Author: John Pearson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RVK Newscast #122: Covid Shoots Up And An American Aviator Drops In

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Pandemic infection numbers for Iceland leapt up again last week. But the Nordic nation had already reacted to recent rises,…

RVK Newscast #120: New Pandemic Restrictions and Reykjavík Has Crabs

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Over the last three days, Iceland has introduced new border policies and domestic restrictions to counter the spread of COVID-19….

RVK Newscast #118: Tighter Icelandic Borders Loom & The Mythical Four-Day Week

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Following the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in Iceland, chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason is expected to announce tighter border controls…

Picture Story: The Vaccination Of A Nation

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Iceland’s COVID-19 vaccination program recently hit top gear. Laugardalshöll—a huge sports hall in Reykjavík—has been turned into a mass vaccination…

Picture Story: Guardians Of The Geldingadalsgos

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Iceland’s civil defence relies heavily on local search and rescue (SAR) teams, highly-trained volunteers who undertake a huge range of…

Picture Story: Airborne Fire-Fighters

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Iceland has no armed forces, but the nation’s coast guard often steps into the gap to undertake certain specialist tasks….

Isolated Iceland: The Splendid Solitude Of The North

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Northern Iceland—where landscape, sea and sky converge just south of the Arctic Circle—is as far north as many of us…

Track By Track: ‘Mobile Home’ By GusGus

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GusGus join forces with Vök vocalist Margrét Rán on their new album ‘Mobile Home’, as well as hooking up with…

Volcano And Drone: A Seismic Soundtrack

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Images of Iceland’s recent volcanic activity have travelled around the globe, and touched people’s imagination in a variety of ways….

Húsavík, My Boomtown: Eurovision Lifts The North

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Húsavík is currently hibernating. Even though yesterday was the official start of the Icelandic summer and the weather is gradually…

Tales Of A Michigan Boy: The Open Book Of John Grant

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“I suppose I never really tire of going back over my life, and trying to figure out what the fuck…

Photos: Geldingadalsgos At Night

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The Reykjavík Grapevine paid another visit to Iceland’s volcanic eruption last week, this time to report what it’s like to…

Woman Attacks Shop Employee Over Face Mask Request

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An employee at a Reykjavík shop was attacked yesterday afternoon when he asked a customer to put a mask on….

Iceland Tops Global Ranking Of Gender Equality

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The World Economic Forum yesterday ranked Iceland as the best-performing country in the world regarding gender equality. The Global Gender…

No Way, Kanye! West Reykjavík Rejects Rapper Statue

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The City Of Reykjavík will not be erecting a statue of American rapper Kanye West, rejecting a suggestion it received…

Authorities Appeal For Volcano Visitor Safety Awareness

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Icelandic authorities yesterday called for visitors to the volcanic eruption site in Geldingadalur to be more aware of safety. Local…

Volcano Site Closed By Weather And Gas

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Police closed the volcanic eruption site in Geldingadalur last night, after weather conditions deteriorated and levels of airborne sulpher dioxide…

Photos: Day Five Of The Geldingadalur Eruption

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Five days on from lava finally emerging near Fagradalsfjall in Reykjanes, the Geldingadalur volcano shows no signs of slowing down…

Photos: Day Two Of The Geldingadalsgos Eruption, Shot By Art Bicnick

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As soon as the Reykjanes peninsula started spitting out the lava it had been promising for weeks, The Grapevine’s intrepid…

Photos: Day Two Of The Geldingadalsgos Eruption, Shot By Axel Sigurðarson

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Axel Sigurðarson is a Reykjavík photographer with a keen interest in the natural world as subject matter. He was at…

Iceland Rated Second Happiest Country On Earth

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Iceland has achieved second place in a new global ranking of population happiness, following a study intended to reflect the…

Local Politician Finds Buried Gun

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A councillor for the Seltjarnarnes area of Reykjavík recently found a pistol buried in the foundations of his house—prompting a…

Iceland Remains Cautious As Europe Restarts AstraZeneca Vaccinations

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Icelandic health authorities have not yet announced whether they will resume use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, despite several other…

VIDEO: Icelandic Coast Guard Rescues BBC Film Crew

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A helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard winched five members of a BBC film crew to safety yesterday, after their…

Too Tired For A Tryst? Young Icelanders Need Better Sleep

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Fatigue from busy lifestyles is causing young Icelanders to have less sex than their older counterparts, according to an expert…