Iceland en Ash cloud: German flights to be disrupted <p> Siim Kallas, the EU transport commissioner, said Europe is now better able to provide a graduated response to the situation. This will hopefully prevent closing Europe&#39;s entire airspace.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Germany United Kingdom Wed, 25 May 2011 05:34:09 +0000 News Desk 5647215 at Iceland: constitution being drafted online <p> For its first constitution, Iceland took the Danish constitution and made small changes like replacing &quot;king&quot; with &quot;president.&quot; This time, the country is turning to its tech-savvy citizens for ideas.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Europe Politics Technology Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:25:00 +0000 News Desk 5650334 at Letter from Iceland <p> REYKJAVIK &mdash; The boom years all seem like a strange dream now that reality has barged its way back to this island nation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Columnists euro zone crisis Global Economic Crisis Iceland Travel/Tourism Europe Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:16:00 +0000 HDS Greenway 5652140 at Ridley Scott films at Iceland volcano "ready to blow" <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Oscar-winning director is shooting scenes for his new film, "Prometheus,” at the foot of Iceland's Hekla volcano, one of the country's most active. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Director <a href="">Ridley Scott</a> has started shooting scenes for his new sci-fi film, bringing actors and crew to the base of a volcano in Iceland that experts say is about to erupt.</p> <p> The Oscar-winning director on Monday began filming part of &ldquo;<a href="">Prometheus</a>,&rdquo; his next film, at the foot of <a href="">Iceland&rsquo;s Hekla volcano</a>, said to be one of the most active in the country.</p> <p> Actors Charlize Theron, Michael Fessbender, Guy Pearce, Lisbeth Salander and Noomi Rice are in Iceland for the two-week shoot. The film is scheduled to hit U.S. screens in June 2012.</p> <p> &ldquo;If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job,&rdquo; Scott told reporters in Iceland, according to the website IceNews.</p> <p> According to Agence France-Presse, experts have warned that the <a href="">Hekla volcano</a> is ready to erupt at any moment, based on measurements showing magma movement.</p> <p> Iceland&rsquo;s volcanoes have gained recent notoriety for their tendency to blow ash into Europe&rsquo;s airspace, disrupting air travel across the continent.</p> <p> <a href="">(More from GlobalPost in Reykjavik: Letter from Iceland) </a></p> <p> The Oscar-winning director of &quot;Blade Runner,&quot; &quot;Gladiator,&quot; &ldquo;Black Hawk Down&rdquo; and &quot;Thelma and Louise&quot; said he was drawn to Iceland because of its rugged landscapes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Film Iceland Natural Disasters Entertainment Weird Wide Web Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:51:00 +0000 News Desk 5670155 at Former Miss Iceland tipped FBI to 'Whitey' Bulger <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Former Miss Iceland collects $2 million for tipping FBI to "Whitey" Bulger. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jordan Helton </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A former Miss Iceland is collecting $2 million in reward money after tipping off FBI investigators to the whereabouts of Boston crime boss James &ldquo;Whitey&rdquo; Bulger and his longtime girlfriend.</p> <p> <a href="">The Boston Globe</a> reported Anna Bjornsdottir lived next door to Bulger, 82, and his girlfriend Catherine Grieg, 60, in Santa Monica, Calif. She had gotten to know the couple, even working with Grieg to save a stray cat, before calling the FBI from Iceland on June 21 when she happened to see Bulger on a CNN report.</p> <p> <a href="">According to USA Today,</a> Bjornsdottir split her time between Iceland and Santa Monica, and &ldquo;she realized immediately that the couple she had known as Charlie and Carol Gasko were actually criminals on the run.&rdquo;</p> <p> Bulger and Grieg had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested at their Santa Monica home in June. Bulger, one of South Boston&rsquo;s most notorious crime bosses, fled Boston in 1995 before he was to be indicted.</p> <p> Out of the $2.1 million the FBI said it paid to tipsters in the Bulger investigation, Bjornsdottir, a 57-year-old yoga instructor and graphic designer, collected $2 million, <a href="">according to Fox News</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Europe United States Weird Wide Web Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:47:56 +0000 Jordan Helton 5677447 at Iceland: Six body parts to wash before entering pool <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Icelanders baffled at the unwillingness of Americans to wash properly in public. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Shower naked!</p> <p> That&rsquo;s the sign hanging by the entrance of most of the amazing geothermal pools in Iceland.</p> <p> Then you enter the changing room and there it is again, this time with a few more exclamation points: Shower Naked!!!!!</p> <p> &ldquo;What is it with Americans, and why do they refuse to wash properly before entering public pools?&rdquo; a local friend asks me.</p> <p> &ldquo;Why do they insist on showering in their swim suits? You can&rsquo;t wash properly if you shower in a bathing suit, you know.&rdquo;</p> <p> I tried to explain that Americans tend to be modest &mdash; not to mention self-conscious &mdash; about nudity.</p> <p> &ldquo;A lot of American kids haven&rsquo;t grown up seeing their parents walking around naked, let alone seeing other people naked, definitely not in public places. America hardly has any nudist beaches. And they don&rsquo;t even show breasts on T.V.,&quot; I patiently say.</p> <p> This shocked him, especially the part about American modesty.</p> <p> &ldquo;Modest Americans? Isn&rsquo;t it an oxymoron?&rdquo; he asked and disappeared in the men&rsquo;s changing room. That was good news. At least the changing rooms are segregated in most places.</p> <p> Once I made it to the ladies&rsquo; changing room, I was committed to doing my pre-bathing wash properly. Fully nude and <span data-scayt_word="dilligently" data-scaytid="1">dilligently</span> scrubbing.</p> <p> As I opened my locker, there it was again to remind me: the &ldquo;Shower naked!&rdquo; sign. And to prevent all the Americans from cheating by simply &ldquo;wetting their naked bodies&rdquo; in the shower for two seconds to minimize their nude time, Iceland got even more specific with the showering requirements here.</p> <p> This sign came &mdash; in several languages &mdash; with a diagram of all the body parts &ldquo;to wash with shampoo&rdquo; when showering: head, armpits, feet and genitals.</p> <p> Essentially, any body part that has hair on it (or used to before waxing took off) needs to be scrubbed.</p> <p> And let me tell you, locals pay close attention. Not to your nudity, mind you. They, mercifully, come in all different shapes and sizes there, too.</p> <p> But they will make sure you are washing all the proper bits and pieces and don&rsquo;t bring some awful foreign bacteria into their pool.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> geothermal hygiene Iceland pools Europe Health Wanderlust Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:28:00 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5690072 at Iceland's debt rating gets a bump on strong recovery <p> The international ratings agency Fitch raised its assessment of Iceland&#39;s long-term debt rating from junk to investment grade.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> euro debt crisis Iceland Debt Crisis Europe Sat, 18 Feb 2012 01:30:29 +0000 Alexander Besant 5692352 at A loonie idea? Iceland considers adopting Canadian dollar <p> The Canadian ambassador to Iceland is ready to begin negotiations over the adoption of the Canadian dollar, the &quot;loonie&quot;, to replace the krona in the tiny island nation of less than 400,000 people.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> currency markets Iceland Debt Crisis Europe Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:34:49 +0000 Alexander Besant 5694437 at Geir Haarde, ex-Iceland PM, on trial over financial crisis <p> Haard is thought to be the world&rsquo;s first politician to face criminal charges over the crisis, and faces up to two years in prison if found guilty.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy Iceland Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:25:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5694575 at Women to the rescue in Iceland <p>If Thora Arnorsdottir wins this weekend&rsquo;s presidential vote, both of Iceland&rsquo;s top jobs will be held by women &mdash; after men drove the country into bankruptcy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> elections Iceland Women World Leaders Elections Europe Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5709470 at Iceland contemplates a ban on Internet pornography Iceland may no longer be an amiable place to pornophiles: the government of the European island-nation is now contemplating a wholesale ban on Internet pornography, to be accomplished with the use of China-style filters.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Strange But True Europe Technology Weird Wide Web Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:53:29 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5755223 at Iceland develops 'anti-incest' app for its tiny population The app allows users to "bump" phones, giving them a warning alarm if they are closely related. "Bump the app before you bump in bed," says the app's cheeky slogan.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Weird Wide Web Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:40:00 +0000 Jill Langlois 5819597 at Iceland election looks set to turn the country back to the right <p>BRUSSELS &mdash; For a country as dependent on fishing as Iceland, the image is harsh but&nbsp;apt. &ldquo;Memories like goldfish,&quot; says political analyst Silla Sigurgeirsdottir as she tries to explain&nbsp;why some Icelanders might on Saturday vote for the parties blamed for the 2008 banking collapse.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Need to Know Debt Crisis Elections Europe Politics Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:00:58 +0000 Charlotte McDonald-Gibson 5825400 at Iceland police make first ever fatal shooting Tear gas canisters were thrown through the windows of his Reykjavik home during the Monday-morning incident in an attempt to subdue the 59-year-old man when he failed to respond to police and continued shooting.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iceland Strange But True Europe Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:28:54 +0000 Jill Langlois 6006879 at