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How did Iceland get its name?

Q: I have often wondered how exactly Iceland got its name. Of course the answer is superficially obvious but I’m wondering why the ‘ice’ was advertised

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viewpoint_26_psThe harbor at Siglufjörður, the former herring capital of Iceland. The face of the town is changing fast, and this month, exactly where the picture was taken, Rauðka, the company which renovated the former herring factories, started to build a much needed new hotel.

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viewpoint_25_psFramnes, former farm, now a summerhouse just north of Dalvík by Eyjafjörður fjord.

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viewpoint_24_psGoðafoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Located midway between Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, and Lake Mývatn, the water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters.

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viewpoint_23_psLake Mývatn is one of the top spots when it comes to Icelandic nature. The winter landscape can be as interesting as, or even more so than, during the crowded summer season.

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viewpoint_22_psJarðböðin, the nature baths near Lake Mývatn, opened nine years ago. The baths are open all year and the cold spell, which has lasted more than ten days in North Iceland, is no excuse not to take a dip in the hot water.

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Icelandic Woolen Sweater Saves Early-Born Foal

horse-winter_psNot only humans appreciate the warmth of lopapeysa, the typical Icelandic woolen sweater. The mare foal Góa, which arrived unexpectedly on March 21 (two months before the usual foaling season), wore a woolen sweater from the Icelandic Red Cross the first two weeks after its birth to stay warm in the cold spring weather.

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Reykjavík Prepares for Summer with Spring Cleaning

landspitali-hallgrimskirkja_fall_domReykjavík City authorities encourage residents to participate in cleaning the city’s districts this weekend by picking up rubbish in the vicinity of their homes. The city’s employees will collect the trash bags on Earth Day, April 22.

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Icelandic Short in Main Competition at Cannes

hvalfjordur_short_filmIcelandic short film Hvalfjörður by director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson has been selected along with nine others out of 3,500 entries from 132 countries to compete for the Golden Palm for shorts at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, May 15-26.

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Iceland PM’s Wife Makes Headlines in China

iceland-china-ftaWife of Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Jónína Leósdóttir, made headlines in China during the couple’s official five-day state visit earlier this week. Jónína, a novelist, attended a reception with students of Icelandic at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU).

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