It’s been a… somewhat busy time in Iceland this week, but we thought we’d focus on bringing you some of the happier, more curious news stories to have hit the papers. Read on to find out the latest in hard-hitting journalism, straight out of Iceland. 

Finally, a Winter Heatwave in Iceland… Sort Of

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South and East Iceland are preparing for a brisk heatwave, with temperatures rising last Friday from a rather chilly 2° C to an unbearable 9° C. As opposed to the thick winter coat, wooly hat and gloves, locals and visitors alike will now be able to enjoy the searing weather in a jacket, wooly hat and gloves.

Measures are underway to save the local populace, who will undoubtedly undergo extreme symptoms of heat stroke, from the clammy skin to profuse sweating and even possible hallucinations. The emergency services are recommending that people stay indoors where they are in full control of the temperature dial.

This Saturday may offer some respite from these sauna-like conditions, dropping to a Sahara-level 7° C. Afterward, the weather will progressively cool, until finally dropping off to its normal, subarctic climate.

Don’t be fooled by this, however. Winter is here.

Iceland and Germany Collaborate on Autumnal Beer

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Trouble had been brewing for Icelandic beer makers, Borg Brugghús, after ze Germans made a move to stifle one of their most beloved delicious concoctions.

The German brewer, Wacken Brauerei, sent a letter of legal notice to the company demanding immediate suspension of the use of the brand Surtur, despite it having been in use as a trademark in Iceland since 2012.

The Icelandic team responded with an invitation, “Visit Iceland and brew some beer with us!”

Surprisingly enough, this request was happily accepted, resulting in the NR. C17 HAUSTRUNK, available on shelves this weekend. The beer’s flavour can be traced to the River Gose, found in Lower Saxony, and is sweetened with juicy apricots, creating the perfect autumnal beverage. What more proof could one need that beer is the perfect means of bringing people together?

Funnily enough, the Icelandic brewery team decided to name this new beer once their German collaborators had already left. The name’s ‘inspiration’ came from one of the latter’s other brand names, Haustrunk, in a move that could be described as a failure to learn one’s lesson.

Jokingly, Borg Brugghús has stated “Only time will tell us if we can expect another letter in the near future”.

Icelanders are Adopting More Kitty Cats

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Regardless of how one-sided the feeling is, Icelanders hold a deep affection for cats.

Cats are, by their very definition, evil creatures. They are widely associated with the devil and witchcraft and enjoy licking themselves alone whilst watching fishing trawlers dock in Old Harbor. These reasons, among others, are why Icelanders feel such a kinship with moggies.

These furry, freethinking felines are an abiding presence in the city and have, over a short period of time, gone from despised bird-killers to the reluctant stars of countless Instagram feeds and news stories.

Perhaps it is this enduring interest that has led to an increase in adoptions this winter from Kattholt, a cat shelter in Reykjavik that, alongside the Icelandic Cat Protection Society, has been looking out for our pussies since 1991.

Christmas Stamps to Smell of Gingerbread Cookies

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Christmas in today’s internet-savvy era makes it as simple to send an electronic Xmas card to family members as it is sending amusing videos of your dog, websites recommending hair-growth supplements, or unflattering memes.

One thing the internet lacks, however, is a variety of unique scents—something that programmers have, I imagine, long strived to achieve.

Thankfully, Christmas this year sees the Icelandic post-office releasing a stamp that emits the scent of gingerbread, allowing you to provide a healthy whiff of seasonal cheer to whoever receives your letter. If snail mail is still your bag, why not pick up one of these deliciously scented stamps from your nearest Pósturinn?