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    Björk's Reykjavík concert sold out in minutes: Additional date has been announced

    By Staff

    Björk Your (last) best chance to see Björk in Reykjavík this decade is on April 9. Photo/Getty

    On Thursday Icelandic superstar Björk announced a long-awaited concert in Reykjavík. Tickets for the April 12 event went on sale on, on Friday. But if you were hoping to score tickets for this rare event, you are out of luck: According to the local news site Vísir the tickets sold out in just minutes!

    Read more: Björk announces an upcoming concert in Reykjavík

    But don't despair! Björk has announced a second concert date in Reykjavík! This one on April 9.

    Tickets for the April 9 event will go on sale on Monday noon (Icelandic time) on

    You can expect the tickets to sell out quickly again: The venue only holds 950 people.

    Last opportunity to see Björk in Reykjavík until 2020
    This is the first performance of Björk in a while, and only concert in Iceland for two years, according to the artist.

    Björk told the local news siste Vísir that she would not be able to add any further concert dates in Reykjavík this time around. Which means the April 9 concert is the absolute last opportunity to see Björk perform in her native Reykjavík during this decade: Next time she will be playing in Iceland will be in 2020.

    Björk's two Reykjavík concerts are a debut of her upcoming world tour for her latest record Utopia, her tenth solo album.

  • General

    Sigur Rós responds to accusations of tax-fraud: Will pay every penny of taxes owed

    By Staff

    Sigur Rós The band blames errors commited by a former accountant for the irregularities which have landed the band in the middle of a major tax-fraud scandal. Photo/Getty

    Earlier today the story broke that the members of the band Sigur Rós are under investigation for massive tax-fraud. The Reykjavík Sheriff's Department has frozen assets worth millions of dollars to ensure that all back taxes are paid in full. The band members maintain that the whole affair is a giant misunderstanding, stressing that they intend to pay every single penny of taxes owed.

    Read more: Sigur Rós members under investigation for massive tax-fraud

    Georg Holm, who plays bass in Sigur Rósar, told the local newspaper Fréttablaðið, which first broke the story, that the band members are "devastated" that they are suspected of wrongdoing and tax evasion. He claims that the affair most likely boils down to accounting error or failure by the band's former auditor.

    "Our auditing was done by an accountant with PWC. He left PWC to set up his own accounting firm, and we decided to follow him, as he had handled all our affairs, knew them like the back of his hand, and we had a very good relationship with him. None of us are lawyers or accountants, and we were under the impression that all our affairs were in order."

    As we reported earlier today, all three members of Sigur Rós are under investigating for tax evasion. 

    "The whole affair is just awful, and we were devastated to learn of the investigation," Georg told Fréttablaðið. "But as soon as we realized what had happened, we took steps to set things right." The band members have already begun paying back taxes they owe. 

    "We will repay this debt and do our best to find out what went wrong. We trusted our accountant and thought everything was in order, but then found out the opposite was true."

  • General

    New walking paths, larger parking lot coming to Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

    By Staff

    Kirkjufell One of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm

    The picturesque mount Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, making it into one of the most popular destinations in West Iceland. One of the most popular views of the mountain is from the small but beautiful Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.

    The sudden popularity of the waterfall and the mountain has long since overwhelmed the parking lot and walking paths, as these were made for local traffic, rather than throngs of foreign visitors.

    According to the local newspaper Morgunblaðið the waterfall is visited by hundreds of travelers each day. According to local residents the traffic exceeds the capacity of the small parking lot, forcing visitors to park their cars on the side of the busy road, creating a traffic hazard for anyone traveling the only road on the north shore of the peninsula. 

    The mayor of nearby town of Grundarfjörður has requested that the government provide the local municipal authority with funds to pay for a parking lot which can handle the traffic and decent walking paths to ensure that travelers don't trample down the delicate vegetation around the waterfall. 

  • Music

    Björk announces an upcoming concert in Reykjavík

    By Staff

    Björk The best known daughter of Iceland, Björk Guðmundsdóttir

    Fans of the Icelandic superstar Björk save the date! The pop diva has announced she will be holding a concert in Reykjavík on April 12. Tickets went on sale on, but if you are lucky you might find someone who is looking to sell his tickets. One place to check is the local version of Craigslist, 

    This is the first performance of Björk in a while. 

    The concert was first announced in the local newspaper Morgunblaðið yesterday afternoon. Björk told the paper that the concert will serve as a kind of debut of her upcoming concert tour for her latest record Utopia. 

    According to the local news site Vísir Björk will be accompanied by seven Icelandic female flautist, as well as other musicians. Björk has promised to return for a second concert in Iceland in two years.

  • General

    Neighbors of the Reykjavík Phallological Museum tired of confused and curious travelers

    By Staff

    The MP and the note Former MP Ásta Helgadóttir (left) broke Twitter by posting the note (right). Photo/vísir

    Some of the neighbors of the Reykjavík Penis Museum have grown tired of curious and confused travelers. A member of The Reykjavík Coworking Unit, a shared business and workspace office for local entrepreneurs and designers, was forced to put up a notice on the door to the office informing visitors that there were no penises on display at the office. 

    This not the Penis Museum
    "This is not the penis museum" the note reads. Visitors are instructed to return back to the street, turn left and walk 20 m (60 ft). 

    The Penis Museum can't be missed: It has a giant picture of a penis on the door.

    The sign has generated considerable interest, at least on social media. Ásta Helgadóttir, a former member of parliament for the anti-establishment Pirate Party posted a photo of the sign on Twitter which quickly went viral. The photo has been retweeted more than 30,000 times. Ásta told the local news site Vísir that the phot had "broken her Twitter". 

    The Penis Museum began its existence as a personal collection of various male sexual organs. Originally located in the town of Húsavík in North Iceland, the museum relocated to Reykjavík in 2011. Since then it has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Reykjavík.



  • Crime

    Sigur Rós members under investigation for massive tax-fraud

    By Staff

    Sigur Rós Following in the footsteps of Björk, Sigurrós has found international fame for its avant-rock. Photo/SigurRós

    The members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós are under investigation for what has been described as massive tax fraud. The Reykjavík Sheriff's department has frozen the bank accounts and other assets of the three band members. According to the local newspaper Fréttablaðið, which broke the story, a total of 800 million ISK (8 million USD/6.5 million EUR) worth of property have been frozen while the Directorate of Tax Investigations completes its investigation.

    UPDATE: Sigur Rós responds to accusations of tax-fraud: Will pay every penny of taxes owed

    Real estate, corporate stock, bank accounts
    All three members of the band, Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason are under investigation for alleged tax evasion, according to the sources of Fréttablaðið. The investigation has been ongoing for some time, as the assets of the band members were frozen this past December. The assets are frozen to ensure that the tax authorities will be able to recover taxes owed.

    Fréttablaðið reports that the largest claim is against Jón Þór Birgisson, better known as Jónsi. The assets belonging to Jónsi which The Directorate of Tax Investigation demanded be frozen include thirteen separate properties, two motorcycles, two vehicles as well as six bank accounts and share in three companies. The total value of the assets is reported to be 638 million ISK (6.4 million USD/5.2 million EUR).

    The assets of other band members have also been frozen. Two properties, valued at 82 million ISK (850,000 USD/700,000 EUR) owned by the the drummer Orri Páll have been frozen, as well as two properties belonging to Georg Hólm, valued at 78.5 million ISK (800,000 USD/640,000 EUR).

    Band members maintain their innocence
    All three band members registered a formal objection to the action. They maintain that they have broken no laws, and that what is at issue is an interpretation of tax law, and a simple error by the band's accountant, not criminal wrongdoing. 

    Fréttablaðið has been unable to confirm the amount of the alleged tax evasion, but according to sources the amounts in question are sizable. According to Icelandic law the authorities cannot freeze assets in excess of the amount alleged tax debt.

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