Author: Catherine Magnúsdóttir - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Archaeological Excavations In Arnarfjörður Reveal Medieval Longhouse

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Archaeological excavations in Arnarfjörður, in the Westfjords, have revealed various artefacts and a medieval longhouse. As Bæjarins Besta reports, the…

Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir Crowned As European Football Champion

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Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, captain of the Icelandic national team in the UWCL, has been newly crowned as the European Football…

Smekkleysa Launches Auction For Old Band Merch

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The publishing company Smekkleysa, aka Bad Taste Records, has launched an auction for old band merch including things related to…

Viking Society Moves To Yellow House In Hafnarfjörður

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The Viking Society Rimmugýgur is moving to the Yellow House at Lækinn in Hafnarfjörður to hold its operations there for…

Iron-Man Like Flight Over Iceland Via Jet Suit

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Richard Brownig posted a video on YouTube of himself flying over Iceland in a so called “Gravity Jet Suit”, very…

Five Times More Residents In Epidemic Houses Than In First Wave

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There are five times more residents staying in so called epidemic houses than there were during the first wave of…

Tourists On Their Way To Quarantine May Take Buses

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Tourists arriving in Iceland are allowed to take a bus from Keflavík Airport on their way to quarantine again. Previously,…

Strong Earthquake Near Grindavík

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 shook the area around Grindavík and was even felt in the capital area…

Ólafur Arnalds Announces New Album

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Ólafur Arnalds announced his new album, entitled “some kind of piece”, which is set to be released on November 6th…

Alcohol Consumption On The Rise Due To COVID-19

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Alcohol sales have gone up amidst the COVID-19 epidemic and consumption is on the rise. According to a Fréttablaðið report…

Syrian-Icelandic Teen At Language Conference: “We Can All Be Who We Are”

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Ayah Ahmad, a nineteen-year-old high school student and assistant teacher held a speech last weekend at a Tungumálatöfrar (“Language Magic”)…

Iceland Government Tests Negative For COVID-19

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Iceland’s government ministers have recieved their negative test results after having been screened twice for possible coronavirus infections in the…

Swimming Trip Could End Up In 250,000 ISK Fine

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A man in the South of Iceland was charged with violating the Epidemic Prevention Act by breaching quarantine and visiting…

Archeological Excavations In The Ruins Of Þingeyraklaustur

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During an archeological excavation in the ruins of the old monestary Þingeyraklaustur, several ancient items were found. Among them are…

Unknown Body Discovered In Breiðholt

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The body of an as of yet unidentified man was discovered in Breiðholt at the end of last week. It…

Björk Orchestral Concert Rescheduled

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Björk’s concert series Björk Orkestral, that was supposed to be streamed live from Reykjavík in the concert hall Harpa this…

Domestic Infection Rate Lowers While Border Rate Increases

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According to data from covid.is, the domestic infection rate has lowered to 15,3 while the rate of detected infections at…

Sweden To Mediate COVID-19 Vaccine Sale To Iceland

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Sweden will mediate the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iceland as well as Norway through the European Union’s co-operation…

University Rector Publishes Announcement For Autumn Semester

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The rector of the University of Iceland, Jón Atli Benediktsson, has published an announcement to the staff and students of…

Two Speeding Tickets In Twenty Minutes

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A tourist travelling through South Iceland received two speeding tickets in twenty minutes yesterday. In a Facebook post by the…

Two Sheep Distance Rule And Possible Fines

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A sort of fun—and very Icelandic—reminder about social distancing rules has come from the National Association of Sheep Farmers. This…

Emergency Measures Extended For Homeless Women

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The Welfare Departement of the City of Reykjavík has announced that it will extend emergency measures for homeless women in…

Homeless Women Issue Statement About Planned Closure Of Emergency Centre

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Eight homeless women have issued a statement about the planned closure of an emergency solution that provides nightly shelter for…

Tourists Will Have To Carry Initial Quarantine Costs

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Tourists coming to Iceland will have to carry the initial quarantine costs, while waiting for a second sampling and its…

Just Sayings: “Að fleygja barninu út með baðvatninu”

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This one—which is international yes, but weirdly popular in Iceland—is a bit harsh. It’s direct translation is “to toss the…