Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Making Light Of Madness: ‘My Voices Have Tourettes’ Goes Digital

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“So the show actually started out of frustration of me not getting gigs,” explains Dan Zerin, the man who conceptualised…

Food Of Iceland: AB Mjólk

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If you’re new to the island, chances are, you’ve come across a number of milk offerings in the dairy section…

Egg Farm To Spread Ten Tonnes Of Chicken Manure Over Field

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Following the expansion of the egg farm Vallá á Kjalarnesi, the company will distribute about 10 tonnes of chicken manure…

Will Smith Reportedly Filming In Iceland

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Will Smith is filming in Iceland for a TV show he’s working on, according to RÚV. The production company Truenorth…

Iceland Airwaves Postponed Until 2021

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The biggest music festival in the country, Iceland Airwaves, has been postponed until 2021. In a press release, the organisers…

Icelandic Minister Of Justice Transported By Helicopter To Fateful Meeting

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A Coast Guard helicopter transported Minister of Justice Áslaug Árna Sigurbjörnsdóttir from a horseback riding outing with her dad to…

Thoroughly Organised Shrimp Heist At Hvammstangi

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Two tonnes of frozen shrimp were stolen from the processing plant Meleyri in Hvammstangi over the weekend. The shrimp heist…

Firework Injures Man In Heiðmörk

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A man in his fifties was severely injured on the evening of August 23rd after a powerful firework exploded in…

The Effect Of COVID On Book Sales

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The coronavirus epidemic has had a significant impact on Icelandic book publishing. The year started well, with sales in the…

Government Will Not Raise Unemployment Benefits

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The Minister of Finance, Bjarni Benediktsson, told RÚV that the government will not be raising unemployment benefits. However, he said…

Icelandair’s Financial Situation Up In The Air

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In the midst of a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, it seems that Iceland’s sole airline, Icelandair, will be okay,…

Icelandic Government Urged To Raise Maximum Unemployment Benefits

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The Icelandic Confederation of University Graduates (BHM) has called for the government to raise the maximum income-related unemployment benefits and…

Inefficient Masks Removed From Sale

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Not all masks that have been sold in Iceland meet the requirements which Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason outlined on the…

Working Class Artist: Wiola Ujazdowska Speaks For Immigrants In Iceland

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Wiola Ujazdowska was born in the Polish city of Toruń, where she studied art history and painting. In 2014, she…

Chess Player Threatens Opponent; Chess Court: “Out Of Our Jurisdiction”

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The court of the Icelandic Chess Federation has reprimanded a chess player for unsportsmanlike behaviour at the Brim tournament series…

Bus Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of Drunk Driving

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At around 10:00 on the morning of August 12th, police stopped a bus on suspicion of drunk driving. According to…

Many Houses In Iceland Built From One Ghost Ship

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On June 26th, 1881, an unusual event occurred in Hafnir on the Reykjanes peninsula when a large and powerful sailing…

Language Professor Emeritus: “Icelandic Is For Everyone”

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Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, professor emeritus of Icelandic grammar at the University of Iceland, said that it does nobody any favours to…

Swimming, Steak, And Psyclon Nine: Bjarki Þór Guðmundsson’s Perfect Day

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Bjarki Þór Guðmundsson is the owner of the Shave Cave in Skeifan, which just opened on July 15th. He is…

Well, You Asked: Big Time Griller, Big Time Killer

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Got a burning question? In desperate need of advice? We at the Grapevine are here to help. How do I…

Húsavík Capitalising On Eurovision Film’s Success

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The town of Húsavík has been taking advantage of its newfound popularity after the success of “Eurovision Song Contest: The…

PREMIERE: Matthildur Drops New Video For “Heartbeat”

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Singer/songwriter and producer Matthildur has released a new video. The Reykjavík native has been making music under her own name…

Jaja Ding Dong Bar Opens In Húsavík

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A new bar called Jaja Ding Dong opened at the Cape Hotel in Húsavík on July 11th. The owner of…

New Rights On The Table For Feral Cats

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The right for feral cats to live in Iceland would be recognised for the first time if a change in…

Iceland’s Weekend Forecast: Warm And Sunny, Then Warm And Rainy

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The weekend forecast is looking good, as far as weather in Iceland is concerned. A temperature of up to 20°C…