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Iceland: Island republic in Northern Europe
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 360,390 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude almost entirely outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.

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Iceland's PM will meet with Pence on Wednesday: government

Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir will meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, her government said, despite earlier reports that she would miss the visit.
Reuters - Published

Pence, in visit to Iceland, to discuss 'incursions' into Arctic Circle by China, Russia -official

Vice President Mike Pence, in a visit to Iceland next week, will have talks about 'incursions' into the Arctic Circle by China and Russia, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Iceland

Climate Change top of the agenda as Nordic ministers meet Germany's Merkel in Iceland [Video]Climate Change top of the agenda as Nordic ministers meet Germany's Merkel in Iceland

The meeting comes after environmentalists in Iceland laid a commemorative plaque on the site of a Glacier on Sunday that had been declared dead. The Okjökull glacier had existed for 700 years and was..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:26Published

Iceland unveils memorial plaque for lost glacier [Video]Iceland unveils memorial plaque for lost glacier

Iceland unveiled a plaque to its Okjokull ice sheet on Sunday (August 18), the first of the country's hundreds of glaciers to melt away due to climate change. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Iceland unveils memorial to glacier in climate change warning [Video]Iceland unveils memorial to glacier in climate change warning

Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was among those who attended the ceremony at the site where the Okjokull glacier once was.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

Iceland commemorates first glacier that 'died' by climate change [Video]Iceland commemorates first glacier that 'died' by climate change

A plaque's been unveiled in Iceland to remember the first of its 400 glaciers to be lost to climate change.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:46Published

Iceland's first glacier to disappear due to climate change will be remembered with monument [Video]Iceland's first glacier to disappear due to climate change will be remembered with monument

Okjökull was the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status due to climate change.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:22Published

Residents paint street in colours of rainbow flag to celebrate Reykjavik Pride [Video]Residents paint street in colours of rainbow flag to celebrate Reykjavik Pride

Reykjavik Pride has kicked off in Iceland, with events set to take place over the next ten days.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Twenty pilot whales die after getting stranded on Iceland beach [Video]Twenty pilot whales die after getting stranded on Iceland beach

Volunteers from a local search and rescue squad worked through the night, trying to keep the animals in wet conditions. Another 20 whales were dead on the beach.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:12Published

 

Iceland Mourns Loss of a Glacier by Posting a Warning About Climate Change

Higher global temperatures are threatening glaciers, which cover 11 percent of Iceland and are prominent tourist attractions.
NYTimes.com - Published

Activists mourn first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change

A memorial plaque was installed at the site of the former glacier, warning that "in the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path"
CBS News - Published

Iceland holds memorial for 700-year-old glacier

Iceland held a memorial Sunday for the country's first glacier lost to climate change. The ice melted away after being frozen for 700 years. A bronze plaque unveiled at the site warns that over the..
CBS News - Published

Aurora borealis: 15 must-see spots for checking out the northern lights

GoBankingRates.com guides skygazers to the best spots to watch the northern lights in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, Scotland and Scandinavia.
USATODAY.com - Published

'Killed' by climate change: Iceland to erect memorial to lost glacier

The first of Iceland's glaciers to disappear due to climate change will be memorialized with a plaque, which will be unveiled next month.
USATODAY.com - Published

Iceland’s lava field is a must-see, mossy wonderland with a dark past

The picturesque Eldhraun Lava Field in Iceland is home to one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions and biggest lava flow in the world.
USATODAY.com - Published

Photographer's emotional reaction to seeing color

David Wilder has always known Iceland to be home to one of his favorite landscapes. He's never seen it in full color, until now.
USATODAY.com - Published

Philippines' top senator chides Iceland for abortion, U.N. drugs war probe

The Philippines' highest-ranking lawmaker said on Monday a U.N. resolution to probe the country's bloody war on drugs should be ignored, and its chief backer Iceland be investigated instead for human..
Reuters - Published

Duterte mocks 'ice-eating' Iceland over U.N. vote on Philippine war on drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at Iceland on Friday for spearheading a U.N. resolution to investigate his bloody war on drugs, saying it was a nation made entirely of ice, with no..
Reuters - Published

Geothermal baths and beyond: Rick Steves' guide to Iceland's steamiest sites

Iceland was steamy long before Jon Snow and Ygritte found their love cave in "Game of Thrones." Rick Steves takes you on a tour of geothermal sites.
USATODAY.com - Published

Top travel experiences in the world, per TripAdvisor

Italy, Chicago and Iceland tours top TripAdvisor's Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences, which spotlights the top tours around the world.
USATODAY.com - Published

That Iceland wool sweater may have been knit in China

The island nation's signature hand-made "lopi" sweaters are increasingly produced where knitters earn far less
CBS News - Published

Turkey says national team treated badly at Iceland airport

Turkish officials have condemned the treatment its national soccer team endured upon arrival in Iceland ahead of a European Championship qualifying game
USATODAY.com - Published

Irina Shayk ditches ring in Iceland trip photos amid rumored breakup with Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper and longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk have reportedly called it quits. Now she's sharing vacation photos and still isn't wearing a ring.
USATODAY.com - Published

Saturday Sessions: Junius Meyvant performs "Lay Your Head"

You may associate soul music with the American south - not a nation in the far north Atlantic. But that's where singer-songwriter Junius Meyvant hails from. Born in a chain of islands off the coast of..
CBS News - Published

Blue Lagoon spa in Iceland is breathtaking

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is located in the southwest part of Iceland.
USATODAY.com - Published

Justin Bieber blamed for too many tourists at Iceland canyon, forcing its closure

Iceland's Fjadrargljufur canyon, featured in Justin Bieber's 2015 "I'll Show You" music video, is being loved to death. So the country is closing it.
USATODAY.com - Published

Israeli host expecting Eurovision 'punishment' for Iceland's Palestinian flag display

The Israeli broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest said on Sunday that an unauthorized display of Palestinian flags by Iceland's band could draw "punishment" from the event's organizers.
Reuters - Published

Turf houses, Iceland's architectural jewels

Iceland's turf buildings are perfect examples of a local architectural tradition dating back to the ninth century.
USATODAY.com - Published

Iceland used to be the hottest tourism destination. What happened?

The latest tourism figures indicate interest in visiting the country has thawed.
USATODAY.com - Published

Tourists run from wave caused by 'enormous' glacier collapse in video from Iceland

It was a "closer call than usual," tour guide Stephan Mantler said of the break at Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland.
USATODAY.com - Published

Onlookers flee from huge glacier wave

Massive waves from an Icelandic glacier collapse forces onlookers to quickly flee.
USATODAY.com - Published

What to do if you're stranded after Wow Air shutdown

Wow Air's sudden shutdown stranded thousands of passengers in North America and Europe. The Iceland-based airline is one of at least eight budget airlines in seven months to cease operations. The..
CBS News - Published

Passengers stranded as WOW Air shuts down

The Iceland-based discount carrier WOW Air abruptly went out of business, leaving passengers stranded in several cities in the U.S. and Europe. CBS News' Tom Hanson has details.
CBS News - Published

Passengers stranded as Icelandic airline collapses

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceased operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents. (March 28)
USATODAY.com - Published

WOW Air ceases operations and cancels all flights, leaving thousands stranded

Iceland's low cost carrier WOW Air has ceased operations, meaning all flights have been canceled. This has left passengers stranded – and possibly on the hook for the cost of their return flights.
USATODAY.com - Published

WOW Air, Iceland's low cost carrier, ceases operations

The shutdown of Icelandic budget airline WOW Air will strand thousands of passengers. Kris Van Cleave reports.
CBS News - Published

WOW Air goes bust, stranding passengers in U.S. and Europe

Icelandic budget airline ceases operations, tells passengers to hunt for replacement flights with other airlines
CBS News - Published

UK reaches post-Brexit trade agreement with Iceland and Norway

Britain on Monday reached an a deal with Iceland and Norway to allow trade to continue unchanged if it leaves the European Union without a deal, trade minister Liam Fox said.
Reuters - Published

Icelandic mayors take issue with Google maps showing their towns covered in snow

Two towns in Iceland are trying to map out some issues with Google. Buzz60's Mercer Morrison has the story.
USATODAY.com - Published

Grandma goes viral after posing on iceberg and drifting away: 'I thought it was safe'

Judith Streng went viral after dangerously posing on an iceberg that started drifting away from shore during a trip to Iceland.
USATODAY.com - Published

Spain tops Bloomberg's list of world's healthiest nations

Bloomberg ranked the world's healthiest nations based on life expectancy, environmental factors and risk factors like smoking. Number 1 was Spain, followed by Italy and Iceland. U.S. dropped one place..
CBS News - Published

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