Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RCK Newscast #53: Árni Már’s ‘Formfast’ AtGallery Port

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Valur Grettisson and Pollý visited visual artist Árni Már Erlingsson at Gallery Port to talk about his most recent exhibition…

RVK Newscast #52: COVID, Hjörleifshöfði & the Grammys

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COVID is still going down. Hjörleifshöfði sold to Germany. Daði Freyr is on Time’s list of best songs, and the…

RVK Newscast #51: COVID-19 The Lowest in Europe And Unemployment Benefits Raised

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Iceland now with the lowest rate of COVID-19 in Europe. The government announced new stimulation package for the economy. Among…

RVK Newscast #49: Man-Made Earthquakes And A Star-Studded Icelandic Movie

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In today’s newscast: Man-made earthquakes, rapidly decreasing COVID cases, and the investigation surrounding the 12 COVID-19 deaths at Landakots hospital….

Just Sayings: Lazy Co-Workers That Just Can’t Shut up

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Are you really frustrated by that guy who can’t stop talking at work but doesn’t actually do any work? The…

RVK Newscast #48: The U.S. Elections & The International Rotary Club

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Today, we met with U.S. expat Raymond Snider, who is also a Club President for the International Rotary Club in…

RVK Newscast #47: A Colour System For COVID & The Mysterious MOM Air

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Icelandic scientists have presented a colour system for COVID-19 in Iceland. COVID cases are going down, while deaths are going…

Just Sayings: “Sannleikurinn er sagnafár en lygin langorð”

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The Icelandic idiom “sannleikurinn er sagnafár en lygin langorð” is especially fitting for this week. In English, it roughly translates…

RVK Newscast #46: Record COVID-Deaths, Dangerous Minks & The U.S. Elections

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Five people died from COVID-19 in Iceland over the weekend, which now leaves the country with 23 fatalities as a…

Well, You Asked: How To Get Rid Of Everyone You Disagree With

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You asked, we answered. So don’t blame us. Will there be a civil war in the U.S. after the elections?…

RVK Newscast #45: Deaths, Elections, And Funerals

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Seventeen people have now died from COVID-19 in Iceland. The third wave is clearly going down, although it’s a slow…

Just Sayings: “Öll er æfin dauði”

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Are you hating the pandemic? Don’t like the looming death in every man’s cough? Well, here is an optimistic way…

RVK Newscast #44: 6 New Deaths, Tougher Restrictions Announced & U.S. Embassy Shocks Icelanders

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There has been a surge in deaths due to COVID-19 in Iceland, and we fear more is to come. The…

RVK Newscast #42: Iceland Off The Grey List, Polish Protests, And A Brewery In Trouble

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First up on this newscast: Iceland is officially off the grey list! Next on the roster, big groups of protesters…

Just Sayings: “Betra er að vera góðs manns frilla en gefin illa”

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As you have perhaps heard, Icelanders are pretty liberal when it comes to their love lives. But that said, the…

RVK Newscast #41: Landspítali Declares State Of Emergency & COVID-Infected Sailors

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Landspítali has declared a state of emergency for the first time due to a widespread cluster infection. At the same…

Time, Water and Viruses: Andri Snær Magnason Talks Translation, The Pandemic And The “Apausalypse”

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“COVID-19 has almost suffocated the discussions surrounding global warming, but perhaps that’s the distraction that’s needed to change the course…

RVK Newscast #39: Big Earthquake & Classic COVID Drama

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COVID-19 is slowing down, but we still have concerns about how many infected people were not in quarantine when diagnosed….

Just Sayings: “Enginn er sá leppalúði að ekki vilja fá sér brúði”.

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To be honest, we only picked this idiom because of the word “leppalúði.” In a very loose English translation, the…

RVK Newscast #38: Another COVID Death, Masks, And The Icelandic Economy in Trouble

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One person has now died in the third wave of COVID-19 in Iceland and we are now among the top…

Abandoned Iceland #17: Hengill Trail

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Hengill is a unique hiking trail full of hot springs and beautiful view of both the city area as well…

Track By Track: ‘Patient’ By Birkir Blær

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Birkir Blær is an up-and-comer from Akureyri who made waves with his R&B debut ‘Patient’, which dropped at the end…

RVK Newscast #37: Iceland’s Crime-Writing Prime Minister And The End Of The Naming Committee?

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Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir has once again introduced legislation that would altogether abolish Iceland’s controversial Naming Committee, amongst…

Just Sayings: “Að lifa eins og blóm í eggi”

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Is everything going great? Are you “living the life”? Well then—in Iceland—you are “living like a flower in an egg.”…

RVK Newscast #36: Þingvellir, COVID Decreasing & The Barrington Declaration

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For this newscast, we visited Þingvellir to talk about the decreasing COVID numbers. Also on the roster? Icelandic names were…