Volcanoes, skyr and the Panama Papers: a 2016 Iceland retrospective

1 Jan 2017 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?

Record year for Icelanders jetting abroad

29 Nov 2016 By the end of this year, Icelanders are expected to have taken 524,000 international flight departures from Iceland since 1 January – a 16.4% increase on last year.

2016 record year for Icelanders travelling abroad

11 Oct 2016 Over the first eight months of 2016, Icelanders departed on 351,000 trips abroad – up 20% on the same period in 2015 and the highest number ever.

Adam and Cat­her­ine at Geysir.

Football stab victim proposes to girlfriend in Iceland

6 Oct 2016 Adam Williams, the young British police officer who fell victim to a vicious knife attack while supporting Iceland at Euro 2016 in France, proposed to his girlfriend while in Iceland on an all-expenses-paid trip funded by Icelandic well-wishers.

The President and First Lady of Iceland.

Euro 2016 stab victim to take coffee with President of Iceland

5 Oct 2016 The young British police officer who fell victim to a vicious knife attack while supporting Iceland at Euro 2016 in France is to visit the President of Iceland for coffee tomorrow.

Iceland’s Euro 2016 Viking Clap to feature in FIFA 17 game

13 Sep 2016 EA Sports, the game developer behind the massively popular FIFA football computer game series, has announced that FIFA 17 will include the HÚ! Viking clap made famous by the Icelandic football team at Euro 2016.

‘Euro 2016 effect’ pushes up Iceland booze sales

16 Aug 2016 Sales in Icelandic alcohol stores were 7.3% higher this summer than in the summer of 2015, with the good weather and the Euro 2016 football finals thought to be in part responsible.

Iceland football commentary meets Star Wars

15 Aug 2016 A newly released trailed for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story already has fans aflutter – but an interested viewer has come up with an idea to make the footage even more exciting.

Wayne Rooney.

Rooney: “We were very poor against Iceland”

2 Aug 2016 Soul-searching continues in the ranks of English football on the subject of England’s last-16 exit from Euro 2016 – at the hands of tiny Iceland.

Historic Iceland-England Euro 2016 ball on show in Reykjavik

18 Jul 2016 The National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik exhibited a rather mundane new object this weekend – a football.

Birkir Bjarnason.

Is Iceland’s Bjarnason off to Napoli?

18 Jul 2016 Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason could be on the verge of moving to Italian Serie A giants Napoli, according to Swiss German-language daily newspaper Blick.

Paris, France.

Iceland’s France mania appears to be over

14 Jul 2016 Today may be France’s Bastille Day, but it seems Icelandic travellers are more interested in Spain and the UK when it comes to their travel plans.

Iceland's starting 11 at Euro 2016.

Iceland climb 100 FIFA world ranking places in four years

14 Jul 2016 Iceland’s Euro 2016 success has propelled the men’s national team into the Top 30 best teams in the world, according to the latest FIFA world ranking.

Kind Iceland brings light to Euro 2016 stab victim’s darkness

13 Jul 2016 The young British police officer who fell victim to a vicious knife attack while supporting Iceland at Euro 2016 in France is “deeply moved” by an Icelandic offer to come and see the national team in action at home.

Sigþórsson in action against Hungary.

Iceland’s Sigþórs­son voted ‘Best Player of Euro 2016’

13 Jul 2016 Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigþórs­son has been voted ‘Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament’ by readers of Skysports.




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