Author: John Pearson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Pirates And The Right Bond Over A Little Herb

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The Icelandic Pirate Party has a new best friend in Ásmundur Friðriksson, MP for the Independence Party. An unlikely alliance…

COVID-19 Travel Certificates: Grace Period Over

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Travellers arriving in Iceland yesterday were the first to feel the full force of the recently tightened pandemic border restrictions….

Sóley Steadfast: Icelandic Artist Unmoved By Earthquake During Livestream

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Icelandic musician Sóley Stefánsdóttir kept calm and carried on last Wednesday, while an earthquake rocked her live-streamed performance from the…

Easing of Restrictions Brings Hope For British Visitors

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Icelandair hopes to entice British visitors to Iceland over the summer, following the relative success so far of the COVID-19…

Icelanders Embrace Hugs and Kisses Again As Restrictions Relax

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Among the many social changes resulting from the pandemic, the way that we physically interact with each other has been…

Iceland Moves To Reduce Underage Use Of Nicotine

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Iceland will attempt to reduce use of nicotine pouches by under-18s if an upcoming parliamentary bill passes into law, strengthening…

Numerous More Suspects Now Held Over Reykjavík Shooting

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Two more arrests have been made connected to the shooting of a man in Reyjkavík on February 13th, and details…

Rescue Squad To Be Freed From Firework Finance

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The Icelandic government is investigating better ways to fund Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg—the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue—which is currently reliant…

Bitcoin Buoyant As Expert Encourages Confidence

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After the value of Bitcoin hit a high recently, an Icelandic cryptocurrency expert has spoken to encourage greater confidence in…

More Arrests In Reykjavík Shooting Case

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Following raids and arrests around Iceland’s capital region this week, seven people are currently being held by police in connection…

Domestic Pandemic Restrictions To Be Relaxed

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The Icelandic Minister of Health announced yesterday that she plans to relax the country’s domestic pandemic restrictions. RÚV reports that…

Sprengidagur: As If We Needed Another Excuse To Stuff Our Faces

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Today is a special day in Iceland, known as Sprengidagur. Now before you ask Google Translate to mangle that word…

Albanian Shot in Reykjavík, Man Arrested

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On Saturday night an Albanian man was shot dead outside his home in the Rauðagerði area of Reykjavík, Frettablaðið reports….

Ask a Water Research Scientist: Is It Safe To Drink Water From The Hot Tap?

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Travellers often arrive at a new destination harbouring nagging anxieties. Will the taxi drivers try to rip me off? Can…

Lost In Google Translation: British Bríet And The Thirst For Balls

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Google mistranslates a couple of recent Icelandic news headlines into English, and we giggle behind our hands. Ball-thirsty ballers Here…

Well You Asked: Undiplomatic Diplomacy And Investment Idiocy

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You asked. We answered. You ignored our advice. We’re so done with you. “I’d love to move to Iceland! I…

Hot Dogs, Dongs and Woolly Tongues: Ýrúrarí’s Quest To Create A Better Sweater

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Ýrúrarí certainly has a fascination with the squishier, more interesting parts of the human body. The textile designer first piqued…

Gods Of Iceland: Heimdallur, Bouncer At Club Ásgarður

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Superpowers: Bionic eyesight and hearing, (anyone else remember The Six Million Dollar Man?) Weaknesses: The wives of cuckold mortals Modern…

The Underwater Cathedral Of Ice, Rock And Light: Diving Daviðsgjá

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As the frigid lake swirls around and envelops you, it‘s not unusual to experience a sharp involuntary intake of breath….

Police Quarantine Hunt: Visitors Have Already Left Iceland

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Four men wanted by police on suspicion of breaking pandemic law appear to have left the country, Vísir reports. Two…

Central Bank Warns Against Use Of Cryptocurrencies

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The Icelandic Central Bank has warned against the use of cryptocurrencies, RÚV reports, due to the lack of regulatory protection….

Reykjavík Police Hunt American Duo For Possible Breach Of Quarantine

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Reykjavík police are looking for two American men after a suspected breach of pandemic law last Sunday. They were in…

Arm Transplant Patient Gives Finger To Rejection Concerns

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A man who received two replacement arms in a transplant last month remains optimistic, despite his body showing signs of…

Bears, Shrinks and Umbrellas—Reykjavík’s French Film Festival

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Reykjavík’s annual French Film Festival, which is currently running at Bíó Paradis, ends on St. Valentine’s Day. So if you’re…

Shed Load On Southern Road

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A vehicle shed its load on a road in south Iceland yesterday evening. The load—a wooden shed—was discovered by local…