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Construction halted at Iceland's pagan temple

15 Jul Construction at the new Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð, Reykjavik has come to a temporary halt due to engineering challenges. The unique design of the building is not simple in execution.

Hatari are a band that describe themselves as a political movement.

A diverse music festival in Reykjavik this weekend- admission free

13 Jul KexPort - a two day music festival organised by downtown Kex Hostel takes place in their backyard on Friday and Saturday featuring some of Iceland's brightest talents. Artists include JFDR, Hatari, Daði Freyr and Elli Grill.

Það er ekki hægt að kvarta yfir veðrinu núna.

LIVE- Sun finally out in Reykjavik

10 Jul It's been a rainy summer in Iceland so far but today and the next couple of days are filled with long awaited sunshine. Iceland Monitor is live from Austurvöllur, the parliament square in the centre of Reykjavik where people are soaking up the rays.

Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann of  The Orb.

Electronic music festival featuring The Orb kicks off in Reykjavik tonight

6 Jul The Extreme Chill Festival begins in Reykjavik today. The headlining act is one of the world's most influential electronic outfits, The Orb, performing at Húrra in Reykjavik on Saturday.

Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir

Watch Icelandic musician Ásgeir’s 24h live recording session

5 Jul Icelandic singer/songwriter Ásgeir is right now in a studio where he will be recording as many 7“ vinyl records as he possibly can in 24 hours. The recording session is being broadcast live on Youtube.

Women "have to be better at smiling, being calm, being careful, being more attractive, being grateful, being natural, keeping their man, asking for help" are among the things written on the bus.

Feminist bus wins best bus design contest in Reykjavik

4 Jul A contest was organised by the Strætó bus company where anyone could send in a design for a bus. The winner was Lena Margrét Aradóttir who made a feminist statement.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson plays the role of Skender in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them - the second of five films in the Fantastic Beasts series.

Two Icelanders to star in the next Fantastic Beasts film

4 Jul Icelandic actors Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Ingvar E.Sigurðsson are starring in the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, out in November 2018.

Icelandic skin care products made from mink fat

2 Jul A family in North Iceland farms horses, sheep and mink for fur. Over the last years they’ve been dabbling in the beauty industry, producing their own line of lotions and creams made from the mink fat, a byproduct of their farming.

Gorgeous summer cabin for sale in South Iceland

2 Jul This dreamy cabin a short drive from Reykjavik is up for grabs, two kayaks included in the price.

Stefanía Tara Þrastardóttir is competing in the Miss Iceland competition which takes place this autumn.

Plus size woman selected to compete in Miss Iceland

30 Jun Stefanía Töru Þrastardóttir was very surprised when she received a phone call from the organisers of the Miss Iceland contest to tell her that she had made the finalists. "I'm not your stereotypical Miss Iceland," says Þrastardóttir.

Stefán Karl Stefánsson is best known for his role in LazyTown as Robbie Rotten.

LazyTown’s actor Stefán Karl in final stages of cancer

30 Jun Icelandic actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, best known for his role as Robbie Rotten in TV series LazyTown is fighting stage four cancer, and it’s not looking good for this beloved Icelandic actor.

Jamie xx in Iceland.

Music: "Iceland formed such a big part of our record"

28 Jun Iceland Monitor's exclusive interview with Jamie xx of British band The xx. Their upcoming music festival at Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland, called Night x Day has just been cancelled due to environmental reasons.

Teikningar af Reykjavíkurhjartanu og staðsetningu þess hafa ekki verið birtar opinberlega.

Giant heart-shaped Ferris wheel to rise in Reykjavik

26 Jun Shoe designer Marta Jonsson plans to build a giant heart-shaped Ferris wheel in Reykjavik. She says it will offer more than similar wheels in other cities, with view over mountains and nature as well as the city, and Northern Lights in winter.

Secret Solstice music festival took place in Reykjavik last weekend.

Music: Experiencing the Secret Solstice festival for the first time

25 Jun From the beginning, Secret Solstice has been at the top of the list for hip outdoor music festivals in Iceland. I attended for the first time last weekend. It was everything I expected and more.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson wants to donate money to charity.

Iceland's strongest man: I'm not perfect

23 Jun Hafþór Júlíus is best known internationally for his role as The Mountain in the Game of Thrones television series.


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