Author: Poppy Askham - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Bar Owners Issue Urgent Plea To Allow Re-openings On May 25th

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Pressure is mounting on officials to permit bars to reopen on May 25th. Several bar owners warn that financial realities…

When And How Will Iceland Change Its Travel Restrictions?

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The question on everyone’s lips: when can I finally travel to Iceland? How long before I’m in sitting in a…

Government Will Not Step In To Save Icelandair From Bankruptcy

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The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged Icelandair into a severe financial crisis – 90% of staff have been laid off and…

Icelandic Film Industry Calls On Government To Save Bíó Paradís

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Four leading bodies in the Icelandic film industry have called on Minister of Education and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir to step…

The Living Art Museum And Kling & Bang Reopen Today With A Joint Exhibition!

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Great news fellow art lovers! Today, the Marshall House is reopening two of Reykjavik’s finest galleries: The Living Art Museum…

Iceland’s First Children’s Assembly Presents Proposals To Parliament

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The results from Iceland’s first children’s assembly were presented to the Alþingi this morning, May 8th. The participants’ principal concerns…

Record Number Of Child Abuse Incidents Reported In Reykjavík This Year

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Reykjavík City Council’s child protection services have received a record number of reports of child abuse this year. In April…

COVID-19 In Iceland: 102-Year-Old Survivor, Gov’t Extends Icelandair Deal

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There are 36 active COVID-19 infections in Iceland currently, following the detection of two new cases yesterday, May 6th. Over…

Icelandic Government Makes Tentative Environmental Policy Progress

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The Icelandic Government has revealed several new environmental policies and proposals recently, including fresh funds for projects tackling climate change…

UPDATE: Fish Farm Waste Also Runs Into Dangerous Power Plant Hot Pools

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Waste from Stolt-Nielsen’s fish farms runs into a popular illegal swimming spot on the Reykjanes coastline, Visir reports As reported,…

Alarmingly High Levels Of Glacier Decline Recorded In Iceland Last Year

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Last year was one of the worst on record for glacial decline in Iceland according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office….

Bathers Warned Against Swimming In Power Plant Waste Hot Pools

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An electricity firm has warned that a newly popular swimming spot in Reykjanes is in fact a potentially harmful offshoot…

Hold On To Your Hats, 35m/s Winds Forecasted Today

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The Icelandic Met Office has warned of strong south-westerly winds today that could reach speeds of over 35 metres per…

IKEA Faced With Mountain of Uncollected Online Orders Before Re-opening

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Large quantities of uncollected online orders hindered employees’ efforts to prepare the Garðabær IKEA store before it reopened this morning,…

The Grapevine Playlist: CYBER, Benni Hemm Hemm, IDA IDK, Hjaltalín

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Desperately need to to stop revisiting your 2014 playlist of “indie bangers”? Enter the Reykjavik Grapevine! We’re here to save…

Food Of Iceland: Sterkar Djúpur, Liquorice With A Kick

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Only a deeply twisted mind could look at an innocuous chocolate-coated liquorice ball and think you know what this needs?…

Ask An Historian: The Legacy Of Iceland’s Red Stocking Women

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We asked Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir from Iceland’s Women’s History Archives to fill us in on the legacy of some of Iceland’s…

Global Warming Could Cause Breiðamerkur Glacier To Split In Two

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A new ridge of land is becoming exposed in the Breiðamerkur glacier as ice thins due to global warming. Geologists…

Today’s Muse: Postprent Showcases Local Pandemic-Inspired Artwork

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The surreal circumstances spawned by the global spread of the novel coronavirus offer an unrivalled artistic stimulus, something Viktor Weisshappel…

COVID-19 In Iceland: High Intensive Care Survival Rate, Nurses’ Pay Dispute

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Public health authorities reported two new COVID-19 cases yesterday, 28th April. Both people found to be infected come from the…

Explosives On Board Leaking WW2 Oil Tanker Wrecked In Seyðisfjörður

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An unknown quantity of explosives remain in El Grillo, a British oil tanker wrecked in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland during…

Knit Today Corona: Ýrúrarí’s Unconventional Take On Face Masks

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You’d be a little taken aback if your doctor turned up with green lips, vampire fangs and dental braces or…

COVID-19 In Iceland: Economic Actions Target Struggling Tourism Sector

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Three new COVID-19 cases were detected by the National University Hospital yesterday, bringing the total number of infections in Iceland…

Hollywood Comes To Reykjavík? Foreign Producers Hope To Film In Iceland

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Public health authorities are considering proposals to allow foreign film crews to shoot scenes in Iceland. The head of Film…

COVID-19 In Iceland: Positive Trends Continue, Gender Imbalance Revealed

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No new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Iceland yesterday, April 26th. This is the second day since February that no…