Author: Desirai Thompson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Key Role Of School System In Strengthening Icelandic Language

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The Icelandic school system is a key actor in improving the image of the Icelandic language, according to the opinion…

25 Reports Of Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour In Four Years At HÍ

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The University of Iceland (HÍ) has received 25 complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence between 2017-2020. This was uncovered…

Guest Dies At Sky Lagoon

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Police were called to Sky Lagoon around 18:00 on Tuesday to attend to an unconscious guest. Resuscitation attempts began immediately…

COVID Roundup: 35 Domestic Cases Yesterday, 20 Outside Quarantine

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35 new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. Of those, 15…

Orange Weather Warning Over Most Of Iceland

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange alert for a majority of the country today, with only Breiðafjörður and…

Geldingadalir Eruption Now The Longest Of The Century

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The Geldingadalir volcanic eruption is officially the longest-lived of the 21st century, RÚV reports. The world turned their attention to…

Icelandic Woman Sues Man Over Non-Disclosure Of HIV

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An Icelandic woman has brought a lawsuit against a man claiming he neglected to inform her of his HIV-positive status…

Dill Maintains Michelin Star

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Dill Restaurant is holding onto their Michelin Star for the second year in a row, reports Vísir, maintaining its place…

Elif Shafak Receives Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize

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Elif Shafak, award-winning British-Turkish author and human rights activist, has received the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize, reports RÚV. Prime…

Tourists Rescued From Cabin At Fimmvörðuháls

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Two tourists were rescued in Southern Iceland yesterday after one was injured while breaking into a cabin to seek shelter…

Gay Men & Others May Soon Be Allowed To Donate Blood

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Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Minister of Health, has submitted a draft for an amendment to the Regulation on the Collection, Treatment, Preservation…

Interest In Pokémon Grows In Iceland

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The popularity of Pokémon cards is on the rise in Iceland, Gunnar Valur G. Hermannsson, the owner of PokeHöllin, a…

Man Plants Flowers To Beautify Seyðisfjörður

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Svavar Garðarsson from Búðardalur has brought 200 flowers to Seyðisfjörður in an attempt to bring colour and life back to…

Air Travel Continuing To Rebound

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Icelandair welcomed more then 264,000 travellers in August this year, a sharp rise from the 80,000 the airline transported during…

Changes In Askja Volcano

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The Icelandic Met Office is reporting on land level changes at Askja—a volcano that is part of Dyngjufjöll mountains—citing a…

Culture Pick: The Reykjavík Literary Festival

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The biennial Reykjavík International Literary Festival is slated to take place from September 8th to the 11th in two historic…

A Little Old, A Little New And A Fabulous View: Luxury Meets History In The Golden Circle

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Your GPS announces you’re nearing your destination. You drive past sheep lazily napping in tufts of luscious moss as rain…

Well, You Asked: An American Abroad

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Icelanders love to know what others think of Iceland. Well, you asked — and an American newcomer answered. Is living…

Lost In Google Translation: Dude, Where’s My Carp?

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Imagine you’re laid out, soaking up some rays in the lovely green area of Elliðaárdalur, living your absolute best life…

Perfect Day: Dr. Bryony Mathew

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Dr. Bryony Mathew is the U.K.’s  newest (and first female!) Ambassador to Iceland. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from…

From Afghanistan To Iceland: An Activist Seeks To Help His Homeland

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Sign Sayed’s petition at change.org and learn more about his organisation, Samstaðan on Instagram. On the morning of August 19th,…

Iceland To Work With EU On Emissions Targets

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Iceland is working in collaboration with the European Union and Noway to reduce emissions in line with the goals set…

More Summer Days In Akureyri Than Reykjavík This Year

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This summer Akureyri has seen three times the amount of “summer days” than Reykjavík, according to the criteria of Hungurdiskar….

A Flood Has Started In Skaftá

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The river Skaftá in Southern Iceland has been seeing changes in recent days indicating a flood has begun. Electrical conductivity…

Reykjavík Literary Festival To Take Place September 8th-11th

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The Reykjavík International Literary Festival will take place from September 8th to 11th, after having been rescheduled due to COVID-19….