An Old Photo of Reykjavík

5a_thomas-throupAn Englishman called Thomas Throup (1867 – ?) came to Iceland in 1898 and took a few photos. He came to Iceland early in the summer of 1898 with a ship called Talisman. The colored picture suggests the photo was taken at night, but in reality the picture was taken during the day and in black and white. The photo was colored and a moon and lit windows added for dramatic effect.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream…

icecreamtruckThe snow in Iceland can often get quite thick. Some mountain roads, notably the road to Mjóifjördur in East Iceland, a fjord with about 20 inhabitants, are covered with snow until far into the official summer. The road was opened in late May this year. “Thank God”, the inhabitants said. “We can finally get our ice cream”.

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Eisbären im Schafspelz in Nordisland entdeckt

sheep_psDie Polizei in Borgarnes ist gestern morgen gegen 11 Uhr benachrichtigt worden, nachdem zwei Eisbären im Svínadalur ganz in der Nähe bewohnten Gebietes gesichtet worden waren. Als die Polizisten eintrafen, stellte sich heraus, dass es sich um zwei weiße Schafe handelte.

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Isländisches Geothermalwerk nicht nachhaltig

hellisheidi-power-plant_psNeuere Studien zum Geothermalgebiet von Hengill außerhalb der Hauptstadtregion haben ergeben, dass das Gebiet, welches derzeit vom Energieversorger Reykjavík Energy (OR) für das Kraftwerk Hellisheiðarvirkjun genutzt wird, keine Langzeitversorgung für das Werk darstellen kann.

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Wikileaks Prepared to Help Snowden Get to Iceland

revealer_psSpokesperson for Wikileaks Kristinn Hrafnsson said in an interview with Swedish national broadcaster SR yesterday that the organization is prepared to help Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), to apply for political asylum in Iceland.

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Archeological Find: A Thousand Year Old Church

hrafnseyri_esaAn archeological find last summer in the churchyard at Hrafnseyri in Arnarfjördur suggests that bones found are from 1020 to 11000. Hrafnseyri is famous in Icelandic history. Jón Sigurdsson (1811-1879), Iceland’s independence hero was born there on June 17, 1811. In the 13th century Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson, a doctor and a well-respected leader in the Westfjords lived in Hrafnseyri.

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