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Bernie- the first hedgehog in Iceland

13 Nov Bernie the African hedgehog is the first hedgehog ever to have been imported to Iceland. His owner is Eszter Tekla Fekete who moved to Iceland with her family from Hungary.

Rósenberg had been a music venue since 2004 but is now going to be turned into an Irish pub.

Two popular music venues in Reykjavik close down

9 Nov Rósenberg, located in Klapparstígur in central Reykjavik and Græna herbergið in Lækjargata, also in the city centre have recently closed down. The City of Reykjavik might look into giving support to music venues in the city to prevent them from closing down.

Sigurðardóttir is nominated to the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2018 for the book Why did you lie?

Three Icelandic authors nominated

7 Nov Novels by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Sjón and Jón Kalman Stefánsson are amongst 150 books that have been nominated to the International DUBLIN Literary Award in the year 2018.

Sigurður Þór Óskarsson and Björn Stefánsson and the couple in Rift.

Gay Icelandic psychological thriller

4 Nov Rift, Rökkur in Icelandic, is a new Icelandic gay psychological thriller and the second movie by director Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen. Rift is the first Icelandic movie about a gay couple and has already been shown at thirty film festivals all around the world.

Ásgeir Trausti with the bottle, getting ready to board the helicopter.

Ásgeir drops "Album in a Bottle" in the ocean off Iceland

3 Nov A unique copy of a vinyl record by Icelandic songwriter and musician Ásgeir is now floating somewhere in the North Atlantic Iceland off the coast of Iceland.

Það er sannkallað tónlistarhlaðborð í boði næstu daga fyrir tónþyrsta unnendur.

Iceland Airwaves kicks off with a tidal wave of music

2 Nov Iceland's largest annual music festival, Iceland Airwaves began last night and continues until November 5th.

An Icelandic man, although fully clothed, at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland.

Magazine featuring naked Icelandic men becomes a bestseller

2 Nov Gay Iceland reports that the Reykjavik issue of photography, culture and travel publication ELSKA is getting its sixth reprint.

Björk publishes a new album in November.

Björk releases an album in November

31 Oct The Icelandic musician Björk announced on her facebook page today that she is releasing her next album end November.

Archaeologist Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir has for years researched the cloisters of medieval times in Iceland.

Is the cloister door found?

26 Oct "Important evidences point to that the church door of Valþjófsstaður "Valþjófsstaðarhurðin" originally came from a cloister that chieftain Jón Loftsson founded at Keldur, Rangárvellir in the year 1193," Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir says about her new book that has been just published by The Historical Society and The National Museum of Iceland. The book's title is: In Search of the Cloisters - Five centuries of Cloister Life in Iceland.

The motorbike in Hvalfjörður tunnel.

Elliott Moss video shot in Iceland tunnel

19 Oct A motorcycle scene was shot last night in Hvalfjörður tunnel in West Iceland for a new video by US musician Elliot Moss.

Árbæjarsafn museum is very popular with children.

Half term at Icelandic schools begins today

19 Oct Today heralds the beginning of a short mid-term holiday for children all around Iceland which ends on Tuesday.

Jason Schwarzman plays an astronaut and Ingvar E.Sigurðsson an Icelandic sheep farmer.

"Appollo" being filmed in Iceland

16 Oct Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurðsson joined Jason Schwarzman and Jake Johnson in the film short Appollo recently.

The IKEA goat is the first sign of Christmas in Iceland.

IKEA Yule Goat has arrived

13 Oct The Swedish Yule goat, made of straw, has once again been erected outside IKEA in the suburbs of Reykjavik and heralds the coming of Christmas. The big question, as usual, is: will somebody set it on fire this year?

Not everyone is born into a body that they feel comfortable with.

Two people per month turn to transgender programme at Iceland's National University Hospital

12 Oct On average, two people turn to the transgender programme at the National University Hospital in Reykjavik per month. This number has been increasing over the past 3-4 years according to psychologist Elsa Bára Traustadóttir. A majority want to undergone hormone treatment but few undergo corrective surgery.

From the Imagine Peace Tower ceremony last year.

Yoko Ono will attend the Illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower

5 Oct Yoko will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon on Monday 9th October - his birthday. The illumination will be at 9 pm.

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