Author: Poppy Askham - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Russian Long-Range Bombers Spotted Within NATO Airspace Near Iceland

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Unauthorised Russian aircraft entered NATO airspace near Iceland, according to a statement from the Icelandic Coast Guard. Italian aircraft stationed…

Björk Announces Trio Of Harpa Summer Performances With Iceland Airwaves

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Björk’s back baby. That’s right, everyone’s go-to Icelandic pop culture reference and unofficial queen of kooky headpieces will be gracing…

Growing Calls For Reform Following House Fire That Killed Three Polish Workers

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Urgent calls for legislative change are growing in the wake of a house fire on Bræðraborgarstígur 1 that killed three…

PREMIERE: sillus Drops Captivating New Video For “dapply”

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An eerily desolate Icelandic landscape and effortlessly graceful choreography—today Sigurlaug (Silla) Thorarensen a.k.a. sillus releases the perfect visual accompaniment to…

Blue Lagoon Reports €22 Million Profit In 2019 Amid Mass COVID-19 Layoffs

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The Blue Lagoon 2019 revenue totalled € 125 million, yielding a €22 million profit, Fréttablaðið reports. The Blue Lagoon manages…

Weekend Culture Pick: DesignMarch

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The DesignMarch festival wraps up on Sunday, so make sure you take the opportunity this weekend to check out some…

Fourth Domestic COVID-19 Infection Since Mid-May, Possible Group Infection

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The fourth domestic COVID-19 infection in Iceland since mid-May has been detected (updated figure – see note). The individual, an…

Epidemiologist Plans To Allow Gatherings Of Up To 2000 From July 13th

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Gatherings of up to 2000 people and later opening hours for bars could be permitted from July 13th, according to…

Reykjavík’s Innipúkin Festival To Go Ahead This Summer

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As Iceland rapidly regains a sense of normality after the COVID-19 outbreak, organisers have announced that Reykjavík’s Innipúkin festival will…

DesignMarch Is Finally Here! Opening Day Highlights

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That’s right DesignMarch – or should we say DesignJune? – is finally here. After months of coronavirus-induced uncertainty and disappointments,…

Icelandic Government Promises “Ambitious” 35% Emissions Cut By 2030

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The Icelandic government announced 15 new additions to the Climate Action Plan yesterday, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by…

Epidemiologist Hints At Future Exemptions To COVID-19 Border Screenings

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Future passengers from certain countries may be exempt from completing a 14-day quarantine period or being screened for COVID-19 on…

Northern Iceland Earthquake Swarm Continues; 1500 Earthquakes Yesterday

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Over 1,500 earthquakes were detected in northern Iceland yesterday, as the region continues to experience a period of increased seismic…

Memorial Proposed To Honour Hans Jónatan, Iceland’s First Black Settler

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A proposal to erect a memorial to Hans Jónatan, the first known Black settler in Iceland, has been presented to Parliament….

Nurses’ Strike Called Off In Response To New Arbitration Proposal

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Organisers called off a planned strike by the Icelandic Nurses Association last night, hours before it was scheduled to start,…

The Reykjavík Grapevine Design Awards 2020

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Times like these call for creative thinking and the ability to adapt—two qualities arguably best found in the design community….

New World, New Ways – DesignMarch Adapts To The COVID-19 Era

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As Iceland steps into the post-coronavirus sunlight (fingers tightly crossed), Reykjavík’s design community is frantically preparing for DesignMarch, or as…

Online Culture Pick: JFDR Performs In Greenpeace’s Action All Areas Festival

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Forget wellies and cramped tents – this year we’re enjoying festival season from the comfort of the sofa. Ever-enchanting Icelandic…

Seeking Asylum In Iceland In The Time Of COVID-19

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Three asylum seekers entered the Iceland on Tuesday and were placed in quarantine at Rauðarárstígur, Visir reports. There are currently…

Reykjavik Newscast #9: Independence Day And The New COVID-19 Airport Screening Process

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It’s Independence Day! That means flags, scouts and a day off work – what’s not to love? Join us on…

Iceland’s Goðafoss Waterfall Granted Protected Status

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Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s best-loved waterfalls, has been granted protected status by the Environmental Ministry. The waterfall’s new protected status…

Iceland Rated World’s Most Peaceful Country Yet Again

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Once again Iceland has topped the Global Peace Index for 2020, a position it has held since 2011. The Institute…

Rolling Around Iceland: Three Friends With Electric Scooters Take On Route 1

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1,332 kilometres. 14 days. 3 middle-aged friends on electric scooters. The Rocking Rollettes – Rannveig Grettarsdóttir, Bjarney (Eyja) Ludviksdóttir and…

Icelandic Government Tackles Potential Nursing Staff Shortages

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A significant expansion of medical training opportunities was unveiled as part of the Icelandic government’s attempt to solve a looming…

Humanism And Ásatrú Paganism On The Rise In Iceland

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Humanism is the fastest-growing religious or philosophical group in Iceland, closely followed by Ásatrú paganism, according to the latest National Registry…