Mag
Articles
BEST OF REYKJAVlK IS HERE AGAIN

BEST OF REYKJAVlK IS HERE AGAIN

Published July 19, 2012

Our BEST OF REYKJAVÍK LIST is here! Again we’ve spent countless hours compiling the thing [via your suggestions, e-mails, Facebook comments and bar-talk], and as always we are sure you are more than ready to contest and challenge every single entry.
And this is the point. We should strive to spend our time having conversations about stuff in our environment that contributes to our quality of life. We need to care about our surroundings and show love for the things we are thankful for.
As we like to lazily copy/paste on this occasion: “We love the great city of Reykjavík. We really do. In fact, we love it so much, we named our magazine after it—and most of us choose to live here for extended periods at a time. It really is an excellent little city, all things considered. Of course it’s lacking in many things a city will need. Decent public transport, actual neighbourhoods, a variety of ethnic eateries, clubs for late night partying on weekdays and about a million people, to name but a few. But we still swear by it, and if you’re reading this, chances are you do too.”
What follows are some nice tips on some of what makes Reykjavík-life worthwhile, some good entries into a hopefully neverending discussion. The primary purpose of this BEST OF REYKJAVÍK thing is celebration! It’s about big-upping stuff, giving mad props to it and patting it on the shoulder.
Our list is of course by no means a scientific one, and it is certainly contestable. It should be used as a starting point for a conversation; something for you to read, verify, distrust, totally disagree with, argue over, send us angry rants about and enjoy.
Here’s how we do it: Ever since spring 2009 we’ve been accepting readers thoughts on what’s BEST at bestof@grapevine.is, as well as conducting random polls on our Facebook, on the street and at the bar. Using your suggestions and arguments for guidance, we then assembled a couple of panels of tasteful folks that represent most genders, income brackets and political affiliations. Below are the results. Enjoy, and remember to send your suggestions to bestof@grapevine.is for consideration in our 2013 edition.
Read REYKJAVÍK INSTITUTIONS here
Read BEST OF REYKJAVíK: Dining & Grubbing here
Read BEST OF REYKJAVíK: Shopping & Commerce here
Read BEST OF REYKJAVíK: Drinking & Nightlife here
Read BEST OF REYKJAVíK: Activities & Fun-Times here



Mag
Articles
Lemúrinn: The Icelandic Doctor Who Performed Testicular Transplants

Lemúrinn: The Icelandic Doctor Who Performed Testicular Transplants

by

During his studies in Vienna in the 1920s, Icelandic physician Dr. Jónas Sveinsson discovered a remarkable new form of treatment:

Mag
Articles
News In Brief: January 2015

News In Brief: January 2015

by

January was just chock full of fun and surprises, news-wise. Well, more surprises than fun, but you take what you

Mag
Articles
Here Be Sleeping Dragons

Here Be Sleeping Dragons

by and

In her article “Here be Dragons,” Anna Manning attempts a “summary of debates surrounding oil exploration to the north of

Mag
Articles
“Don’t Be A Douchebag!”

“Don’t Be A Douchebag!”

by

Icelanders are outstanding in many fields. For instance, we proudly hold the record for youngest median age of starting sexual

Mag
Articles
Searching For The Hidden People In Society

Searching For The Hidden People In Society

by

In the old folk stories, the Huldufólk were a race of “hidden people” who lived alongside Icelanders, yet remained outside

Mag
Articles
Þorrablót: A Fabricated Tradition

Þorrablót: A Fabricated Tradition

by

It’s Þorrablót time in Iceland. You could have one too. Let me save you some trouble: the Þorramatur menu isn’t

Show Me More!