Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Unemployment Higher Than Last Year

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Unemployment in June was 1.2% higher than in the same month last year. According to new data released by Statistics…

Crashed Russian Jet To Be Repaired In Iceland

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The owners of the Russian jet that landed on its belly at Keflavík International Airport on Sunday have arrived in…

Walrus In Seyðisfjörður

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A big’ole walrus has been spotted sunning itself on the rocky coast of Seyðisfjörður. The young walrus has taken a…

No Shipping Company To Transport Whale Meat

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No shipping companies are available to transport Iceland’s whale meat from the Netherlands onward to Japan. Icelandic shipping company Samskip…

Record Number Of Tourists In North

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Double the amount of tourists have ventured to northern Iceland this summer than in years past, pleasing those working in…

Few Details Emerge About Crash At KEF

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Details are emerging about the Aeroflot plans that crashed at Keflavík International Airport yesterday morning, resulting in just one injury…

Massive Mink Farm To Open Near Þorlákshöfn

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Construction has begun on a  23,000 square metre mink farm just outside of Þorlákshöfn, which will soon house 10,000 mink,…

Women Lost Weight After Economic Collapse

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A thesis prepared by a University of Iceland (HÍ) student has found that unemployed women in Iceland lost weight in…

Icelandic Runner Sets Record

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Icelandic runner Aníta Hinriksdóttir became a world champion today after running the 800-meter dash in just 2 minutes and 1.13…

Huge Tourist Spike In June

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June 2013 saw 25% more tourists fly into Iceland than the same month the previous year, RÚV reports, with a…

Eistnaflug Politely Takes Over Neskaupstaðir

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The small town of Neskaupstaðir in east Iceland has been taken over by a hoard of 1500 metal fans this…

27% Increase In Tourism This Year

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New information released by the Icelandic Tourist Board has revealed that 27.2% more tourists have ventured over to Iceland so…

Reykjavík To End Relationship With Moscow

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A proposal has been submitted on behalf of Mayor Jón Gnarr to end Reykjavík’s partnership with Moscow, on account of…

Rain Rain Go Away

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Remember last summer? Lots of sun! Warm temperatures! Clear skies! Well, don’t hold your breath for more of the same….

Reykjavík Energy Selling Shares in Magma Energy

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Reykjavík City Council met today and upheld a decision of Reykjavík Energy’s (OR) board to sells the company’s shares in…

Laugavegurinn Named Top Trail By National Geographic

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National Geographic magazine has named the Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls pass as one of the world’s top 20 hiking trails. The trail was…

Rare Whale Spotted in Skjálfandi Bay

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A rare whale has been spotted in Skjálfandi Bay in the north of Iceland. Observers believe it to be a…

Whale Meat Being Returned To Iceland

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Whale meat that was to be shipped by Samskip from Iceland to Asia via Hamburg is being sent back to…

Presidential Power Needs To Be Reviewed

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Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, a professor at the University of Reykjavík and expert on constitutional law, believes that clearer rules are needed…

A Cable Car For Esja

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The idea of building a cable car system to bring tourists up Esja without all the strenuous exertion of walking…

Gas Prices On The Rise

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Planning a road trip this month? Be prepared to spend a bit more on gas than you would have just…

Reconciling Whale Watching And Whaling

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Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, wants to come to an agreement between whale watching companies and whalers,…

Tourists Stuck In SUV All Weekend

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While many tourists in Iceland may feel like they’ve spent long expanses of time behind the wheel of a rental…

President Has Not Yet Received Fishing Fees Bill

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President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson received a 35,000 signature strong petition on Saturday urging him to refer to a national referendum…

Food Market In Lækjartorg Every Saturday In July

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Those passing by Lækjartorg yesterday were sure to notice more than the usual hustle and bustle, as tables were erected…