Sónar Day Three: Unicorn Sightings, Goosebumps, Maxed-Out Emo Meters

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Last night was the finale of Sónar Reykjavík, with a stellar lineup of Icelandic up ‘n’ comers such as Wesen…

Sónar Day Two: Unexpected Feathers In The Upside Down

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Day two of Sónar went off like a firework. Into the fray went one seasoned Grapevine veteran, Ragnar Egilsson, and…

Sónar Day One: Hatari Slayed, And The Klock Is Ticking

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Each night of Sónar, Grapevine has a troupe of writers-at-large taking in the scene and reporting on what’s going down…

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About The Whales Of Iceland?

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What were the oceans around Iceland like during Napoleon Bonaparte’s first reign in France? You could always ask a Bowhead…

Blast From The Past: Hitler’s Reputation Valued At 200 ISK

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On January 6th 1934, famous Icelandic author Þórbergur Þórðarson wrote an article in the now defunct daily paper Alþýðublaðið. Its…

Reader Letters: An American Reader Returns After 15 Years

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Dear Grapevine, I visited your lovely island back in ’99 and there weren’t that many menus in English, let alone…

Monster Of The Month: Hafmaður – Merman

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It is rather common for seafarers to catch sight of both mermen and mermaids, and perhaps hafstrambis, as they raise…

Classic Cocktails With An Icelandic Twist

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For those who like to tipple, but want to enjoy something from a local distillery, it can be a challenge…

Happening This Week: The Past, “Presence” and The Future

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It’s a new year. A time of reflection and resolutions. Of reflecting on what’s been and resolving not to do…

Grapevine’s 2017 Prophecies

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What wonders will the new year have in store for us? We consulted some of Iceland’s best psychics (in our…

Happening This Week: Normcore, Norðanpaunk and Charity

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“I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turns out I was just really bored” -Wayne Campbell…

Best Of: Cozy Guide

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It’s January, the cool heart of Winter. While looking at the “bright side of things” might be out of the…

Reader Letters: Probably Our Only Turkish Subscriber

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Dear Reykjavík Grapevine, I’m probably the biggest fan of your magazine and Iceland itself in the world. I love Iceland…

Grapevine’s 2016 Playlist To End All 2016 Playlists

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There was a veritable raft—nay, a FLOTILLA—of Icelandic bands doing great things in 2016. Aron Can, for example, racked up…

Happy New Year!

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Quite a lot of people were happy to see 2016 depart, and to ring on the promise of a new…

Reader Letters: Missing Star Wars Character Uncovered

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Dear The Reykjavík Grapevine, I am Ben Cawdor. I am writing to you because I ‘d like to talk with…

Get Your Read On: Where To Start In The Icelandic Book Store

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For the unacquainted, it can be hard to know where to start with Icelandic literature. Should you begin with a…

Track by Track: ‘GKR’ by GKR

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Icelandic rapper GKR released ‘GKR’ last month, a formidable collection of tracks. Here are his thoughts on the album. VELKOMIN…

What Just Happened? Grapevine’s Airwaves 2016

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Wow. It feels like the starting gun has just been fired: but Airwaves 2016 is over. Airwaves happens fast, and…

Saturday Super-Review: A Tempest Hits Airwaves

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And so: Airwaves Saturday night. Our open-eared reviews team went back into the fray, deep in the heart of the…

PHOTOS: Björk Brings Vulnicura To Harpa

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Björk presented her last album, ‘Vulnicura’, in Iceland for the first time yesterday in the Eldborg hall of Harpa. She…

Grapevine’s Super-Team Super-Review: Wednesday

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Airwaves: it’s everywhere. There are rappers on the tables of your favourite morning coffee shop and punk bands in the…

Airwaves Tipsters: Grapevine’s Festival Review Super-Team Picks

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We’ve given you the bands’ picks for Airwaves 2016—but what about our own Very Special Grapevine Airwaves Writer Super-Team? Here’s…

Björk: Digital Exhibition Comes To Iceland, Opens During Airwaves

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Björk Digital—the acclaimed exhibition of virtual reality videos for songs from Björk’s last album, ‘Vulnicura’—is set to debut in Iceland…

Iceland’s Little Watch Manufacturer To The Stars: J&S Watch Co.

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What do the Dalai Lama, Quentin Tarantino, Ben Stiller, Viggo Mortensen and Tom Cruise have in common? They all own…

Colour Concept For This Week’s #GVPics

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Autumn doesn’t have the charisma of summer’s bright shine, but there is something refreshing about its downplayed tones. As we…

The Grapevine Reader’s Poll Results

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Well, we had to get in on the act, and set up our own online poll. As with all open-ended…

The Reykjavík Grapevine Election Poll Extravaganza!

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Elections are coming up this month, and although you might not even live in Iceland (let alone have the right…

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Barber

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Record Store

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Shop To Pick Up Local Fashion

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Place To Shop Organic

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Bookstore

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

Photo Gallery: Magic Aurora

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Last night saw the arrival of a spectacular display of aurora borealis over many parts of Iceland. A car full…

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Shop To Stock Up On Local Design

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Secondhand Shop

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Grocery Store

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Place To Watch Sports Over A Beer

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best God Damn Store

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Happy Hour

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Place To Buy A Wool Sweater

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Place For Cocktails

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best All-Around Bar

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Lunch Place

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Late Night Bite

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Must-Try Dining Experience

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Newcomer Bar

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Brunch

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Place To Go With A Group Of Friends

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

Grapevine’s Best Of 2016: Best Seafood

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