Latest Iceland News

Poppies are tougher than they look and can be sown early

Jan. 15, 2019 9:52 AM EST

With seeds as fine as dust and flower petals as delicate as fairy shawls, it might seem that poppies are too fragile to have their seeds sown directly on melting snow or frozen ground. But early sowing is a must, because the seedlings thrive during the cool, moist weather of early spring. And because poppies...

Iceland's Northern Lights: Beautiful sight, risky drives

Jan. 13, 2019 6:05 AM EST

AKUREYRI, Iceland (AP) — Police in Iceland have a warning for visitors: Beware our roads in the winter. Spending a clear winter night under an Arctic sky lit up by spectacular streaks of color from the Northern Lights is an often-cited "bucket-list" experience among the reasons more people are visiting...

3 British tourists die in Iceland crash, 4 severely hurt

Dec. 27, 2018 1:32 PM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — An SUV carrying seven people from two British families plunged off a bridge Thursday in Iceland, killing three people and critically injuring the others, authorities said. Icelandic police said one child was among the dead and two, aged 7 and 9, were among the injured. Police...

In Iceland, 13 'Yule Lads' come to town to herald Christmas

Dec. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

MYVATN, Iceland (AP) — 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...

Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

Nov. 20, 2018 8:44 AM EST

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country's national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in the world...