American lifestyle chain Anthropology has ordered thousands of copies of the book Paintings by Icelandic artist Eggert Pétursson, published by Crymogea.Continue reading
There are plans to build the largest mink farm in Iceland in Þorlákshöfn, South Iceland, over the next few months.Continue reading
Entomologist Erling Ólafsson is surprised that mosquitoes have neither settled in Iceland nor the Faroe Islands while they exist in the island states’ neighboring countries. There is no definite explanation as to why these two countries remain mosquito-free.
“It is very strange. People have mentioned various possible explanations, for example that Iceland has an oceanic climate and that they don’t thrive in it, but that’s nonsense,” Erling commented to ruv.is.
In Erling’s view, fluctuating weather in winter is not a likely explanation either. “It’s rather a question of the chemical composition of the water and ground.”
It might also be a strike of luck, Erling reasoned, adding that mosquitoes could easily be carried to the country with the wind or airplanes and adapt to the Icelandic climate.
Midges and black flies exist in Iceland, particularly in the area around Lake Mývatn in the northeast. Even though they bite, they are not considered as much of a menace as mosquitoes.
“The mosquito is more aggressive. It attacks you day and night, awake or asleep. And it bites through your clothes but the black fly rather goes for naked spots of skin,” Erling stated.
A French couple trekking in the Icelandic highland requested assistance from emergency services at 3 pm yesterday as the woman had fallen and hurt her knee and was unable to continue. They were picked up by the Coast Guard’s helicopter this morning.Continue reading
The second day of the seminar, entitled “Í Þagu hestsins” (“For the cause of the horse”), was dedicated to the riding itself.Continue reading
About 50 participants attended a seminar entitled “For the cause of the horse” with Gerd Heuschmann, which was organized last weekend by the Icelandic Agricultural School in Hvanneyri.Continue reading
A Swiss bus driver from Rubi Reisen emptied the bus’ toilet on an open road near Selfoss, South Iceland, earlier this week. When an eyewitness asked the driver what he was doing, he responded, “I pushed the wrong button.”Continue reading
Dorrit Moussaieff, wife of President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, will participate in the opening ceremony of the Icelandic Horse World Championships 2013 in Berlin, August 4-11, on Sunday by riding through the Brandenburg Gate with a group of Icelandic stallions.Continue reading
The Icelandic competition horses have safely and sound arrived on the continent and are on their way to Berlin now.Continue reading
Forty firefighters took part yesterday in extinguishing the most extensive fire that has occurred in Iceland in a long time. A 230-ton fishing vessel caught fire inside a shipyard in Akranes, West Iceland, in the afternoon. The fire was extinguished at midnight but flared up again later in the night.Continue reading