On Saturday, August 18th, the annual Culture night was held in downtown Reykjavík. It has become an essential part of cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. Culture Night offers the chance to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions to more unusual happenings, including the Reykjavik Marathon.
An estimated crowd of 80.000 people visited the city center on this occasion, making it one of the most successful Culture nights in the event’s 17 year long history.
Actor and singer Russell Crowe treated his fans in Iceland to a surprise duet with Patti Smith on Reykjavík Culture Night on Saturday. Crowe is now in Iceland filming scenes for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film Noah, where Smith will sing the title song.
The Mars rover Curiosity has now spent 10 days on the red planet and has already sent back captivating images and videos from its surface. As with pictures from past missions to Mars, they show a lot of similarity between the landscape on our neighboring planet and the landscape of the Icelandic highlands, with its rocky surface and red soil.
The UK and Iceland signed a deal this week that could see geothermal power harnessed from Icelandic volcanoes supply the UK with energy. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also see the two nations work together to develop gas and oil resources and explore the possibility of electricity interconnection.
WOW Air is a brand-new, low-cost air carrier connecting Iceland to 12 destinations in Europe starting June 2012. The new carrier will offer 130,000 seats in Airbus A320 aircrafts in the first year. “We’d like to get to grips with twelve destinations to begin with,” said WOW’s main owner and CEO Skuli Mogensen.