Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Week In Weather: Real, Actual Summer In The West; Rain And Cold In The East

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If you’re staying in the greater Reykjavík area this week, you’re in luck. Meanwhile, in the east, cold and rainy…

Eighth Icelander Reaches Everest Peak Amidst Seasonal “Traffic Jam”

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Bjarni Ármannsson, the former director of Glitnir and current director of Iceland Seafood, became this week the eighth Icelander to…

VIDEO: Bashar Murad And Hatari Release New Single, Video Shot In Palestine

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Anti-capitalist anarcho-technoclash BDSM enfants terribles Hatari were apparently up to a lot more than Eurovision while in Israel. A new…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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As you might have guessed, of greatest prevalence on social media over the past two weeks has been Hatari at…

The Lowest Common Denominator: Icelandic Populism, American Inspiration

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Iceland’s right wing populists may not be a part of the coalition government, or wield tremendous political power (yet), but…

Klausturgate Whistleblower Compelled To Delete Recordings, Will Not Be Fined

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The Date Protection Authority has ruled that Bára Halldórsdóttir‘s recordings of six MPs speaking abusively in public constitutes “electronic surveillance”,…

EasyJet Reducing Flights, British Airways And Wizz Air To Increase

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Budget airline EasyJet have reduced their flights to and from Iceland, Icelandic tourism industry watchdog site turisti.is reports, due to…

Food Of Iceland: Lýsi

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Lýsi is the name for fish liver oil; typically cod, but occasionally shark. While it’s true that lýsi is rich…

Icelandic Right Wingers Invite Islamophobe To Speak At Harpa

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Douglas Murray is slated to give a talk at Harpa Concert Hall, drawing considerable criticism and calls for Harpa to…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Northern Lights

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Every culture everywhere has superstitions, and Iceland is no exception. There are numerous superstitions in this country; some connected to…

Immigration Appeals Board Overturns ÚTL Ruling Blocking Bangladeshi Students

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The Immigration Appeals Board determined that the Directorate of Immigration (ÚTL) had no grounds to deny 50 Bangladeshi students access…

Clouds, Cold And Even Snow In The Cards This Week In Iceland

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You would be forgiven for forgetting this week that it’s summer, as we can expect low temperatures and either partial…

Five-Day Hip-Hop Summer Camp For Icelandic Youth Announced

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Young people in Iceland who have an interest in learning the hip-hop arts will now have their chance at last….

Response To Hatari’s Performance At Eurovision Swift, Drawing Praise And Condemnation

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Last Saturday, anti-capitalist BDSM technocore art rockers Hatari finished in 10th place at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel…

Nearly One Fourth Of Icelanders Will Eat Pizza With Kokteilsósa

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) shows some interesting divisions over the use of the popular ketchup-and-mayonnaise…

Happening This Weekend: Bríet, Hnallþóran And Eurovision

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It’s been a wild week, and the weekend in Reykjavík promises to be even wilder—for those who watch Eurovision and…

Hatari Have “Reached The Limits” Of EBU’s Patience Over Repeated Political Statements

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Repeated political statements from Hatari, in particular those critical of the Israeli government, have tested the patience of the European…

New Video Series Explores The Richness Of Trans Lives

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A new video series from the creators of the Trans Teen Survival guide explores the reality that trans people are…

East Iceland Village Pleads With Tourists To Behave Themselves

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Apparently some visitors to Iceland need to be taught basic, common courtesy upon arrival, as villagers in Seyðisfjörður have discovered….

Syrian Refugees Arrive In Iceland, Surprised By Lack Of Snow

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Five families of Syria refugees will soon be settled in Hvammstangi, northwest Iceland, having arrived in Keflavík this morning full…

Capitalism Will Prevail: Businesses Use Hatari’s Aesthetics For Fun & Profit

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“If we manage to overthrow capitalism, that would also be a measure of success. Preferably selling some branded merchandise along…

Siri, Where In Reykjavík To Watch Hatari’s Eurovision Triumph?

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As you may have picked up if you’ve looked at the internet today, Hatari compete in the Eurovision Song Contest…

Iceland’s Parliament Passes Landmark Abortion Law

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Last night, Iceland’s Parliament passed a hotly contested bill into law which allows for an abortion until the end of…

Fractured Fairy Tales: ‘The Sagas And Shit’ Rewrites History

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Tackling the Icelandic Sagas can be a daunting task. Many of them are prefaced with complex descriptions of lineage and…

Island Life: The Tropical North, Arctic Tern Invasion, Returning Street Cash

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From arctic terns to heartening old ladies, here’s a selection of news from the den of intrigue that is the…