Volcanoes, skyr and the Panama Papers: a 2016 Iceland retrospective
As the new year begins, Iceland Monitor takes a look back over 2016 and some of its most popular news stories for each month. Which is your favourite?
JANUARY – Icelandic skyr hits UK shops
McDonald's closed in Iceland in 2009. Six years later, the last burger still shows no signs of decomposition and is now exhibited at Bus Hostel in Skógarhlíð.
FEBRUARY – Sleep in a transparent bubble under the stars in an Icelandic forest
A light-hearted guide at how to fit in with the 101 Reykjavik in-crowd and avoid sticking out like a sore thumb – or worse, a tourist – at any of the cool hangouts downtown.
MARCH – Access to Sólheimasandur US Navy plane wreck barred
The Ásatrú Society in Iceland conducted a special pagan ceremony for the solar eclipse at the site of their new temple, the first to be built in Europe for a thousand years.
APRIL – Iceland PM: “I will not resign”
A look at #freethenipple day in Iceland, where women – including an MP – went braless or topless to show their support.
MAY – Clothing advice for an Icelandic summer
Artist Marco Evaristti poured five litres of red fruit dye into the active Strokkur geyser without permission, an act not appreciated artistically by enraged Icelanders.
JUNE – Iceland’s Hekla volcano “ready to blow”
Six defendants were jailed in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history.
JULY – Support Iceland in Euro 2016 with your own Icelandic name!
Archaeologists digging in central Reykjavik were looking for traces of a farm cottage built in 1799 – and found a Viking hut from some 900 years earlier.
AUGUST – Katla eruption: not if, but when...
A charming home for sale on the waterfront at beautiful Hvalfjörður. The building is by Alark architects and offers spectacular views.
SEPTEMBER – Reykjavik to switch off street lights for Northern Lights
Football history made in Reykjavik as the Iceland men’s football team qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the very first time.
OCTOBER – Icelandic MP holds new-born baby to breast during debate
At its peak, flood water flows reached 3,000 m3/s, over double the previous record for a comparable river flood in Skaftá.
NOVEMBER – GUIDE: Relocating to and working in Iceland
A video showing the moment when a black chunk of glacial ice breaks off from Svínafellsjökull glacier in South Iceland and rolls in the water.
DECEMBER – A cursed island for sale
Anyone up for buying an island and braving the famous curse??