this day in icelandic history — The Reykjavik Grapevine %

Reading Too Much Into The Icelandic Book Prize Nominees 2021

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In Iceland, you can be sure that two things happen every year in January: bad weather and the Icelandic Book…

The Grapevine Music Awards 2021: The Winners Are Here!

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Oh, you thought a pandemic would stop us? No way! It’s January, and that means the Grapevine Music Awards 2021…

Ari Eldjárn Wins Icelandic Optimism Award

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Icelandic comedian and recent Netflix star Ari Eldjárn was awarded the Icelandic Optimism Award last Saturday, President of Iceland Guðni…

Fancies: DJ Dóra Júlía

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Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subject is Dóra Júlía Agnarsdóttir…

Áslaug Magnúsdóttir’s Katla Brings Sustainability To The Forefront Of Fashion

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Áslaug Magnúsdóttir wears a lot of hats. When she talks, she’ll transform from a shrewd businesswoman to a staunch activist…

The Father Of Icelandic Christmas: Brian Pilkington Brings The Yule Lads To Life

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When you ask a child in Iceland what the Yule Lads look like, you might expect them to show you…

Sigur Rós Survives: Endings, Eddas And ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’

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The end is nigh. You feel it in your bones. Each time you read the news, each time your phone…

Iceland On The World’s Biggest Comedy Stage: Ari Eldjárn Has A Netflix Special

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I’m just going to say it and I know that this might result in the stand-up community in Iceland (and…

Icelandic Politicians Respond To ECHR Grand Chamber Ruling

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Response for Icelandic politicians—both in the government and the opposition—to today’s European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber ruling that…

A Stacked Deck: Police, Courts, And The Right To Protest In Iceland

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Icelanders have developed a positive reputation for their protests. Praised for having driven a government out of power, for pressuring…

What A Twist: Mom Air Turns Out To Be Art Project All Along

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To the surprise of—well, someone, we suppose—the mind behind Mom Air has announced that the whole thing is, indeed, and…

Release Alert! sóley Goes Experimental Accordion On Harmóník

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Friday the 13th in the year 2020 might seem an auspicious day, but the lovely songstress sóley has livened it…

Mom Air “Not Performance Art Of Any Kind”, Creator Insists

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Oddur Eysteinn Friðriksson, the mind behind Mom Air, sent a statement to the Grapevine this morning wherein he states “Mom…

Where Is The New Constitution? – A Nation Still Waits For Iceland 2.0

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The collapse of Iceland’s economy in late 2008 incited a tremendous amount of anger in the nation’s people. While the…

On Human Nature: Mammút Talk Their New Album, The Pandemic & The Importance Of Touch

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“Easy to hide. My mind needs light. I open up my mouth. My mind needs light.” And so begin the…

Just Sayings: “Betra er að vera góðs manns frilla en gefin illa”

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As you have perhaps heard, Icelanders are pretty liberal when it comes to their love lives. But that said, the…

A Half-Elvish Film Festival: The Skjaldborg Film Festival Reviewed

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One might be forgiven for thinking that some sort of elven curse was placed upon this year’s Skjaldborg Film Festival….

Ask An Expert: What Was The First Guitar Solo In Icelandic History?

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Iceland has certainly made a name for itself as a seemingly boundless source of great music, starting with its full-armed…

Police Rescue Falcon On Suðurlandsvegur

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The police were called to Suðurlandsvegur yesterday when a pedestrian found a falcon that appeared to be ill or wounded,…

Iceland’s Unlikely Role In Space Exploration: From 1965 And Into The Future

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With the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, Earth’s exploration of space began in earnest. Since then, the focus had…

Icelandic Author Tops German Bestseller Lists

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Ragnar Jónasson’s ‘Hidden Iceland’ has made history by occupying three of the top places on the German bestseller list published…