Author: Inês Pereira - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ask a Pagan Chieftain: How Was Winter Celebrated Before Christian Traditions?

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Christmas lights and traditions bring much-needed warmth to the cold Icelandic winters. But before Christianity arrived in the country, Icelanders…

Cyber Monday Post Office Craze

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An announcement by the Icelandic Post Office shows that, more than ever, Icelanders are indulging in online shopping. According to…

Hollywood Robs Icelandic Musician Of His Star

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Musician Björgvin Halldórsson was the first Icelandic celebrity to have his fame immortalized with a star engraved on the sidewalk…

Zuist Organization Under State Scrutiny

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The legitimacy of Iceland’s Zuist religious movement is being scrutinized by the state, Vísir reports. At the organization’s inception in…

Print Media Journalists On Strike

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In the past weeks, journalists in Iceland have become the subject of the news. While digital journalists have previously been…

Audio-Visual Artist To Represent Iceland at Venice Biennale

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Iceland will be represented at the 59th Venice Biennale by Sigurður Guðjónsson, known for his multimedia installations. The exhibition will…

National Police Commissioner Resigns But Will Keep Salary Until 2022

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The controversial national commissioner of the Icelandic Police, Haraldur Johannessen, has finally decided to step down. That said, he will…

Play Reduces Their Stake To Attract Investors

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The recently announced low-cost airline, Play, was reported to have some issues finding private investors back in November. Today, with…

Proposal To Build New Domestic Airport In Hvassahraun

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This weekend, the city of Reykjavík and the Icelandic government signed a contract that will begin an investigation into potentially…

December Marked By Record Temperatures In Iceland

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It appears the beginning of winter has been kind to Icelanders. Experts predicted a warm air mass would bring some…

This Week In Weather: Hail Will Prevail!

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December might have just “ho ho hoed” its way in, but a warm air mass will bring Icelanders temperatures resembling…

Reykjavík Cemeteries Face Chilling Economic Crisis

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Due to the lack of funding, Reykjavík cemeteries are having difficulties providing their services, according to a report by Visir….

Black Friday Preceded By Inflation Thursday

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Every year, at the end of November, shopping centres all over the world are flooded with sale signs and desperate…

Food Of Iceland: Laufabrauð

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“Carb Season”—or Christmas, or the winter holidays, or whatever you’d like to call it— is fast approaching. It’s time for…

New Bar Open For (Paranormal) Business

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Four friends got together to open a new bar and encountered a haunting reality. No, we’re not talking about the…

Direct Flights Between Shanghai And Reykjavik To Start This Spring

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The distance between Shanghai and Keflavík will become much shorter by the end of March 2020. Juneyao Airlines, a Chinese…

Gambling Epidemic Clouds Over Iceland

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An Icelandic man has come forward to the European Court of Human Rights for considering he was discriminated against by…

Nerd Alert: 2019 Was The Year For Icelandic Books

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This year Icelanders saw a record number of books being published. From poetry to fiction to children’s books, it was…

Weekend Marked By Drunk Tourists And Conflict

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The weekend in news shines a light on drunk driving and late-night confrontations in Reykjavík. Visir reports that in two…

Former Employee Of Iceland’s Navigation Services Bribed In Millions

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A former Isavia employee has been charged by the district prosecutor with bribery and fraud. The man accused was a…

Walks Away From Car Accident With Beer In Hand

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The police were called to a car accident in Kopavogur, just south of Reykjavík, yesterday. Upon arrival, one of the…

Apple TV Shoots New Series In Iceland

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A new series is being filmed in Iceland, to be streamed on the Apple TV service, RÚV reports. The show…

Hesitation Surrounds Investment In Play

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The newly announced low-cost airline, Play, is reportedly having a hard time getting Icelandic money into their company. Early this…

Severe Weather Causes Bus Accident in The South

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After the issuing of a yellow alert for the south of Iceland yesterday, a bus with 23 people accidentally went…

Severe Weather Expected Until Tomorrow Evening

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Last week we announced some chilly and sunny days, but today the week awakes to a yellow alert in South…