Ásgeir Trausti’s new English-language album In the Silence tops the Australian iTunes list of the bestselling albums this week, taking the top spot from now second-placed Pharrell Williams’ Girl.
The first Flateyri Festival of Books (Bókahátíð á Flateyri) will be held in the West Fjords village of Flateyri this weekend.
In the first-ever Faroe Music Awards (FMA), held over the weekend, Icelandic musician Svavar Knútur and local musician Maríus Ziska received the award for Song of the Year for ‘Tokan/Þokan’ (‘The Fog’).
The Whispering Muse by Icelandic author Sjón—translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb—is among 25 finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards for fiction, announced yesterday. The longlist includes works published in 16 languages—none of them English.
The winner of a design competition for a new Arctic Circle landmark on Grímsey Island, off the coast of North Iceland, was announced on Monday.
Icelandic authors Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Jón Kalman Stefánsson are among 15 authors to be long-listed for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Papa John’s pizzeria in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—which was filmed in Iceland—was chosen as one of the worst cases of latent advertising last year by Brandchannel, who handed out their annual Product Placement Awards last week.
Today is Öskudagur (Ash Wednesday). Öskudagur (literally: ‘Ash Day’) is in many ways Iceland’s answer to Halloween.
Traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and bean stew, is eaten in Iceland today to celebrate Sprengidagur ('Bursting Day'), which is Iceland’s answer to Shrove Tuesday. The motto is to eat stew until you burst.
Björk, Patti Smith, Highlands, Of Monsters and Men, Samaris, Retro Stefson, Mammút and Lykke Li will perform at a concert in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík on March 18 to raise funds for the conservation of Icelandic nature.
Around 5,000 scouts from 216 countries are expected to attend the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland in 2017.
An artisanal food market will be held in Harpa concert hall and conference center in Reykjavík over the weekend. More than 40 farmers, fishermen and artisanal producers will showcase their goods at the two day event.
Brazilian photographer Anna Silveira received an envelope two years ago from her then 89-year-old grandmother on which was written “A Trip to the North Pole.”
The annual Food and Fun Festival opens in Reykjavík this afternoon. A total of 31 foreign chefs are taking part this year.
In Hollywood they have the Oscars, in Iceland it is the Eddas, the Icelandic Film and Television Awards. This year’s award ceremony was in held in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík on Saturday.
Best Film: Hross í oss (Of Horses and Men)
American television station HBO has released a new behind the scenes video of the filming of Game of Thrones season four in Iceland, entitled Intensity of Iceland.