Stay Classy: Where To Find Reykjavík’s Best Cocktails

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Just a few years ago, drinking culture in Reykjavík was a lot more bleak than it is today. Asking for…

Thrift Core: Where To Pick Up A Bargain In Reykjavík

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It’s no secret that Iceland is expensive, especially for clothing and other knickknacks. Going the thrift store route can be…

Icelandic Facebook Groups: Beauty Tips!

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Iceland has a peculiar obsession with Facebook groups. Think about it: with a population of around 330,000 it’s not unreasonable…

Grapevine Playlist: Fufanu, JFDR, ddykwl x HRNNR & More

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From fresh-faced rappers to music scene royalty, here are the new Icelandic tracks that have caught our attention in recent…

From Bóndi to Bæjarins Beztu: Jonathan Duffy’s ‘Australiana’

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Jonathan Duffy is an Australian-born-Iceland-residing comedian. If you frequent the stand up nights at Gaukurinn, you might have seen him…

Best Live Band: Hatari

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From Behind The Godhead Of The Synth Stack Hannah Jane Cohen Hatari has one song on the internet. That’s right,…

Swimming In Silence: A Scintillating Snorkel Between Continents In The Silfra Fissure

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Even in a town as small and quiet as Reykjavík, it’s still easy to get caught up in daily urban…

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Grapevine’s “Best Of” Tattooing

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Reykjavík is a relatively small city, but even so, sometimes you need a bit of local advice to find what…

Icelandic Rap And Shit Like That

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If you’re reading this, chances are you are a visitor to Iceland and, uh, talar ekki Íslensku. While you can…

Beautiful Desolation: Enter The World Of Auðn

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Auðn make beautiful black metal. There’s no other way to describe it. After bursting onto the scene in 2015, the…

Drive-Through Towns: A Day In The Kópacabana

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I’m not going to lie—when I suggested to my editor that we should write a travel article about Kópavogur, I…

Track by Track: “Draumleysa” by Martröð

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There’s only one track for this issue’s track by track: Martröð’s “Draumleysa,” from their upcoming EP ‘Transmutation of Wounds’. Martröð…

Fuck You Justin Bieber

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Justin, please listen to me: I loved you. I begged the Grapevine to let me review you. I was a…

Instant Classic: Keflavík’s Museum Of Icelandic Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Tommi Young is the Keflavík native and Icelandic music scene veteran who runs the Icelandic Museum of Rock ’n’ Roll….

Happening Tomorrow: Justin Bieber In Concert

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Is it too late now to say party? Nope, because #1 heartthrob and worldwide badboy Justin Bieber is coming to…

A Seabound Saga: Sailing Like a Viking In Reykjavík

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It’s a picture-perfect Reykjavík morning—clear skies, bright sunlight, a calm current—one of the last of summer, maybe. I stand on…

Real Life Iceland: There’s More To Keflavík Than The Airport

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Every tourist that comes to Iceland sets foot in Keflavík, but they rarely stay there—staring at the town instead through…

Happening This Weekend: Tattoo Expo

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Yes, it hurts. Yes, it does last forever. No, it doesn’t “mean” anything. Yes, it will be there when I’m…

Machine-Free Tattooing Under The Northern Lights

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Boff Konkerz did his first tattoo on the most tattooed man in the world, Lucky Diamond Rich. “By a series…

#ItWorked: Hannah Jane’s Secret Solstice Diary Epilogue

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I think you all underestimate my intelligence. You think I “just write creepy articles.” Ha. What you guys don’t know…

The Red Wedding: Hannah Jane’s Secret Solstice Diary #4

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Ok, I’m going to start off this review with a bit of a rant because for the last few days,…

Way More Than 99 Problems: Hannah Jane’s Secret Solstice Diary Day 3

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Oh God, what a day/night. The highs are getting higher and the lows are getting lower. I’m so emotional. I’m…

#WhatHaveIDone #Nett: Hannah Jane’s Secret Solstice Diary Day 2

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Ok, I’m going to start this review off with a little addendum. I know some people—I’m mainly talking about my fellow…

Roro Baby (Don’t Read This): Hannah Jane’s Secret Solstice Diary Day 1

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Hi guys! So everyday I’m going to give you a rundown of what’s going on at Secret Solstice. Welcome to…

New Release And Tour From The Sadists Of Svartidauði

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Looking for something dark? Black metal veterans Svartidauði have you covered. Their new 7″ EP “Hideous Silhouettes of Lynched Gods”…

There And Back Again: Snowmobiling In The Land Of Mordor

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In the land of Iceland, in the heart of 101, I meet my fellowship companion Art Bicnick—the photographer—outside Grapevine HQ…

Oration MMXVI: All Hail The Kings

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Almyrkvi. That one word could be my review of Oration MMXVI. Listen to Almyrkvi. Experience Almyrkvi. Live Almyrkvi. Never have…

The Legion

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The Icelandic black metal scene has been gaining a lot of traction as of late, playing at international festivals and…

Black Metal: A Beginners Guide

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First Wave: The bands that inspired the second wave of black metal, typically dated from around 1980 to 1991. Check…

Black Metal’s Book Of Genesis

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Loosely, black metal can be musically defined as an extreme type of metal characterised by shrieking vocals, fast tremolo riffs,…

Welcome To The Circle – Meet The Men Behind Iceland’s Thriving Black Metal Scene

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Hafsteinn Viðar, the man behind the solo black metal project Wormlust, requested that our interview take place at the Cathedral…

Black Metal Masters Zhrine Have One Gloomy Announcement And Release

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Under an assortment of different monikers and styles, ethereal blackened death metal outfit Zhrine have been a staple of the…

The Blackest Metal In Winter’s Dark Heart: Oration Festival Cometh

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Presented by Studio Emissary and the Oration record label, the upcoming Oration festival will bring some much-needed black metal to…

MEET THE NWOIHH!

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The holidays are here. Your relatives are annoying. Gifts are expensive. We all need something to kick the edge. Why…

Reykjavíkurdætur Endorse Both Smoking And Pillow Fights In New Video

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The ‘hype bitches’ of Reykjavíkurdætur have just released a video for their new song, “Ég er fyrsta heims hæpið tík“, which…

Misþyrming Is Roadburn Festival’s 2016 Artist In Residence

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Move over Björk and Sigur Rós, a new Icelandic artist is making waves overseas. Black metal mavericks Misþyrming—whom we at…

Get Rich or Freeze Tryin: 7 Rap Acts Not To Miss At Airwaves

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So you’re international, flying to the land of elves and liberalism to find the hip new thing at Airwaves 2015 (spoiler:…

Airwaves Dark Days: Five Rock And Metal Picks

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Ah…Airwaves. That genre-less extravaganza of creativity and imagination. A time where indie-pop-ers and darkwave ambient-ers and rappers all get together,…

Over The Hills: A Helicopter Ride To Langjökull Ice Tunnel

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On a rare clear day in Reykjavík, I strapped myself into a helicopter for the first time in order to…

Latest Review Ever: Rae Sremmurd And Their No Flex Zone

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More than two weeks ago, California rappers Rae Sremmurd left sunny LA for cloudy Reykjavík, armed with a pair of…

The Iceland Tattoo Expo: Back In Black (And Grey)

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“There are already a hundred people waiting to get in,” organiser Andrés Hallgrímsson tells me excitedly, as we sit down…

Börn Rebels: Won’t Stay Silent And Are Here To Stay

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Börn. It means “children.” This wasn’t the original name of the Reykjavík-based death-punk outfit, I’m told. So I ask where…

Download This! Agent Fresco’s “Wait For Me”

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“Wait For Me” is an extremely personal ballad for Agent Fresco’s vocalist Arnór Dan Arnarson. He wrote the song while…

What Is A Milkywhale And Why Should You Care?

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One might not normally associate love, trampoline exercises, and whales with pop music. Still, that is exactly what you’re going…

Happening Tonight: Rae Sremmurd

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Come here hoe, mistletoe / I got birdies, crows / Lil bitty bitch wanna jump on this dick / I’m…

Iceland’s Most Pöpulår Reståurånt!

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The IKEA restaurant in Garðabær has only 18 reviews on TripAdvisor. Mainly, these focus on the economic value of the…

Happening Tonight & Tomorrow: Of Mice And Men

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“George, why ain’t we goin’ down to Harpa?” Lennie looked down at the ground in despair. “So you forgot that…

Happening Tonight: Dj. Flugvél Og geimskip Album Release Concert

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This Saturday, dj. flugvél og geimskip releases her third album ‘Nótt á hafsbotni’ (“Night at the Bottom of the Ocean”)….

Fall In Love With Emmsjé Gauti

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Earlier this year, The New York Times reported on a set of 36 questions, created by psychologist Arthur Aron, that…

Happening Tonight: Death To Puffinstores! Narthraal / Urðun / Skuggskjá

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Recently, popular music venues Húrra, Gaukurinn, Palóma, Glaumbar and Dubliner were marked for closing in order to erect businesses more…