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Would Gregor Robertson do this?

So, Reykjavík elected a joke party to city council and wound up with a mayor, Jón Gnarr, who is a famous comedian in Iceland. By most accounts, the Besti flokkurinn (the Best Party) won as a big f-...

Volcanic eruptions don't freak Icelanders out

But a volatile economy and weird banking practices do. Read more about Icelandic culture, community, and the ongoing relationship between the people and the Eyjafjallajökull eruption---the nation's l

Volcanic disruptions come home to Iceland

As airline disruptions come home to Iceland, VO blogger Stephanie Orford gets stranded in a small town, along with a pack of rumpled air travelers. But at least there're hot dogs, Orford reports. And

Icelandic volcanic air traffic disruption reduced humanity's carbon footprint by...not much

Here's the breakdown, plus a little note for the future: Katla's the one to watch.

Doomsday remains at bay while volcanic ash spreads across world and an uneasy calm falls over Iceland

The news shows farmers herding their animals into barns. Sheep that were once wooly white look like they were born gray. Wild birds are flying into homes and barns, apparently also trying to take refu

Fox News says volcanic eruption a sign of doomsday; Icelanders laugh

In Iceland, people are pretty chuffed about their volcanic eruption. Maybe it's kind of equivalent to Vancouverites' attitude toward the rain, except with molten lava and ash.

A Vancouvrite in Iceland reports excitement amongst the population about the novelty of a volcanic eruption

The volcano, called Eyjafjallajokull, began erupting early Wednesday morning, beneath a glacier in southern Iceland, and is already causing major flooding in surrounding areas. In areas surrounding...
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