Iceland’s Government Offices Attract Naked People PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:06

Two men wearing nothing but their birthday suits were spotted racing on the lawn in front of the Government Offices of Iceland in Reykjavík on Thursday night. Not long ago, a foreign tourist was tricked by local girls to strip down in front of the building.

Stjórnarráðið, the Government Offices of Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

In regards to this week’s incident, the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police commented on their Facebook page that “it was unclear what the men’s intention was but it is considered certain that they were not on their way to a cabinet meeting.”

A witness reported...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:14
Ice-Covered Rams Recovered in North Iceland PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 04:30

Sheep that were lost in the snowstorm in September 2012 keep turning up; farmer Daði Friðriksson in the rural Mývatn region in Northeast Iceland recently recovered two young rams with pieces of ice clinging to their wool in Gæsadalur valley.

Mývatn. Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Daði told that the lambs were skinny, especially one of them, but expected them to survive. He assumed that they had fed on withered grass.

There is still a thick snow-cover in the region yet Daði keeps looking for lost sheep, stating there is no use in giving up.

Chair of the National Association...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:13
Icelandic Art Forger: I Sold Fake Picasso to Danes PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:00

Iceland’s best known art forger, Sigurður Þorláksson, maintained in an interview with Danish weekly Rapport in 1974 that the National Gallery of Denmark’s pride and joy, a Picasso painting, is a forgery he sold to a Danish fisherman in Iceland for booze and smokes.

Copenhagen. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The old story was brought up on RÚV’s Rás 1 radio program Innion Friday.

“I painted the picture in 1952 after a photograph, originally to practice. Then one day, when I was broke, I sold the picture to a Danish steersman for a box of whiskey and five cartons of cigarettes.” The pai...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:12
Icelandic Artists Miss Out on Nordic Music Prize PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:30

The Nordic Music Prize’s jury announced at a ceremony during the by:Larm festival in Oslo on Thursday that this year’s Nordic Music Prize goes to Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit for the album The Lion’s Roar

Retro Stefson by Retro Stefson.

“First Aid Kit secured the victory in close competition with 11 other nominees,” a press release states.

Among them were Icelandic troubadour Ásgeir Trausti, who was nominated for his debut Dýrð í dauðaþögn, and pop band Retro Stefson for their eponymous album.

Both artists also received six nominations each for the Icelandic Music Awards. The winners will...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:11
Reykjavík Fashion Festival Announces Foreign Guests PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 18:30

rff_logo Reykjavík Fashion Festival announced last week some of the foreign guests that will attend the festival, running from March 14 to 16 this year. RFF 2013’s guest of honor will be fashion and celebrity photographer Roxanne Lowit.

Lowit’s work has been published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and Tatler and exhibited in many prominent museums and galleries, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art and London’s Albert Museum.

During her career of more than 40 years, Lowit has photographed some of the world’s most influential artists, designers and...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:10
Formula 1 Case Filed to Iceland’s Special Prosecutor PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 02:30

formula1_logo The winding-up committee of Glitnir Bank filed to the Icelandic Special Prosecutor’s Office in January the case of an ISK 4 billion (USD 31 million, EUR 23 million) letter of credit having been granted by the bank because of the acquisition of Formula 1 race team Williams in summer 2008 due to reasoned suspicion of breach of trust.

The story was reported by Fréttablaðið on Thursday last week.

The case concerns Icelandic businessman Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, who was CEO of Baugur Group and one of Glitnir’s main owners at the time, having agreed in December 2007 that British companies owned by Baug


Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:09
Icelandic MMA Fighter Wins at Wembley PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 February 2013 04:42

Icelandic mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete Gunnar Nelson remains undefeated (11-0-1) after his convincing win in a UFC welterweight bout against Jorge Santiago from the U.S. at Wembley Stadium, London, on Saturday.

From Gunnar's Facebook page.

According to, it was Nelson’s “constant takedowns and takedown attempts that wore Santiago down.”

Gunnar spoke with following the fight: “It was definitely a very good fight and I’m happy with this win. Santiago is a tough opponent and this fight was obviously different from most of my other fights. It went to three rounds and...

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 22:08
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