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Double Rainbow Over Reykjavík

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 at 4:38

A double rainbow appeared over Reykjavík yesterday morning, reports RÚV. But what does it mean? The rainbow appeared at 8 am yesterday to mesmerise all the tired commuters of Reykjavík for a spell. Double rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50–53°. As a result of […]

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Icelandic Drug Market On Facebook

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 at 4:16

The Icelandic drug market has made a move to social media. “Really well cut and good coke for the weekend,” one Facebook ad boasts. “You’ll feel it on the first line and won’t need another bump after 15 minutes – 15.000 ISK. Don’t buy coke off any old person, make sure you taste it first.” According […]

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Sixty-Nine Thousand Apply for Debt Cancelation

by Iceland Review on Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 at 0:05

A total of 69,000 applications, from Icelanders living in 61 countries, to correct indexed loans for the effects of inflation in 2008 and 2009 were received before the September 1 deadline.

Eruption: What a show (video)

by Iceland Review on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 22:32

The eruption at Holuhraun was a play of lava fountains today. Volacanologist Ármann Höskuldsson took a video of the eruption which can be seen here. He stresses that the volcano can be dangerous and nobody goes further than five minutes run to the next car.

What To Name The New Lava Field

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 18:00

As the Holuhraun eruption has spead lava over a wide swath of the country, Icelanders now ask themselves: what should we name the new lava field? As reported, magma pouring from the kilometres-long fissure in Holuhraun has now spread over an area comprising some 4 km2. When all is said and done, a new lava […]

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Little Change In Party Support, High Voter Dissatisfaction

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 17:36

Two separate polls show little change in party support, although large numbers of voters are either undecided or dissatisfied with any of their options. Two polls have recently measured levels of support for the different political parties in parliament; one from Gallup (G) and one from Fréttablaðið (F). Their results are comparable, and while they […]

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Most Icelanders Not Happy With Summer Of 2014

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 17:05

In terms of the weather alone, most Icelanders have been unhappy with this past summer, with one notable exception. According to a new poll from Market and Media Research, only 45.4% of Icelanders nationwide have been satisfied with the weather this past summer. This is up slightly from 44.9% for the summer of 2013, but […]

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Slight Decrease in Eruption Activity

by Iceland Review on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 16:13

The eruption in Holuhraun continues, although there appears to have been a slight decrease in activity compared to yesterday.

Visitors And Locals: The Rental Market In A Nutshell

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 15:02

While tourism has certainly been playing a critical role in bolstering Iceland’s economy, like any market force, it is not without its rippling effects. Property owners hoping to cash in on the tourism gravy train are finding it far more lucrative to rent to tourists than locals, as those on vacation will often anticipate having […]

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The Ceiling On Icelandic Tourism, And Apologies For “The Clinton”

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Tuesday Sep 2, 2014 at 15:01

In 2005, a few months into my editorship, Paul Fontaine and I did a marathon road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road—the most beautiful 1,332 kilometers of road in the world. That 72 hours didn’t bring lasting inner peace, but I can say that most of the time I was filled with the appreciation of life, […]

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Steady activity in Holuhraun myndskeið

Volcanic activity in Holuhraun continues at steady rate. According to webcam observation there is no visible change in activity since yesterday with effusive lava eruption and fountains. More »

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