Island Life: News From The Icelandic Countryside

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People in northeast Iceland simply cannot shut up about their warm and sunny weather. Campers in Atlavík and Höfðavík for…

The Last Whaler: Why Is Whaling In Iceland Still A Thing?

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Every whaling season, environmentalist and animal rights groups at home and abroad raise the alarm: Iceland is still hunting whales….


What Are Icelanders Talking About?
: The Latest Talking Points From Social Media

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If there’s one topic that is always red hot amongst Icelanders, especially on social media, it’s tourism and its inevitable…

Last Words: Northern Exposure

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I recently returned from a trip to Árneshreppur, a small community on the northern coast of Iceland, which recently became…

Reactions To Iceland’s Sovereignty Celebrations: Walk-Outs, Scoldings, & Subtlety

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Yesterday’s celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Iceland and Denmark signing the Union Treaty sparked a variety of reactions, due…

Iceland’s Independence Celebrations Under Shadow Of Racist Speaker, Midwives’ Strike

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Today, Iceland celebrates the 100th anniversary of signing the Union Treaty, which paved the way for the country’s independence from…

17 Scientists Back Statement That Icelandic Company Killed Blue Whale

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Seventeen scientists in the fields of biology and marine life have issued a joint statement put forward that they consider…

Icelandic Midwives’ Overtime Strike Begins At Midnight

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Midwives are preparing to stop working overtime from midnight tonight, but sources close to Grapevine report that the ongoing labour…

Whose City Is It? Tour Buses And Locals Struggle To Find Harmony

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Recently we reported that residents of the east Reykjavík neighbourhood of Hlíðar were experiencing difficulties on account of many tour…

Island Life: Heat Waves, Landslides, And Hitting Sheep With Cars

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We’ve done a lot of whining about the cold, rainy weather here in Reykjavík, which had its worst June in…

Öræfajökull Volcano: Will It Or Won’t It Erupt?

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Speculation has been swirling about the glacier-covered volcano in southeast Iceland, but the activity of volcanoes is notoriously difficult to…

Songs Of The Dammed: Hvalárvirkjun And The Future Of Árneshreppur

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When people talk about Iceland’s economic boom days, they are largely referring to the greater Reykjavík area. Roads are repaired…

Icelandic Whaler: “Slow News Period” To Blame For Coverage Of Rare Whale Kill

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Kristján Loftsson, the director of Iceland’s sole fin whale hunting company, Hvalur hf., gave a very candid interview with Icelandic…

Word Of The Issue: Karphús

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The word of the issue is karphús, a word of unclear origin but more than one meaning. Karphús is almost…

Icelandic Biologist Considers It Likely Killed Whale Is Rare Hybrid

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A DNA sample of the whale killed in Icelandic waters last week is currently being tested, and an Icelandic biologist…

Richard Spencer Blocked In Iceland, Barred From Schengen

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White nationalist Richard Spencer’s unsuccessful attempt to enter Europe was stopped in Iceland last week. Border officials Fréttablaðið spoke with…

Siri Threatens The Icelandic Language

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As the Icelandic language faces tough competition from English influences, Icelandic authorities focus efforts on what needs to be done….

Dangerous Storm Warning For Northwest Iceland

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If you plan on traveling into the northwest or over the Highlands, do reconsider. The Icelandic Met Office reports that…

The Best Seat In The House: Paragliding Iceland

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If there is one natural resource Iceland will always have in abundance, it’s wind. While the country continues to inch…

Great Moments In Icelandic Cuisine: Maltextrakt

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There are few beverages as iconic to Icelandic culture as Maltextrakt. The closest available comparison is the Russian drink kvass,…

Norwegian Stowaway Cat Returns Home, Gets Icelandic Name

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The Norwegian cat who took an extraordinary journey by shipping container to Iceland has returned home, and has been given…

Iceland Set To Deport Another Child Born In The Country

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A loophole in Icelandic law, that appears to violate international law, enables the Icelandic government to deport an Albanian family,…

Another Cat Hotel Opens In Iceland

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Icelanders who cannot find someone to watch their cats while they go on vacation now have more options available. RÚV…

Reykjavik In June Has Not Had As Little Sun In 100 Years

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Last June in Reykjavík was so cloudy that you would need to go back a century to find a gloomier…