First Child Of 1980 Gives Birth To First Child Of 2017

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The first child born in Iceland in 2017 arrived yesterday at just three minutes into New Year’s Day, Vísir reports,…

Not Too Many Fireworks-Related Injuries This Year

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There were a lot fewer fireworks-related injuries this year than even just a few years ago, but pollution from them…

It’s Official: Right-Wing Government In The Works

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President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has again given the mandate to form the next government to Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson….

Get Your New Year’s Bonfire On!

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Tonight’s the night. If you want to take part in the hallowed Icelandic New Years tradition of standing around a…

Roundabouts Confound Tourists

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Foreign drivers were involved in about 22% of car accidents at traffic circles between 2011 and 2015, Vísir reports. These…

Geminis Comprise Largest Share Of Icelanders

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If you ever wanted to know what the most and least common astrological signs in Iceland are, and how they…

New AirBnB Law Going Into Effect, Supervision Still Unclear

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New laws on the use of temporary rentals will go into effect on Sunday, but it is still not decided…

Icelanders Implore Government To Assist Faroe Islands

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A brutal storm raged over the Faroe Islands over the Christmas holidays, doing untold damage. In response, one group of…

Watch Reykjavík’s New Years Fireworks Display Live

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If you ever wanted to witness the madness of Reykjavík’s New Years fireworks display, but cannot make it to Iceland…

Election 2016: Informal Right Wing Coalition Talks Progressing

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Informal coalition talks between the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future have reportedly been able to reach an…

“Hole Of Icelandic Studies” Still On Ice

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The contractor tasked with the long-proposed “Hall of Icelandic Studies” has been awarded damages, as construction was halted in 2014…

Thunder And Lightning Reported Around The Westfjords

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A weather phenomenon that is decidedly uncommon in Iceland, thunder and lightning have peppered the Westfjords over the past few…

Farmer Becoming Frustrated With Tourists Petting, Feeding His Horses

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A farmer in central Iceland is at the end of his rope due to the repeated feeding of his horses…

New Year’s Weather May Be Fireworks-Friendly After All

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Despite earlier long-term forecasts on the matter, the latest predictions from the Icelandic Met Office show that the weather on…

Couple Build Little Cottages For Stray Cats

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Two Icelanders have taken it upon themselves to provide shelter for stray cats as the winter hardens. “They don’t hurt…

Police Supervisory Committee Established

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An independent body whose mission it is to supervise police activity and receive complaints from the general public has finally…

Eze Okafor’s Fate Decided Next Month

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An asylum seeker from Nigeria, who sought asylum in Iceland but was subsequently deported to Sweden, has learned that the…

Lost Envelope Full Of Cash Returned To Rightful Owner

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A large amount of money found in an envelope at Keflavík International Airport has found its way back to its…

President Recommends Opening Gifts On Christmas Day

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Contrary to the Icelandic tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson told reporters he believes opening…

Cintamani Donates Gifts For Asylum Seeker Children

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Just in time for the holidays, Icelandic clothing manufacturer Cintamani has donated a plethora of gifts to Iceland’s asylum seeker…

Iceland Votes To Increase Aid To Syria

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Just in time for the holidays, the Icelandic parliament voted to increase aid to Syria, as people caught in the…

Today Is Þorláksmessa, The Day Of Putrefied Skate

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Today is an important family-friendly day for Icelandic winter holidays, as we celebrate the day of the patron saint of…

Roy Hodgson Still Smarting From The Smiting

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“I never want to hear the word Iceland again,” former England manager Roy Hodgson disclosed in a new interview, referring…

Weather For New Year’s Not Forecast To Be Fireworks-Friendly

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The long-term forecast for New Year’s Eve in Iceland does not look particularly conducive to launching fireworks into the air,…

Rescue Workers Use Drone To Search And Find Injured Dog – VIDEO

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Rescue workers in Iceland do not only save stranded humans caught up on glaciers or lost in the countryside; at…

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Most Googled Icelander

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No other Icelander came close to Iceland’s president in terms of sheer volume of Google searches originating in Iceland, and…

QuizUp Sold To Glu Mobile For $7.5 Million

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Plain Vanilla, the Icelandic start-up that rose to prominence a few years ago but shuttered its doors last April, has…

Putrefied Skate Unpopular With Pirate Party Voters

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Market and Media Research (MMR) took a closer look at who, exactly, is still eating putrefied skate. The results show…

Iceland Is Weird But So Great #6: Yule Lads

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The Christmas season is now upon us, and the Icelandic version of Christmas is an endless source of fascination for…

Tour Bus Passengers Narrowly Escape Serious Injury After Crash

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18 passengers, most of them foreign tourists, and the driver escaped with only minor injuries when their tour bus was…

Small Chance Of Busta Rhymes At Aldrei Fór Ég Suður

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The legendary rapper may be enticed into performing at the West Fjords music festival, but organisers are not particularly optimistic….

What’s For Christmas Dinner In Iceland?

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) asked Icelanders what they intend on having for Christmas Eve dinner,…

Offer Of Beluga Whales Declined By Westman Islands

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A British company would like to bring three beluga whales to the Westman Islands from a zoo in Shanghai, but…

Reykjavík Most Expensive European Capital For Christmas Vacation

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No European capital is more expensive for booking hotel accommodation over Christmas holidays than Reykjavík, surpassing even London and Paris….

National Broadcasting Responds Well To East Icelanders’ Complaints

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East Icelanders tired of being blocked by television weather forecasters have been heard, and national broadcasting service RÚV has been…

Free “Drop-In” Baptisms Available After Christmas

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Short on both time and money, but want to get your child baptised before the New Year? One church has…

East Icelanders Tired Of Being Blocked By The Weather Forecaster

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A whole region of the country is regularly blocked by television weather forecasters, who often stand in front of East…

Everybody Loves Guðni

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President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has seen his popularity skyrocket since September, to where pretty much everyone is pleased with the…

Just How “Safe” Are The “Safe Countries” People Seek Asylum From?

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Asylum seekers from Macedonia and Albania have become a flashpoint in the discussion about asylum seekers in Iceland. Some Icelandic…

Meteorologists Now Predict A Snowy Christmas

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Previous forecasts about a snow-free Christmas have now been turned on their head, less than a week before Christmas itself….

Iranian Man’s Deportation Cancelled A Second Time

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The Grapevine has learned just minutes ago the Iranian asylum seeker Morteza Songolzadeh will not be deported from Iceland early…

Kertasníkir Declines In Popularity, Still Top Yule Lad

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The Yule Lad who arrives on Christmas Eve to steal all your candles is, once again, the most popular of…

Iceland May Be Overproducing Lamb

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Concerns surrounding the sale of Icelandic lamb on the international stage might come down to one simple factor: overproduction. As…

3 Months In Prison For Running Illegal Casino

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In a case going back four years, a man accused of taking part in running an illegal casino has had…

Minority Government Could Be In The Cards For Iceland

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As different coalition configurations have been attempted and failed, the possibility of a minority government has increased significantly, Prime Minister…

British Billionaire Wants To Save Vopnafjörður

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A chemical industrialist with a special fondness for Iceland is using his wealth to help step up nature conservation efforts…

100 Million ISK To Promote Icelandic Lamb Meat Abroad

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Iceland needs to sell tonnes more lamb meat abroad to keep the market from falling, and the government will be…

Tourism Industry Showing Signs Of Waning

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Decreasing profits and slowing wages, on top of a recent economic forecast showing the industry will contribute significantly less to…

BREAKING: Iranian Man To Be Deported On Monday

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Morteza Songolzadeh, an asylum seeker from Iran, informed Grapevine that he will be deported from Iceland to France early Monday…

Iceland’s Seamen Start Their Strike Tonight

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Several seamen unions will go on strike at 20:00 tonight, having overwhelmingly rejected a collective bargaining agreement struck between union…