Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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We are often lectured about how tourism is good for the Icelandic economy. The lectures are necessary, because, unless you…

How Not To Die In Iceland, Part 2: On The Road

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When we last spoke with Dr. Kunz, he discussed with us many of the various and sundry ways that people…

The March Of Progress: The National Queer Organisation Turns 40

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Samtökin ‘78 (literally “the ‘78 organisation”, with its official English name being The National Queer Organisation) celebrated its 40th anniversary…

Norwegian Cat Stows Away In Shipping Container, Ends Up In Iceland

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A cat who mysteriously disappeared in Norway earlier this month was found in Iceland yesterday, after apparently stowing away in…

East Iceland Residents Advised To Lock Their Doors

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The police in East Iceland have advised residents to lock their doors and be vigilant in the wake of a…

The Hard Truth That No One Wants To Face: Summer In Reykjavik Is Cancelled

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Several meteorologists, including one who asked to remain anonymous, have confirmed that if you want sun this summer, you should…

Iceland Set To Explore Emissions Trading

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Iceland has not been able to reach its Kyoto Protocol targets, and with the Paris Agreement set to go into…

Weather: Windy In The East, Wet In The West

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There is a storm warning in effect for east Iceland, where the weather will be decidedly not conducive to travel….

Icelandic Cop, Thrice Accused Of Sexual Assault, Allowed To Stay On The Force

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Aðalbergur Sveinsson, a Reykjavík police officer and former chair of the Association of Reykjavík Police, was not put on leave…

Island Life: Eastern Heatwave, Ambulance Teddy Bears, Police Swoop On Tern Eggs

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The warmest, sunniest summers in Iceland take place in Egilsstaðir, and locals literally cannot shut up about it. East Iceland…

Word of the Issue: Rangstæð/ur

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The word of the issue is rangstæð (or rangstæður, when referring to men), which means “offside.” The beauty of this…

Decent-To-Good Weather For Watching Nigeria v. Iceland Outdoors

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The weather today will be pretty good in Iceland’s capital area, and downright Bahamian for the rest of the country,…

Whalers In Iceland Forbidden From Being In Labour Union

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Workers within the whaling company Hvalur hf. have been informed by the company that they may not be members of…

Icelandic Police Reportedly Enjoying Themselves In Russia

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Five Icelandic police officers are in Moscow for the World Cup, although not just to support their country’s team. RÚV…

Icelandic Government To Meet Over US Border Policy

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Iceland’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee will soon meet to discuss how to respond to US policy on the treatment of…

Icelanders Protest US Border Policy & European Refugee Policy

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Icelanders, upset at US policy of separating children from asylum seeker parents at the border with the country, are starting…

What Do Icelanders Think Their Chances Are At The World Cup?

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A new poll from Market and Media Research asked Icelanders how far they believe the national men’s team will get…

Meet One Of The Last Icelanders To Live In A Turf House

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Elísabet Sveinsdóttir is one of the few remaining Icelanders to live in a traditional turf house, something she looks forward…

Reykjavik Socialists Call For End To Special Bonuses For Councilpersons

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Reykjavík councilpersons receive bonuses for attending meetings that amount to a monthly wage for many city workers. Socialists want to…

Household Water Use During Argentina-Iceland Game Looks Like You’d Expect

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Capital area utilities company Veitur tracked household water usage during the Argentina-Iceland match, and the results are pretty unsurprising. According…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?: Football, Football, Football And Backlash

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It used to be that Eurovision was Iceland’s one and only chance to shine on the international stage. But now,…

Into The Void: A Trip To Hydra Flotation Spa

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I am floating in total darkness; naked, in a formless void where I can’t see, hear, or feel anything. The…

To Be Oneself Again: All Icelanders Are Now Organ Donors By Default

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Earlier this month, Iceland made headlines when Parliament passed into law a measure that officially recognises all Icelanders as organ…

Cashing In And Selling Out: Shady Business In The Tourism Industry

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It’s no secret that tourism has, in just the span of a few years, become one of Iceland’s largest industries….

At The Edge Of The Vanguard: Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir of the Socialist Party

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Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir did not envision herself as a politician. In many ways she still doesn’t; not an establishment politician,…