Faster internet speeds, wildling sightings and a keto craze have all gripped Iceland this week. There are already so many important calendar days coming up, but that doesn’t mean the news will stop, so get in, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Icelandic musician has a song in Moomin revival.
Icelandic musician Emilíana Torrini revealed that she has written a song for the upcoming reboot of the classic children’s cartoon Moomins. The project called ‘Moomin Valley’ is a revamp of a cartoon by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson.
Emilíana revealed the news on Instagram. In her post, she writes, “I’m delighted to say that I wrote a song along with The Colorist Orchestra for a new episode on Moomin Valley.”
Torrini is no stranger to soundtracks, she performed Gollum’s Song for the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Moomin Valley has already premiered in the UK and parts of Europe, and the English version of the show features the voice talents of; Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton and Richard Ayoade.
See also: Paylist of Icelandic women in music
Icelandic gin wins best in the world.
An Icelandic compound gin has come out on top as the world’s best. Old Tom Gin from Himbrimi won in the category of Best Compound Gin at the World Gin Awards in London.
A compound gin has botanicals added to its mixture after distillation whereas distilled gins add it before.
This is a significant accolade for the Icelandic company who only entered the gin market in 2016. Óskar Ericsson, the producer of the gin, stated, “To compete in Britain with an Icelandic gin is like competing in Japan with Icelandic sushi or in Scotland with Icelandic whiskey.”
See also: Bjorbodin Beer Spa in North Iceland
Iceland to get 5G
Telecommunications and electronics manufacturer Huawei has signed an agreement with Icelandic telco Nova to commence 5G testing in Iceland.
5G is a software-defined network that will have 100 times better internet capacity than 4G, the most commonly used network transmission in Iceland. To put this into perspective if you wanted to download a 2-hour film; on 3G it would take around 2 hours; on 4G it would take about 6 minutes, but on 5G it would only take 3.6 seconds.
The deal means that Huawei will supply 200 sights of Massive MIMO technology to Nova.
This is a pretty big deal for Iceland considering that larger countries like America and Great Britain will most likely be a few years away from large rollouts of 5G.
See Also: Iceland Tops List of Sharing Economies
Cauliflower sales spike in keto craze.
The sales of the vegetable most of us hated as children have exploded in Iceland. Director of Icelandic produce company ‘Bananar,’ Kjartan Már Friðsteinsson told newspaper vísir that sales of cauliflower have increased by 50-60 per cent.
The reason for the increase of cauliflower sales is believed to be Icelanders adopting low carb diets like the keto diet.
Apparently, the keto diet is more than just a banner ad on Facebook, it seems to have taken hold of a large portion of the Icelandic population with broccoli, zucchini and eggplant sales also increased.
Time will tell how long the keto craze lasts. It feels like just yesterday Icelanders were into lemon water, then coconut oil, then CrossFit.
Game Of Thrones Wildling in Iceland
Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju has been spotted in Iceland. Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones would recognise Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, one of Jon Snow’s main allies.
He was spotted at Stúdentakjallarinn, a student bar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. Perhaps he was just chasing a cheap beer, or maybe he’s thinking of a career change.
The 8th and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14. Many of the iconic settings of the show have been in Iceland since its second season.
See also Game of Thrones locations tour
Barney Stinson also in Iceland
Legen…wait for it…Dairy actor Neil Patrick Harris was also spotted in Iceland, having a meal at Hlemmur Mathöll’s Skál restaurant with his husband David Burtka on Thursday.
Skál’s chef Gísli Matthísas Auðunsson told the website, veitingageirinn.is, that the couple tried almost everything on the menu and really liked both the food and the vibe at Hlemmur. A great compliment for Skál as David Burtka is not only an actor but also a professional chef.
Skál restaurant is gaining international fame, it recently received a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin for its modern versions of traditional Icelandic dishes.
Icelandic PM in 20 most powerful women
Australia’s CEO magazine compiled a list of powerful women in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8. Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, was named in the list along with influencers like; actress Cate Blanchett, campaigner Malala Yousafzai, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
Katrín is Europe’s youngest leader, and the magazine cited her stance on environmental issues and equal paid parental leave as reasons for her inclusion in the list.
See Also: Gender equality in Iceland
Woman at War wins big at Edda’s
Iceland’s most prominent performing arts awards show concluded with Woman at War winning in the ten categories it was nominated for.
For those unfamiliar, the awards show is called the Edda Awards and is basically the Oscars, Tony and Emmy Awards rolled into one for Icelandic film, television and theatre.
Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) tells the story of Halla, an Icelandic woman in her forties who declares war on the local aluminium industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country.
The film was directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, and it’s ten wins included; best film, best director and best actress in a leading role to Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir.
See Also: The Story of Icelandic Cinema
Eurovision king coming to Iceland
Jon Ola Sand, the adorable Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, will be in Iceland on Saturday.
The Norwegian who is famous for melodically stating, “I can confirm these results are accurate,” before the winner is announced each year, will be attending the Söngvakeppnin grand final.
Söngvakeppnin is Iceland’s televised competition to decide who will represent the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Grand Final on Saturday will see six acts compete for the honour to represent Iceland in Tel Aviv, Israel this May.
Jon Ola Sand told RÚV that it’s remarkable how many quality songs compete in the Icelandic selection considering the size of the nation.
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