Ragnar Jónasson accepted the prize for the best crime novel published in France in the last 50 years last week.

Voted the best crime novel in 50 years

28 Nov "This was an outstanding evening in Paris and I am very happy to have been able to be her in person to accept this award. I am very touched," said Ragnar Jónasson the Icelandic crime novelist.

Fake snow and road signs in English are now seen everywhere in downtown Reykjanesbær.

Keflavík turned into Alaska

27 Nov Fake snow and road signs in English are now seen all over in downtown Keflavík but shooting for the fourth season of True Detective is planned in the town for the next few days. Kjartan Már Kjartansson, the mayor of Reykjanesbær, says everything is going well in the preparation for the shooting,but it is the production company True North thatis working on changing Keflavík into Alaska in USA.

The lights on the Oslo tree in downtown Austurvöllur were lit today at 4 o'clock.

The lights on the Oslo tree marks the start of the holiday season

27 Nov There was a genuine feeling of joy when the lights of the Oslo tree were turned on at Austurturvöllur today, but the annual event is a mark of the friendship between Oslo in Norway and Reykjavík. It was the 9-year-old Sanders Snær Sigurðsson to assist Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson to tend the lights on the tree.

Icelanders read (or listen to audiobooks) approximately 2.4 books per month on average.

One third of the population reads a book every day

21 Nov Icelanders read or listen to an average of 2.4 books a month, and almost one third of the population reads a book every day or more often, according to the results of a survey on the nation’s attitude towards reading.

It is better to be on the safe side and ask for some clothing for Christmas so you won't be eaten by the yulecat!

The lights lit on the Yulecat in Lækjartorg

20 Nov The lights were lit on the Yulecat in Lækjartorg downtown Reykjavík yesterday. The mayor, Dagur B. Eggertsson was at the lighting ceremony and the musical trio Zimsen sang a few Christmas songs and Grýla and Leppalúði turned up, but they are the parents of the 13 yulelads in Iceland.

Here is the billboard that was sent to space.

A billboard from Icelandic Tourist Board sent to space

18 Nov A new campaign by the Icelandic Tourist Board encourages space travelers to consider Iceland as a more attractive destination, and for that occasion a billboard was sent 35 thousand meters above the stratosphere with the aid of a weather balloon. The message on the sign is simple: Iceland is a better destination than space.

Fans of Walliams posing with the author at the book signing in the bookstore Penninn-Eymundsson.

Huge turnout at a book signing - and some had to leave without their book signed

14 Nov Some fans of the children’s book author and actor David Walliams were not happy campers when they did not get their books signed on Saturday after having waited in a long line in front of the bookstore Penninn-Eymundsson at Smáralind mall. The author had to leave due to a previous engagement.

Ingibjörg Valgeirsdóttir and Mjöll Þórarinsdóttir are both on the board of the international YMCA project Christmas in a shoebox.

Record number of Christmas boxes collected this year

13 Nov A total of 5,575 shoeboxes were collected in the project “Christmas in a shoebox” which is a project of the Christian YMCA associations in Iceland called KFUM and KFUK. This year there have never been as many boxes collected for the project in Iceland.

Moviegoers in the small but cozy Bíó Paradís in downtown Reykjavík were pleasantly surprised when they saw the famous actress Jodie Foster in their midst.

Foster went to the movies in Reykjavík

12 Nov The actress Jodie Foster is staying in Reykjavík these days and weeks. She is in the middle of shooting the HBO TV show True Detective, the fourth season here in Iceland. In the show Foster is the leading lady.

Björk at the Metaverse virtual music festival that starts today

10 Nov The Icelandic singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir will be among the musicians at the Metaverse virtual music festival, which is now held for the secondtime. The music festival will take place in the virtual world of Decentraland, in Metaverse, from November 10th-13th. The music festival is free and it is not necessary to wear virtual reality goggles.

This picture is taken on the corner of Skólavörðustígur and Laugavegur and shows a typical weekend night during summer.

Living close to the Party Zone

10 Nov The downtown area of Reykjavík has been developing into an area of restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels as is often the case with growing cities. The party scene can be a bit of an issue for the hotels in the area, as well as the residents.

Mark Pollock is the founder of the race Run in the dark, which raises money for research for curing spinal cord injuries.

Set on finding a cure for spinal cord injuries

8 Nov Run in the Dark takes place tomorrow, November 9th at 8 PM in Elliðaárdalur in Reykjavík, when the darkness of winter is coming. The founder of the run is the Irish outdoors enthusiast and adventurer Mark Pollock, who is blind and has suffered a spinal injury but does not let that stop him.

First day sold out at Iceland Airwaves

4 Nov A lot of people made their way downtown Reykjavík last night in order to attend the first day of the Iceland Airwaves music Festival, which is held this weekend.

Eiríkur Sigurbjörnsson is responsible for the broadcasting for the Christian Omega TV.

The Christian word needs Icelandic subtitles

1 Nov The Christian church Omega violated the Media Act by broadcasting foreign content without Icelandic subtitles on the television station Omega.

Nakamura was a happy camper on Sunday night with the 1st prize in hand.

Nakamura took home the first prize

31 Oct The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the Fischer Randcom Chess Tournament that ended Sunday night in Reykjavík. The winner of the final was Hikaru Nakamura, defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi in armageddon after drawing the match 2-2. He is the second FIDE world champion in Fischer random chess.

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