Iceland Airwaves music festival - Sinéad O’Connor
Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor’s sole performance during the upcoming Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavík, October 12-16, will be held in the church Fríkirkjan by the Reykjavík Pond on October 14 at 9 pm. The program of Iceland Airwaves will be posted on the festival’s website today, Morgunbladid reports. Meanwhile, Benni Hemm Hemm and Borko wi
Obama to Take Action against Iceland’s Whaling
US President Barack Obama agreed yesterday to take diplomatic action to try to put an end to whaling in Iceland on the basis of the Pelly Amendment, which will reduce diplomatic relations between the two countries. However, trade sanctions will not be implemented. Representatives of the Icelandic government met with employees of the US Department of State earlier this week to discuss the situation, visir.is reports. "Iceland's actions threaten the conservation status of an endangered species and undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales," Obama said in a message to Congress, according to an AFP press release. "Iceland's increased commercial whaling and recent trade in whale products diminish the effectiveness of the [International Whaling Commission] conservation program," the message continued.
Sheep and Horse Roundup Season Begins in Iceland
The season during which sheep and horses are herded down to the valleys from highland pastures, rounded up and sorted in special sheepfolds, which is known as réttir in Icelandic, begins on Saturday. This annual event on the calendar of Icelandic farmers is often awaited with some anticipation and afterwards celebrated with good food and drink, song and dance. It has also become a popular event among laymen who like to observe the spectacle. The first sheep roundups will take place in north Iceland, Eyjafjördur, Skagafjördur and