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Ask a Pagan Chieftain: How Was Winter Celebrated Before Christian Traditions?

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Christmas lights and traditions bring much-needed warmth to the cold Icelandic winters. But before Christianity arrived in the country, Icelanders…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Magic Wishing Hill

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Some Icelandic superstitions are specific to one particular place—don’t touch this rock, don’t try building a road through this hill,…

New Bar Open For (Paranormal) Business

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Four friends got together to open a new bar and encountered a haunting reality. No, we’re not talking about the…

Polish-Icelandic: A Society Emerges

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Poles are by far the largest immigrant group in Iceland, so it was high time someone made a movie about…

We Are A Fire Cult: Andri Snær Magnason Talks Oil, Humans As Volcanoes & Pancake Sci-Fi

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“At first, people think I am messing around. But it’s all about the journey around the black hole,” laughs Andri…

Over The Hill: Art Exhibition Advocates Wildlife Protection

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“The photographers gave their work for the exhibition because they [believe it’s] an important exhibition about the dangers to the…

Horror-Scopes: The Leo Of The Rings

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In HorrorScopes, Grapevine’s dedicated team of amateur astrologists breaks down your upcoming weeks based on shit like planetary orbits. Aries…

Food Of Iceland: Liquorice

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Liquorice gets a bad rap internationally, thanks to black jellybeans being the worst candy ever made, as well as Twizzlers…

Giving The Women Of Icelandic History A Voice: The Reykjavík Feminist Walking Tour

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On a chilly Wednesday evening, I stand at the foot of Ingibjörg H. Bjarnason’s statue in front of Alþingi, shivering…

Ask A Scientist: What Actually Happened During The Turkish Raid Of 1627?

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One of the most infamous events in Icelandic history is the Tyrkjaránið (The Turkish Raid) of 1627. Although it‘s commonly…

Taste The Tröll: A Culinary Day Trip Around The Tröllaskagi Peninsula

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Pink oyster mushrooms peek over the edge of a basket at the entrance of Vellir. The mushrooms have been grown…

Hannah Gadsby On ‘Douglas,’ PC Culture, Cher & More

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Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s international career ironically kicked off after she announced that she was quitting comedy in her furious…

Football Shenanigans: The Latest News From The Pitch

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Everybody likes an underdog. Such is the case with the Icelandic football team. Twenty-one years ago, we won against the…

Art For Free: Get Outside And Save That Cash

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Culturally immersing yourself in Iceland can be an expensive undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be. You can discover artistic…

On The Golden Circle, There’s A Lot To Be Grateful For

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On a rainy Sunday, I set out to explore The Golden Circle with tour company Reykjavík Outventure accompanied by a…

Moving Forward With The #MeToo Conference

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The inaugural #MeToo: Moving Forward conference was held in Reykjavík from September 17th to 19th. Co-sponsored by the Nordic Council…

Interweaving Reality And Imagination: Ian McEwan Accepts Literature Prize

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Literature has always been integral to Icelandic culture, though literary awards are a relatively new feature of the country’s heritage….

Medieval Scholars and Hot Tub Enthusiasts

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Summer is practically over. That means that the mild weather we’ve had will soon be replaced by cold winds, rain…

Harpa Hosts #MeToo Conference In Reykjavik Today

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir has officially opened the #MeToo conference being held at Harpa today, Vísir reports, wherein people from…

PMS: Pretty. Messy. Sexy.

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Jenny Purr, Lola VonHeart and Chardonnay Bublée are as fierce, cheeky and passionate offstage, as they are on stage. Coming…

Nazis, Mike Pence And The Third Energy Package: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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Iceland is not a Nazi-friendly country. This became very apparent when a dozen members of the Nordic Resistance Movement gathered…