Author: Desirai Thompson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Astrophysicist Awarded In US

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Icelandic astrophysicist Guðmundur Kári Stefánsson has been recognised in the United States for his work in helping develop a new…

More Under Fire In KSÍ Controversy

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The previous days have seen KSI’s Director, Guðni Bergsson as well as its board, deputies and regional representatives resign from…

Medical Associations Against Prosecution In Healthcare

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Chairmen from three Icelandic medical associations have come together to take the stand that healthcare professionals should be protected from…

Horse Race Takes Place Over Highlands

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The National Association of Horsemen (Landssamband hestamanna) put on a four-day endurance race over the highlands which ended yesterday. Having…

COVID Roundup: 80 Domestic Cases, 43 In Quarantine

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80 new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. Of those, 43…

KSÍ Board Resigns Amid Controversy

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The Icelandic Football Association (KSÍ) has been under massive public pressure due to mishandling and denial of sexual assault allegations…

Man Shot By Police Under Two Week Custody

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The armed man police shot and wounded in Egilsstaðir last Thursday is being held in custody for two weeks in…

Police Report Less Theft In July

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Crime in the Reykjavík area went down in the month of July when compared to statistics from the month prior….

Czech Artist Transforms Wheelhouse Into Cultural Centre

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Monika Fryčová, a Czech artist disenchanted with sitting behind a computer during the pandemic, has taken on an interesting project—transforming…

Heat Record in Grímsey

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The highest recorded temperature in Grímsey was measured yesterday where it reached 22.3°C between 10:00 and 11:00. Until then, July…

Highest Recorded Temperature In Thirteen Years

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Iceland recorded its highest temperature in 13 years yesterday in Hallormsstaður, where it reached 29.3°C at 13:20, Fréttablaðið reports. This…

New Names Added To National Registry

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The Icelandic Names Committee (Mannanafnanefnd) made 24 rulings on names on August 6th and 11th, as reported by Vísir. Among…

Bar Closes Upon Learning COVID-Positive Patrons Plan To Attend

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Plans for a karaoke night at Gaukurinn bar in downtown Reykjavík were quashed yesterday after management discovered that a number…

Air Traffic Controllers To Strike Next Week

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The potential of a strike by air traffic controllers will become a reality on August 31st. RÚV reports. Negotiations between…

US Air Force Training In Iceland

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The US Air Force will be conducting training in Iceland over the next few days, according to Vísir. 200 airmen…

Fishing Artefacts Found In Seyðisfjörður

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Remains of an old sea shop may have been uncovered during an archeological excavation in Seyðisfjörður over the summer, reports…

Climate Forests Being Planted In Reykjavík

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The City of Reykjavík held the first public planting day for its Climate Forests program on August 14th when more…

Reykjavík Marathon Cancelled

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The Reykjavík Marathon 2021 has been cancelled after initially being postponed to September 18th due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The…

Litter-Collecting Cat Patrols Höfn

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A cat named Brita is spending her time reminding us all how we should treat our planet. Every day she’s…

COVID Roundup: 108 Domestic Cases, 58 In Quarantine

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108 new domestic cases of the coronavirus were detected yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. Of those, 58…

Helicopter Rescues Fallen Woman At Stuðlagil

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A coast guard helicopter was called to Stuðlagil yesterday afternoon to rescue an injured tourist. The woman had fallen 15…

Claims Of Human Rights Violations In Primary Schools

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Claims have been levied against Icelandic primary schools for neglecting to provide appropriate educational services to students with disabilities. Claims…

Keflavík Airport Expansion Begins

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The twenty thousand square metre expansion of Leif Erikson Air Terminal at Keflavík Airport formally began on August 16th. The…

Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake Hits Near Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant

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A 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit just three kilometres north of the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant around 22:49 yesterday evening. Several…

COVID-19 Arrives In Grímsey

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The coronavirus has made its way to Grímsey—a small island located 40 kilometres off the northern coast of Iceland—for the…