This week May took over from April and Icelanders celebrated Labour Day. Let’s take a look at some other noteworthy things that happened in Iceland this week.

The most exciting news this week was, of course, the weather report. We had warm weather in Iceland this week and the sun paid us a visit. There was also some exciting sporting news, as The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship began this week; more on that once the final results are in. 

See also: May in Iceland

Weather and sports aren’t the only things worth talking about this week in Iceland. Here are some curious news stories for you to enjoy.

City Centre streets go pedestrian

Just as in previous years, some streets in downtown Reykjavík are closed to cars during the summer. The streets were closed on the 1st of May and, together, will remain a pedestrian exclusive zone until the 1st of October.

This is good news for those visiting Iceland in the summer. Walking around Reykjavík City Centre is a must-do activity for anyone who spends a day or more in this charming little city of ours.

Good chance for new low-cost airline


Indigo Partners Airline Portfolio. Credit: Airbus Official Website

With the decline of WOW Air still fresh in our memories, it’s good to hear that a new low price airline is likely to start flying to and from Iceland very soon. 

See also: WOW Air the whole story

According to Stracta Hotels manager Heiðar Hermannsson, the man behind the new airline, there is at least a 50% chance the project will take off, literally. We’ll report more once the matter becomes clearer.

U.S. Comedian explains her Icelandic feminist inspired tattoo

The American actress and Daily Show correspondent Desi Lydic was interviewed on the talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers this week. In the interview, she shows off her tattoo, which was inspired by the Icelandic rap collective Reykjavíkurdætur.

Lydic visited Iceland recently and interviewed the rappers as part of her research into gender equality in the world for The Daily Show Presents Desi Lydic: Abroad.

Traffic to Dyrhólaey limited this summer

A decision has been made to restrict access to Dyrhólaey Peninsula on the South Coast of Iceland during the summer months. This is due to a report made by ornithologists which shows that the nesting birds in the area need to be protected.

Dyrhólaey is a popular destination for tourist near the Town of Vík in South Iceland. However, it’s also an important habitat for birds. Visits to Dyrhólaey are now limited to between 9 am and 7 pm in the period between May 3rd and June 25th.