Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Magma Collecting, Increased Earthquakes At Reykjanes

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There is an increasing amount of magma collecting just northwest of Mt Þorbjörn in Reykjanes, RÚV reports. Scientists monitoring the…

Directorate Of Health Announces “Widespread Immunity” Against COVID, But Reinfection Still A Risk

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A new report issued by the Directorate of Health concludes that “widespread immunity against COVID-19 has been achieved in society”,…

Ukrainian Asylum Seekers Offered Benefits Not Afforded To Other Nationalities

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The Icelandic government has been diligent in supporting asylum seekers from Ukraine, both adults and children alike, but this includes…

Clearer Picture Of Possible Reykjavík City Council Majority Forming

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Following last Sunday’s elections results for Reykjavík City Council, a clearer picture is beginning to form regarding what the next…

“Cat Party” Fails To Win Seat On Akureyri Town Council

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While a lot of the focus of last Saturday’s municipal elections has been on Reykjavík’s uncertain future, some striking elections…

Controversial Bill On Asylum Seekers Hits Parliamentary Floor

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Minister of Justice Jón Gunnarsson has submitted a bill to Parliament that would make significant changes to the law regarding…

Civil Protection Activates “Uncertainty” Level Due To Earthquakes

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The Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (Almannavarnir) has announced the activation of the “uncertainty” level due to the…

Reykjavík Elections: Big Changes, Uncertain Future

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The results of municipal elections across Iceland last Saturday showed significant gains for the Progressive Party in many municipalities, and…

Iceland Bounces Back From 14th To 9th On ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Map

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After sitting at 14th for two years running, Iceland has made some improvements to the rights of queer people in…

Poll: Pirates May Double City Council Seats, Conservatives Halved

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According to a poll conducted by Prósent for Fréttablaðið from May 5th through 9th, this Saturday’s municipal elections could show…

Horror-Scopes: Which 2022 Eurovision Entry Are You?

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The 2022 Eurovision finals will be held on May 14th. This also happens to be municipal election night in Iceland,…

EVE Fanfest This Weekend

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Whether you’re already a fan of the MMORPG EVE Online, are considering joining, or just enjoy the company of people…

Dire Need For Blood Donations, Gay And Bisexual Men Still Not Allowed To Donate

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The Blood Bank is in dire need of blood donations, RÚV reports, especially those with the blood types O-, O+…

“Cat Party” Polling High Enough To Win Seat On Akureyri Town Council

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The University of Akureyri Research Centre (RHA) has released a new poll which asked Akureyri residents who they would vote…

Fourth Coronavirus Vaccine Shots May Be On The Horizon

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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason believes people can continue to live publicly without masks through the summer, RÚV reports, but is…

Independence Party Offers “Freedom Burgers”; Art School Says No Thanks

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With municipal elections coming up on May 14th, the different parties in the running in Reykjavík are trying different strategies…

What Are Icelanders Talking About? Municipal Elections, Akureyri, And The Cat Ban

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Municipal elections are coming up on May 14th, and for those of us in Reykjavík, recent polling has shown that…

Character Shining Through: Seabear Returns

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Seabear began as a solo project of Sindri Már Sigfússon—who you may also know as Sin Fang— in 2003. Since…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: “Why is everyone feeding the bird of prey?”

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Election night in Iceland, 2016. The nation is still smarting from the Panama Papers scandal that collapsed the government and…

Danish-Icelandic Company Releases New E-Bikes

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If you’re in the market for an e-bike, the Danish-Icelandic company Hyggebikes is a new player on the scene, Viðskiptablaðið…

Ancient Curse Directed At Controversial New Age Group; Not At Horse Farm

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A bizarre story has unfolded in South Iceland over the weekend, involving an ancient medieval curse, a new age community,…

Most Icelanders Unhappy With Íslandsbanki Sale, Believe Law Was Broken

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68% of those who participated in a new poll from Gallup on the subject of the controversial sale of 22.5%…

Reykjavík Elections Poll: Independence Party Losses Are Progressive Party’s Gains

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A new poll from Prósent shows some significant movement in party support from the 2018 city council elections in Reykjavík….

BREAKING: The Raven Eggs Have Hatched

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Iceland’s favourite raven couple, Hrefna and Hrafn (whose names both mean “raven”, in the feminine and masculine form respectively), have…

British Rocket Launch Being Delayed By Icelandic Government

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Skyrora, a British space company based in Scotland, is all set to begin Europe’s biggest rocket launch, but they say…