The news stories just kept pumping out of Iceland this week like lava flowing out of a volcano.


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The country has begun to work out the next course of action in the wake of the WOW Air collapse, and unfortunately, Sónar Music Festival was cancelled, but the stories don’t stop there.

From adorable animal officers to destroyed artworks to horny rams, here are the news stories from Iceland you might have missed this week.

Sniffer dogs prepare to retire

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Many of the sniffer dogs in Iceland are preparing to hang up their harnesses and live out the rest of their days on a plantation in Hawaii. There are seven sniffer dogs in Iceland, and many of them are approaching the standard retirement age.


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This means a whole new batch of recruits is currently going through the paces of sniffer dog boot camp. This week a batch of K9 recruits were brought to the town of Sauðárkrókur in Iceland’s northwest to take part in training.

This is the first time in 5 years the police force has trained new dogs; however, this is about to change. As part of a new initiative, doggy recruits will be trained every year to eventually have at least one sniffer dog in each region of the country.

Reykjavik Mayor allowed to destroy Banksy painting

Credit: Jón Gnarr Facebook

This week, the Reykjavik City Attorney ruled that former Mayor of the City of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr, was allowed to destroy a painting by the famous artist Banksy; and those who don’t live in Iceland are now saying ‘did I read that correctly?’ Yes, you did.


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This story began a few months ago when the former Mayor and famous Icelandic comedian posted an image of himself and his dog to Facebook. The image sparked outrage in the offices of the city council because in the background was a painting by Banksy that had been gifted to Jón Gnarr when he was in office.

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The reason for outrage was that apparently, gifts given to an elected mayor during their time in office are the property of the City of Reykjavík and not the individual.

Amidst this controversy, Jón Gnarr decided to end the drama, not by giving the painting back, but instead by destroying it.

A special legal council meeting was held to discuss the matter and it was concluded that because the image was a print, it had limited financial value and the city would not seek to sue Gnarr for damages.

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Therefore it was ruled that Jón Gnarr was within his right to destroy the artwork.

Jón Gnarr allegedly stated that he destroyed the painting because it no longer gave him joy. Perhaps he had just been watching too much ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix.


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Frisky rams bost population

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The birthing season of sheep usually doesn’t begin in Iceland until May. However, a record number of 75 lambs will have been born by the end of April.

The reason for this is apparently some frisky rams who broke through their fences before the breeding season was due to begin.

More airline news

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The collapse of WOW Air is understandably still making headlines just a week after the news broke. Further developments have brought some positives to the story as well as an unexpected twist.

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Low-cost airline Wizz Air announced that they are making plans to increase the number of flights they have between Reykjavík and London. This comes after they announced plans to buy up the spots WOW Air had at Gatwick airport. These flights aren’t expected to begin for a few months as the details of the WOW bankruptcy are figured out.

Dutch Airline Transavia announced they will increase flights between Amsterdam and Iceland starting in July.

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They will have three flights a week between Amsterdam and Keflavík beginning on July 5. They plan to increase this schedule in the future and are offering an introductory price to travellers of EUR 39 one way.

Credit: Skúli Mogensen Facebook

In possibly the strangest turn of events this week, WOW Air CEO Skúli Mogensen announced he is looking for investors to attempt to, in a way, resurrect WOW.

The airline which has been nicknamed WOW 2.0 by Icelandic media will allegedly use the same model that initially brought the company its early success, but stray away from the expensive experiments the airline made in long haul flights.


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