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Expecting Couple Struggle With Immigration Bureaucrasy

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 11:12

An Icelandic man’s pregnant American wife has still not received a verdict on her Icelandic residence permit application even though she applied for one in the fall of last year, reports DV. Jessica Jacobs has lived in Iceland since 2012. Initially she moved to study Icelandic in Ísafjörður, but quickly relocated to Reykjavík where she met her […]

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Man Arrested For Beating Up Tourist

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 11:07

A young man was arrested last night after he attacked a tourist outside the Cabin Hotel on Borgartún in Reykjavík, reports DV. The man, who was found in possession of drugs, violently resisted his arrest and spent the night in jail. The tourist in question was sent to hospital and intends to file charges against […]

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Cabin Guard Saves People from Bus in River

by Iceland Review on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 9:00

Helgi Rúnar Halldórsson, cabin guard in Langidalur in Þórsmörk, in the southern highlands, saved 15 passengers from a small bus en-route to Þórsmörk, which was stuck in the river Steinholtsá, yesterday morning.

Reykjavík Sees Boom In AirBnB Listings

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 8:36

More than 1.000 Reykjavík apartments are listed on the short-term rental site AirBnB, reports RÚV. It is estimated that between 1.500 and 2.000 apartments are now being used to accommodate tourists in need of short-term rental. This includes apartment hotels which rent out 340 registered short-term apartments. The new numbers show staggering growth as just last year 600 […]

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Might Need To Investigate Interior Minister

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 7:44

New Police Commissioner of Reykjavík, Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, could possibly be in charge of investigating the Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s role in the now-infamous leaked memo case despite the fact that she personally appointed the new Police Commissioner, reports RÚV. As reported, Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir was appointed Police Commissioner of Reykjavík yesterday. She is the first woman ever to […]

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Walking Paths in Askja Remain Closed

by Iceland Review on Saturday Jul 26, 2014 at 0:05

There is still a risk of further rockfalls causing tidal waves in Öskjuvatn, the lake in the stratovolcano Askja, and so walking paths around the lake remain closed. Askja is a popular tourist destination in the eastern highlands.

Diarrhoea Outbreak Caused By Campylobacter

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 19:36

The Directorate of Health says it has had to deal with a virtual explosion of diarrhoea cases caused by campylobacter, a bacteria spread mostly by the poor handling of meat. In a statement posted on the Directorate’s website, about 100 cases of campylobacter-caused diarrhoea have been reported over the past year. The afflicted come from […]

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Snapshot 207

by Iceland Review on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 19:19

The scenic road 85 in Finnafjörður, Northeast Iceland, on a beautiful day. Sony RX1R, 35mm F2.0...

Group Trips To North Korea Cancelled

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 19:09

An Icelander hoping to sell group trips to North Korea has pulled the plug on the operation, citing negative press of the regime as being the major cause. Vísir reports that Egill Örn Arnarson Hansen, the original organiser of the trips through his travel office Trans Atlantic, claims 20 people had signed up for the […]

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30 Million To Fox Hunting

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 18:51

The Environment Agency of Iceland will be paying Iceland’s most sparsely-populated regions for the hunting of foxes, which the agency says have been experiencing a population boom. In a statement posted on the agency’s website, the agency says the number of foxes in Iceland has increased by tenfold over the past 30 years. Foxes in […]

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