Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hildur Guðnadóttir Racks Up Another Music Award Nomination

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Composer extraordinaire Hildur Guðnadóttir continues to amass accolades for her remarkable talent, as she has now secured a Golden Globe…

Severe Storm Landing In Iceland Today: No One’s Traveling Anywhere

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A severe storm will be touching down in Iceland in the early afternoon today, with wind speeds that will effectively…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Magic Wishing Hill

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Some Icelandic superstitions are specific to one particular place—don’t touch this rock, don’t try building a road through this hill,…

Poll: Centre Party Continues Upwards Rise; Independence Party Sinking

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) shows that the Independence Party is continuing to reach historic lows…

Cypress Hill, TLC, Lil Pump And Primal Scream To Perform At Secret Solstice

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This year’s Secret Solstice is going to have a distinct 90s vibe, while also shining a light on the new….

Icelanders Consume Most Electricity Per Capita In The World

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Icelanders consume the most electricity per capita of any nation in the world, RÚV reports, according to new data from…

Rent In Reykjavik Rising Proportionately Higher Than Cost Of Buying Apartment

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The rent in Iceland’s capital is raising at a higher percentage than the cost of buying an apartment, underscoring the…

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…


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…

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,…