Latest Iceland News

Former Sweden coach Hamren set to take over at Iceland

Aug. 7, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — South African soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns says former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been released from his contract to take over Iceland's national team. Swedish Radio says Hamren, who coached Sweden's national team from 2009-16 and worked as technical director for the Sundowns, will be...

Iceland stops hunting minke whales but only for this season

Aug. 2, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of Iceland's top whaling companies says it has stopped hunting minke whales this year, in response to a new government regulation that enlarged the protected area for baleen whales. The temporary halt to whaling comes about a month earlier than expected, Gunnar Jonsson, owner of whaling...

Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

Jul. 24, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country. The North Atlantic right whale was spotted northwest of Reykjavik (RAY'-kyuh-vik) on Monday. The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in...

The Latest: Woods shoots even-par 71 at British Open

Jul. 19, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Tiger Woods steadied his creaking back nine with three straight pars in the final holes to shoot an even-par 71 in his opening round at Carnoustie. Playing his first British Open since 2015, Woods birdied two of his...

Ice Man out to conquer British Open, and the famous collapse

Jul. 19, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

Iceland's soccer team made a splash in the world cup and now Hatti Magnus talks to PodcastOne Sports Now about becoming the first in his country to play in a major championship in the British Open. The AP's Steve Douglas interviews Magnus in the latest podcast, while co-host Tim Dahlberg gets an Open preview from...

From midnight golf and lava clubs to the British Open

Jul. 18, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — He comes from a place where they play midnight golf and the most precious item in the bag is a rusty "lava club," used to hit balls off rock formations strewn across the fairways. Haraldur Magnus will become the first Icelandic man to play in any of golf's four majors at the...

Iceland coach steps down after 7 years in charge

Jul. 17, 2018 7:07 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The coach that led Iceland to its first World Cup has stepped down. The Icelandic Football Association says Heimir Hallgrimsson has decided to leave at his own request, ending seven years in the role. Hallgrimsson was the co-coach with Lars Lagerback of Sweden at the European...

UN elects Iceland to replace US on Human Rights Council

Jul. 13, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has elected Iceland to replace the United States on the U.N. Human Rights Council following the Trump administration's decision to leave the Geneva-based organization last month. Iceland was nominated by the group of Western nations and received 172 votes...

White nationalist says he was blocked from entering Europe

Jul. 6, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

A leading figure in the U.S. white nationalist movement said Friday that he was briefly detained in Iceland this week and had to return home before he could speak at a conference in Sweden. Richard Spencer told The Associated Press that he was traveling from Maryland to Sweden on Tuesday when Iceland authorities...

The Latest: FIFA "rebukes" Maradona criticism of referee

Jul. 4, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local): 11:00 p.m. FIFA says it "strongly rebukes" comments made by its ambassador Diego Maradona criticizing American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday. It's the third controversy...