Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RVK Newscast #60: Quirky Icelandic Holiday Traditions And The Last Present Bought

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It’s Christmas! Valur Grettisson goes and buys his last presents while he goes over Icelandic Christmas traditions and news. He…

Wow! Quirky Things Iceland Does Over Christmas

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Although Icelandic Christmas traditions are often very similar to others in the western world, there are still some differences, quirks…

Three Icelandic Christmas Movies To Watch Over The Holidays

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Icelandic filmmaking gets better every year. But while most Icelandic filmmakers are fond of dramas, they only occasionally pop out…

RVK Newscast #59: Mudslides, Misleading Vaccine Information, The Winter Solstice

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There was a huge mudslide in Seyðisfjörður, which destroyed several homes. Fortunately, and perhaps miraculously, no one was hurt. In…

Iceland On The World’s Biggest Comedy Stage: Ari Eldjárn Has A Netflix Special

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I’m just going to say it and I know that this might result in the stand-up community in Iceland (and…

Just Sayings: The Complicated Honour System

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The Icelandic honour system is complicated. If you have a shitty reputation, it will literally be more difficult for you…

Editorial: New Year Different Mankind

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What will change in the new year? Well, everything—or not so much. The whole world connected for a moment over…

Strolling, Seafood Soup & Sex: Roald Eyvindsson’s Perfect Day

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Roald Eyvindsson is a journalist, husband and dad to the most wonderful little girl in the world. Bearing the same…

RVK Newscast #58: No Free Menstrual Products Nor Highlands National Park

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Iceland will get the COVID-19 vaccine for 280,000 people, or 76% of the population. The first batch will arrive in…

RVK Newscast #57: Swimming Pools Opening Up & Book Sales Up The Roof

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The Minister of Health announced the new gathering ban restrictions. Not much changed, but now we can go to swimming…

RVK Newscast #56: COVIDiots & Vaccinations

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On today’s newscast, Iceland will possibly use its election system as infrastructure for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations. Icelanders are hopeful…

RVK Newscast #55: COVID-Related Deaths And Iceland Breaking The Convention On Human Rights

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There’s been one more death because of COVID, which means that now 27 people have passed due to the pandemic…

Just Sayings: “Ekki er úti öll nótt enn, sagði draugurinn”

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This saying is from one of Iceland’s most famous books, simply called ‘Íslenzkar þjóðsögur og æfintýri’, which was compiled and…

RVK Newscast #54: Restrictions On Fireworks And Taxes on Candy

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On today’s newscast: Iceland’s GDP shrunk the most in Europe this quarter. 1.4% of the Icelandic nation has gotten COVID-19…

Food Of Iceland: Uppstúfur

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What’s white, salty, has a thick texture and you only eat at Christmas? You guessed right, it’s Uppstúfur, often called…

RKV Newscast #53: Árni Már’s ‘Formfast’ At Gallery 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?…