Anna’s Editorial: Guys, You’ve Got Us All Wrong!

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Earlier this month, Dunkin’ Donuts opened shop on our main drag, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s kind of a…

PRAISE ME, PLEASE!

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Browsing the news this past October, a headline on local newspaper Morgunblaðið’s website caught my eye: “Icelandic Girl In The…

Anna’s Second-To-Last Editorial: Poop Ahoy!

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Dear Grapevine readers and contributors who haven’t already heard, After nearly six years at this magazine, I’ve decided to vacate…

Anna’s Editorial: Iceland, Best In The World!

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Five and a half years ago, I fulfilled my childhood dream of moving to Iceland, a country that I had…

Anna’s Editorial: In Fact, Things Aren’t Too Shabby Over Here!

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Welcome to our annual Best of Reykjavík issue, in which we like to get super positive (for a change!) and…

Anna’s Editorial: “Is It Because You’re A Woman?”

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On the day this issue hits the streets, June 19, Iceland celebrates the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage. This milestone…

Anna’s Editorial: How’s This For A Media Circus?

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It has been one seriously eventful week for Icelandic media. In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to relay it…

Iceland’s Prime Minister Blackmailed, Linked To Newspaper Purchase

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A pair of sisters have confessed to blackmailing Iceland’s Prime Minister for millions of ISK, threatening to go public with…

NEW ISSUE: THE ROCK RENAISSANCE

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A new issue came out on Friday. It features Muck and Pink Street Boys. They both claim to be the “loudest…

Anna’s Editorial: Play The Rehab Card

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The most-read stories across multiple Icelandic news sites this week are about a Progressive Party MP projectile vomiting all over…

Anna’s Editorial: Our Prime Minister Eating Things

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The average Icelander probably doesn’t find parliamentary debates all that exciting. This week, however, they’ve been all the buzz. Why…

Flashback: Tourism In Iceland Thirty Years Ago

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I recently stumbled upon a Q/A in the New York Times that made me a bit nostalgic for my annual…

In Photos: A Not So Summery Weekend In East Iceland

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We flew to Egilsstaðir on Friday with grand plans of spending the weekend hiking and exploring the towns of East…

That Time The United States Was Thinking Of Buying Iceland

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“The population of Iceland is about 70,000, but in view of its pasture and arable lands, its valuable mines, its…

SABOTAGE: The State Of Iceland’s Media – Haukur & Anna’s 1st Editorial

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There are two daily newspapers published in Iceland. Each is owned and operated by a powerful interest group. — To…

New Web Series Pokes Fun At Icelanders And Tourists

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A new web series called Cloud of Ash has just been released for your viewing pleasure. Set in today’s tourism…

Look At These Fun Eclipse People!

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The people pictured below could be members of a New Age cult. They could also very well be watching the…

Hundreds Gathered To See Eclipse At Blue Lagoon

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The Blue Lagoon opened early this morning for today’s total solar eclipse. Floating in the milky water with anticipation as…

Skies Expected To Turn Green Tonight For Saint Patrick

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Skies in Iceland will very likely turn green tonight. On a scale from 0 to 9, the Aurora forecast is…

Brace Yourselves For More Bad Weather

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Yet another storm is expected to roll into Southwest Iceland at around noon today. The bad weather will continue through…

Tips & Tricks From Veterans

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  In lieu of writing our annual “Guide To Not Losing Your Shit At Iceland Airwaves,” we decided to solicit…

Your Band Is Called What Now?

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There are 220 bands playing Iceland Airwaves this year. That’s a lot of bands to keep track of. And some…

You’re Wet, And You’re Cold, And You’re Miserable

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You’ve just come in for the day. Your clothes are strewn across the radiator. Your anorak is hanging in the…

No, No, No…

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On October 9, 2008, The Economist published an article called “Kreppanomics,” detailing Iceland’s then-recent financial meltdown. “One word on every…

So Long, And Thanks For All The Cheese!

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For someone who is used to having an entire aisle at their disposal when they run out of toothpaste, Icelandic…

Reykjavík, Meet Your New Mayor

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Dagur B. Eggertsson has some big shoes to fill. His predecessor, Jón Gnarr, changed the face of city politics in…

Which Way 
The Wind Blows

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“This is what we call a ‘washing board,’” our guide Kormákur Hermannsson says, his voice barely intelligible as we jostle…

You Probably Just Want To Read About The Eruption, Huh?

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The biggest news from Iceland these days is undoubtedly the eruption. Of course it’s not everyday that a volcano erupts….

Halló, I’m Back!

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I went on a vacation last month. It was wonderful. I left the country. I spent very little time sitting…

Holuhraun Eruption Photo Gallery

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Photographer Axel Sigurðarson flew over the Holuhraun eruption and took these photos. Enjoy! Also, see more of his photos as…

A Growing Divide?

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It’s that time of year again, when everybody is talking about everybody else’s salary. “Did you see? Grímur Karl Sæmundsen…

What Brings Face Hunter To Town?

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Yvan Rodic hasn’t been in the same place for more than two weeks in the last five years. He says…

Welcome To Our Sixth Annual Best Of Issue

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As we were accenting the í’s and crossing the ð’s of our annual ‘Best of Reykjavík’ issue, a Facebook friend…

Fire Breaks Out, Not So Fönn!

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Reykjavík’s fire department is battling a fire that broke out at Skeifan in 108 Reykjavík around dinnertime this evening. The…

Something To Write Home About

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Every once in a while I come across a story in the local media that strikes me as being wonderfully…

Into The Abyss: Þríhnúkagígur’s Magma Chamber

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“It’s a good thing you’re going underground,” our bus driver calls out as his windshield wipers work furiously to bat…

Here For A Dirty Weekend?

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You’ve probably heard Iceland referred to as a hot destination for so-called “dirty weekends.” Icelandair certainly did its part in…

Cheers! Skál! Bottoms up!

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So far, there really hasn’t been much to celebrate this year. We didn’t win the Eurovision Song Contest. Only a…

Meet The Parties

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An American politician once famously said “All politics is local,” and that’s as true in Iceland as anywhere else. Four…

The Exception That Proves The Rule

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Earlier this year, artist Ragnar Kjartansson and composer Kjartan Sveinsson put on a particularly subversive production at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre….

Casting For A New Mayor

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Four years ago, a comedian decided to run for mayor of Reykjavík. He created a not-so-political party, audaciously named The…

Iceland’s Search And Rescue Team Is Coming For Your DNA!

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I was flipping through Fréttablaðið on Wednesday morning when a particular article plus two full-page ads caught my eye. ‘This…

Pay Per View

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In June last year, something unprecedented happened here in Iceland: a group of private landowners erected a barrier fence and…

Madam President

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Arriving at Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s house just before noon on Friday, I find a note on the door: “Anna, please wait!…

Iceland Is Feeling Pretty Insular

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Come this time of year Icelandic households start receiving glossy catalogues in the mail with package deals to sunny destinations…

Re: Grapevine’s Ghastly Gender Gap

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A few days after our last issue came out, we received a letter about something that I had been feeling…

What We Featured

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Every year, The Grapevine prints 18 issues that get distributed around Iceland and uploaded to the web. Looking through the…

Tourist Of The Year 2013

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For our second annual ‘Tourist of the Year’ award, we teamed up with Promote Iceland to make it a real…

Ask Your Völva

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Many Icelanders around me were pretty upset last month when the Associated Press ran a story about an “elf lobby”…

Bono Ate A Hamburger In Iceland

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Bono ate a hamburger at Hamborgarabúlla Tómasar on Geirsgata around dinnertime last night, Vísir reports. The singer of U2 went…