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Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland’s homes, according to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson. He said many potential customers were keen to get in on the act. “If all these projects are realised, we won’t have enough energy for it,” he told the BBC. Mr Sigurbergsson’s calculations were first reported by the Associated Press. Iceland has…

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In Iceland, There's a Word for an Ice Cream Road Trip. Here's Where to Ísbíltúr This Winter

Put that fuzzy blanket back on the couch and keep your firewood unscathed for a few extra hours – it’s ísbíltúr time. While Americans couldn’t get enough hygge last winter, another Nordic ritual belongs in our cold weather routines: ísbíltúr. The Icelandic term translates loosely to the specific act of driving around and eating ice cream. Like hygge, ísbíltúr is an intentional, precise form of recreation, though it requires leaving the house. How do you ísbíltúr like a pro? We asked Icelandic experts for their best ice cream road trip advice. “We have…

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Equal pay between genders legally enforceable in Iceland

Iceland made history on Tuesday when it became the first country in the world make it illegal to pay men more than women. As first reported by Al-Jazeera, companies with more than 25 employees will now have to gain government certification to demonstrate their equal pay system and its implementation.  Companies in Iceland now have to prove their equal pay systems. Photo: Andrew Dyson The legislation passed through Iceland’s parliament last year when women made up almost half of the parliament’s membership (this percentage has since lowered to 38 per cent). The new certification will need to be renewed every…

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5 Dishes You’ll Love in Iceland

According to our contributor, if views and vistas were edible, you’d never go hungry in Iceland. Photos won’t fill your belly, of course, so thankfully there’s a ton of hearty things to munch on. Photo byArnar Valdimarsson/Flickr Traditional Icelandic meals that you may have heard of, like sheep’s face and various uses of offal, are getting harder to come by as younger generations make a decent income and have grown their palates to more European tastes. Subsistence farming to survive the cold of winter and eating what’s available while preserving…

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Gylfi Sigurdsson: Swansea reject second Everton bid for Iceland star

Swansea want at least £50m for Iceland star Gylfi Sigurdsson Monday, July 24, 2017 Swansea have rejected a second bid from Everton for playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, it is understood. The Welsh club turned down an offer for the Iceland international believed to be worth £40million from the Toffees earlier this month. It is now thought Everton have tabled a new bid of around £40million with potential add-ons that could take a final package closer to £45million. That, however, remains short of Swansea’s valuation of the player and the Liberty Stadium…

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Scenes From an Epic Adventure in Iceland with Reyka Vodka

Jun. 27th, 2017 Ice and snow. Glaciers. Mountains. Crisp, clean air. The bracing scent of the sea. All the images conjured up by the mention of Iceland lend themselves perfectly to what we think of when we feel like drinking vodka—the proper kind that is best enjoyed straight up, ice cold, and unadulterated by any sickly sweet additives. Which makes it all the more surprising that no vodka was actually made on the island until 2005, when William Grant & Sons set up the now famous Reyka distillery. Photo Credit:…

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