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The Grapevine’s New Music Picks: Bríet, russian.girls and Kaśka Paluch

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This week: a new track and video out today from Bríet, russian.girls give out the dark and moody and Kaśka…

Grapevine Picks: Bathing Culture and Greed

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Measures to counter the pandemic—details of which are available here—were tightened recently, suspending large sectors of Reykjavík’s cultural life. Hardest…

Bill To Ban “Conversion Therapy” Introduced To Parliament

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A new bill being introduced to Parliament hopes to ban the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” in Iceland, Fréttablaðið reports….

Sheep-Face Pizza On Offer For Farmer’s Day

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Today is Bóndadagur–roughly translated as “farmer’s day” but also interpreted as “men’s day” or “husband’s day”–in Iceland today, and Vísir…

COVID Roundup: People Have Attempted Vaccine Fraud, Latest Numbers

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There have been examples of people showing up at Laugardalshöll, getting signed in for their vaccination, and then immediately trying…

RVK Newscast 160: A Mysterious Explosion

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Welcome to RVK Newscast from The Reykjavík Grapevine. Editor-in-chief, Valur Grettisson (and his Chief Morale Officer, Pollý) are in Hvalfjörður…

Iceland With Largest Housing Price Increase In Europe

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A new report from Eurostat details both rent and housing price increases in Europe from the first quarter of 2010…

Enterprising Icelander Offering Legal Help For Sex Abuse Survivors Hit By NDAs

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Haraldur Þorleifsson, the founder of Ueno, recently announced on Twitter that he wants to help survivors of sexual abuse who…

Poll: Majority Of Icelanders Want To Limit Or Ban Fireworks

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A new poll from Prósent shows some interesting demographic differences when it comes to the public use of fireworks. The…

COVID Roundup: Merchant And Tourism Industry Heads Calling For ‘Vaccine Passports’, Latest Numbers

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Fréttablaðið reports that Andrés Magnússon, the managing director of the Federation of Trade and Services (SVÞ) and Jóhannes Þór Skúlason,…

Foreign Minister: Tweet Quoting MLK Not About COVID Restrictions

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday in the US celebrated on the third Monday in January. As is…

Une Misère Frontman Fired From The Band

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In light of allegations of abuse against Une Misère frontman and now-former radio host Jón Már Ásbjörnsson, the band posted…

COVID Roundup: Press Briefing, Daily Numbers

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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason and chief of police at Civic Protection Víðir Reynisson held a press conference at 11:00 today…

RVK Newscast 159: Eruption Shockwaves And Quiz Chaos

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Editor’s note: At 6:46 in this video Valur states that restaurants and bars are closed in Iceland because of Coronavirus….

Waiting Period For Booster Shot Shortened

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In an announcement from chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason posted to covid.is, the wait time between one’s second vaccination and their…

Sheep News: Miracle Birth, Six-Horned Ram, Scrapie-Resistant Sheep

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It’s been a busy week in the world of sheep journalism in Iceland. Here are the top stories. RÚV reports…

COVID Roundup: Pandemic Supplies Shaky, Childhood Infections, Latest Numbers

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Pandemic supplies such as gloves, masks, and at-home tests are under increasing demand around the world, and Iceland is no…

Radio Host & Une Misère Frontman Fired Following Accusations Of Psychological Abuse

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Jón Már Ásbjörnsson, the frontman for Icelandic hardcore band Une Misère and the host of the radio show Séra Jón…

New Book Shatters Myths Surrounding The Response To Iceland’s Financial Collapse

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A new book, Iceland’s Secret: The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Con, provides an insider perspective into the investigations…

COVID Roundup: Latest Numbers Holding Steady

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There were 1,080 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional 114 at the border. On…

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We at Grapevine Towers have been so touched by your support so far—truly, our readers and viewers are the best…