this day in icelandic history — The Reykjavik Grapevine %

Grapevine Picks: Book Fairs And Hugs!

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Glancing at the weather forecast, it seems that outside activities might prove a little challenging during the upcoming week. But…

The Book That Shaped The Icelandic Soul

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There are few books, if any, that have shaped the Icelandic soul as significantly as the Folklores and Adventures, or…

Björk’s Choral Concert Soars

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A musician announcing plans to “re-imagine” a well-loved body of work in the live arena can induce a shiver down…

Around The World In A Day: Experience Iceland’s Lava—From The Earth To The Sea

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Iceland loves its circle tours: Golden Circle, Diamond Circle, Silver Circle, and of course circling the entire country. But one…

Union Heads Resign: Conflict Between Leadership, Current And Former Members

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Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the director of labour union Efling, announced she was resigning from her position yesterday, RÚV reports. Shortly…

Grapevine Picks: Halloween Party, Digital Disorder, Peanut Butter & Katla Coffee

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Not sure what to get into over the weekend? This period between the end of summer and the start of…

Vikings Arrived To The Americas Before Columbus

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Recent analysis of small pieces of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland confirms that Vikings arrived in the North America…

RVK Newscast #137: DON’T WALK ON THE LAVA!

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Hæ again from Reykjavík! Reykjavík Grapevine’s Editor-in-Chief Valur Grettisson is back with his Chief Morale Officer, Pollý, in Laugardalur with…

The Mysterious Book Of Sorcerer’s Screed

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Need to wake up the dead? Look no further. It has to be said before we continue; Galdraskræða, or Sorcerer’s…

KÓPÓ! Herra Hnetusmjör Brings The Flow And The Fest

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The landscape of Icelandic rap has been ever-evolving since the first fully Icelandic language rap albums dropped in 2001. While…

From ‘What If’ To Reality: GDRN Talks Storytelling Through Music And Acting

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Telling your story takes courage. Telling someone else’s story takes empathy. Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir, or GDRN as she’s known…

For The Love Of Lopapeysa

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Lopapeysa are about as linked to the cultural identity of Iceland as skyr and the Icelandic horse. As the temperature…

Iceland’s Elections: Another District Recount Possible

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Following last Saturday’s election results, wherein Iceland had both a woman-majority Parliament and a new youngest member who was also…

Geldingadalir Eruption Now The Longest Of The Century

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The Geldingadalir volcanic eruption is officially the longest-lived of the 21st century, RÚV reports. The world turned their attention to…

Artist Erik DeLuca Shows Iceland’s Failure In The Holocaust

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December 10th, 1938: The Ministry of Justice receives a letter from 27-year-old Telmar and Paula Toller and their four-week-old son…

Old Norse, New Audience: Dr. Jackson Crawford’s Curious Path From Academia To Youtube

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Up in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, a pickup truck pulls over and out steps a pair of cowboy boots….

Discovery of Man-Made Caves Brings History Into Focus

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A snapshot the Icelandic landscape during the time of historical figure Snorri Sturluson is becoming clearer. Last summer, man-made caves…

Húsavík Eurovision Museum To Open In August

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The Eurovision Museum in Húsavík is set to open this August, according to museum founder and Húsavík native Örlygur Hnefill…

Valur, Pollý and Bjartmar Offer Walking Tours For A Week

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Valur Grettisson, the editor-in-chief at The Reykjavík Grapevine and Bjartmar Alexandersson, an investigative journalist along with the border collie/dachshund mix,…

The Full Spectrum Of Life: A New Day For Hipsumhaps

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Hipsumhaps first made a splash on the Icelandic music scene in 2019 with their first album, ‘Best Gleymdu Leyndarmálin’ (‘Best…

Ask A Scientist: How Does The Midnight Sun Affect The Wildlife Of Iceland?

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Travelers tend to revel in the majestic midnight sun of Icelandic summer, but for some it’s not so magical. When…