Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Jun 28, 2016

Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament. England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation ...

Political novice elected Iceland president amid football fever

Jun 26, 2016

Political novice elected Iceland president amid football fever

Political newcomer Gudni Johannesson claimed victory in Iceland’s presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, though the vote was eclipsed by the country’s eagerly-anticipated and historic Euro football match. “All the votes have not been counted, but I think we have won,” ...

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Jun 15, 2016

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal was upstaged by a team of Icelanders and Hungary beat Austria on a day of surprises at the European Championship on Tuesday. The smallest country ever to play at a European Championship, with its population of 330,000, Iceland made its major ...

In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

May 13, 2016

In Iceland, don't mess with the elves

Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. Construction sites have been moved so as not to disturb the ...

Panama Papers fallout claims Iceland leader

Apr 6, 2016

Panama Papers fallout claims Iceland leader

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson will resign, his party said on Tuesday, becoming the first casualty of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm that have shone a spotlight on the finances of an array of politicians and public figures worldwide. The “Panama ...

Nov 29, 2015

Anonymous hacker group targets Iceland sites in whaling protest

Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation. The sites, which included the prime minister’s official website and that of the environment and interior ministries, ...

Oct 29, 2015

Britain and Iceland to revive volcano power project

Iceland’s volcanoes could heat British homes within 10 years via the world’s longest subsea power cable under plans to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday. Cameron and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson are expected to agree on setting up a ...

Iceland qualifies for first major tournament

Sep 7, 2015

Iceland qualifies for first major tournament

Iceland made it to its first major tournament on Sunday but Wales will have to wait a little longer to secure a place at the 2016 European Championship after Belgium grabbed a late winner in Cyprus. Iceland’s scoreless draw against Kazakhstan was a drab ...

Jun 5, 2015

Ship leaves Iceland with 1,700 tons of whale meat bound for Japan

A ship carrying 1,700 tons of whale meat left Iceland on Thursday bound for Japan, said a leading animal welfare group that is protesting the contentious delivery. The website Marinetraffic.com also showed the vessel, known as Winter Bay, leaving Hafnarfjordur port in western Iceland ...

May 20, 2015

Environmentalists slam Iceland whale meat shipment to Japan

Environmentalists reacted angrily Tuesday to a controversial shipment of fin whale meat to Japan by an Icelandic whaling company, saying it flouted international conservation agreements. The Icelandic whaling company Hvalur HF plans to ship 1,700 tonnes of whale meat via Luanda in Angola, repeating ...

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

Sep 1, 2014

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland’s subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said ...