First 50 Visitors To Dunkin’ Donuts Get Free Year Of Donuts

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Dunkin’ Donuts is making a generous promotional offer for its opening day, perhaps in an attempt to win over locals…

Iceland Will Continue Trade Sanctions Against Russia

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Iceland will not be changing its policy regarding trade sanctions against Russia, but not without reservations from some members of…

MP Wants To Review Iceland’s Porn Laws

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An incoming MP for the Pirate Party believes Iceland’s pornography laws need to be changed, if not dropped altogether. Vísir…

Eden To Return

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The legendary roadside attraction Eden, which burned down just four years ago, will return in a slightly newer form. Vísir…

Wants To Make Feminist, Queer-Friendly Porn In Iceland, But Cannot

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A Spanish director with the hopes of shooting feminist, queer-friendly porn in Iceland is up against one snag: it would…

Mývatn Turns Mysterious White Colour

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Part of Mývatn have turned white, and there does not seem to be a natural cause behind the phenomenon. RÚV…

Holuhraun Creates Hot Spring

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Holuhraun has created a hot spring that people have discovered is actually perfect for bathing in. Vísir reports that the…

Icelanders Overwhelmingly Reject Private Health Care

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A new poll from the Social Sciences Department of the University of Iceland shows almost all Icelanders want more money…

Mayor Accepts Wheelchair Challenge

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In response to a wheelchair-bound Icelander’s challenge, Reykjavík mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson will attempt to navigate downtown in a wheelchair…

Police Chief Demands Media Silence On Sexual Assaults

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The Westman Islands’ police chief has called upon all responders and festival staff to remain silent to the media on…

President Undecided If He Will Run, People Undecided Who To Vote For

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson says he is undecided if we will run again, while most Icelanders are still undecided on…

Humpback Whale Rocks The Boat – VIDEO

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Some prospective whale watchers were met with a close encounter that, while momentarily scary, left no one harmed. RÚV reports…

Moss Used As Camping Insulation

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Rangers at Þingvellir National Park discovered yesterday, to their dismay, that campers had ripped up slow-growing moss to insulate their…

20% Of Reykjavík Police Are Women

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About 20% of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s force are women – almost twice the percentage of U.S. police, and a…

Safety Of Tourists Must Be Improved

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A leading figure in Iceland’s tourism industry believes it “very important” to increase the safety and security of tourists at…

Foreign Minister Backpedals On Whaling Position

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Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson appears to be of two minds when it comes to Iceland’s whaling practices. Gunnar Bragi…

Actavis Bought By Foreign Pharmaceutical Company

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. has agreed to buy Allergan Plc, the parent company of Actavis, for $40.5 billion USD. In…

Papers Will Continue After Acquisition

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The newspapers recently acquired by Vefpressan will keep coming, but one editor was very blunt about his feelings on working…

Chief Icelandic Whaler Believes Australia Should Start Whaling, Too

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Kristján Loftsson (pictured left), Iceland’s primary whaler, believes Australia should stop opposing whaling and start hunting humpback whales. In an…

Says Icelandic Products Need “Country Of Origin” Labels

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The Federation of Icelandic Industries (SI) believes domestic production is damaged by a lack of “country of origin” labels on…

Björn Ingi Hrafnsson Expands Media Empire

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Former Progressive Party city councilperson Björn Ingi Hrafnsson has acquired more Icelandic media outlets, two of them shutting down shortly…

Information Campaign About Off-Road Driving To Begin

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To stem an increase of off-road driving, the Environmental Agency of Iceland is encouraging people to inform those renting cars…

Hundreds Of New Hotel Rooms Cropping Up

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About 325 new hotel rooms are popping up on Reykjavík’s main street of Laugavegur. Kjarninn reports that the increase includes…

Seven Asylum Seekers, Including Family, Deported Without Warning

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Seven Albanian asylum seekers – including a family of three – were deported without warning on Wednesday evening. “My client…

Child To Dive Between Tectonic Plates In Iceland

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A 13-year-old girl from the UK will be the youngest ever to dive in the Silfra fissure, in Þingvellir National…

CCP Games Veterans Land Investment Agreement

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Some former employees of CCP Games have forged a deal with investors to keep making video games. VentureBeat reports that…

Tourists: It’s Not You, It’s Us

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Some of you may have noticed that Grapevine’s been reporting a lot of news about the misadventures of tourism. I…

Seals On The Wane In Iceland

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This year’s seal census shows the lowest numbers yet, and there is as yet no explanation for the decrease. RÚV…

Beef Shortage Strikes Iceland

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The ongoing veterinarians strike has led to a shortage of beef in Iceland. Supply is falling short of demand by…

Cause Of Massive Sheep Death Likely Found

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An explanation behind the sudden death of about 5,000 sheep appears to be closer to reality. Bændablaðið reports that Jónas…

Not Everyone So Crazy About Privatising Health Care

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As the Independence Party appears to be supporting greater privatisation of health care, not everyone is on board with the…

Truck Proves Entirely Too Big For Tunnel – VIDEO

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A tractor trailer attempting to make it through Hvalfjörður Tunnel unscathed almost made it the whole way through without incident….

Doubts Arising In Parliament Over Whale Hunting

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There are growing voices within the ruling coalition to reduce or even stop whale hunting. In an interview with Skessuhorn,…

Turn Signal Use Woefully Low

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The vast majority of drivers complain other drivers do not use turn signals, while most drivers do not use turn…

President Receives Fishing Quota Petition

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said he would “have the petition in mind” in the event fishing quota legislation passed across…

New Tour Bus Rules In Effect Soon

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A broad consensus has been reached between the city, tour companies and the police to bar all tour buses from…

Japan Awaits Whale Meat Shipment From Iceland

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Japan’s whale meat stocks are depleting, waiting for a shipment from Iceland, but there are signs demand for the meat…

94 Asylum Seekers So Far This Year, More Expected

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94 people have applied for asylum so far this year, and twice as many are expected before the year is…

Nurse Resignations: A Chance To Privatise Health Care

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An MP for the Independence Party believes the mass resignations of Iceland’s nurses is a great opportunity to start privatising…

New Rules On Tour Buses In The Works

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What were once voluntarily guidelines will soon become binding rules when it comes to tour buses in downtown Reykjavík. MBL…

36 Fin Whales Hunted

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Not even half of this year’s quota of fin whales has been culled, but the season is only about three…

“Mass Tourism Of The Worst Sort”

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In an interview with Túristi.is, Clive Stacey – the owner of the popular tourist website Discover the World – shared…

Iceland Now 10% Immigrant

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Over 10% of Iceland’s population was born in another country, but the country still ranks relatively low in terms of…

1,800 Reykjavík Apartments In Airbnb

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There are some 1,800 apartments in the capital rented through Airbnb, and vacancies are often hard to come by. Kjarninn…

MP Suspicious Of Roadside Beer Sales On Festival Weekend

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An MP for the Progressive Party considers it unwise to offer beer at select gas stations during the Merchant’s Holiday…

Fire Breaks Out From Outdoor Pooping

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One visitor’s attempt to clean after himself post-bowel-movement went out of control, prompting the response of both the fire department…

Foreign Minister: Time To Tax Airline Tickets

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson believes one of the ways to confront growing tourism is to start levying…

Health Minister Looking Into Hiring Foreign Nurses

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The Minister of Health is considering hiring nurses from abroad to replace the Icelandic nurses who are resigning, some of…

Half Of Icelandic Kids Want To Leave Country

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About half of Icelandic primary school kids polled say they intend to leave the country when they grow up. The…

Unwise To Hunt Puffins This Year

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Puffin populations have shrank so much that even a 3-day hunting season is “unwise”, says an ornithologist for the South…