Get Outta Town: A Guide To Dining Outside Of Reykjavík

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It used to be the case that good restaurants, after leaving the confines of Reykjavík, were pretty slim pickings. These…

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…

Sóley Drops New Track, Announces ‘Endless Summer’ LP

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Icelandic singer Sóley has announced her next album. ‘Endless Summer’ will be released via German label Morr Music on May…

Mind Echoes: Örvar Smárason’s Creative Process

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“I still have two weeks, don’t I?” smiles múm founding-member Örvar Smárason, coming out of a daze as he quietly…

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…

Perfect Day: Árni Kristjánsson

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In this new series, we pick out some interesting faces from the local scene to find out their favourite spots…

The OA – Where Was It Shot?

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Iceland has become a go-to for film and TV location scouts over recent years, from the ice planet of ‘Interstellar’,…

Fortune Favours The Brave: The Einstök Story

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Just a few years ago, Iceland’s beer taps were dominated by a handful of basic, strong, fizzy lagers such as…

After Tours With Björk And Sigur Rós, SiGRÚN Goes Solo

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SiGRÚN’s first EP, ‘Hringsjá’, judders into life with a couple of blasts of bassy distortion. It quickly dissolves into washes…

Winter Travel Picks: A Hike & A Day Trip

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Everyone knows that you have to be careful getting out into the wilds during the Icelandic winter. But there´s no…

Volcano Island: A Weekend In Vestmannaeyjar

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The tiny propellor plane descends into the clouds, buffeted by the ferocious wind. Along with my twelve or so fellow…

Composer Úlfur Eldjárn Drops New Video, Heads To Helsinki

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Icelandic composer Úlfur Eldjárn, also known for his work with the Apparat Organ Quartet, has revealed a new video from…

Artist of the Year: GKR

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Grapevine’s artist of the year award goes to the musician or performer who somehow helped to define the zeitgeist during…

Band To Watch: aYia

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In UK English, bands are usually referred to in the plural, as “they.” But when it comes to aYia, “it”…

Track By Track: ‘Epicycle’ by Gyða Valtysdóttir

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Gyða Valtysdóttir first rose to prominence as one of the twin singers in the first iteration of múm, but her…

Monster Of The Month: Kráki, The Kraken

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A fishing boat was sailing north of Iceland when it suddenly heeled, so that it was almost flooded, due to…

2016 In Travel: Small Towns, Ice Caves, Volcanoes, Islands

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To look back on Grapevine’s year in travel, we decided to first go the empirical populism route, and drew up…

North By Northeast: A Road Trip To Iceland’s Arctic Henge

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Despite its well earned reputation, Icelandic winter isn’t all bad. On a clear day, the short days—four or five hours,…

Icelandic Literature In 2016: The Complete Grapevine Guide

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This article was printed as the introduction to our December 2016 edition: The Literature Issue. You can use the links…

Exclusive: Pirate Party MP Meets Edward Snowden In Moscow

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Birgitta Jónsdóttir has been back on Icelandic soil for less than twelve hours when we meet. During the previous three…

GANGLY Have A Blow Out

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Icelandic supergroup GANGLY today unveiled their third song, entitled “Blow Out”. The group consists of Sindri from Sin Fang, Úlfur…

Second Sight: A Conversation With Sjón

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“I write as little as possible,” says Sjón, with a barely perceptible smile and a twinkle in his eye. “In…

Highlands Area Of Hveravellir To Be Developed For Tourism

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The highlands area of Hveravellir is set to receive a 600m ISK facelift. The remote and quite wild site is…

Up Close: The Textures & Colours Of Iceland

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Grapevine contributor and filmmaker Timothée Lambrecq went up to north Iceland earlier this year to explore and document the area…

Made With Love: Pallett Might Just Be Iceland’s Best Café

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Set back from the harbour road in Hafnarfjörður—the first suburb that people pass through on the way into Reykjavík—is an…

Far East: A Visit To Neskaupstaður

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Seen from Iceland’s Ring Road, the Eastfjords seem like a sparsely occupied stretch of undulating fjords and mountainous wilderness, punctuated…

JFDR Unveils KEXP Session, Announces Reykjavík Shows

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The cover star of Reykjavík Grapevine’s current print issue, Jófríður Ákadottir — — read the full “Year of Jófríður” story…

Monster Of The Month: Dagtröll – Day Troll

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Day trolls are trolls who walk abroad during bright days. They are fierce, but steadfast and loyal to their friends….

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Tips For Seeing The Northern Lights

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

An Autumn World: Exploring The Forests Of Lagarfljót

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We take off from Reykjavík in the midst of a dour, spitting dawn. As the small propellor plane races down…

Snow Comes To North And East Iceland

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Grapevine was out exploring the north eastern tip of Iceland yesterday when a snow storm hit. Starting out from Vöpnafjörður,…

Sjón To The Future: Do You Read Me?

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In 2014, Scottish artist Katie Paterson launched a 100-year art project called The Future Library. One writer a year, starting…

The Year Of Jófríður

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Jófríður Ákadóttir is very tired. She sits slumped on the red leather sofa of a comfortably dim downtown basement café,…

The Forgotten Fjord: Off The Beaten Track In Hvalfjörður

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25km north of Reykjavík lies the secluded, undulating fjord of Hvalfjörður: the “Whale Fjord”. This 40km coastal route was once…

PHOTOS: JFDR, Julia Holter, Aron Can, Kött Grá Pje, Baloji At Airwaves ’16

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Photographer Hörður Sveinsson was roaming around Airwaves last night, and caught some great scenes from around the festival. He started…

#GrapeWaves Is Go! Win Amazing Einstök X Grapevine Goodie Bags!

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The Iceland Airwaves Music Festival—just in case you haven’t noticed—is about to take over the city of Reykjavík. We’re celebrating…

Milkywhale Drop New Video

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Airwaves 2015 favourites Milkywhale are back in force for the 2016 festival. They dropped a new video today, so we…

We Painted The Walls: Airwaves Leaves A Mark

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Airwaves completely takes over Reykjavík 101 each year, but since 2015, the festival is leaving a more lasting mark on…

VIDEO: A Road Trip In North Iceland

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Filmmaker Timothée Lambrecq is back in Iceland, and wasted no time in getting out into the countryside. This time, his…

Meet The Venues Of Iceland Airwaves 2016

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Iceland Airwaves is, by and large, located in downtown Reykjavík. For first-timers, part of the fun whirlwind of the festival…

Airwaves Tipsters: Teitur Magnússon

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Our next Airwaves Tipster is Teitur Magnússon, a firm favourite in Iceland for his band Ojba Rasta, his solo work,…

Bedroom Community: 5 Essential LPs From The Whale Watching Crew

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Bedroom Community is one of Iceland’s best record labels. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of BedCom’s foundation. During this time,…

Feel The Spray Of Skógafoss In New Jodie Landau Video

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In accompaniment to our recent interview with Bedroom Community-signed musician and composer Jodie Landau, we’re happy to premiere his new…

Bedroom Community Turns Ten: Meet Jodie Landau

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Jodie Landau is a young composer and performer who’s been getting around in 2016. We caught up with him on…

Airwaves Tipsters: Emmsjé Gauti

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Our third Airwaves Tipster is Emmsjé Gauti—one of Iceland’s top rappers. He’s great live, bringing energy, showmanship and a sharp…

Airwaves Tipsters: Tonik Ensemble

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Anton Kaldal is the man behind Tonik Ensemble: an acclaimed Reykjavík-based producer who’s last LP, ‘Snapshots’, won Reykjavík Grapevine’s album…

Airwaves Tipsters: Milkywhale

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Emerging Icelandic dance-pop duo Milkywhale, aka Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir and Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, were the revelation of Iceland Airwaves 2015….

Last Words: Curiosity Killed The Quiet

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Reykjavík was once a quiet city. In 2008—the year I first visited, during the economic collapse—the tourism boom was just…

Volcanoes! Storms! Lightning! It’s The Travel News Roundup

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The volcano Katla, located close to the southern Ring Road, has continued to rumble intermittently over the last weeks. Over…

Monster Of The Month: Sending – Ghost of Substance

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The fourth type of sending, and the most peculiar, consists of ghosts raised from natural substances by master sorcerers with…