Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Top Five Volcanoes Someone Should Write A Book About: A Symposium By Valur & Hannah Jane

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You would think that a nation that is both as obsessed with literature and as seismically active as Iceland would…

Just Sayings: Rúsínan í Pylsuendanum

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Ever had a hot dog filled with raisins? Doesn’t sound good, does it? Still, Icelanders have the saying “Rúsínan í…

RVK Newscast #82: Volcano Could Go Off Without A Warning & COVID On The Rise

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Over the last 48 hours, we’ve had well over 2,000 earthquakes, with the strongest one being 5.1 in magnitude. Currently,…

RVK Newscast #81: Earthquakes Up To 20,000 & The Comeback Nobody Asked For

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We are now at close to 20,000 earthquakes—or even more—but there are still no volcanic eruptions. Scientists are pretty sure…

How to Pronounce Icelandic Volcano: Þráinsskjaldarhraun

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If there is something you can rely on in Iceland, it’s that there will eventually be a volcano eruption somewhere—and…

RVK Newscast #80: Interview with Earthquake Hazard Coordinator & Civil Guard

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Things got serious yesterday. The Met Office picked up a harmonic tremor pulse midday Wednesday that indicated strongly that there…

Iceland’s Possible Volcano Titled Þráinsskjaldarhraun: A News Anchor’s Nightmare

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So you thought Eyjafjallajökull was a hard word to pronounce? Well, if this new eruption does go off—which seems pretty…

RVK Newscast #79: We’re Next To The Volcano Just Hours Before The Possible Eruption

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Today, we went as close as we could to the volcano at Fagradalsfjall, just an hour before the news broke…

RVK Newscast #78: More Than 10,000 Earthquakes Over The Last Days

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Iceland—or its capital area to be more precise—is currently being hit by large earthquakes several times a day. Scientists fear…

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…