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July 4, 2013
Currently on the Icelandic parliament’s agenda, thanks to the Pirate Party: A bill which would make Edward Snowden an Icelandic citizen. It could actually see a vote, even. (ht Sam Knight)

Currently on the Icelandic parliament’s agenda, thanks to the Pirate Party: A bill which would make Edward Snowden an Icelandic citizen. It could actually see a vote, even. (ht Sam Knight)

11:55 // 9 months ago
June 22, 2013
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.
Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
14:01 // 9 months ago
April 29, 2013

goatsfolyfe says: Hi, I am going to be in Iceland for a day in July, and was wondering if, since you had recently an excursion there, you would have suggestions of a good way to spend one day in Iceland?

» SFB says: Stay in Reykjavik. It’s perfectly sized for a day visit and gives you enough flavor for the country that you won’t feel like you shortchanged yourself by not leaving the city. Mt. Esja is in the distance. Nearly everyone speaks English fluently, so you won’t feel completely lost if you don’t know Icelandic and just want to spend the day walking through the shops. (One thing you’ll notice: There are very few international retail chains. The only one I can recall is KFC/Taco Bell. No Starbucks or McDonald’s, which might weird you out for a second. But really, it’s refreshing.) There’s a church tower in the city, Hallgrímskirkja, that has an amazing view if you pay the 600 Icelandic Krona to go up to the top. And there’s a pretty cool walking tour that’s totally free and doesn’t take too long. (If you’re not a city person, I hear the Blue Lagoon is pretty rad too.) — Ernie @ SFB

8:49 // 11 months ago
April 28, 2013
15:06 // 11 months ago
February 15, 2013
We have so many experts from educationalists to the police and those who work with children behind this, that this has become much broader than party politics. At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet.
Halla Gunnarsdottir, adviser to Icelandic interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson • Discussing Jonasson’s proposal to ban online porn in the country, arguing from the angle that it would lower violent crime. While some sites are writing about this as if it has a chance of actually going through, an actual Icelandic politician with internet-related chops, Wikileaks spokesperson and Icelandic Parliament member Birgitta Jonsdottir, calls Gunnarsdottir’s stance “unaware how the internet works” and says “the possibility that this bill will pass through the parliament is near zero.”
15:03 // 1 year ago
January 4, 2013
laughingsquid:

Drunk Icelandair Passenger Strapped to Seat With Tape & Zip Ties

I recently traveled to Iceland, and I gotta say … I’m so glad this didn’t happen on my flight.

laughingsquid:

Drunk Icelandair Passenger Strapped to Seat With Tape & Zip Ties

I recently traveled to Iceland, and I gotta say … I’m so glad this didn’t happen on my flight.

15:29 // 1 year ago
November 24, 2012

I’ve been in Iceland this weekend with my wonderful fiancée Cat, and today we spent the day hiking in a trail outside of Hveragerði. My feet are in massive pain from the 10 miles I walked today, but as you’ll see above, we got some great photos. (Thanks, BTW, to Chris Tognotti, Seth Millstein and Scott Craft for keeping things moving in my absence.) — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: photoset.com)

16:20 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2011
In Iceland, you might need a prescription to smoke
Your doctor may have to give you the go-ahead if you want to keep up the habit. Officials are hoping to do this as an effort to get people to quit. Recently, they’ve raised taxes on cigarettes and they’re on the way to banning them in many public places. Under the proposal, smokers would have to go through treatment programs to try to kick their habit. If they couldn’t pull it off, they’d get prescribed cigarettes. This seems like a bit far to reach, if you ask us, and it could create a black market because it’s so restrictive. Regardless, it should help people quit, should this measure pass —because that’s a lot of trouble to go through for a smoke. (photo via Flickr user mamagrrl) source
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Your doctor may have to give you the go-ahead if you want to keep up the habit. Officials are hoping to do this as an effort to get people to quit. Recently, they’ve raised taxes on cigarettes and they’re on the way to banning them in many public places. Under the proposal, smokers would have to go through treatment programs to try to kick their habit. If they couldn’t pull it off, they’d get prescribed cigarettes. This seems like a bit far to reach, if you ask us, and it could create a black market because it’s so restrictive. Regardless, it should help people quit, should this measure pass —because that’s a lot of trouble to go through for a smoke. (photo via Flickr user mamagrrl) source

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14:09 // 2 years ago
May 24, 2011
Ryanair flies plane through Iceland’s volcanic ash to prove it’s safe
How badly does Ryanair want to fly in this mess? Well, the ultra-cheap airline, which is trying to argue that the air plume from the Iceland volcano isn’t that bad, just sent a test plane through the thickest part of the plume for an hour. To put it simply, the plane got through OK, which means that now RyanAir is really arguing that officials allow airlines to fly their passenger planes through this murky soup. Look, we know your entire business model relies on tight profit margins, Ryanair, but is this really how you want to save money? (amazing eruption photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s Flickr page) source
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How badly does Ryanair want to fly in this mess? Well, the ultra-cheap airline, which is trying to argue that the air plume from the Iceland volcano isn’t that bad, just sent a test plane through the thickest part of the plume for an hour. To put it simply, the plane got through OK, which means that now RyanAir is really arguing that officials allow airlines to fly their passenger planes through this murky soup. Look, we know your entire business model relies on tight profit margins, Ryanair, but is this really how you want to save money? (amazing eruption photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s Flickr page) source

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11:17 // 2 years ago
May 21, 2011
kateoplis:

Surfer Keith Malloy heading toward the river mouth of Iceland’s Vatnajokull glacier, by Chris Burkard

Wow, was this shot today? The article isn’t very specific about this fact. If so, that’s incredibly good timing on the photographer’s part, beyond being merely astute editing on NatGeo’s part (considering the volcano). (EDIT: Granted, this glacier is friggin’ huge.)

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Surfer Keith Malloy heading toward the river mouth of Iceland’s Vatnajokull glacier, by Chris Burkard

Wow, was this shot today? The article isn’t very specific about this fact. If so, that’s incredibly good timing on the photographer’s part, beyond being merely astute editing on NatGeo’s part (considering the volcano). (EDIT: Granted, this glacier is friggin’ huge.)

17:35 // 2 years ago