Flights Between Kelfavík And Akureyri Begins Today, Immediately Canceled 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, today’s high…

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…

AirBnB Having Complex Effects On The Rental Market

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AirBnB and tourist accommodation in general is having an effect on the local rental market, and it is hard to…

Vaping Will Be On Par With Tobacco Use, If Bill Becomes Law

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The use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, will be the same as smoking tobacco in the eyes of the law, if…

Immigration Appeals Board To Be Reduced Due To Budget Constraints

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Despite a plea for a budget increase due to an ever-increasing number of asylum applications, Parliament only allocated about half…

Icelanders To Hold Solidarity Protest With Romanians Today

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A snap protest will be held in front of the Icelandic parliament today in solidarity with the thousands of Romanians…

Queer Asylum Seekers In An Especially Vulnerable Situation

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The National Queer Organisation believes the Directorate of Immigration (UTL) needs to start taking into consideration the fact that gay,…

Iceland’s Seamen Strike Threatens British Cod & Haddock Supply

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Iceland’s seamen strike has had a rippling effect in other parts of the world, and now Brits are worried that…

But Is It Spring?

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The past “winter” has been exceptionally warm, and now that we are past the halfway point to the equinox, signs…

Iceland Jumps On “America First [X] Second” Bandwagon

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Never to be outdone by other countries, Iceland has also taken part in the recent craze of “America First [X]…

Birna’s Father: Greenlanders Are Our Friends

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Ordinary Greenlanders are reportedly being subjected to some ugly behavior from Icelanders in the midst of coverage of the ongoing…

Left-Greens Now Largest Party In The Country

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The Left-Greens have risen past the Independence Party in a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR), and the…

Consumer Association Takes Issue With iPhone Ad

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The Consumer Agency has officially banned an Apple products retailer from using an advertisement featuring the animated work of Hugleikur…

Lightning Seen In Reykjavík Actually Touched Down In Westman Islands – VIDEO

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Readers across the greater capital area reported seeing a flash of lightning during yesterday’s storms, but the lightning itself actually…

Parliamentary Opposition Submits Proposal Condemning Trump

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Members of parliament from the Social Democrats, the Left-Greens and the Pirates have submitted a parliamentary proposal calling upon the…

Storms Rock Iceland, Replete With Rare Thunder And Lightning – VIDEO

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Just moments ago, thunder and lightning struck in Reykjavík – a very uncommon weather phenomenon in the midst of high…

Icelanders To Gather In Solidarity With Refugees

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Tomorrow, Icelanders will gather in front of parliament to bring a singular message to their government: we want more refugees…

City Swimming Pool Offers “Free Soup”

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An alert reader brought to Grapevine’s attention yet another reason why spellcheck is not enough. A new sign displaying the…

High Hopes And Great Expectations: Three Icelanders Share Their Thoughts On Our New Government

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Eleven weeks of negotiations have finally brought us a new government. Shortly thereafter, they made their joint platform public. Health…

The Murder of Birna Brjáns­dótt­ir: The Case That Gripped Iceland, And The World

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Last month, a young woman who was last seen walking down Laugavegur early one Saturday morning disappeared without a trace….

Missing In Iceland: Melatonin

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For better or worse, there are lots of things that you won’t find in Iceland. Amongst these things is melatonin….

People Are Feeding Ravens In The Westfjords

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The iconic Icelandic corvid is actually in decline across the country, but in the Westfjords, their numbers are not only…

Amir’s Fiancé Speaks Out: “I Am Crying Now As I Write This”

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The fiancé of Amir Shokrgozar, an Iranian asylum seeker who was unexpectedly arrested and deported last week, spoke candidly with…

Downtown Reykjavík To Increase And Update Security Cameras

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Reykjavík City Council voted in favour of putting 4 million ISK towards buying new security cameras for downtown Reykjavík and…

Between The Two Towers: The delicate balancing act of Óttarr Proppé

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Óttar Proppé is an unlikely politician. A bleach-blond, flat-capped figure dressed in 70s-style garb, he first entered the public consciousness…

Not A Chance In Hel

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Although the name “Hel” hails back to ancient Norse mythology, Iceland’s Naming Committee believes it would only cause problems for…

Iceland Got A Little More Corrupt In 2016

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The new government has its work cut out for it. Iceland lost a little credibility in 2016. It has, in fact,…

Faroe Islands Accepts Monetary Gift From Iceland After All

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Despite a message of “thanks but no thanks” from the Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs, today the director of the…