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Writer Researching 1627 Ottoman Invasion Of Iceland Befriends Algerian Asylum Seeker

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“The Turkish Invasion really brought us together,” says writer Steinunn Jóhannesdóttir on her acquaintance with an Algerian woman who sought…

Capitalists, Celebrate: Your Guide To Merchants’ Weekend 2020

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Legend has it that every year on the first weekend of August a great and mighty Icelandic boat dude would…

Pride In A Pandemic: Reykjavík Pride Reshapes Itself For 2020

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“Our first decision was that, no matter what, we weren’t going to cancel,” Vilhjálmur “Villi” Ingi Vilhjálmsson, the President of…

Travel Like A Tourist: Journeying Through Iceland Like An Icelander

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Presenting: The Ultimate Grapevine Travel Iceland Guide. Scroll down for our favourite places in the north, east, south, west and…

The Grapevine Bookclub: Sperm Banks And Erotic Sheep

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Driving the Ring Road means a lot of downtime in the car. Pick up one of these books to enrich…

Today Is Women’s Rights Day In Iceland

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Today, there are at least two causes for celebration. In the United States, June 19th is also known as Juneteenth,…

Geysir Protected On Icelandic National Day

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Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson signed a decree protecting Geysir in Haukadalur on the 17th…

Iceland’s Goðafoss Waterfall Granted Protected Status

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Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s best-loved waterfalls, has been granted protected status by the Environmental Ministry. The waterfall’s new protected status…

Ghosts On The Wind: The Eerie Beauty Of Snæfellsnes

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Snæfellsnes is often touted as “Iceland in miniature,” and not for nothing—in a single day’s drive north from Reykjavík, you…

Culture Pick: Sóttqueen – Postprent’s Exhibition Of Coronavirus-inspired Art

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Postprent brings you the very best of Icelandic art from the coronavirus era in an exhibition opening at Ásmundarsalur this Saturday,…

Art In The Time Of Corona: Can Inherently Social Art Survive Isolation?

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In this current climate, artists of all mediums are facing difficulties. When stuck in social distancing, quarantining, or—God forbid—dealing with…

Ask An Historian: The Legacy Of Iceland’s Red Stocking Women

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We asked Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir from Iceland’s Women’s History Archives to fill us in on the legacy of some of Iceland’s…

Take Care Of Yourself, No One Else Will: The Grapevine’s “Guide” To Self-Care

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If 2020 was a drink, it’d be Dasani. If it were a TV character, it’d be Georgina Sparks from Gossip…

Horror-Scopes: Guilty Pleasure Pisces

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In Horror-Scopes, the Grapevine’s dedicated team of amateur single astrologists break down your upcoming weeks based on shit like leaves…

Dark Days For Icelandair: Layoffs, Losses, Possibility Of Government Takeover Floated

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Icelandair, Iceland’s best-known airline and the lifeblood of the country’s tourism industry, is facing considerable challenges due to the coronavirus….

Stay Cultured While You Social Distance, Intellectuals

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Well, thanks to questionable food choices in another part of the world, we’ve all got a lot of time on…

Horror-Scopes: Never Date A Leo… Seriously

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In Horror-Scopes, the Grapevine’s dedicated team of amateur single astrologists break down your upcoming weeks based on shit like Venus,…

Get Medieval With It: 1238 Museum Puts You In The Shoes Of A Viking

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Far in the northern reaches of Iceland, nestled in between Mount Tindastóll and Laxárdalsfjöll Mountain, in a town called Sauðárkrókur,…

Tarantulas Coming To Laugardalur Zoo

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The Environmental Agency recently granted the Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur the right to import tarantulas, RÚV reports. An…

Hveragerði Honours The Couple Taken By COVID-19

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A somber cloud hangs over the town of Hveragerði as residents remember the couple who became the first Icelandic victims…

Documenting COVID-19: Looking Forward To Looking Back On The Virus

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The word unprecedented has lost all impact in reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak, not a day seems to go by…


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