What’s up, Guðmundur? I graduated last weekend in fashion design from the Iceland Academy of Arts, which was pretty nice. Now I’m working on a new men’s fashion line for both Herrafataverzlun Kormáks & Skjaldar and GK Reykjavík. Next week we’ll film a new fashion/music video to the GusGus song, ‘Over’. My colleagues at Narvi Creative Studio are co producing it with GusGus and my graduation fashion line will be used. Otherwise I try to go fishing when I can. Early Morning On the rare occasion that I don’t go straight to work in the morning, I stop by Kaffismiðjan (Kárastígur 1). It’s on my way and it’s a great place to hang out. I expect to do more of that this winter after I’ve populated the world. Lunch I never go anywhere but Dill (Sturlugata 5) for lunch. Well, sometimes I go to Grillið (Hotel Saga, Hagatorg). Mid-Day There’s nothing better than sitting in a hot tub at either Sundhöll Reykjavíkur (Barónstígur) or the Seltjarnarnes swimming pool (Suðurströnd). Although I hate nothing more than the Vesturbæjarlaug swimming pool (Hofsvallagata). Afternoon It’s refreshing to have a drink at Ölstofa Kormáks & Skjaldar (Vegamótastígur 4) after a long workday. That’s very refreshing. Heat Of The Night I most enjoy spending the evenings at friend’s houses in good company. If I go to a bar, it’s usually Bakkus (Tryggvagata 22), at least these days.
“You don’t have to be crazy to go swimming in the sea, but it helps.” So says the man sitting next to me in the hot tub at Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík’s Geothermal beach. We’re facing out toward the Fossvogur bay, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of the waves lapping at the shoreline. It’s six in the evening and pitch dark. But for the time being, at least, the perpetual drizzle and fog, which have hung over Reykjavík all week, has lifted, so the twinkling lights of Kópavogur are visible across the water. The man next to
The fine group of peaks known as Kerlingarfjöll were named after a high rock pillar that is said to be a female troll who was turned to stone as she was hit by daylight back when her kin roamed the country. The massif is colourful and rich in contrasts with its peaks and valleys, glaciers and snowfields and all that lively geothermal activity that serves to make the area so interesting. The mountains—roughly 1,100-1,500 metres tall—are part of a large, local centre of volcanic activity that has been around for a long time but is probably extinct by now. The
We know you all were pretty upset to learn that it wasn’t actually the real Ryan Gosling who made headlines a few weeks ago by getting his car crashed on Sæbraut. Don’t worry. There are plenty of celebrities that did come over to Iceland and got up to all sorts of silly behaviour. And guess what? We, Your Friends At The Grapevine, are here to help you get over your Gosling-blues, girl. How? By helping you create your own little DIY walking tour that covers most, if not all, of the wonderful, shiny Hollywood stars that have gotten up to
Verslunarmannahelgi (“Merchants‘ Weekend”) initially came about because the first Monday in August was designated a statutory holiday for merchants and anyone working in trade in Iceland. Nowadays, convenience stores, roadside shops and tourist shops pay their staff extra to be able to stay open on that day, so that they can make money out of all those on holiday that weekend. Meanwhile, everybody else is slacking off, because that Monday is simply a bank holiday and the weekend leading up to it is the summer’s biggest camping and festival weekend. ÞJÓÐHÁTÍÐ Some of the festivals have been ongoing concerns for
On Friday evening we set off toward Skagafjörður where we would spend the weekend exploring. It wouldn’t be like anything we had done before; Bragi Jónsson, an Icelander who certainly knows his way around the island, would be taking us geocaching. This modern form of a scavenger hunt via GPS is played in more than 200 countries. A German traveller introduced it to Bragi in 2009 and he has since looked for caches not only in Iceland but also in Denmark and Norway. “It takes me to places I have not been to before and will keep on doing so,”
You may have noticed while looking at a map of Iceland that the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the Keflavik International Airport is situated, has a familiar shape. It looks like a boot, like a miniature version of good old Italy. You might find some similarities, like mountains, seaports and volcanic activity but the likeness mostly ends there. The Reykjanes Peninsula is rugged and even desert-like in some areas with most of the vegetation consisting of sturdy, low profile grass, heather, moss and lichen. Birds are abundant in the summer, especially around the spectacular marine cliffs like Hafnarberg and Krýsuvíkurbjarg in the