Author: John Pearson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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…

The Raw Power Of Pop Baroque: Erró’s Energy Sparks A New Exhibition

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The name Erró is often followed by the phrase “Iceland’s most famous artist,” a custom which can leave the uninitiated…

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Grammy for Joker

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Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won a Recording Academy Grammy Award yesterday for her soundtrack to Joker, which she accepted over…

Cuddling Cats, Preparing Pancakes and Whittling Wood: Margrét Rán’s Perfect Day

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Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir is most often found fronting Vök, Iceland’s premier purveyors of lucid-dream pop, but she also makes music…

The Art Of Making A Stand: Hatari Show Strength In ‘A Song Called Hate’

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If you live in Iceland the chances are that you’ll know Hatari—at least by reputation. If not, they may well…

Lost In Google Translation: Sir Elton Is Dead! Long Live Sir Elton!

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When the team at Grapevine Towers read on mbl.is that Sir Elton John had died, the well-lubricated VineMachine sprang into…

Sin Fang Slam Dunks New Video

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Icelandic musician Sindri Már Sigfússon has many different aspects to his musicality, making him pleasingly impossible to put in a…

Lucky Escape For Young Boy Hit By Runaway Car

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The two-year-old boy who was hit by a runaway car on Sunday afternoon has left intensive care, and appears to…

Bus Stop Art Given A Higher Profile

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Reykjavík is famous for its street art, and the city’s creative community is known for supporting talented individuals when they…

Unattended Car Rolls Into Children

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A car left unattended in Hafnarfjörður on Sunday rolled into a playground where two children were using a swing, striking…

Icelandair: Passenger Numbers Plummet, But Freight Holds Steady

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Icelandair has reported that international passenger traffic in February 2021 was only 2% of that in the same period last…

Icelandic Police Fine Arriving Passenger For Quarantine Breach

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Icelandic authorities continue to enforce pandemic control measures at the border and within the country. Earlier this week police spoke…

Animal Earthquake Anxiety: How To Reduce Doggy Distress

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An Icelandic expert in animal behaviour yesterday urged dog owners to be aware of the anxiety that their pets might…

Possible Volcanic Eruptions Unlikely To Cause Ash Clouds

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Despite the possibility of volcanic eruptions as part of the current seismic activity in Iceland, there is little threat to…

Research Scientists Rescued From Earthquake Region

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Two researchers from the Icelandic Meteorological Office were rescued yesterday, after they became lost on the Reykjanes peninsula and requested help….

Icelandic Central Bank Warns Against “Bitcoin Pyramid Scheme”

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The governor of the Icelandic Central Bank yesterday repeated his warning against investing in Bitcoin, likening activity around the cryptocurrency…

Gas From University Students Upsets Reykjavík Residents

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Students at the University of Iceland caused a ripple of concern among the residents of west Reykjavík last Friday, after…

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. According to Vísir,…

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…