Family of Missing Icelander Continues Search in Dublin

The family of Jón Jónsson, the Icelandic tourist who went missing in Dublin, Ireland two weeks ago, has been joined by ten Icelanders and dozens of Irish volunteers in their ongoing search for their missing loved one, RÚV reports. Although the family says that the Irish Garda has been keeping them well-updated on the search and has been collaborating with Icelandic police as well, authorities have yet to turn up any definitive clues about what happened to Jón. His family, however, isn’t giving up and staged another extensive search on Saturday morning, which, Vísir reports, as many as 100 locals took part in.

Jón Jónsson went missing in the Whitehall neighbourhood of Dublin while on holiday with his girlfriend. He is 6 ft [1.8 m], of medium build, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he was last seen. He left the Bonnington Hotel at 11:05am without his wallet, passport, or phone; he has not been heard from or seen since he was then caught by CCTV shortly afterwards, travelling down Swords Road on foot.

An Irish volunteer named Eamon Connolly spoke to RÚV about the local support that Jón’s family has received. “I don’t find it strange myself,” he said. “I just find when there is a situation like this, people rally around—community spirit. And it’d be a similar situation, I’d say, if there was an Irishman lost in Iceland.” Eamon noted that volunteers have made inquiries throughout the city centre, including at hostels, homes, and pubs, and “talking to people, putting a lot of posters up.”

Searches have also been made of the surrounding areas and with the long-distance collaboration of ICE-SAR, Icelandic Search and Rescue, volunteers in Dublin have been able to map which areas have been searched using Google Earth and Google Maps.

Two of Jón’s brothers discussed his situation on a popular Icelandic talk show and his family is maintaining a Facebook page—Jon Jonsson missing in Dublin—with updates about the search (in English) as well as links to their GoFundMe account.

Anyone with information about Jón’s whereabouts or disappearance are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. People who wish to volunteer by distributing missing persons flyers or to assist with the family’s ongoing search efforts can also be in touch at [email protected].

Woman At War Wins Ten Eddas

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War (Kona fer í strið) won in all ten of the categories that it was nominated for at the Eddas, Iceland’s most prestigious Film and Television award, on Friday night RÚV reports.

The film, which was also chosen as Iceland’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir and tells the story of an eco-activist whose efforts to disrupt large-scale industry in Iceland are complicated when she learns that her long-awaited adoption is about to become a reality. It is set to be adapted in the US by Jodie Foster.

Woman At War won in the categories of Film of the Year, Script, Sound, Editing, Cinematography, Actress in a Starring Role, Set Design, Score, Special Effects, and Best Director.

Director Baldvin Z’s Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla) was actually nominated for more Eddas—12 in total—but only won in four categories: Costume Design, Makeup, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Actor in a Supporting Role.

See a trailer of Woman at War herewith English subtitles and Let Me Fall here.



Akureyri to Open Service Centre for Victims of Violence

The Minister of Justice and the Minister of Social Affairs and Children have agreed to earmark a combined ISK 24 million {$200,402; €176,854] in the establishment of a new service centre in Akureyri for victims of violence, Vísir reports.

The Akureyri Chief of Police will oversee the project in collaboration with a number of other organizations: the town of Akureyri, the University of Akureyri, the Akureyri Hospital, the Health Care Institution of North Iceland, the Kvennaathvarfið Women’s Shelter, the Kvennaráðgjöf Women’s Counseling Centre, the Icelandic Human Rights Centre, and Aflið, the Association Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. They hope to open by March 1, at which point, the new centre will provide free social support services and legal advice to adults who have been the victims of violence.

A similar centre, called Bjarkahlíð is already operational in Reykjavík. The new centre, which is being created at the behest of the North Iceland Police, is intended to serve individuals living in north and east Iceland. It will run as a pilot program for two years and receive its funding from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Affairs, who are splitting the cost equally between them.


Oscar Swag Bag Includes Trip to Iceland

Among the swag found in the gift bag that was given to all of this year’s 25 nominees for an Oscar in the acting or directing categories is a free trip to Iceland.

Forbes reports that for the seventeenth year running, the LA-based marketing agency Distinctive Assets has put together an “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bag which is valued at more than $100,000. The gifts included are varied to say the least, including “a broad selection of cannabis products,” a glow-in-the-dark toilet plunger shaped like a poop emoji, color-changing lipstick, a bottle of absinthe, a cooler filled with Jarritos soda, and training sessions with a celebrity trainer.

Recipients can also choose from one of four “luxury small-ship adventure[s]” to Iceland, the Galapagos, the Amazon, or Costa Rica. The trips are valued at $15,000 – $20,000 [ISK 1.79 million – ISK 2.39 million; €13,227 – €17,637]. According to provider International Expeditions, their nine-day voyage on a three-masted motor-sailer includes first stops in Akureyri and around Lake Mývatn, then travels around Siglufjörður in the North Fjords, Ísafjörður and stops in the Westfjords, Snæfellsnes in West Iceland, and finally ends with a tour around the Golden Circle.

Iceland submitted Woman at War, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir to be the country’s submission to this year’s Best Foreign Film category, but it did not make the final five.