Celebrities are visiting the country, a curious but cute houseguest has taken to social media and Iceland’s pagans are crowdsourcing for a new temple of worship. Iceland may be small but there sure is a lot of stuff to talk about!

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Iceland’s Pagans to Build New Temple

Icelandic pagan religion ásatrú

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The local pagan tradition is called ‘Ásatrú’ and it’s the fastest growing religious group in Iceland. Given the recent surge in followers, the community have set about building a new temple which, unfortunately, has stalled and gone extremely over budget.

Although they worship the gods of the original Viking settlers, Ásatrú’s chosen technique for solving this financial problem is remarkably modern. The group have set up a crowdfunding website and they hope to raise enough money to open the temple debt-free!

Two Celebrity Drag Queens Win Trip of a Lifetime to Iceland

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Iceland made a cameo appearance in the latest episode of hit TV show, Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars last week when two lucky contestants won luxurious all-inclusive trips to Iceland. The show is a knock-out competition to crown a winning drag queen by merit of her charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

The show is immensely popular worldwide; no less so in Iceland where the local drag scene has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. The show has gained a fierce following in Iceland, a country that is often celebrated as a safe-haven for the resident LGBTQ+ community as well as travellers.

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Iceland’s flagship drag queen, Gógó Starr initiated the collaboration during a visit to the Drag Conference in Los Angeles, California. There, Gógó met one of the Drag Race producers who expressed great interest towards an Icelandic sponsorship deal for a challenge prize on the show.

Iceland’s exposure on the show will hopefully see more LGBTQ+ travellers consider Iceland as a holiday destination.

Icelandic Golf Course Makes It Into World’s Top 100

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According to golfscape.com, the spectacular Brautarholt Golf Club has made it to the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses, coming in at rank 62. The rocky and wild landscapes of Iceland might not match up with most people’s expectations of a golf course typified by brilliantly green and well-maintained gently undulating hills. Despite Iceland’s gruff terrain, it still secured a spot in the top 100!

You can check out Brautarholt course on Golf under the Midnight Sun Tour

Brautarholt golf course is a short drive north of the centre of Reykjavík, situated just before the Hvalfjörður tunnel to Akranes town. The grounds sit upon a craggy outcrop by the sea, with views to Reykjavík and on clear days, to Snæfellnesjökull, the glacier volcano dominating the landscape of the close-by Snæfellnes peninsula.

Brauturholt is a 12-hole course but you also have the option of playing an 18-hole game if you play the first 9-holes twice, making a par 70 course. Aside from the magnificent landscape and rich birdlife, one advantage of playing golf in Iceland is the opportunity to play under the Midnight Sun during the summer.

Netflix to Co-Produce Its First Icelandic Series

‘The Valhalla Murders’ is a new crime show created by Truenorth and Mystery Productions, and now, Netflix. The groundbreaking deal saw Netflix buy the international rights to the show which is already halfway through production here in Iceland.

This is the first foray into Icelandic programming by Netflix and it’s great news for Icelandic broadcasters and movie makers who want to expand their distribution and reach worldwide audiences.

The plot follows Arnar, an Icelandic detective working in Denmark, who is called back home to solve the case of Iceland’s very first serial killer. Working with a territorial local detective, Kata, the two struggle to find a connection between the butchered male victims until they make a link back to a boys’ home in the ‘80s.

Adopted Duck Has Its Own Instagram Account

An injured duck has gone on to become an Instagram star!

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Yes, Iceland is small and our news is quaint. Last year, a family made headlines when they rescued an injured duck close to their holiday home in the Westfjords. Attacked by a cat, the bird was injured and no longer able to fend for itself in the wild. Having grown fond of the duck, the family took her in, moving her to their house in Reykjavík.

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Búkolla, as she is named, is a very happy domestic duck these days and lives in a suburb of Reykjavík with two dogs for siblings. Her adoptive family take her out for walks to the local pond where she enjoys swimming with her own kind, but always returns ‘home’ to the house.

She’s recently made headlines again as she now has her very own Instagram account. Check it out here!

Idris Elba Will be Working in Iceland

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Talented actor and worldwide sex symbol, Idris Elba will be working with the famous Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur on a new film called Deeper. No stranger to Hollywood, Kormákur has worked in the past with stars such as Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. He is also the creative force behind the Icelandic movie classic, 101 Reykjavík.

Filming is scheduled to begin here in Iceland at the end of May, primarily at Kormákur’s new production company, RVK Studios, in the Gufunes area. The director commented that it’s been a long-term dream of his to bring such a large film to Iceland and he is delighted his studios have allowed such a production to finally happen.

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The plotline of the movie revolves around a former astronaut compelled to take on a dangerous mission, to dive down to the greatest depth of the Sea. Deeper is described as a transcendental thriller about a twisted guy on an internal journey, under the sea and in his mind.

Single Icelanders shouldn’t get their hopes up, however… Elba is currently engaged to Canadian pageant queen, Sabrina Dhowre.

And Kendall Jenner Wore Icelandic Shoes

On a recent photo shoot for Vogue Italia, Instagram icon Kendall Jenner was seen to be wearing KALDA shoes, an Icelandic brand by Katrín Alda Rafnsdóttir.

I know, this is not really news, but this is Iceland.  If the shoe was on the other foot would you…nevermind, I’ll end here.

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