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Iceland adopts the WTTC global safety and hygiene stamp

NordenBladet — Iceland is among 145 destinations to adopt the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) global safety and hygiene stamp, which was launched earlier this year. The Safe Travels stamp was developed as the first of its kind to

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Iceland: Mál og Menning Book Store permanently closed after 59 years

NordenBladet – Most people who have visited Reykjavík are no doubt familiar with the Mál og Menning book store, at Laugavegur 18. On Friday, it was announced that the store has been permanently closed. “The day Laugavegur became a pedestrian

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Iceland: Limited Number of Tourists Allowed in Some Ice Caves

NordenBladet – A limited number of people will from now on be allowed to visit ice caves and to go glacier hiking within five areas in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park, Morgunblaðið reports. The park received applications from

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Iceland: One COVID-19-Related Death in Iceland

NordenBladet – One death from COVID-19 was announced on the website of Landspítali National University Hospital today – the first such death in Iceland during this wave of the disease. Ten people died during the first wave of the disease

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Iceland: Will Icelandic Naming Committee Be Abolished?

NordenBladet – Iceland has long been known for its Naming Committee – a committee of three people and three substitutes whose role it is to determine which personal names are to be approved and which ones rejected in the country.

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Iceland: Meet in Reykjavík moves under the umbrella of Promote Iceland

NordenBladet — Meet in Reykjavík, the official convention bureau for Reykjavík city and the capital area, has joined forces with Promote Iceland. According to an agreement between  Reykjavík’s city council executive committee, Promote Iceland and Icelandair,  Meet in Reykjavík will

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Iceland: Njal’s Saga to be completed tonight at the Icelandic Saga Centre in Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland

NordenBladet – Njal’s Saga, the best-known among the sagas of the Icelanders, will finally be completed tonight – on tapestry, that is. Since February 2013 – for seven years and seven months – a group of about 20 women have

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Iceland: Reykjavik International Film Festival goes ahead in September

NordenBladet — This year RIFF will explore new technology and use it to bring quality cinema to an even wider audience in Iceland. There will be online screenings to movie lovers across the country to Keflavík, Ísafjörður and Akureyri as

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Iceland: Hidden caves in Hella are open to public

NordenBladet – Since January 18th, 2020, four of the twelve man-made caves in Hella are open to the public. The Hella caves are ancient; some even believed to date further back than the settlement of the Vikings. In truth, nobody

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In Focus: Iceland and the Arctic

NordenBladet – There are a few different definitions of what constitutes the Arctic, but it can essentially be defined as the area surrounding the North Pole. This northernmost part of the planet is home to about 4 million people, about

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Food of Iceland: What is Laufabrauð and how to make it? + Recipe and VIDEOS!

NordenBladet – Laufabrauð (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈløːivaprœiθ], “leaf bread”; sometimes also called “snowflake bread” in English) is a traditional kind of Icelandic bread that is most often eaten in the Christmas season. Originating from northern Iceland but now eaten throughout the

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Iceland: Proposal to build new domestic airport in Hvassahraun

NordenBladet – This weekend, the city of Reykjavík and the Icelandic government signed a contract that will begin an investigation into potentially opening a new domestic airport in Hvassahraun. According to RÚV, each party will invest 100 million ISK to

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Iceland: New Police Council to be inaugurated on January 1

NordenBladet – A new Police Council under the chairmanship of the National Commissioner of the Police will begin operations on January 1 next year, RÚ reports. The new council was introduced by Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir at the

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Iceland: Landsvirkjun announces plan to become carbon neutral by 2025

NordenBladet – Today, Landsvirkjun*, the National Power Company of Iceland, will introduce plans to become carbon neutral by 2025, RÚV reports. According to Hörður Árnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun, the company has monitored greenhouse gas emissions closely over the past ten

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Iceland: Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir meets Queen Elizabeth at The NATO Summit

NordenBladet – Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir met Queen Elizabeth at the NATO Summit in London on Tuesday, Vísir reports. The meeting celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Alliance. Following a fully booked schedule, she arrived at the reception at Buckingham

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Iceland: Reykjavík City Council racks up massive 7.2 Million ISK Food Bill

NordenBladet – The cost of 20 Reykjavík City Council meetings from June 2018 to July 2019 amounted to 17 million ISK, or 850,000 ISK per meeting, Vísir reports. Of the 17 million, 7.2 million was spent on food and drink,

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