Iceland has a lot going for it. After struggling through its own 2008 financial meltdown (after which something was actually done about it), the island nation has returned to its pre-crisis level of function, due in large part to a recent tourism boom. It has some of the world’s most beloved hot dogs. Its youth hockey players are gracious in defeat. A surprisingly high number of your friends’ Instagram accounts feature snapshots of its natural beauty. Fjords!
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Everyone wants to go to Iceland to get that perfect selfie for their dating profile and briefly feel what it's like to exist in an actual paradise. But last month, a man who is suspected in a heist of $2.7 million-worth of bitcoin mining gear only wanted to get out. After pulling off a daring prison break, however, he's again in police custody, and he'd like to go back to Iceland, please.
Either this man is really good at doing crimes or Iceland is really bad at security. Authorities say a man who is suspected of being the mastermind behind the theft of $3 million worth of bitcoin mining equipment has escaped the Icelandic prison where he was being held. What's more, he allegedly hopped a flight on the same plane as the Icelandic Prime Minister.
How many arduous slideshows of your friends' trips to Iceland have you had to sit through? Too many, right? After watching this stunning collection of timelapses that Martin Heck captured while briefly touring the country, I'm officially drawing the line and raising the bar when it comes to Icelandic vacation videos I'm willing to endure.
Iceland has long had a progressive outlook on technology. It's regularly high on lists of the best countries for data privacy, the Pirate Party has a substantial place in its government, and it was the headquarters of Wikileaks for a long time. But Icelanders are currently concerned that their native language could go the way of the dodo due to the cultural changes that tech is accelerating.
Video: Seems like it's been a while since we checked up on our favourite scenic country via a sweeping nature video, so it's good to know that, yup, Iceland is still the most visually stunningly place on Earth. The drone footage comes from the Highlands of Iceland, which are in the centre of the beautiful island, and feature a wonderful array of colours and landscapes.
Two years ago, Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted -- and it kept erupting for the next 181 days, forming the largest volcanic depression ever seen. New research reveals the extraordinary processes that transpired beneath the surface, including the formation of a magma-filled canal that measured a whopping 45km long.
Man, this is just so fun to watch. The beautiful alien world that is Iceland is always so picturesque but it's even better when seen from up close, like from the perspective of Klemen Premrl and his crew of climbers ice picking their way up to the top of an ice structure. The crystal glow of the ice cave, the shocking crevasses, the wildling-like climb of an ice wall -- it's just awesome everywhere.
It looks like a giant fire scaled dragon snaking its body across the scorched Earth. Or like the fire brick road that leads you into Mordor. Any way my imagination tries to spin it, the reality is that it looks awesome. And the reality is that it's drone footage from Iceland of flowing lava from a volcano that exploded.