called Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking. It’s a group exhibition showcasing the breadth of printmaking by Icelandic artists.

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Restaurant Sjávargrillið’s posh skyr dessert

13 Apr Sjávargrillið is a hip seafood restaurant in Reykjavik centre. Here’s the recipe for their ever popular skyr dessert. It's not complicated though it takes some work. But it's guaranteed to wow at your next dinner party.

Easter opening hours

12 Apr Where do buy food and drink (and where to drink) during the Easter break.

Laugardalslaug pool in Reykjavik.

Most of Iceland's pools are open during Easter

12 Apr Easter break is the perfect time to enjoy moments with the family and head to the pool.

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