Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

VIDEO: Life Of A Snowmobile Tour Guide In Iceland

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Snowmobiling in Iceland is an increasingly popular perennial activity that people from around the world have been seeking out more…

FINALLY: Bingo During Christian Holidays No Longer Illegal In Iceland

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If you decide to spend Easter playing bingo in Iceland, you will no longer be breaking the law, thanks to…

Washing-Up Brushes Banned From Tonight’s Iceland v. Turkey Match

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If you were planning on attending the UEFA qualifier match between Iceland and Turkey tonight, be forewarned that your washing-up…

News From Iceland’s Countryside: Summertime Snow, Cat Poetry & More

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We write a lot about Reykjavík, but what burning hot news is tearing up the seaside villages and farming communities…

Turkish Hackers DDoSing Icelandic Websites

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The Turkish hacker group Anka Neferler Tim has launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against several Icelandic websites,…

Turkish Football Team Complains Of Delays And Mockery At Keflavík Airport

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The arrival of the Turkish national men’s football team in Iceland this morning did not go very well, prompting criticism…

The Call Of The Wild: Crowberry Wine, “Slow” Gin And Purple Fountains

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Iceland’s booze scene is experiencing a renaissance right now, from the recently-sparked ubiquity of craft beers to locally-distilled whiskeys. Ragnheiður…

Icelandic Superstitions: “Sjö Níu Þrettán”

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You are likely very familiar with the old superstition about “knocking on wood” or “touching wood”—rapping your knuckles lightly on…

More Icelanders For Than Against Beer & Wine In Shops, Still Opposed To Spirits

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A greater share of Icelanders support the sale of beer and wine in private shops than those who oppose it,…

No Fin Whaling In Iceland This Summer

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Hvalur hf., the only company in Iceland that hunts fin whales, has announced that they will not be killing whales…

Queer Musician Bashar Murad: “Just Being Palestinian Is Political”

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Few Icelanders had any knowledge of musician Bashar Murad until May, when anti-capitalist BDSM techno lads Hatari dropped a post-Eurovision…

“No One Told Me It Was Illegal”, Says Instagram Offroader

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In an Instagram story, influencer Alexander Tikhomirov—who sparked widespread criticism for offroading in Iceland—offers his side of the story. As…

Airport Bus Service Raises Fares, Cites Numerous Reasons

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A number of factors—such as the new collective bargaining agreement, rising fuel costs and a decrease in tourists—have contributed to…

40 Incidents Of Offroading In Iceland Reported To Police Last Year

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Although it has been declining, illegal offroading remains a major problem in Iceland, and officials are calling for higher fines…

Trans Woman In Iceland Assaulted, Not The First Transphobic Attack In The Country

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Last Friday, police reported that someone had requested police help after being assaulted by two men. The target of the…

Tourist Ploughs Car Into Protected Geothermal Area, Brags About It On Instagram

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Self-described filmmaker and photographer Alexander Tikhomirov has found himself in the spotlight amongst Icelanders, for all the wrong reasons. As…

VIDEO: ‘Chernobyl’ Score Composer Used Only Sounds From An Actual Nuclear Plant

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In a recent interview, composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who composed the score for the HBO miniseries ‘Chernobyl’, revealed how the score…

Naming Committee Rejects “Woman” As Middle Name, Deeming It “Too Demeaning”

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A woman who has been trying to get her middle name changed to Kona, which is Icelandic for “woman”, has…

VIDEO: Men Cut Off Shark’s Tail And Release It, Now Face Possible Criminal Charges

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Two seamen recorded themselves cutting the tail off of what appears to be a Greenland shark, laughing about it, before…

“Trophies” Festooned Atop Ministry Of Finance And Economic Affairs

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If you walked past the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and noticed these curious figures on top of the…

Percentage Of Foreigners In The Icelandic Labour Market Steadily Increasing

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Immigrants now comprise nearly 20% of all working people in Iceland, and the percentage of foreigners on the job has…

Icelanders Asked To Show Foreign Workers “Patience And Goodwill”

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Two different petrol station chains have taken to setting up a sign at select locations that asks Icelanders to show…

Most People In Iceland Who Hit Sheep With Vehicles Just Drive Away

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It’s that time of year again: the Icelandic lambs for the season have been born around the country, and now…

The Magic Formula: The Skjaldborg Icelandic Documentary Festival Returns

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The medium of the documentary has been enjoying a renaissance lately, whether in big budget productions or quirky and independent…

Ask A Lawyer: Can You “Plead The Fifth” In Iceland?

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Anyone who’s ever watched a cop show or courtroom drama from the US is likely very familiar with the concept…