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…

To The Lighthouse: A Magical Getaway At Dyrhólaey

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At the southernmost point of mainland Iceland sits a particularly dramatic and tide-lashed stretch of coastline. Around the town of…

Stormzy Cancels Airwaves, Dizzee Rascal Steps Up

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UK grime star Stormzy has cancelled his performance at Airwaves 2016. On his Facebook, he said: He is replaced by…

Intense Northern Lights Over Reykjavík Captured On Film

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Some stunning northern lights put on quite a show over Reykjavík last night. Our Facebook feed was full of brave…

Grapevine Playlist: September 2016

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GANGLY – Holy Grounds So this is a bouncy bass thing for you luxuriously soundsystemed car, but at the same…

A Different Kind Of Map: The Travels Of Gyða Valtysdóttir

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Gyða Valtýsdóttir sits at the table of her large, wood-lined loft apartment, cradling a cup of coffee. She stares into…

Twenty Years Of Reykholtshátið: A Weekend Of Chamber Music In Borgarfjörður

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Reykholt, population sixty, is a tiny village tucked away deep in a valley in Borgarfjörður. It has a long history,…

Everything Is Nice That Is Green: The Urta Islandica Herb Company

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On the corner of a residential street in Hafnarfjörður sits a little shop called Urta Islandica. Inside the clean, white-tiled…

Monster Of The Month: Sögusteinn – Tale Stone

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Several accounts of tale stones exist. Ólafur of Purkey says that it can be found in the nest of the…

Video Roundup: GKR, Samaris, Reykjavíkurdætur, Prins Póló, GANGLY

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With Airwaves coming, pretty much everyone in the Icelandic music scene is gearing up to drop a new track or…

Monster Of The Month: Finngálkn – The Sphinx

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Finngálkn is a creature mentioned in numerous ancient tales and legends, including the Saga of Örvar-Oddr, the Saga of Hjalmther,…

History Of Jóhann: The Composer’s Path Through The Reykjavík Scene

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Jóhann Jóhannson’s career has taken him through a broad range of bands and collaborations, some of which are profiled below….

Does Jóhann Dream Of Electric Sheep? The Rise Of Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Jóhann Jóhannsson emerges blinking from the dark doorway of the studio into the brightness of a late-summer Reykjavík afternoon. He’s…

Travel News: Aurora Spotting, Happy Russians, Eruption Advice

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The Norðurflug helicopter tours company has launched a new combination trip for the winter season, when the northern lights are…

Track By Track: Pascal Pinon’s ‘Sundur’

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Pascal Pinon is twin sisters Ásthildur and Jófríður Ákadóttir, who self-produced their first album aged just fourteen. Their second, released…

Monster Of The Month: Fylgja – Spirit Companion

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Folklore claims that when a baby is born, part of its soul remains, as a unique being, in the membrane…

Volcano Watch: A Closer Look At Katla

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Hvolsvöllur is a sleepy village in south Iceland, between Hella and Seljalandsfoss. It’s a somewhat forgettable, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it settlement of just…

Íshús: A Thriving Creative Community In Hafnarfjörður

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Hafnarfjörður’s Íshús is an imposing white seafront warehouse with its name emblazoned neatly across its front in marine blue paint….

Björk Digital Exhibit Launched With Virtual Reality Press Conference

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Björk today launched the ‘Bjork: Digital’ virtual exhibition in London with a virtual reality press conference. The singer, from Iceland’s…

A Tale Of Two Sweaters: The Wearable Art Of Ýr Jóhannsdóttir

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In the Ekkisens basement gallery on Bergstaðastræti, Ýr Jóhannsdóttir sits organising a large pile of colourful sweaters that will form…

Icelandic Music Roundup: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Björk, Terrordisco, Reykjavíkurdætur, More

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Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been drafted in to provide the soundtrack for the sequel to Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’,…

Travel News: Northern Lights, Viking Ships, Criminal Rubbish

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As the Costa del Iceland’s pretty damn decent summer draws to its conclusion and the nights draw in, there are…

Jóhann Jóhansson On “Dream Project” Of Scoring Blade Runner Sequel

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Composer Jóhann Jóhansson made the news this week when it was announced that he’ll be scoring the Blade Runner sequel,…

On The Road: Sandfell Öræfi

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Of all the things Iceland is famous for, trees are not among them. Most Icelandic trees are shivering, skinny things,…

There Can Be Only One: Iceland’s Highlands In Thoughts & Pictures

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The vast, desolate highlands of Iceland are the largest area of uninhabited and largely undisturbed nature in Europe. They sit…

For The Love Of Breiðholt: A Free Festival In Reykjavík 109

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Breiðholt, just a ten-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík, is perhaps not an area often associated with culture. But as is…

POWER UP! Airwaves Add Santigold, Bedroom Community Birthday Show

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Airwaves today announced a stellar bump on the lineup of the 2016 edition. Santigold, Mabel and Margaret Glaspy join the…

Meanwhile, In Hafnarfjörður: One Of Reykjavík’s Neighbouring Towns

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To most people who visit Iceland, the town of Hafnarfjörður is a suburb on the way to Reykjavík, or “that…

Are You An Inside Demon? Innipúkinn Festival Is Here

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The Merchant’s Weekend is a national summer holiday, taking place this year July 30-August 1, when Reykvíkingar pile into cars…

Alone In The Dark: Spending Winter in The Highlands

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The Icelandic highlands are a famously inhospitable region. In the winter, deep snow and regular storms make them unsafe to…

Welcome To Nowhere: An Escape Into The Icelandic Highlands

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Kjölur is a long, dusty trail that winds its way through the high plains of Iceland’s western highlands. It’s a…

Sin Fang Drops New Track Featuring Jónsi

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Sin Fang, aka former Seabear frontman Sindri Már Sigfússon, dropped a new track called “Candyland” today. It’s the first glimpse…

On The Road: Dyrhólaey

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Dyrhólaey is a peninsula on Iceland’s southern coast, not far from Route One. After a picturesque drive over a narrow…

Monster Of The Month: Draumagras – Dream Weed

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This plant is grey, with a jointed stem and a bud on top. It grows earlier than any other plant,…

Of Ice And Men: Powering Through Þórsmörk

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Super jeeps are a common sight in Iceland. These monstruous souped-up all-terrain vehicles sit dotted around the parking spaces of…

Fresh Airwaves: New Bands Announced

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Reykjavík must be one of the most touring-band-starved capital cities in Europe. So, when Airwaves makes an announcement of new…

Out Of The Darkness: Samantha Shay Delves Inwards To Reach Outwards

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It took a few weeks to find a good time to talk to Samantha Shay. In the heart of the…

10% Of Nation Greet Footballing Heroes; Team Eyes Russia 2018

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Iceland’s footballing heroes came to Reykjavík last night after their improbable run into the final eight teams of Euro 2016….

Iceland Team Returns To Reykjavík Today For Celebration At Arnarhóll

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Iceland’s football team will return from the Euro 2016 tournament today, having been beaten 5-2 by an imperious France side…