Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Two Icelandic Sisters Fight To Determine Their Own Surnames

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Two Icelandic sisters who are completely estranged from both of their parents are hoping to create their own surname, Vísir…

Storm Warning For All Of South Iceland In Effect For Tomorrow

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If you are planning on traveling through South Iceland tomorrow, exercise great caution—or perhaps make other plans. The Icelandic Met…

Iceland Condemns Turkish Incursions On Kurds, Will Still Visit Turkey For Football Match

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While the Icelandic government has issued a strongly-worded written statement condemning the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, the Icelandic national…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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Iceland’s First Lady Eliza Reid made international headlines with a New York Times op-ed, “I’m a First Lady, and It’s…

Disabled People’s Transport Is A Bad Joke

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I’m the parent of a child in Reykjavík who relies on Disabled People’s Transport Services (Akstursþjónusta Fatlaðs Fólks) to take…

The Versions Of Ourselves: Silja Hauksdóttir On Agnes Joy And The Beauty Of Flaws

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Silja Hauksdóttir likes to keep herself busy. Originally a student of philosophy, she would be involved in television production for…

Enter Galactic: Comic Artist Galactic Deer Sheds Light On The Reality Of Russian Queer Youth

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Galactic Deer, a nonbinary artist originally from Russia who now lives in Iceland, is on a mission. Their new autobiographical…

Icelandic Woman Accidentally Invites Third Of The Country To Sewing Club

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An Icelandic woman who simply wanted to invite a few people to a small, intimate sewing circle accidentally ended up…

Baltasar Kormákur Making “Supernatural Volcano Drama” Series For Netflix

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Baltasar Kormákur, director of Everest and Trapped, is set to make an eight-part Netflix series about the notorious Katla volcano,…

Reviewing Iceland’s Relationship With The US Becomes Hot Topic In Parliament

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The withdrawal of US forces in northern Syria, thereby opening the way for Turkey to attack Kurds in the region,…

North Iceland Townsfolk Get Ready For Will Ferrell To Take Over

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Residents of Húsavík are being encouraged to prepare for and welcome the arrival of Will Ferrell, as the North Iceland…

New Legislation In Iceland Could Decriminalise Buying, Possessing Or Receiving Drugs

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A new bill submitted to the Icelandic Parliament hopes to provide protections to those who buy and use controlled substances,…

FATF: Iceland Needs To Do More To Combat Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has noted that while Iceland has made some improvements when it comes to fighting…

Centre Party Now Second Largest In Iceland

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According to a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR), the government would look very different from the way…

Environment Minister Open To Airplane Carbon Tax On Fares

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Minister for the Environment Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson is eager to explore every option when it comes to responding to the…

Legal Fund For Bára Halldórsdóttir Established

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Bára Halldórsdóttir, the whistleblower who recorded six members of Parliament speaking abusively about their colleagues in a public space, still…

Hekla Rumbles, Authorities Alerted

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Six tremors were recorded around the volcano Hekla last night, RÚV reports. While the tremors themselves were not particularly strong,…

Kurdish Man In Iceland “Not Surprised” By Trump’s Syria Withdrawal, Fears For Lives Of Kurds

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Salah Karim, a Kurdish man living in Iceland and a long-time advocate for Kurdish liberation, spoke frankly with the Grapevine…

Uber May Start Operations In Iceland As Soon As This Winter, If Company Is Interested

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Despite having no indications that the ride-share service is even interested in operating in Iceland, Minister of Transportation Sigurður Ingi…

“Pointless To Close Iceland Off” In Event Of Pandemic, Icelandic Doctor Says

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An Icelandic epidemiologist has questioned the premises and practicality of new research which contends that Iceland would be amongst a…

Storms Across East Iceland Today Through Tomorrow Morning

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If you are planning on traveling through eastern Iceland today, be warned—it could be very rough going, and road closures…

Iceland May “Save Humanity From Extinction” In Event Of A Global Pandemic, Researchers Say

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Iceland is amongst the few “island refuges” that could save the human race from complete extinction in event of a…

CYBER Drops New Video For Single ‘Hold’: “Hell Is A Long Line That Goes In Circles”

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One of the most compelling Icelandic music acts in recent years, CYBER, have just released the video for their single…

Aurora Basecamp Now Open To Guests

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Aurora Basecamp, a new aurora-viewing centre in Reykjanes, is now accepting guests, opened yesterday, MBL reports. The Aurora Basecamp bills…

Former Union Organisers Speak Up About Internal Pressures, Firing Without Notice

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Several former employees of labour union Efling’s organising division have come forward about their experiences with the union last spring,…