Art bookstore Útúrdúr has been sorely missed since they closed down along with the equally missed Havarí (come back!) in January. So when they re-opened in a brand new location on Hverfisgata (next to Kling & Bang) a couple of weeks ago, we felt it appropriate to express our joy by featuring them in our ‘new in town’ thingy on our centre map. Útúrdúr is a bookstore that specialises in the sale and publishing of art related materials, namely “books, catalogues, posters, bookworks and multiples”. It is also a venue where artists may get their work promoted. Go browse some art and alt.culture weekdays between 12-18 and Saturdays from 12-17.
Like most decent Reykjavikings, Grapevine’s friend Kormákur Arthursson hung out in 101 Reykjavík on December 23rd. His trusty smartphone in hand, the rascal managed to catch the essence of what being an (non-empoverished-diseased-or-otherwise-troubled) Icelander at that particular time of year. Seeing this, anyone who’s been will want to go back. Anyone who hasn’t will want to go. And anyone who was there a couple days ago will feel oddly nostalgic for that stressful, beautiful, foul-smelling time of year. Merry Christmas, again, from Your Friends At The Reykjavík Grapevine
Hey. If you want to give your friend or loved one an almost absurdly unique Christmas present that will make them think you’re one of those adventurous, spiritual types: your search is over. Check it out: Icelandic experimental electro-noise artist Kira Kira has teamed up with LA musician Eskmo to bring you ‘The Kira Kira Eskmo Amulet’, a super exclusive EP limited to 100 copies. The Amulet EP comes not in the form of your usual, boring CD, 7” or cassette tape, but as, well, an amulet. A handmade wooden amulet at that, one that’s filled with Icelandic volcanic ash,
If you are a tourist stranded in Iceland over the holiday season, you may find yourself hard pressed to come up with activities to engage in, as the country practically shuts down in late December (admittedly, this has been changing along with the increased tourist influx). Most shops are closed, tour operators generally run a limited schedule, and some of our favourite restaurants close down (although, again, this has been slowly changing for the better). Rather than let you depend on dumb luck, we at the Grapevine compiled a list of what’s open and when for your convenience. Rest assured,
Get some Yule Lads! Jólabúðin, Laugavegur 4 This lovely Christmas shop on Laugavegur (open year round!) offers a wide range of cool, Iceland-specific Christmas crap your friends back home will totally appreciate (a lot of it’s on the cheap side, too). For a safe bet, go for one of the sweet Icelandic Yule Lad figurines. We’re talking lovingly hand-crafted miniatures of all your favourites, from Sheep-Cote Clod to Doorway-Sniffer, presented in all their kitschy glory. A quirky present if there ever was one. Stay warm! Gyllti kötturinn, Austurstræti 8 Who wouldn’t love to get a pair of Christmas socks as
Vintage shopping can be one of the most thrilling life experiences for fashion lovers out there. Nothing compares to the joy and excitement of rummaging through a treasure trove of retro sunglasses or the pride and satisfaction of excavating the perfect ‘60s designer dress from under a pile of old sweaters. There is a ridiculous number of vintage shopping guides, lists and stories for almost every fashion-conscious city out there. Try typing, “Vintage shops in Paris” into Google. Now replace Paris with New York, Milan, London, Stockholm or Berlin and you’re going to be directed to thousands of different places
A few years ago, industrial designer Pálmi Einarsson looked around at the world and his two young boys and thought to himself: “What state will this planet be in when our kids inherit it?” He then up and left his successful long-term career with an international prosthetics manufacturer and set up Geislar hönnunarhús, where he designs and produces toys and giftware in an as eco-friendly manner as possible. Amongst other things he makes model planes and cars that his sons helped him design. “Kids are so much better at thinking outside the box than the rest of us,” Pálmi says