Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Autumn Is Coming: It’s Earwig Season Again

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An earwig that had dug itself into a nectarine was discovered this summer in Iceland, RÚV reports. The Icelandic Institute…

Only 13% Of Icelanders Want To Relax Corornavirus Restrictions, Domestically And At The Border

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A new poll conducted by the Social Sciences Department of the University of Iceland shows a stark contrast between the…

Across Iceland (Literally) By Bike In Nine Days

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Cyclist and photographer Chris Burkand has just achieved a new milestone: cycling directly across Iceland, from east to west, in…

Stalking May Soon Be Punishable By Up To Four Years In Prison

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Those convicted of stalking may face up to four years in prison, if a bill from Minister of Justice Áslaug…

Conservatives To Propose Reykjavík Experiment With Autonomous Buses

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A new proposal (.pdf) from the Independence Party will be submitted to Reykjavík City Council today that would see Strætó,…

It’s Official: Despite Popular Support, Iceland Will Not Be Changing Its Local Time

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An announcement posted by the government offices of Iceland states that Iceland will not be changing its clocks—despite popular support…

90 Detected Infections At Border Since June 15th, 60% Of Them Icelandic Residents

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At a press conference held earlier today, chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason said that while domestic cases have been decreasing, active…

For The First Time In 3 Weeks, No New Cases Of Coronavirus Yesterday

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No new cases of the coronavirus were recorded within Iceland yesterday, marking the first time in three weeks that this…

Prisons Director Wants Decriminalisation Of Drugs In Consumption Quantities

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Páll Winkel, the director of Iceland’s prison system, does not believe the government is doing enough to confront the issue…

West Reykjavík Fire: Arson Was The Cause, Property Owner May Face Lawsuit

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A house fire on Bræðraborgarstígur 1 last June, which claimed three lives, injured several others, and caused untold loss of…

Suspected E. Coli Outbreak In Southeast Iceland Town

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The water treatment centre in Kirkjubæjarklaustur has issued an announcement advising residents to boil their water, as samples taken from…

BSÍ Bus Terminal Will Close After The Weekend

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If the situation remains unchanged, the BSÍ bus terminal—a major transport terminal in Reykjavík, in particular for buses shuttling tourists…

WATCH: Gyda Releases Haunting And Beautiful New Video

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Legendary Icelandic musician, composer and Nordic Council Music Prize winner Gyða Valtýsdóttir, or simply Gyda, has just released an enchanting…

Heated Discussion Over Possibly Raising Unemployment Insurance Benefits

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As Parliament convenes again briefly in the hopes of passing time-sensitive legislation, amongst the subjects of most heated discussion is…

Survey: Icelanders More Worried About Coronavirus, Have Less Faith In Health Guidelines

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Icelanders are more worried about the coronavirus now than they were during the first wave, but also have less faith…

The Northern Lights “Return” To Iceland

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Icelanders as far south as the greater Reykjavík area were delighted at the sight of the northern lights last Sunday…

COVID-19 Update: Domestic Cases Rising, Border Infections Steady

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There are now 18.3 domestic incidences per 100,000 inhabitants of the coronavirus in Iceland, according to the latest data from…

Iceland’s Government Screened For Coronavirus In Wake Of Group Infection At Hotel

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All of Iceland’s government ministers—with the exceptions of Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Minister of Social Affairs Ásmundur Einar…

Happening Today: ‘Transition’ By Nara Walker

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If you’re looking for an compelling and thought-provoking art exhibition to check out today, look no further than the art…

Dozens Of Arrivals Unaware Of New Border Restrictions

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Dozens of people who landed at Keflavík International Airport yesterday were apparently unaware of the new border restrictions which went…

Tourism Minister Under Fire For Breaking Two-Metre Rule, Denies Wrongdoing

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Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Tourism, is under concerted criticism after photos of her with a group of…

Arrivals Break Quarantine Orders, Seven Test Positive For Corona Virus

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Of a group of 13 people who arrived in Iceland last Thursday, all of whom were screened at the border,…

Deities of Iceland: Iðunn, the Æsir’s Own Instagram Influencer

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Superpowers: Has apples that keep people young, forever
 Weaknesses: Shape-shifting giants 
Modern Analogue: Jenn Im 
If Iðunn were alive today,…

Mystery Solved? A Scientist Responds To Our “Mysterious Ghost Sounds” Story

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Yesterday, we reported that residents of the North Iceland town of Akureyri were positively haunted by mysterious sounds that they…

deCODE CEO: Tourism Boosts Risk Of Second Coronavirus Wave; Police Chief Calls For Unity

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Kári Stefánsson, the CEO of deCODE Genetics, told RÚV that the more tourists come to Iceland, the greater the risks…