Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep “prior commitments” by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden.
The people of northern Iceland have had their travel plans disrupted with a record high snowfall this December. Roads have been shut, flights cancelled and school suspended. But for the children of this isolated North Atlantic island nation, the main worry is how the waist-high snow might affect the Icelandic Santa Stekkjastaur.
Internet service soon could be available on Iceland's Hornstrandir Nature Reserve -- one of the last digital-free frontiers in what might be the world's most-wired nation. But the possibility has most residents worried that email, news and social media will destroy a way of life that depends on the absence of all three.
Iceland's nine-month-old, centre-right government collapsed Friday after a small coalition member quit and the country's prime minister called for a new election 'as soon as possible,' according to Icelandic media.
Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.
The Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue.