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Tinna Sverrisdóttir and Lára Rúnarsdóttir at Andagift, a new centre for cacao ceremonies and kundalini yoga in Reykjavik.

A ceremonial cacao centre opens in central Reykjavik

two days ago Andagift is a new centre for yoga, medititation and cacao ceremonies which has just opened on Rauðarárstígur 1, across from the Hlemmur food halls. According to the two women who run it, it's a sacred space that offers diverse spiritual practices, sound healing, deep relaxation, meditation and cacao ceremonies.

A sous vide cooker was the most popular Christmas present in Iceland this year. Why? Your guess is good as ours.

Top 5 trends in Iceland this winter

9 Jan Icelanders like to jump into the latest crazes and then abandon them just as fast. We assembled the top 5 crazes hitting Iceland this winter, from weird to wonderful.

Stefan Octavian Gheorghe .

Meet Iceland's first porn star

8 Jan Iceland's first porn star, Stefan Octavian Gheorghe, says he's sometimes very scared but takes responsibility for his own life. Stefan, who was adopted as a child from Romania, also made headlines in Iceland when he searched for his real mother in a TV series on Stöð 2.

A Þrettándabrenna - a bonfire for twelfth night at Ægissíða in West Reykjavik.

Icelanders celebrate Twelfth Night with bonfires for the elves

6 Jan Today marks the epiphany, Twelfth Night, the end of Christmas which in Iceland is celebrated in a somewhat pagan fashion.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch .

Benedict Cumberbatch in Iceland on NYE

2 Jan Actor Benedict Cumberbatch spent New Year's Eve in Iceland and attended a Sigur Rós concert at Harpa Concert Hall reports website Nútiminn.

A drone captures the fireworks last night.

Video: NYE fireworks in Reykjavik

1 Jan Photographer Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson captured these wonderful images of fireworks in Reykjavik with a drone last night.

Harpa is a great place to gather at midnight on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve countdown at Harpa

29 Dec The New Year's Eve countdown at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre takes place for the third time this year. The glass facade will display the year 2017 changing to 2018 at midnight.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson carrying a drinking horn at the Winter Solstice ceremony last night.

Icelandic Pagans celebrate Winter Solstice at new temple site

23 Dec Yesterday was the shortest day of the year and in Iceland the sun was only in the sky for four hours and seven minutes. Members of the Ásatrú religion celebrated Winter Solstice with a blót (sacrificial) ceremony at Öskjuhlíð hill in Reykjavik, which is also the site for the new Ásatrú temple set to rise next summer.

The two women behind the project never reveal their faces or their identities.

Songs about death, cats and rabbits

19 Dec Newcomer electronic band Madonna + Child is veiled in mystery. The two women behind the project never reveal their faces or their identities. They perform at Hlemmur Square hotel in Reykjavik tonight.

Icelandic babies are receiving more international names.

Iceland's most popular names are international ones: Alexander and Emilía

18 Dec Alexander is the most popular name for baby boys in 2016, followed by Aron and Mikael. The most popular baby name for girls was Emilía followed by Emma and Elísabet. One could say therefore that there is a strong trend for international names that are, well, more pronouncable than traditional Icelandic ones.

Megas, an Icelandic living legend.

Icelandic musical legend Megas to perform on Monday night

15 Dec On Monday night, Iceland's most famous singer/ songwriter Megas will be performing the poetry of Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson who died in 2013 aged only 52. He is accompanied by renowned composer and bass player Skúli Sverrison and a host of other musicians.

Sónar Reykjavik last year at Harpa.

More artists announced to the growing line-up of Sónar Reykjavik 2018

13 Dec Yesterday Sónar Reykjavik announced a host of new artists for its 2018 edition - taking place across four stages at the unique Harpa Concert Hall located by the scenic harbour area in the heart of the Icelandic capital.

Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of Agnes Magnúsdóttir,executed for the murder of Natan Ket­ils­son.

Jennifer Lawrence to play role of 19th century Icelandic murderess

13 Dec Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence will be playing the role of Agnes Magnúsdóttir in the film Burial Rites directed by Luca Guadagniono, rumoured for an Oscar win for Call Me by Your Name.

Musicians JóiPé og Króli.

Iceland's famous teenage rap stars hit international headlines

9 Dec Magazine 1843, the sister publication of The Economist, has featured an article on the latest rap stars in Iceland, Jói Pe and Króli.

Will there be a statue of Björk in downtown Reykjavik?

Proposal for statue of Björk at Reykjavik's Harpa Concert Hall

8 Dec A proposal was made at the City of Reykjavik's last cultural and tourism board meeting to raise a statue of Icelandic artist Björk at Harpa Conference Centre and Concert Hall .

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