Author: Iona Rangeley-Wilson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Well, You Asked: Hand Wars

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You asked. We answered. The Grapevine does not accept liability from this point forward. How can I pass the time…

Covid-19 Roundup: 11 Cases Diagnosed Yesterday

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11 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Of those, just 3 were in quarantine at the time of…

Víðir Reynisson Has Covid-19

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Víðir Reynisson, the Director of Civil Protection and one of the three key figures in Iceland’s coronavirus response team, was…

Sausage Inflation At Famed Hot Dog Stand

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The sausages sold at the Bæjarins Beztu hotdog stand have gone up in price, Vísir reported this morning. They have…

Covid-19 Roundup: 7 New Cases

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7 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Of these, only 2 were already in quarantine. 45 are currently…

New British Ambassador To Iceland Appointed

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Dr Bryony Matthew has been appointed the new British Ambassador to Iceland, Vísir reported yesterday. She will take over the…

Two Icelandic Grammy Nominees For 2021

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The Iceland Symphony Orchestra and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir have both been nominated for Grammy Awards. This is the second time…

Gods Of Iceland: Frigg, The Cool Mom

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Superpowers: An undisputed queen, ability to observe all worlds simultaneously. Weaknesses: Really forgetful when it comes to mistletoe, an arguable…

Pandemic Police Peeking Through Windows

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Þórdís Björk Sigurþórsdóttir, a mother in Hafnarfjörður, felt unfairly treated by a police intervention at her house on Friday night,…

90% Reduction In Visitors To National Park

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The number of visitors to Snæfellsjökull National Park in October has decreased by 90% between years, Fréttablaðið reported yesterday. In…

Pandemic Restrictions Could Be Loosened Next Week

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Given that Iceland now has the lowest incidence of domestic infections in Europe, it is possible that restrictions will be…

RVK Newscast #50: Yule Cat By Brian Pilkington

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We interview Brian Pilkington, the English-born Icelandic children’s author and illustrator. Brian is best known for his books about trolls,…

Plans Being Made Around Possible Vaccine

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Although there is not yet any certainty surrounding the hope to starting vaccinating Icelanders in the first half of next…

Covid-19 Roundup: 10 New Cases

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Ten new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Six of them were already quarantined at the time of diagnosis….

Covid-19 Roundup: 4 New Cases, 1 Death

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Four new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Of these, two were already quarantined at the time of diagnosis….

Sigur Rós’s Agent Speaks Out

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Sigur Rós’s agent Dean O’Connor has spoken out about the band’s treatment in Iceland in the aftermath of their tax…

Search For A Man Who Was Not Missing Called Off

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50 rescue workers were called out to Breiðdalsvík at around 20:00 last night to search for a man who turned…

Unemployment Particularly Bad for Poles

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At the end of October, there were 4,063 unemployed Poles in Iceland, Vísir reported this morning. More than 20,000 Poles…

Bus Passengers Must Wear Masks Despite Antibodies

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Strætó has confirmed that passengers will continue to be obliged to wear a mask on the company’s buses, regardless of…

Unemployment Now Higher Than After 2008 Bank Collapse

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The Directorate of Labour estimates that unemployment will be at 11.3% in December, compared to 9.3% when the bank collapse…

Covid-19 Roundup: 7 New Infections

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7 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Of those, 6 were already quarantined at the time of diagnosis. The…

Iceland Losing Faith: Four Out Of Ten Icelanders Still Consider Themselves Believers

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A Maskína survey has revealed that four out of ten Icelanders consider themselves believers in some religious faith, according to…

Double Screening At Border Likely To Be Made Compulsory

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The current arrangement at the border, whereby passengers can choose to either quarantine for fourteen days or undergo a double…

Covid-19 Roundup: 9 New Cases

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Nine new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed domestically yesterday. Six of those were already quarantined at the time of diagnosis,…

Gods Of Iceland: Týr, The Tough Guy

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Superpowers: Combat, courage, not even blinking even if you remove his limbs. Weaknesses: Sorry, did you say “weaknesses”? Modern Analogue:…