RECAP: Saga of Egill Skalla-Grímsson

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This saga starts out with some big, hairy asshole named Kveld-Úlfur (“evening-wolf”), who may or may not be a werewolf….

RECAP: The Dream of Star-Oddi

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So some dude named Oddi, who is a good at astronomy but shitty at poetry, eats a bunch of psychedelic…

The Saga of Hrómundur Gripsson

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I’m gonna skip all the “son of blahblahblahson” bullshit and get straight to the juicy man-meat of this Saga. Okay?…

RECAP: The Saga of Sigurgarður the Valiant

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It’s purely coincidence that “frækna,” the Icelandic word for “valiant,” looks a bit like the English word for “freak” because…

RECAP: Saga of Ragnar Shaggy-Britches

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Listen up because I am about to recap the Saga on which your favorite, wildly inaccurate History Channel drama series,…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Americans

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Listen up, fellow Americans. We need to talk about how you talk. Or we, rather, because I (often reluctantly) am…

RECAP: The Tale of Dumbass-Hrói

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Our summer Saga series has taken us to Norway and Sweden (and will again) but has largely skipped all things…

Fjord Serenity Now! A Kayaking Day In Hvalfjörður

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Kayaking has always been a favorite sport of mine because its effort-to-awesomeness ratio is incredibly low. Sure, pro kayakers can…

RECAP: The Tale of Jökull Búason

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I know we’re all pretty sick of trolls in 2016, but trolls were way funnier in 1260. So this recap…

RECAP: Saga of the People of Kjalarnes

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If you’ve ever stopped along Reykjavík’s waterfront to ogle the magnificent mountainess known as Esja, you’ve probably seen some little…

RECAP: Möttuls Saga, the Saga of the Mantle

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If you remember the portrait of Arthurian nobility painted by Erex, this Saga is about to fuck your shit right…

RECAP: Saga of Eiríkur the Red

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Let’s just get this out of the way upfront: forget what the history books told you because Columbus did not…

RECAP: Saga Of Hrolf The Tramper

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The Saga of this issue is Göngu-Hrolfs Saga, literally “Walking Hrolfur’s Saga” but typically translated as the Saga of Hrolfur…

Answers Instead Of Questions

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One trans Icelander’s experience with sexism and transition. The past few years have seen an explosion of international media coverage…

The Giantess Speaks: Gerður Kristný Adapts Bloodhoof

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Gerður Kristný Guðjónsdóttir, usually known more simply as Gerður Kristný, is one of Iceland’s most notable poets, well-known both at…

Arts Festival ’16: Grapevine’s Quick ‘n’ Dirty Guide

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The Reykjavík Arts Festival is a breath of fresh summer air to the city’s cultural scene, bringing together a rich…

RECAP: The Eddic Poetry Special

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Although I’d like to think that every month in Iceland is National Poetry Month, the reality is that Iceland doesn’t…

RECAP: Laxdæla Saga, The Allegedly Romantic One

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If you ask the average native English speaker which of Shakespeare’s plays is their favorite, most will probably say ‘Romeo…

Njáls Saga RECAP: The One Where They Burn That Motherfucker Down

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We need to talk about Njáls Saga. Fully titled the Saga of Burned Njál, it is considered the absolute zenith…

RECAP: Völsungasaga, The Saga Of The Völsungs

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Episode three: The one with the most badass shield-maiden As usual, this story starts with some dude who is the…

The Seal Ghost Of Xmas Present: Eyrbyggja Saga RECAP

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Firstly, there are some things you need to know about the Sagas. There are fuckloads of them. There are so…

But Were You Not Amazed?

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When I was handed ‘The Summerland: The Deceased Describe Their Passing and Reunion in The Other World’ to review, I…

Hrafnkels Saga Freysgoða RECAP: The One With The Goddamn Horse

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This Saga begins the same way Iceland did, and the same way many Sagas do: some Norwegian guy (this one…

Milkywhale-Watching Tour, Day 4

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My final Milkywhale report will be brief. Although I’ve tried to catalogue as many things as I’ve learned about the…

Airwaves & Chill: This Year’s Best Sex Music

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Some artists, like James Blake and the Weeknd, are especially appreciated for their abilities to enhance (or maybe even initiate)…

Milkywhale – Watching Tour, Day 3

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If you’ve been following my Milkywhale-watching tour (or stalking, whatever), you’d know I’ve been part of the dance parties they’ve…

Milkywhale-Watching Tour, Day 2

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Today’s sighting of the ever-lovely Milkywhale was as majestic as ever. Yesterday, she managed to turn Laundromat Café into a…

The Silence Between Airwords

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Silence is more than just the thing that happens at the end of a song and before the beginning of…

A Milkywhale-Watching Tour of Airwaves

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Please Do Not Eat Milkywhale With much of the earth’s oceans left unexplored, we mere humans should feel lucky whenever…

Wallpoetry: A Whole New Kind Of Berlin Wall

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You don’t usually find yourself pressed up against a rack of jaw-droppingly expensive down coats to watch the performance of…

Mainland

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I put on Lily The Kid’s EP, ‘Mainland’, early in the morning. As Lilja’s ethereal voice emerged, a housemate remarked…

Mono Lisa

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Quickly following the late March release of an EP called ‘Acid Eclipse’, electronic musician Daveeth has released his first full-length…

Dancing To The Heartbeat

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The Reykjavík Dance Festival has changed nearly as much as the art of dance itself in its twelve years of…

All the Feels

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The lobby of Borgarleikhúsið is lit up in purple and packed with nicely dressed people, chattering and sipping wine. The…

The Legs Show

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Brian Gerke joined the Iceland Dance Company in 2012, having been teaching at Listdansskóli Íslands since 2007. Just two years…

Beyond The Blue Lagoon, Literally

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By the time I make it to the top floor of the building, the door to a large, airy apartment…

Dancers In The Dark

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A funky bassline is bumping out of KEX Hostel as I walk up to its patio. As I pass the…

Look Into the Light, Man!

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Despite its late-night silence, eerie for a city of its size, most would not consider Reykjavík a particularly spooky place….

Independence Is Not A Disaster:

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After decades of discussion on the political and economic details of a theoretically independent Scotland, the Scottish citizens finally face…

Funding Dries Up at the Library of Water

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This year marks the first and only year since its opening in 2007 that VATNASAFN/LIBRARY OF WATER has been unable…