Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Tarantulas Coming To Laugardalur Zoo

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The Environmental Agency recently granted the Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur the right to import tarantulas, RÚV reports. An…

Bomb Squad Delivers Easter Eggs To Coast Guard

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Every year, it is tradition for the Icelandic Coast Guard to give all its employees Easter eggs. This year, however,…

This Is Not The Time To Get A Tiger

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In these strange times when the apocalypse is upon us, it may be tempting to keep a tiger as a…

Deep Recession Projected In Wake Of COVID-19

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A majority of corporate executives believe that a deeper recession will be felt in the wake of COVID-19. Economist Ásdís…

Two Women Dead, Foul Play Suspected

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Two women are dead, and police suspect foul play. On April 3rd, a woman in her fifties was found dead…

Össur Provides New Customised Stretchers To Landspítali

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Icelandic orthopaedics manufacturer Össur has provided customised new stretchers to Landspítali Hospital in order to transport people infected with the…

Amid Social Distancing, Many Players Return To EVE Online

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Video game developer CCP has seen a large uptick in returning players to their hit massively multiplayer online (MMO) game,…

Hveragerði Honours The Couple Taken By COVID-19

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A somber cloud hangs over the town of Hveragerði as residents remember the couple who became the first Icelandic victims…

Burden On Hospitals Steadily Increasing

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The burden on hospitals in Iceland has steadily increased. At the time of writing, 43 patients are currently hospitalised with…

One Icelander In Class Action Lawsuit Against Ischgl

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One Icelander has contacted an Austrian firm that has called for a class action suit against the owners of the…

Gathering Ban Potentially Extended Through April

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Epidemiologist Þórólf­ur Guðna­son recommended yesterday to extend the gathering ban through the end of April, MBL reports. This was stated…

Four-Month-Old Child Diagnosed With COVID-19 Discharged From Hospital

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A four-month-old child was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week in Akureyri and was finally discharged from the hospital yesterday. The…

New Prediction Model For COVID-19, Now Available In English

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The University of Iceland’s Health Sciences Institute has released a new prediction model, which is also available in English for…

Minister Of Transport Speaks Out On Icelandair

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Minister of Transport Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson told MBL that while it is important to secure transport to and from the…

Icelandic Government To Pay For Icelandair’s Losses

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The Icelandic government will pay for Icelandair’s losses due to travel restrictions to Europe and the United States amid the…

Icelandair Hotels Offer Free Accommodation For Essential Workers

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Icelandair Hotels and Iceland’s National Health Insurance reached an agreement on Sunday to utilise facilities at Hotel Reykjavík Natura to…

PJ Harvey Adds Theremin Player Hekla To Her Playlist

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Indie rock musician PJ Harvey has added theremin virtuoso Hekla to her Spotify playlist “Petals Have Fallen.” This is a…

Husband of Icelandic COVID-19 Victim Fighting For His Life

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The husband of the 71-year-old Icelandic woman with asthma who died from COVID-19 on Monday March 23rd—the first Icelander to…

COVID-19 Spreading Slower In Iceland

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Good news! COVID-19 is spreading slower in Iceland than in most other countries in the Schengen region. This is despite…

COVID-19: More Optimistic Future Predicted By Experts

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Experts at the University of Iceland are predicting a more optimistic future in regards to COVID-19. Vísir reports that according…

FREAK OUT! Massive Cocaine Shortage In Iceland

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Bad news, party hounds: There is a serious shortage of cocaine in Iceland. Following an almost complete cessation of travel…

Reykjavík Residents Fight COVID-19 With Teddy Bears

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Residents of Reykjavík are placing teddy bears in their windows as part of a new game for children. The objective?…

Tourists Sleeping In Vaðlaheiði Tunnel

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Recently, foreign tourists journeying around Iceland in small motorhomes widely began seeking shelter overnight in the Vaðlaheiði tunnel in Akureyri….

First Icelander Dies Due To COVID-19

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An elderly woman died yesterday due to COVID-19. She is the first Icelander to succumb to this illness, and the…

All Routes To Iceland Could Close Next Month

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There is a good chance that all routes to Iceland, both by air and sea, will be closed by the…