Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

What Are Icelanders Talking About? – The Buzz In The Beehive

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Good news and bad news: the good news is, for a few days we had a respite from the endless…

Together For Seyðisfjörður: Artists Lend A Hand In Rebuilding The Village

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The devastating landslides that struck Seyðisfjörður in December are still wreaking havoc in their own way. While no one was…

Yellow Warning In Effect For East Iceland

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A yellow alert is in effect for the East Fjords, effective for the entirety of Saturday. As this warning forecasts…

New Border Policy: Double Screening For All, No Quarantine Option, Starting Today

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New regulations, which go into effect today, tighten controls at the border further with the aim of stopping the spread…

Naming Committee Approves New Batch Of Names, No Gender Restrictions Applied

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Iceland’s Naming Committee—which judges, and then accepts or rejects new names in the Icelandic lexicon—has approved and denied another round…

COVID Round-up: Five New Domestic Cases, Four In Quarantine

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Five new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday, with four of the diagnosed already in quarantine at the time…

Lost In Google Translation: Rise Of The Machines

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In a news story reporting on various Icelandic conservatives comparing the failed insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th…

Changes To Border Policy On The Horizon

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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason has submitted a number of recommendations to the Ministry of Health for changing the rules and…

Attack At Reykjavík School Leaves Six Injured, One Arrested So Far

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Six were sent to the emergency room and one person thus far is in police custody after three people attacked…

COVID-19 Roundup: Four Domestic Cases Yesterday, Two In Quarantine

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Four new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday, with two of the diagnosed already in quarantine at the time…

76% Drop In Tourism Last Year

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Tourists who came to Iceland last year were 76% fewer than the year before, according to a new report from…

Pirates Propose More Than Two Can Register For Legal Cohabitation

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A parliamentary proposal from the Pirate Party requests that current laws be reviewed and changed, so that more than two…

Catholic Church In Iceland Resumes Masses

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In a statement from Bishop David B. Tencer on the matter, the Catholic Church of Iceland has announced that they…

New COVID Restrictions Begin Today

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The new coronavirus restrictions that were announced last week are now in effect. These new guidelines reflect some relaxation in…

Thousands Object To Raising Age Minimum For Breast Cancer Screening

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One of the many changes from the Ministry of Health which took effect this year was raising the age at…

Survivor Of Human Trafficking Fears Deportation

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A woman originally from Nigeria, who fled Italy where she had been held against her will in a human trafficking…

COVID-19 Roundup: Six Domestic Cases Yesterday, Three In Quarantine

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Six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday, with three of the diagnosed already in quarantine at the time…

Reykjavík Trying To Ban Studded Tires

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Reykjavík City Council has been repeatedly trying to ban the use of studded tires within city limits, to no avail,…

Candy Bar Recalled Due To Plastic Flavour

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Confectioners Kólus ehf. have recalled the Risaþristur candy bar, in conjuction with the health supervisory authority of Reykjavík, on account…

Christmas Trees Fed To Horses And Goats

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Some enterprising Icelanders have found a good use for all Christmas trees, now that the Christmas season has officially concluded:…

Conservatives See Dip In Support In New Poll

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A new poll from Market and Media Research shows the conservative Independence Party experiencing a dip in support, while their…

COVID-19 Roundup: Two Domestic Cases Yesterday, One In Quarantine

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Two new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday, with one of the diagnosed already in quarantine at the time…

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Lands In Iceland

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The long-awaited coronavirus vaccine from Moderna has officially arrived in Iceland, Vísir reports. 1,200 doses arrived in this first shipment,…

Stöð 2 News To No Longer Be Free To Watch

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All material broadcast by television station Stöð 2 will be subscription only, starting on January 18th, RÚV reports. That includes…

Cold Snap To Continue All This Week

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The freezing temperatures currently gripping the country are not expected to let up this week—at least, not for most parts…