Author: Owen Tyrie - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Biggest Vaccination Day Today: 9000 Expected To Receive A Dose

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It is expected that 9,000 people will be vaccinated against the coronavirus today at Laugardalshöll, RÚV reports. This is the…

Discussions Held In Parliament Over 30 Hour Working Week

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Talks are currently being held in Parliament over whether the full time working week should be 30 hours or not….

Þórólfur Guðnason Advises Against Lifting Meeting Restrictions So Soon

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Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason does not agree with the new plan to relax meeting restrictions that have just been proposed by…

Minister Of Health Reveals Plan To Come Out Of COVID Restrictions

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The Minister of Health, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, presented her COVID-19 lifting plan at a government meeting this morning. She announced that…

Increased Explosive Activity At Volcano Site: 50m Magma Eruptions

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Explosive activity has increased in the southernmost crater at the eruption sites on the Reykjanes peninsula. The magma jets have…

Two Percent Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Greenhouse gas emissions in Iceland decreased by 2% between 2018 and 2019; the largest decrease since 2012, Fréttablaðið reports. Emissions…

Molly Sandén Performs Húsavík At Oscars Pre Show

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When a song named after a little village is nominated for an Oscar, it only makes sense that the audience…

Fear That A New Group Infection Has Arisen

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In a conversation with Morgunblaðið,  Elliði Vignisson, mayor of Ölfus, has shown concern about a possible group infection in Þorlákshöfn that…

Two Earthquakes Felt In The Capital Area Last Weekend

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Earthquakes originating from the southwestern end of Kleifarvatn were felt in Reykjavík this weekend. The first one was about twenty…

Only One Third Of Every Infection Control Violation Has Been Fined

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From 1 March 2020 to and including 20 April, 312 violations of the Epidemiological Control Act have been registered by…

Students Apparently Worried To Attend Spring Exams

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This morning on the TV show Morgunútvarp on Channel 2, Jóhanna Ásgeirsdóttir, outgoing president of the National Association of Students…

Heiðlóan Has Been Voted Bird Of The Year 2021

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Heiðlóan (pluvialis apricaria, or the European golden plover) is the winner of the election for the title Bird of the…

Plokk Dagurinn – Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Pollution.

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Do you hate trash? Are you tired of garbage cluttering up beaches and other natural wonders? Want to make a…

Iceland To Distribute Janssen Vaccine Next Week – No Limit As To Who Can Receive It

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Kamilla Sigríður Jósefsdóttir, project manager of the Infectious Disease Control department of the Directorate of Health, announced at a civil…

A Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Was Felt In Reykjavík Last Night

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At around 23:05 last night, there was a magnitude 4.1 earthquake detected about five kilometres northeast of Grindavík. This was…

New Interactive Chase Game On The Streets Of Reykjavík Made By UNICEF

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A new UNICEF advertising campaign was launched today in Iceland which features an interactive game taking place in the capital….

50 Geese Have Died Due To Unknown Circumstances

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This weekend, 50 white-fronted geese were found dead in Hvalnes in Lón and in Suðurfjörður, Fréttablaðið reports. An announcement from…

Former Independence Party Councilman In Support Of Reducing Speed Limits In Capital Area

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Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, former Reykjavík City Councilman for the Independence Party, has recently come out in favour of reducing the…

The Two Northernmost Craters Have Stopped Erupting

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A month has passed since the volcano in Geldingadalur first erupted, and the two northernmost craters have stopped erupting. Birgir…

SÁÁ Will Receive 55 Million ISK For Shutting Down Slot Machine Operations

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Einar Hermannsson, chairman of SÁÁ, has stated that the company will receive 55 million ISK this year due to their…

Traffic On Suðurstrandarvegur Increased By 500 Percent Since Volcano First Erupted

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According to information on Vegagerðin’s website, traffic on Suðurstrandarvegur (the road near the volcano) has increased by 500 percent since…

Strong Protests Against Speed Limit Reductions In The Capital Area

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Vörður, a representative council of independent associations in Reykjavík, have stated that they strongly oppose the the Reykjavík City Council’s…

A Quarter Of The Population Have Visited The Volcanic Eruption

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A quarter of the population of Iceland has made their way out to Geldingadalur to visit the new volcano, Fréttablaðið…

Livestream Of The Eruption Has Been Watched Over Ten Million Times

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There have been about 10 million views of the YouTube RÚV stream of the eruption in Geldingadalur. About 20 foreign…

Icelanders Live Longer And Feel Well In Their Later Years

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Statistics Iceland has published a report which shows that the lifespan of Icelanders over the past few decades has been…