Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Globe-Trotting Pedophile Busted In Iceland

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A pedophile is in the custody of the Icelandic police, RÚV reports. Police in Suðurnes arrested an American man at…

Supercomputer (Probably) Coming To Iceland

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A new supercomputer is rumoured to be coming to Iceland. The British Meteorological Office is looking for somewhere to keep…

The Bell Curve Of Emotions: ‘Transmutants And Emotional Curves’

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Arnar Ásgeirsson and I meet in his studio to talk about his new book of illustrations. On a table is…

Efling Strike Continues, Only Collective Bargaining Agreement Will End It

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The strike by members of the labour union Efling working for the City of Reykjavík began at midnight. This is…

Bread Shelves Cleared Last Night Before Storm

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Residents of the capital area stormed the supermarkets and cleared the shelves of bread, milk, and eggs last night in…

Extratropical Cyclone Lands, Country Locks Down

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A extratropical cyclone has made its way across the country. The western and southern parts of the island seem to…

Culture Pick: My Voices Have Tourettes

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My Voices Have Tourette’s, the wildly popular show conceptualised by comedians Dan Zerin, Elva Dögg Hafberg Gunnarsdóttir and Hannah Bryndís…

Fury And Ire And The Office Of Immigration

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In 2017, legislation was passed requiring immigrants to provide further proof of identity at the discretion of the agent processing…

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Oscar For Best Original Score

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Hildur Guðnadóttir took home the Oscar for best original score for ‘Joker’. She is the first solo woman to take…

Sandstone And Reverence: The Ancient Caves Of Hella

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The caves of Hella are a wonder to behold. Nobody knows for sure how old they are, but many historians…

New In Town: Mandi Pizza

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Feeling down and desolate about the closure of Nonnabiti in September? Good news! There is a new place to get…

Baby Born In Iceland Faced Deportation

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Ali and Razia, a young couple from Afghanistan who had a baby in Iceland over Christmas, are now being expelled…

Avalanches, Epidemics, Bankruptcy And Music Awards

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January has been, for lack of a better term, insane. The month kicked off with a series of extreme weather…

Free Buses On Museum Night

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Free buses! As part of the annual festival of lights, Free Museum Night is tonight. If you’re wondering how to…

Eagles Fighting On Lake Mývatn

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Two sea eagles were seen fighting over Lake Mývatn. Gísli Rafn Jónsson, resident of Arnarnes near the lake, snapped a…

Yellow Warning Due To Flooding And Winds

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The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a yellow warning for the whole country due to the storms in the south,…

Ásatrú Pagans Receive Foreign Aid

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Ásatrú Pagans received aid from an unexpected source. Religious leaders in Thailand donated thousands of euros to the temple. “The…

Restaurant Pick: Flame Restaurant Opens With Flare

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Flame Restaurant, the new, high-class establishment on Katrínartún, opened on Thursday with a lavish party. Free champagne flowed while a…

Family From Pakistan Allowed To Stay

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A family from Pakistan will be allowed to stay in the country. The Icelandic government has withdrawn the order for…

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins BAFTA Music Awards

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Hildur Guðnadóttir won three trophies for ‘Joker’ at the 2020 BAFTA awards on Sunday evening. The homegrown musical genius continues…

Culture Pick: Water And Blood

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Water and Blood is a new video work by the Icelandic Love Corporation, and featured at the National Gallery of…

Hidden Caves In Hella Now Open To Public

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As of January 18th, 2020, four of the twelve man-made caves in Hella are now open to the public. The…

Great, Another Stinkin’ Yellow Warning

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Another yellow warning is in effect throughout Monday for much of the western part of Iceland. Gale force winds, hail…

Hatari Releases New Album, Neyslutrans, World Rejoices

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Everyone’s favourite leather-clad, anti-capitalist, Palestinian-Flag-waving, rubber-curious, zombie-tween, tax-evading, sexually-charged, industrial-techno-metal group has released a new album called Neyslutrans, and holy…

Record Breaking Avalanche In Flateyri

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Experts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) have measured the avalanche in Flateyri, and determined that it is the largest…