Smoked Pork and Christmas Presents

christmasrvk_psTonight is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas cards.

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Gleðileg Jól!

thorlaksmessa_01a_goThe Iceland Review team would like to send its readers heartfelt season’s greetings from Iceland where people are about to celebrate Christmas at this darkest time of the year.

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Stinking Skate and Shopping Fury

laugavegur-christmas_ipaToday is the last day before Christmas, known as Þorláksmessa (“The Mass of St. Þorlákur,” Iceland’s patron saint). The day is celebrated by eating skata, putrefied (or fermented) skate, and buying the last Christmas presents.

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Buyers of Perlan to Construct Hotel and Pool

perlan-dark-lights_psThe acquisition offer made to the Reykjavík landmark building Perlan (The Pearl), a glass dome on top of six water tanks, assumes the construction of up to 15,000 additional square meters on the lot to facilitate a hotel and a bathing location, which has caused some controversy.

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Staatspräsident verteidigt Walfang

olafurragnar-althingi_pkIn einem kürzlich in USA Today erschienenen Artikel von Laura Bly darüber, ob es moralisch vertretbar sei, als Tourist in Island Walfleisch zu essen, sowie US-Präsident Barack Obamas Meinung zum Walfang in Island, verteidigte der isländische Staatspräsident Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Islands Recht darauf, Wale zu jagen.

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