Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RVK Newscast #77: Big Earthquakes In Grindavík, The Happiest Town In Iceland

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Today, the Reykjavík Grapevine Newscast visited the happiest town in Iceland, Grindavík. This morning, there was an unusual amount of…

RVK Newscast #76: Two COVID Cases In One Week

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Iceland is still doing remarkably well in the good fight against COVID-19. The borders are still quite strict though, but…

RVK Newscast #75: Five COVID-Free Days & Ash Wednesday Downtown

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Today is the fifth day that Iceland has been COVID-19 free, so things are looking good. That said, borders have…

RVK Newscast #74: COVID-Free For 3 Days & A Callous Murder In Reykjavík

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Yesterday was the third day in a row that Iceland was COVID-19 free. In the past weeks, Iceland has only…

Just Saying: Spá í

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Have you ever predicted that you’d fall in love with someone? Icelanders do it all the time, (to mixed results)….

Students At Landakotsskóli Tell All: It’s Time To Hear What The Children Have To Say

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We at the Grapevine have often covered the difficulties of immigrating to Iceland, but we have never asked the children…

Autocannibalism For Beginners: Helen Cova Deals With Her Dark Past

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Here’s the odd thing: eating oneself, literally, is not technically illegal in Iceland. Nor is it anywhere else—if you insist…

RVK Newscast #73: Pfizer Rumours & Oscar Nominations

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The rumoured Pfizer trial did not happened, but what did happen is that stocks in Icelandair plummeted nonetheless because of…

RVK Newscast #72: Icelandic Man Lost At K2 & Women Murdered In Denmark

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COVID-19 numbers are still low in Iceland, and government restrictions have subsequently been eased for companies. In short, we can…

RVK Newscast #71: Former Police Officer Suspected Of Car Shooting & An Icelandic Disney Drama

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting at Reykjavík’s mayor’s car last week. The man is a former…

RVK Newscast #70: Shooting At The Mayor’s Car & No New Covid Cases For 2 Days

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There have been no new domestic Covid-19 cases for two days now, although we are picking up cases at the…

RVK Newscast #69: 90 Avalanches In 10 Days & Young Man Drowns

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Only four people tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, so we are still keeping the virus at bay. That said, there…

2020 In Icelandic Cinema: A Historic Time For International Recognition

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One could easily argue that 2020 was the best year in the history of Icelandic cinema. C’mon, an Icelandic artist…

RVK Newscast #68: Almost All MPs Will Get Vaccinated & Shots Fired At Political Party’s HQ

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Icelanders have managed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic although Iceland’s top epidemiologist still says it’s not yet time to ease…

Just Saying: The Prophecy Of Going To The Store

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Ever predicted to date someone? No? Well, Icelanders do this all the time. The saying ‘spá í’ is a very…

RVK Newscast #67: Horrible Car Accident In Ísafjörður & A Visit To Hallgrímskirkja

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CORRECTION: Valur stated that the child who died in the accident was 11 years old, but in fact, the child…

RVK Newscast #66: 60 Billions In Covid Relief Actions & Privatisation Of A Bank

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Iceland has toughened up the borders. It’s not optional anymore to choose between a 14 day quarantine and the test…

New In Town: Chickpea

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Chickpea describes themselves as a small, family-run, street food style restaurant with nutritious and authentic food made from scratch, every…

Reading Too Much Into The Icelandic Book Prize Nominees 2021

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In Iceland, you can be sure that two things happen every year in January: bad weather and the Icelandic Book…

Möller Records 10 Years Old: Electro Poets Of The 21st Century

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Through almost 100 albums over a span of 10 years, Möller Records has delivered cutting-edge premium electronic music to a…

Get That Guitar (And Collagen-Infused Smoothie): Oscar Leone’s Perfect Day

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Oscar Leone’s folk-inspired indie rock has that good ole’ guitar strumming and smooth harmonies that just make you want to…

Well You Asked: How to Plan A Coup

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So, I’m really inspired by the coup thing in the US, but I live in Iceland. How exactly would one…

Editorial: Strong Year In Music

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If you feel down because of the pandemic, the boring storms and the strong winds beating on you all the…

Just Sayings: ‘Dropinn holar harðan stein’

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This saying is one of my all-time favourites and is still widely used today. Translated, “Dropinn holar harðan stein” literally…

Danes Trying To Squeeze Into An Icelandic Vaccine Deal

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Negotiations between Iceland and Pfizer about additional vaccine and research in that relationship might be in danger according to the…