Author: Iryna Zubenko - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Fishing Season Starts On Monday: The Forecasts Are Optimistic

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Up to 400 boats could go inshore fishing when the season starts on Monday, RÚV reports.  Each boat is allowed…

Bronze Statue Update: The Artists Release A Statement

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The artists Bryndís Björnsdóttir and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir who have allegedly placed the statue bronze statue of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir and her…

Reykjavík Shows Support And Names A Square Kænugarður, the Kyiv Square

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At a meeting this morning, the Reykjavík Planning and Transport Council unanimously agreed to name the square on the corner…

Akureyri Forbids Free Movement Of Cats At Night

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The free movement of cats at night is will be forbidden in Akureyri in 2023, RÚV reports. The Akureyri City…

New Municipality Comes With A New Name: Þingeyjarsveit

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The newly merged municipality of Þingeyjarsveit and Skútustaðahreppur will probably be named Þingeyjarsveit, RÚV reports. Residents took part in an…

More People Died In Iceland In The First Quarter Of 2022 Than Last Year

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In the first four months of 2022, 760 people died in Iceland, RÚV reports. In 2021, this figure was smaller—with…

PLAY Launches Its First Flight To The USA

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Iceland’s low-cost airline PLAY launched its first transatlantic flight to the USA, Vísir reports. The flight to Baltimore/Washington International will…

Historian Condemns Statue Theft

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Eiríkur Þorláksson, an art historian, has published a column in Fréttablaðið about the bronze statue theft we have extensively covered…

New Eruption Could Send Ash Over The Capital Area

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The earthquake detected in the sea off Reykjanes peninsula could result in sending ash over the Reykjavík area, Vísir reports. …

Keflavík Airport Reaching Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Tourism in Iceland is reaching the same levels as before the pandemic, both in terms of Icelanders traveling abroad and…

Strongest Earthquake Since December Detected

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Last night, an earthquake was reported at 22:00 in the Reykjanestá area. This is the strongest earthquake in this area…

New In Town: Höfuðstöðin

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Höfuðstöðin is a new art and culture destination that opened recently in Reykjavík. The space will permanently house the monumental…

New In Town: Kastrup

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After testing two pop-up restaurants, Kastrup RVK has opened a permanent location at Hverfisgata 6, described as “Smurbrauð & Bistro”…

Easter Opening Hours For Supermarkets And More

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Easter weekend is coming and many of the stores in Reykjavík and around the country will be closed or have…

Bronze Statue Update: It Might Go To Space Now

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The story of bronze statue that was stolen last week and found yesterday continues, Vísir reports. As previously reported, the…

Lost Bronze Statue Has Now Been Found

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The bronze statue of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir that was stolen last week, has now been found, Vísir reports. It was found…

Ísey Skyr Terminates Production Contract In Russia

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Ísey Skyr has terminated an agreement with the Russian company IcePro, which has produced and distributed Skyr under the Ísey…

A Bronze Statue Stolen In Iceland

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A bronze statue of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir at Laugarbrekka, just west of Hellnar on the south side of Snæfellsnes, was stolen,…

Grapevine Cover Wins The Magazine Photograph Of The Year Award

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Blaðaljósmyndarafélag Íslands announced the winners of its annual “Photos of the Year” competition. The association received a total of 789…

Vínbúðin To Stay On Austurstræti, Mayor Says

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Mayor of  Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson wrote on Twitter that Vínbúðin, the government-run alcohol concern (ÁTVR), will remain in the…

Petition Ongoing To Bring Icelandic To Duolingo

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A popular language learning app Duolingo has over 120 million users and teaches 19 languages. Icelandic, however, is not one…

The Northman Premiers In The UK

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The Northman, a historical epic film, premiered in London last night,  RÚV reports. The film is co-written by the director…

180 Earthquakes Detected Near Grindavík

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Yesterday afternoon an earthquake started in Sýlingafell, near Grindavík, RÚV reports. In about 24 hours, a total of 180 earthquakes…

Over 2% Of Iceland Is Forest

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Over 2% of Iceland are now covered with forests and bushes, Vísir reports. By 2042, this number is forecast to…

Dísella Lárusdóttir Won Grammy For Best Opera Recording

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Phillip Glass’s opera Akhnaten won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording of the Year, Vísir reports. Icelandic singer Dísella…