Something For Everyone: Bike Cave

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Located in the Skerjafjörður neighbourhood behind the domestic airport, the Bike Cave is somewhat out of the way for travellers…

One Night Only: In Reykjavík, Pop-Up Restaurants Keep… Popping Up

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Walking into the open, dining room at ‘slow-food’ favourite Bergsson’s harbourside satellite location in late September, we knew we were…

On The Road Again (And Again)

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In a wide, grassy meadow where the road to Húsavík breaks off from the Ring Road, you’ll encounter a rather…

Casa Grande: Go Big Or Go Home

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Located in a red corrugated iron house overlooking the old harbour, Casa Grande is situated smack-dab in the middle of…

Misbehaving Nuns, Ancient Ice: Five Seasonal South Iceland Sights

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Ideally, all of your travels in Iceland would be accompanied by mild weather and cloudless skies, but waiting for perfect…

Feeling Parsley, Hearing Voices At The Iceland Writers Retreat

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The second annual Iceland Writers Retreat took place this past weekend, bringing together acclaimed authors from Canada, Iceland, Norway, the…

Iceland Writers Retreat Redux

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Going into its second year, the Iceland Writers Retreat—which, armchair copyeditors take note, is purposely “apostrophe free”—is riding high on…

Yule Year-Round: Visting Jólagarðurinn

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This fall, while planning my first trip up North, I messaged a friend of mine who had gone to secondary…

Kicking Off Iceland Noir 2014

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Following the easygoing success of last year’s inaugural Iceland Noir crime lit festival, this year’s event is already off to…

Back To Basics

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Although contemporary hip hop culture is undeniably global in its scope, most people wouldn’t think of Iceland as a hotbed…

Everyone’s A Chef

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I walk into Salt Eldhús (“Salt Kitchen”) on a rainy summer afternoon that feels chilly enough to be fall. Shaking…

The Way We Live Now

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Taking its inspiration from idiosyncratic headlines around the globe, ‘News Muse’ by Vala Hafstað combines two very Icelandic interests–the daily…

Selling Like Hot (Crab) Cakes

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Located further afield than most of Reykjavík’s new brigade of food trucks, Walk the Plank—specializing in crab cake sliders from…

Remembrance and Re-Remembrance

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Following the astounding success of their last collaboration, “Dansaðu fyrir mig,” (‘Dance for Me’), collaborators (and fiances) Pétur Ármannsson and Brogan Davison…

When Dreams Become Realities

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In early 2012, 49-year-old Ármann Einarsson, a music school principal with a potbelly that he frequently, fondly, pats, sent a…

Have You Seen Hidden People?

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During her childhood in Flói, a small rural area in Southwest Iceland, author Unnur Jökulsdóttir grew up with stories of…

Bárðarbunga Earthquake Visualization

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An Icelandic computer scientist has created a data visualization showing all of the Bárðarbunga earthquakes measuring over 1.5 on the…

Hiding in Plain Sight

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In early 2014, we at Reykjavík Grapevine were forwarded a hand-drawn image entitled “Huldufolk [sic] of Iceland Remote Viewed.” The…

Bárðarbunga Volcano Watch: The Afternoon Edition

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Volcano watch is still in full swing, but no eruption yet. In the meantime, here’s a roundup of the day’s…

Readers’ Huldu-fólktales

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Since our Hidden People issue came out on Friday, readers have been submitting their own elf-encounter tales left and right….

Hidden People: They’re Just Like Us (Kind Of)

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When foreign media outlets report on Iceland and need to add a little local colour, they will invariably throw in…

Hidden People Folktales

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It is due to the efforts of two men, Jón Árnason (1819-1888) and Magnús Grímsson (1825-1860), that such a large…

Reykjavík Pride Starts Today!

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Reykjavík Pride (Hinsegin dagar), a six day celebration emphasizing LGBTQIA visibility, solidarity, and yes, pride, starts today. Reykjavík Pride began…

Time’s Ticking For The Icelandic Goat

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Goat farmer Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir has launched a new IndieGoGo campaign to save her family farm, Háafell (also known as…

It’s Your Book And Your Voice

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“Iceland is like a disease you can’t get rid of.” This from Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s ‘Digital Nomad,’ by way…

Great Grandma’s Recipe, With a Kick

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Sceptics of Jungian psychology take note: the collective unconscious is most certainly A Thing here in Iceland. How’s that, you…

Við Erum Best!

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At last count, there were 326,340 people living in Iceland. That’s .0045% of the world’s population and while it isn’t…

Iceland In Miniature: Snæfellsnes

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Having planned to spend much of this summer—my first summer in Iceland, in fact—gallivanting around the country, I’ve instead spent…

Butterflies In November

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If it’s possible to claim a ‘trend’ based on what is as yet a rather small sample size, an interesting…

Corpse Cats And Criminals

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Summer visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to guided introductions to our fair capital. There are walking tours,…

“More Icelandic Than The Flag”

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In late June, Gunnars Majones, an Icelandic company known for its sauces—and more particularly for its marquis product, mayonnaise—announced that…

101 Rats!

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As a general rule, city-dwellers tend to nurse an active suspicion of, if not downright animosity, against rats. In many…

May Your Urine Burn, You Cowardly Goat!

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There are a lot of progress barometers when you are learning a new language, but for me, I’ve always been…

Iceland Is For Lovers

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In early February, we here at the Grapevine—a notoriously amorous publication, as our readers well know—received an unexpected message in…

National Registry Denies Ten-Year-Old Girl Passport

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Harriet Cardew, a ten-year-old Icelandic girl from Kópavogur, was denied a passport because the National Registry will not recognize her…

A Taste Of The Ocean, Streetside

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Street food, as you might expect, has not traditionally been a big thing in Iceland. In a country without an…

Street Food, Family-Style

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Less than two weeks old, Súpuvagninn (“The Soup Wagon”) is Reykjavík’s newest food truck, focusing (almost) exclusively on kjötsúpa (“meat…

The Great ConSkyracy That Wasn’t

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Iceland’s MS Dairies began exporting skyr to the US’s high-end grocery store Whole Foods in 2006, following the yogurt-like product’s…

Pylsuspjall: Iceland’s Bar Scene

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What’s your name? Dean Where are you from? Fairbanks, Alaska (USA) What do you think makes these hot dogs so…

The Truth 
Is Out There

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Amidst municipal election projections, heated whaling debates, and a run of contentious labour strikes, an altogether different kind of story…

News in Brief Late May

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With the municipal elections on June 1, many politicians scrambled at the end of May to tilt public approval in…

Pylsuspjall: Downtown Hotels

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Welcome to our second edition of Pylsuspjall, a feature in which we accost strangers at the Bæjarins Beztu hot dog…

News in Brief Early May 2014

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So, summer has officially begun here in Iceland, which means it’s whaling season again. Whaling is currently permitted in Reykjavík’s Faxaflói Bay—the…

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…

By Immigrants, For Immigrants

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Barbara Jean Kristvinsson, a counsellor with the city’s Human Rights Office, knows from experience how difficult it can be to…

The Chief Of Reykjavík

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I clearly remember the day, just over a year ago, when I first saw the Reykjavík bookmobile (bókabíll) parked on…

News In Brief

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We’re #1! We’re #1! At what, you ask? Did Iceland finally win Eurovision? No—that hasn’t happened yet (and honestly, our…

Good Coffee, Good Conversation, And A Good Cause

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In a city brim-full with cafés and coffee shops, one local man—psychology student and long-distance cycling enthusiast Sverrir Rolf Sander—has,…

“A Gallery Is Nothing More Than The Group Of Artists Represented There”

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While art aficionados and those familiar with the Icelandic art scene may have their own ideas about work that is…

Silent No More

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Gerður Krístný is an immensely prolific writer, having produced some 18 books—including poetry and short story collections, novels for adults…