Missing In Iceland: Handguns

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I’m from Baltimore, a city known to the rest of the world thanks to two TV shows: ‘Homicide: Life on…

News In Brief: Eurovision, Capital Controls and the Sigmundur Davíð-Donald Collusion

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The top story of the past two weeks is without a doubt the lifting of the last of the capital…

Four Ways That The Tourism Industry Is Eating Itself

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And four ways we can make it sustainable. Dr. Ben Henning is not a tourism expert. Rather, he works in…

Iceland’s New Gold Rush

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An Icelandic company, with financing from a Canadian company, hopes to mine for gold all over Iceland. One elected official…

Island Life: Weird & Wonderful News From Around Iceland

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1. A man in Reyðarfjörður was cleaning his house, originally built in 1925 (although he himself moved in in 2010),…

Time Capsule: Mokka Kaffi

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Visiting the Art Deco-infused Mokka Kaffi is like stepping back into the 1950s. In fact, this cozy little place was…

Ask A Scientist: How Come Icelanders Are Lactase Persistent?

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Are you lactose intolerant? You may take solace in knowing that you share your condition with most of the world’s…

Word Of The Issue: Legkaka

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The word of the issue this issue is legkaka. Normally, this space is reserved for Icelandic words that have no…

Without Asylum In Iceland, Will Be Deported To Iran, Likely Executed

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Grapevine has just learned that Amir Shokrgozar, an asylum seeker from Iran, has been denied any kind of care or…

Hunger-Striking Afghan Arrested, Will Be Deported Tomorrow

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Abdolhamid Rahmani, an Afghan asylum seeker who went on hunger strike nearly three weeks ago, has been arrested. He is…

Missing In Iceland: Trains

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A couple times a year, we see news stories about a possible train connecting Keflavík airport and Reykjavík. Sometimes this…

Reykjavík Time Capsule: Pétursbúð

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In the US, there’s a thing called a “bodega”. This refers to a kind of convenient store, usually of the…

End Of Capital Controls: Changes Little For People, Changes Much For Business

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Headlines made around the world that Iceland has lifted the last of its capital controls does not actually change very…

Man Disappears, Family Asking For Help

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Artur Jarmosz­ko, who has not been heard from since March 1, is being sought by his family, who contacted capital…

The Woodsman: The Modest, Surprising Beauty Of Gluggagallerý

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In a quiet residential neighbourhood of east Reykjavík, retired fisherman Sigurður Petersen can be found most afternoons sitting in his…

The Freedom To Call Someone A Poop

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A subject of heated discussion in Icelandic news lately has been freedom of expression. Here in Iceland, as in other…

No Fin Whale Hunting This Year, Either

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Kristján Loftsson – head of Iceland’s largest whaling company, Hvalur hf. – has announced that he will not be hunting…

Afghan Asylum Seeker, Facing Deportation, On Hunger Strike

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Abdolhamid Rahmani, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, is facing an impending deportation to Greece, despite having been extorted into accepting…

Sigmundur Davíð Says Infamous Interview Was “Staged”

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who was forced to resign in the wake of a now-infamous interview where he…

CCP Announces New Game

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The company that brought you EVE Online has announced Sparc, “a unique virtual sport only possible in virtual reality”. “After…

Vivian Gets A Yes; Baltazar Gets A No From Naming Committee

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Yet another batch of names ran the Naming Committee gauntlet, some faring better than others. RÚV reports that Baddi, Vivian,…

Police, Postal Workers Issue Winter Safety Advisories

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Police and postal workers alike are asking the general public to show a little common courtesy towards our neighbours. Vísir…

“Pizzagate” Had No Effect On Support For President

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Despite making some controversial statements about his distaste for pineapples on pizza, which inexplicably attracted worldwide attention, trust in the…

UTL In Its Current Form “Should Be Discontinued”, New Report Concludes

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Even workers within refugee services want to change the system, and there is a tremendous difference between how “quota refugees”…

“Too Much Lamb” Being Produced In Iceland, Says Farming Head

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The high exchange rate and the closing of the Russian market has created a serious situation amongst sheep farmers in…

Photos: Reykjavík Gets Buried In Snow

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A new record for snowfall for February in Reykjavík was set today, with some 52cm of snow dumping on Iceland’s…

First Flights Between Keflavík & Akureyri Cancelled Due To Weather

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Domestic airline service Air Iceland announced that the long-awaited direct flights between Keflavík and Akureyri began today. However, high winds…

Drone Ban For Downtown Reykjavík Now In Effect

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The Icelandic Transport Authority has finally authorised regulations for the use of drones in downtown Reykjavík. While not outright banned,…

More Icelanders Want More Granted Asylum Than Do Not

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While the largest portion of Icelanders believe “a comfortable number” of asylum seekers are granted asylum, a larger percentage believe…

Second Round Of Airwaves Artists Announced

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The organisers of Iceland Airwaves have just released another batch of artists to be performing at this November’s music festival….

New Bill Would Lower Voting Age To 16 For Municipal Elections

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A new bill, supported by MPs from every party except the Progressive Party, would if passed into law lower the…

No Kind Of Traveling Weather Tomorrow

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Don’t let the sunny skies and still winds in Reykjavík right now fool you: the Icelandic Met Office warns that…

Psychiatrist Blames Women For Revenge Porn, Internet Ignites

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An elderly, male psychiatrist offered his opinion that women alone are to blame for the existence of revenge porn, and…

Mývatn Being Slowly Destroyed By Tourism

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Hotel owners around Mývatn and the Laxá river area profit from the location, at the expense of the preservation of…

DILL Becomes First Icelandic Restaurant To Earn Michelin Star

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The restaurant DILL, lauded by Grapevine on numerous occasions, has now earned the distinction of being the first Icelandic restaurant…

Trump Was Right: Inside The Swedish Dystopia

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US President Donald J. Trump recently gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida wherein he alluded to “what’s happening in Sweden…

Court Confirms: No Jail For False Passports

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Reykjanes District Court took into consideration changes made to immigration law, which went into effect last January 1, when sentencing…

Cloth Menstrual Pads Are Popular Again

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Multiple-use, cloth menstrual pads are gaining in popularity once again, and one Icelander is making and selling her own. “We…

Decision To Deny Muslim School Teacher Flight To US Made By American Authorities

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The Grapevine has confirmed that a British school teacher who was denied entry onto a flight from Keflavík Airport to…

Fears “Vape Law” Could Create Black Market For Vaping Liquid

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A proposal that would put a number of regulations on the sale and use of e-cigarettes is poorly thought-out, and…

Fisherman’s Strike Ends: “We Had A Gun To Our Heads”, Says Union Leader

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The strike that went on for about two months has finally drawn to a close, but one union official says…

Beached Whale(?) Washes Up In Snæfellsnes

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A creature that appears to be a whale was spotted on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes last Saturday. Rúna Björg…

“Keeping Up With The Kattarshians” A Great Success

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Thousands of Icelanders are watching a livestream of four siblings – who happen to be kittens – living together in…

Despite Losses, Minke Whale Quota To Increase This Year

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Tourism is reportedly driving up the demand for minke whale meat to such an extent that this year’s quota will…

Ricky Gervais Coming To Iceland

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Writer, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais (seen above, right) will be coming to Iceland to perform stand up in April….

Solution May Be Soon At Hand In Fishermen’s Labour Dispute

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The Ministry of Fisheries recently met with fishing unions and fishing company representatives in the hopes of resolving a strike…

Instagram Account Posts Screencaps Of Sexually Harassing DMs From “Icelandic Idiots”

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A new Instagram account encourages women to send in screenshots of unsolicited and sexually explicit direct messages they have received…

Most Icelanders Against Private Sale Of Alcohol

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A new poll shows that the majority of Icelanders are against the passage of a proposed bill that would, if…

Icelanders Nearly As Concerned About Corruption As They Are About Health Care

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) shows that corruption is nearly tied with health care in terms…

Justice Minister Promises To Rectify Funding For Immigration Appeals Board

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The Minister of Justice told reporters that the government is currently working on a solution to ensure that the Immigration…