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  • Politics

    President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson calls for a surprise Press conference

    By Staff

    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Many believe the longest serving president in the history of Iceland will announce he intendes to seek a sixth term at the press conference later today. Photo/Birgir.

    The President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has called a surprise press conference at his official residence, Bessastaðir, according to the local news site visir.is.

    Read more: Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, will not seek re-election for a sixth term in 2016

    The subject of the press conference has not been announced, but most political commentators in Iceland speculate Ólafur Ragnar will be announcing that he will stand for re-election in the summer’s presidential elections. Ólafur Ragnar, who is completing his fifth term in office, announced on new year’s eve that he was not seeking a sixth term.
     

  • Travel

    First guests arrive at Deplar farm, luxury accommodation in North Iceland

    By Staff

    The Deplar farm The luxury building boasts 12 spacious rooms, and apartments of various sizes, a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, a massage parlour, sauna, and a gym. Photo/Eleven Experience 

    Deplar farm, located in Fljót in Skagafjörður in North Iceland, received its first guest on Thursday, reports Morgunblaðið. The luxury accommodation is run and owned by travel company The Eleven Experience which specialises in custom-made experiences around the world.

    On the company’s website, Deplar is described as “one of the most unique properties in the Eleven collection”. The farm is set in a remote valley, surrounded by tall mountains. Among the activities offered at Deplar are heli-skiing in Tröllaskagi “from mountain tops all the way to the ocean's shores”, fly fishing, bird watching, and hikes.

    The building boasts 12 spacious rooms, and apartments of various sizes, a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs, a massage parlour, sauna, gym, and a meeting room.

    According to Morgunblaðið, accommodation at Deplar cost 1,750 USD per person per night. The prize includes meals, drinks, and transportation. 

  • Weather

    With the unique “First Day of Summer” holiday coming up, here’s your weather update for the week

    By Staff

    Sunny first day of summer Reykjavík and South West Iceland will experience some nice weather as Icelanders celebrate the end of winter. Photo/Screenshot from the Icelandic Met Office

    The Icelandic tradition of celebrating the First Day of Summer, Sumardagurinn fyrsti, as a public holiday in early spring is viewed with certain amusement by some visitors and even many locals, since the weather on the first Thursday after April 18 is rarely particularly summery. The temperature on the first day of summer is frequently below freezing (0°C / 32°F), and it is not unusual to see summer greeted with snow showers.

    Read more: The unique Icelandic public holiday the First Day of Summer is this Thursday

    This year it looks like weather on the first Day of Summer will be reasonably good. The Icelandic Met office is predicting a week of regular early spring weather:

    Weather on Tuesday
    Reykjavík and South West Iceland will have overcast skies, but clears up after 18:00, with the sky remaining partly cloudy through the night. Temperature will rise from 1°C in the morning to 6°C in the afternoon (34-43°F). Heavy rain and sleet throughout the day, but will clear up by 18:00.

    South Iceland will similarly be overcast and rainy all day, but with lower temperatures and stronger wind, 2-5°C (36-41°F), and a strong breeze before noon, but only a gentle breeze in the afternoon. The weather in South Iceland will similarly improve in the evening, although it will still be overcast with rain showers.

    Weather on Wednesday
    Rain showers and overcast skies are expected in Reykjavík and South West Iceland in the morning. The sky will remain overcast through the day, and the rains will return during the night. Strong winds, ranging from gale to strong gale, and a temperature of 5-6°C (41-43°F) will make Wednesday perfect for visiting a museum or sightseeing outside the city.

    The weather in South and North Iceland will be somewhat more pleasant on Wednesday, clear or clear skies and a light or gentle breeze.

    Weather on Thursday, First day of Summer
    The first day of summer looks to be the best day of the week in Reykjavík and on the South-West corner. The temperature in South-West corner of Iceland is expected to be between 1°C and 5°C (during the day, with mostly sunny or partly clouded skies and light to gentle breeze. South Iceland will see clear skies all day, but moderate to strong breeze and a temperature of 3-5°C (37-41°F). North and East Iceland are expected to see temperatures dipping below freezing, with mostly sunny skies and light to moderate breeze

  • Lifestyle

    Kim Kardashian shocked and saddened to find horse meat on the menu at a Reykjavík restaurant

    By Staff

    Shock and horror, but tastes good While it is not as popular as poultry, beef or pork, horsemeat is a delicacy consumed all over the world. It should also be noted that horses are not an endangered or a threatened species, unlike puffin and minke whales, which many Reykjavík restaurants offer. Photo/visir.is

    The reality TV-show star Kim Kardashian arrived in Iceland with her husband, musician and entrepreneur Kanye West and a large entourage plus friends and family, on Sunday morning. After the couple had toured south Iceland they came to downtown Reykjavík where they are staying at 101 Hotel.

    Read more: Kanye West arrives in Iceland to film a new music video
    Read more: The Kardashians enjoy a tomato themed tasting menu at Friðheimar farm

    To satisfy their millions of fans the couple has dutifully documented every step of their trip on social media, where they have posted photographs and videos of their adventures.

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    After their trip to South Iceland the group celebrated the birthday of Kourtney Kardashian and ate dinner at Grillmarkaðurinn, a popular restaurant in downtown Reykjavík. But before the group could sing Happy Birthday to Kourtney, her sister Kim posted a video on Snapchat of her friend Jonathan Cheban ordering and tasting a horse steak. While Cheban declared the steak was just delicious Kim was less impressed, expressing her sadness and horror with a crying pony-emoji.

    See a recording of Kim’s Snapchat video, courtesy of local news site visir.is:

  • Politics

    Local Hamburger chef announces a presidential run, promises supporters free cheeseburgers

    By Staff

    Presidential run or marketing ploy? Local restaurateur Magnús Ingi Magnússon, better known as Maggi á Texasborgurum, has become the fifteenth person to announce his desire to replace outgoing president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Photo/GVA

    One more presidential candidate entered the already crowded field on Sunday when yet another long-shot candidate, Magnús Ingi Magnússon, decided to throw his hat in the ring. Or chef’s hat, since Magnús is a legendary restauranteur and hamburger chef, better known as “Maggi á Texasborgurum”. Magnús’ restaurant Texasborgarar (“Texas-burgers”) one of Reykjavík’s oldest and best known hamburger joints.

    Magnús is the fifteenth candidate to announce his run for the presidency.

    Read more: What you need to know about the rapidly growing field of candidates for the president of Iceland

    Some suspect that Magnús’ presidential run is really a clever marketing ploy, launched to generate publicity for his restaurant Texasborgarar, which is located by the old harbour, in the Grandi district. Magnús has already achieved this goal, since his presidential run has been the subject of countless jokes and status updates on social media in Iceland.

    Before his name can be added to the ballot, Magnús, like all other candidates, must hand in the signatures of at least 1,500 voters. To reach this threshold Magnús is offering potential supporters free cheeseburgers and fries, according to the local news site visir.is. The only thing potential supporters need to do is to visit his restaurant and sign their name to the list of people who would like to see his name on the ballot.

  • General

    The Kardashians enjoy a tomato themed tasting menu at Friðheimar farm, South Iceland

    By Staff

    At Gullfoss waterfall The Kardashian sisters and their entourage toured south Iceland yesterday. Photo/Instagram

    Kim and Kourtney Kardashian arrived in Iceland yesterday, Sunday, along with Kim’s husband, rapper Kanye West, and a group of close friends. Despite yesterday’s bad weather, the stars did the popular Golden Circle, visiting Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area before dining at Friðheimar in South Iceland. 

    At Friðheimar, tomatoes are grown all year round under artificial lighting in greenhouses. Guests are welcome to visit the greenhouses, and then enjoy a taste of the crop among the plants. The tomato themed menu includes tomato soup, fresh pasta with tomato sauce, tomato ice cream, cheesecake with green-tomato jam, and tomato schnapps.

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