Author: Iryna Zubenko - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Tourist Dies In Djúpivogur, Safety Measures Reviewed

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A foreign tourist died in the coast of Gleðivík in Djúpivogur last night, RÚV reports. A man in his sixties…

Fourteen People Rescued From Glacier

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Last week, a group of fourteen people was rescued from the Öræfajökull volcanic glacier, RÚV reports. Fourteen hikers, including twelve…

Beluga Whales To Move To Klettsvík Bay Shortly

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Beluga whales Little White and Little Grey, who are now based at the Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary in…

Beautiful Beings: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s Second Feature Film

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Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s second feature film explores the beauty and harshness of friendship Thinking of an Icelandic movie, you most…

Islands Of Wonder: Winning The Weather Lottery In Vestmannaeyjar

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No matter what the gods have thrown at the Westman Islands (known locally as Vestmannaeyjar)—eruptions, turbulent history, harsh living conditions—it…

Ask An Expert: Why Isn’t Glass Recycled In Iceland?

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The majority of apartment buildings in Reykjavík only have trash bins for mixed waste, plastic, and paper. “Where do wine…

300,000 ISK Lost On Laugavegur

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Fréttablaðið reports an incident—a man lost 300,000 ISK on Laugavegur yesterday.  The information appeared as a post in a Facebook…

This Is Fringe: A Celebration Of All Things Art Is Back For Its 5th Year

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“COMEDY! THEATRE! MUSIC! DRAG! CIRCUS! POETRY! CABARET! PHOTOGRAPHY! FILMS!”—reads the website for the Reykjavík Fringe Festival in all caps, but…

Iceland’s Niceair Operates Its First Flight

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On May 30, the first–albeit ceremonial–flight of Niceair, a newly established Icelandic airline, landed in Akureyri, RÚV reports. Niceair’s Airbus…

Glaciers Are Only Going To Be Around For A Few More Decades

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Guðfinna Th. Aðalgeirsdóttir, a glaciologist, believes that if things continue as they are, Snæfellsjökull will disappear completely in the next…

Earthquake Update: A Shaky Weekend In The Reykjanes Peninsula

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A 3.5 earthquake was detected last night at 1:51, almost eight kilometers northwest of Gjögurtá, Vísir reports.  The largest aftershock…

Suspicion Of Sulfur Compounds Poisoning In Eskifjörður

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It is suspected that sulfur compounds have caused symptoms of poisoning in five workers of the blue whiting factory in…

Iceland Needs More Plants To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

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Þröstur Eysteinsson, a forestry director, says that more plants need to be planted in Iceland so that the government’s goal…

Ólafur Arnalds Kickstarts World Tour In Reykjavík

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On Monday, May 23rd, Ólafur Arnalds performed in Reykjavík for the first time in three years. The concert kickstarted Ólafur’s…

Reindeer Seen In Bakkafjörður Camping Site Every Day

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For the past month, a group of reindeer has visited the camp site in Bakkafjörður every day, RÚV reports.  Þórir…

Seismic Activity Detected In Geysir

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Hundreds of earthquakes were detected on the Reykjanes peninsula yesterday. On May 24th, seismic activity has been detected in other…

400 Earthquakes Detected In The Last 24 Hours

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About 400 earthquakes have been detected in the last 24 hours on the Reykjanes peninsula, RÚV reports. New images of…

Former Captain Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

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The former captain of a 70-meter-long vessel Herjólfur has been sentenced to 30 days of probation for sailing the ship…

Body Found On The Seashore At Eiðsgrandi

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On May 18th, a body was discovered at Eiðsgrandi, on the north shore of Reykjavík, close to Seltjarnarnes, RÚV reports….

Icelandic Arctic Foxes Star In A Netflix Series

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Icelandic Arctic foxes appeared in a new Netflix series ‘Wild Babies’, RÚV reports. The eight-part series explores the life journeys of…

Iceland Invites You To “Outhorse” Your Emails

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Iceland is known for its outside-the-box promotional campaigns. Two years ago, Visit Iceland came up with an idea to help…

Ok, Bye Climate Summit Took Place at Harpa

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On Wednesday, May 18th, Harpa concert hall and conference center hosted Ok, Bye Climate Summit. The event took place within…

Police Received 20 Charges For Hate Speech Since 2014

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Since 2014, the Icelandic police have received 20 complaints for hate speech. 14 charges have been issued, 5 cases have…

Ukraine Wins Eurovision, Iceland Comes 23rd

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The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra has won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, with a total of 631 points, the highest…

Bíó Paradís Will Be Closed For 6 Weeks Due To Maintenance

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The Reykjavík only art-house cinema, Bíó Paradís, will be closed for maintenance for 6 weeks, starting from May 16th to…