Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Not Letting Panic Guide Us: 
Chief Medical Officer Alma Möller On How Iceland Is Dealing With COVID-19

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As some countries close their borders, screenings and tests are either too expensive or impossible to get a hold of,…

Bára Halldórsdóttir’s Perfect Day In Reykjavik

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Bára Halldórsdóttir is perhaps best known for being the whistleblower in the notorious Klausturgate scandal, but she is also an…

Where Love Hides: Gyða Valtýsdóttir ‘In Another Dimension’

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GYÐA’s latest release, ‘Evolution,’ has been making waves. Since being one of the founding members of múm, one of Iceland’s…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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One of the weirdest attempts at igniting a social media shitstorm in 2019 came in late December, when news broke…

Icelandic Superstitions: Völvuspá

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Few Icelandic cultural constructs have undergone as much change as the Völvuspá. Which stands to reason, given that it’s a…

Ruling Coalition Decreases By One Left-Green

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Andrés Ingi Jónsson, a member of Parliament who was elected as a Left-Green Party MP in 2017, announced on November…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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The single most important story of the past month has been the Fishrot Files, or as they call it in…

The Fishrot Files: A Tale Of Two Countries

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In mid-November, Wikileaks dropped a bombshell of a story: the Fishrot Files, over 30,000 documents detailing how Samherji, Iceland’s largest…

Fewer Newborn Children Being Registered In National Church

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The percentage of newborn children who are registered into the National Church has been in steady decline for nearly a…

Police Search For Owner Of Rodent

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Police in the southwest region of Suðurnes are looking for the owner of the rodent shown above. Inexplicably, the exact…

Weather In Iceland: Sunny Work Week, Mixed Weekend

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The latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office predicts a working week replete with sunny days, while the weekend will…

Unfortunate Fish Shop Crashed Into By Car For The Third Time

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Location is everything, as the owners of the fish shop Hafberg have been discovering, Vísir reports. Staff and customers alike…

VIDEO: Anti-Corruption, Pro-Constitution Demonstration Draws Thousands

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A demonstration held at Austurvöllur last Saturday drew some 4,000 people under a three-fold banner of some critical issues to…

Cruise Ship Emissions At Reykjavík Harbour Already Very High, And Increasing

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Cruise ships visiting Reykjavík harbour produce more emissions than the entire fleet of year-round fishing ships at the same ports,…

Black Widow Spider Stows Away To Iceland In Grapes From California

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A bad of green grapes from California, purchased in a supermarket in Garðabær, also contained an exotic guest, Vísir reports:…

Woman Sues Tour Company Over Reynisfjara Injury And Wins

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A British tourist who was injured during a visit to the South Iceland beach of Reynisfjara has successfully won a…

Two Icelandic Women Secure Grammy Nominations This Year

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Two Icelandic women are amongst those nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards, setting an historic precedent for Icelandic music. Anna…

Icelandic Name Committee Says No To Zelda And Lucifer

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Iceland’s Naming Committee met on the sixth of this month to review another batch of contending names for their approval…

Administration of Occupational Safety and Health Demands City Re-Gender Bathrooms

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A city ordinance past last summer, whereby all bathrooms in municipal buildings were made gender neutral, has been challenged by…

Retro Stefson Songwriter In Copyright Dispute With Homeware Chain Store

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Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (seen above), frontman for Retro Stefson, is taking the homeware chain Húsasmiðjan to court for copyright violations,…

Reykjavík Honours Trans Day Of Remembrance

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November 20 is the Trans Day of Remembrance, where we honour the memories of people who have been murdered for…

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding Is Totally Set In Iceland

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Death Stranding, the long-awaited release from video game genius Hideo Kojima, could not more obviously take place in Iceland if…

Icelandic Comics Society “Comic Book Jam” Kicks Off Tomorrow

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If you’re an aspiring or active comics artist—or are just interested in comics in general—tomorrow evening will be a great…

Fishrot Files: Icelandic Investigations Into Samherji Bribes, Tax Evasion Begin

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Two Icelandic banks are already investigating the accounting of Samherji—the Icelandic fishing giant currently embroiled in a scandal involving bribing…

Proposed Changes To Alcohol Laws Based On Misunderstanding Of EU Rules

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The head of European Policy and leader of the Brussels office of IOGT-NTO, Kalle Dramstad, says that a recent bill…