Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Relaxes COVID-19 Restrictions: What You Can And Cannot Do

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The restrictions which the Icelandic government put in place at the start of the coronavirus outbreak have been relaxed in…

Icelandair Considering Broader Government Assistance

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Bogi Nils Bogason, the director of Icelandair, told RÚV that while he wasn’t especially thrilled about the government getting too…

Summertime Blues: Iceland Enters Tourist High Season In State Of Uncertainty

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Iceland may be approaching the crest of coronavirus infections (or may have already reached by the time you read this),…

Multi-Faith Day Of Prayer Streams Live Tomorrow

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Félag Horizon, a social group focused on bridging gaps between cultures, will be hosting a livestreamed multi-faith prayer event tomorrow….

Dark Days For Icelandair: Layoffs, Losses, Possibility Of Government Takeover Floated

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Icelandair, Iceland’s best-known airline and the lifeblood of the country’s tourism industry, is facing considerable challenges due to the coronavirus….

Weather In Iceland: Sunny, Light Winds, And Warmth? So It Seems!

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For the rest of this week, most of Iceland will experiencing something like early summer as it is commonly known:…

Efling Votes To Go Forward With Strikes On May 5th

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The labour union Efling will resume strike actions in select municipalities on May 5th, the union announced yesterday. These municipalities…

Vaccine Against Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Coming Soon To Iceland

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A vaccine against an ultimately fatal disease that has been afflicting rabbits in Iceland will soon be arriving, Fréttablaðið reports….

Man Suspected Of Drunk Horse Riding

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What began as a mishap on horseback may end in a conviction of riding under the influence. Capital area police…

March Unemployment Highest In 9 Years; 600 Applications For Two Positions At Pizza Place

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A new pizza place due to open in Kópavogur around the beginning of May, Spaðinn, has received over 600 applications…

Iceland’s Largest Rental Company Not Lowering Rates, But Accepting Delayed Payments

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Reitir, the largest rental property company in Iceland, will not be lowering the rent on their properties for the foreseeable…

“First Day Of Summer” Promises Cold Summer, According To Superstition (And Science)

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Tomorrow marks the “First Day of Summer”, a public holiday which has its roots in the old Norse reckoning of…

Smyril Line Ferry Arrives In Iceland

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The Smyril Line—the ferry which sails between Denmark and Iceland with a stop in the Faroe Islands—arrived in Iceland this…

Two May Face Criminal Charges In Mountaineers Of Iceland Case

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Two employees of Mountaineers of Iceland—a regular employee and a member of management—may face criminal charges for an ill-fated snowmobile…

Health Minister Approves Import Of Seeds For Industrial Hemp

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Fréttablaðið reports that Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has changed regulations regarding Iceland’s laws on intoxicating and addictive substances to…

Tremors Recorded Near Bárðarbunga Volcano This Morning

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Several tremors were recorded just northeast of the Bárðarbunga volcano under the Vatnajökull glacier this morning, data from the Icelandic…

Plane Returning With Medical Supplies From China Draws Heart Over Reykjavik

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An Icelandair Boeing 767 had a special message for Iceland’s healthcare workers, in the form of a heart “drawn” over…

Ninth COVID-19 Death In Iceland; Tourist Quarantine Explored; Border Closure Extended

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Fréttablaðið reports that a patient at Landspítali hospital has passed away from COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. This marks…

Rejoice: The Smyril Line Ferry Sails Anew

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The Smyril Line—the ferry which sails between Denmark and Iceland with a stop in the Faroe Islands—will be sailing again…

Industrial Hemp Farm Still Trying To Convince Authorities That They’re Not Growing Drugs

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A married couple who started a modest industrial hemp farm in Gautavík, East Iceland, are still having a hard time…

8,000 Tremors In Reykjanes Since January

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Some 8,000 tremors have been measured on the Reykjanes peninsula since January, the Icelandic Met Office reports. While the vast…

Update: Tourist Who Died With No COVID-19 Symptoms, Despite Testing Positive

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More information has come in about the tourist who died in Húsavík yesterday, who had tested positive for the novel…

BREAKING: Tourist Who Had COVID-19 Has Died, Cause Still Unknown

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A foreign tourist seeking medical attention at the health clinic in Húsavík due to being seriously ill, who subsequently tested…

COVID-19 In Iceland: 220 Cases, About 1% In General Population, Gov’t Aid Package Pending

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According to the latest figures on covid.is there are now 220 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Iceland, from…

Gathering Ban Begins; Public Incidence Of Novel Coronavirus Possibly Lower Than Estimated

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Just a reminder: the public gatherings ban announced by the Icelandic government last Friday begins today. In addition, yesterday’s news…