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Response To Hatari’s Performance At Eurovision Swift, Drawing Praise And Condemnation

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Last Saturday, anti-capitalist BDSM technocore art rockers Hatari finished in 10th place at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel…

Editorial: Exposing Hate

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Here is an unpopular opinion, at least among Icelanders: I have a lot of sympathy with the Israeli nation when…

Grapevine’s Ultimate Iceland Road Trip Summer Playlist

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Summer is here, and with it comes road trip season. Here’s our essential Icelandic playlist. Roll down the windows, turn…

Ask A Marine Ecologist: What Is The Importance Of Whale Poop For The Ocean?

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So much of Iceland’s history and a great deal of current controversy revolves around the largest animals on the planet—whales….

Nature Abhors A Vacuum: In The Wake Of WOW

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The Reykjavík Grapevine and most of Iceland have been watching the struggles of WOW Air since last year as it…

Hallgrímur Helgason: “No One Is Afraid Of Laxness Anymore”

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Hallgrímur Helgason is Iceland’s best known Icelandic authors—well, after Halldór Laxness. His books have been translated to dozen of other…

Listen Carefully: Bára Gísladóttir & Skúli Sverrisson’s Collaborative Bass Odyssey

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Amidst the noise and heat of KEX Hostel in the middle of a bustling Airwaves afternoon, Bára Gísaladóttir and Skúli…

Snæfellsnes Road Trip: Seals, Glaciers, Canyons, Caves & More

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Just a couple of hours from Reykjavík lies Snæfellsnes—a long volcanic peninsula containing a wide array of wonders, from black…

VIDEO: Icelandic Police Again Use Force Against Peaceful Protesters

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A sit-in at the Ministry of Justice ended with an unusual degree of force from the Icelandic police, video and…

MP Submits Proposal Calling For Referendum On Iceland’s NATO Membership

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Last Saturday, Iceland commemorated the 70th anniversary of officially joining NATO. In honour of the occasion, Left-Green MP Andrés Ingi…

Judge, Jury And Executive: How Our Former Justice Minister Inadvertently Ended Her Post

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Iceland got a new justice minister this month, after a dramatic ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)…

Information Is Never Neutral: The Editor Of Wikileaks Breaks His Silence

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“If you’re not a radical journalist, you’re not a journalist,” Kristinn tells us near the beginning of our interview. “You’re…

In Search Of Iceland’s First Hamburger

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Hamburgers may be ubiquitous in Iceland today, but that wasn’t always the case. When the first hamburger arrived is still…

Grapevine Playlist: Bjarki, Mighty Bear, Örmagna, Kælan Mikla, Sunna & More

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Like seventeen huge, gleaming icicles breaking off simultaneously and smashing into iridescent fragmented gems, here are the latest frigid emissions…

Iceland: 30 Years Of Legal Beer

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Last Friday, Icelanders celebrated Beer Day, which marks the anniversary of Iceland making beer legal again—as it has been for…

Icelandic Sagas Delivered In 75 Minutes

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So here’s the thing, I’m new to Iceland. And while I’m thoroughly enjoying Iceland’s rich art and music scene, there…

RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens Won An Unforgettable Trip To Iceland

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Last Friday, Feb. 1, two queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars won a mega-packed trip of a lifetime to…

Clichés From Civilization: Ragnar Kjartansson On Epic Screensavers, Theatre & Nobility

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For nearly two decades Ragnar Kjartansson has worked within various realms of art. His most recent piece—‘Figures in Landscape’—is a…

Iceland Thaws: The Glaciers Are Melting – What Does It Mean For Iceland?

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The Okjökull glacier died in 2014. It wasn’t the first Icelandic glacier to pass away. Some estimates say that up…

The Frozen Wave: Warm Welcomes & Cold Glaciers In Borgarfjörður

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“Drive past Reykholt and continue to a farm called Stóri Ás,” read the directions to Borgarfjörður’s Lava Lodge. “Cross the…

Union Says Management Counteroffer “Cuts To Our Wages And Conditions”

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Efling, one of Iceland’s largest labour unions, has sharply criticised management’s proposed counteroffers, saying they actually undermine worker’s rights. Union…