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Head Chef at Blue Lagoon Named Nordic Chef of the Year!

The head chef at Blue Lagoon’s LAVA Restaurant, Viktor Örn Andrésson, won the 2014 Nordic Chef competition! Andrésson, who was also the 2013 Icelandic chef of the year and is a member of the Icelandic National Culinary Team, has extensive culinary experience both in Iceland and abroad. At LAVA, Andrésson uses traditional Icelandic ingredients and incorporates a touch of the New Nordic Kitchen to create delicious, contemporary dishes. Click here to read more about Chef Viktor Örn Andresson, Blue Lagoon and LAVA Restaurant!

Game of Thrones Season 4 Premieres Sunday

The much-anticipated new season of Game of Thrones kicks off on April 6, 2014. After filming north of the wall scenes in Iceland for seasons 2 and 3, the Game of Thrones cast and crew returned to the land of ice and fire for season 4. In addition to Icelandic landscapes, a popular Icelandic band and strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson will also make appearances in the upcoming season. Click here to learn more about Iceland's role in Game of Thrones.

Filmed in Iceland, NOAH is Now in Theatres

Based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, the adventure-drama NOAH was filmed throughout southern Iceland and features A-list cast members like Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. Director Darren Aronofsky, known for his work on Black Swan, said, “[Iceland] is one of the most unique and inspiring landscapes on the planet… I look forward to returning with future films.” Click here to learn more about this exciting new film and to find out what the cast and crew thought of Iceland.

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Experience Iceland in North America

Icelandic filmmaker Petur K. Gudmundsson completed his full-feature, non-narrative film about Iceland, titled HEILD. The film is set to release in Iceland on April 4th and will be available globally at a variety of film festivals soon after. Denver residents will get an Icelandic treat on April 19th when award-winning Bjorn Thoroddesn headlines the Guitarama concert. On May 1st, The Scandinavia House in New York City will host a conference titled “Learning From Each Other: Gender Equality in Iceland and the U.S.” Thank you to everyone who entered our #DesignMarch poetry contest, we loved reading your poems about Reykjavik. Click here to see the winning poem. Last month, we invited you to enter Icelandic Glacial Water’s ‘Pursue Your Passions’ contest, and now it’s time to cast your vote!

News About Iceland

In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, CNN reported that Iceland is the world’s 9th happiest nation. CNN also published two other articles on Iceland: one that claims Reykjavik is one of the worlds best coffee cities and another that states Iceland’s Harpa is among the 15 most beautiful concert halls in the world. Meanwhile, Elevation Outdoors published an article with plenty of tips for traveling around Iceland and an editor at The Guardian detailed his long Icelandic journey visiting filming locations of movies like Walter Mitty, James Bond’s Die Another Day and Game of Thrones.

Happening in Iceland

After a record number of tourists visited Iceland in 2013, TriptoIceland.com published an interesting infographic that breaks down recent Icelandic tourism data, like where the majority of tourists came from and whether or not they would return for another visit. In fact, several tourists will travel to Reykjavik on April 9th for The Icelandic Writers RetreatThe Sprit of Humanity Forum, which will focus on the power of love and compassion in governance, will take place in Reykjavik April 10-12. At the other end of the spectrum, VICE traveled to Iceland to figure out why a tiny country in the middle of the ocean produces such physically powerful people.
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