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Farewell To Lost Glacier: Iceland To Combat Climate Change

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Five years have passed since Ok, a glacier, was announced by geologist Oddur Sigurðsson to have lost its glacier status….

Adventures In Wander-Land: The Mind And Mystery Of Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

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Director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s house sits on the edge of the city, dividing the land, sea and opinions. Somewhere between sprawling…

Lights! Camera! Tractor!: Getting Real With Award-Winning Filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson

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Farmers are protagonists. Sets are sheep sheds and weather-worn farmhouses. Tractors steal the scene. Someone flings mud and sheep shit…

That Time 15% Of Iceland Went To See Ed Sheeran

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When the news broke that Ed Sheeran was going to play at Laugardalsvöllur in August, Icelanders broke a national record,…

Swiss Woman Rescued In Seyðisfjörður

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On the night of Tuesday, August 6th, an elderly man heard the distressed cries of someone in danger and subsequently…

Dill & Systir Restaurants Closing

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Only hours ago, it was reported that Dill and its sister restaurant, Systir, have closed. According to unconfirmed reports, the…

The Vegan Food Guide: A Reykjavík ExtraVEGANza

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It wasn’t a million years ago that it was hard to come up with a reliable dinner recommendation for vegans…

Simbahöllin Cookbook Wins At The Gourmand International Awards

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When my editor called to let me know that the ‘Simbahöllin Cookbook’ (written by Janne Kristensen and Isobel Grad) had…

The Outlaw Is King: ‘Bruce Lee and the Outlaw’ Wins IceDocs Film Festival

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Dutch photographer and filmmaker Joost Vandebrug has won the award for best feature-length documentary at the inaugural IceDocs film festival,…

The Unknown Ranger: Orville Peck Rides Into Town For Airwaves

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Orville Peck has a lot of thoughts about identity, which you might consider odd coming from a masked, pseudonym-adopting country…

The Books Come Out: QueeReads Features Elías Knörr & More

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“We just do this for the party,” Bjarndís Tómasdóttir laughs. “That’s a meme.” Along with Elísabet Thoroddsen, Bjarndís co-organizes QueeReads,…

DJ Playlist: Yamaho Lines Up Páll Óskar, GusGus And ILO

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Natalie G. Gunnarsdóttir is better known as Yamaho, a respected veteran DJ on the Reykjavík scene. Known for propulsive sets…

There Is A Smite That Never Goes Out: Icelandic Football Update

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As the 2019-20 pre-season intensifies, the fate of our bold and mighty smiters comes into clearer focus. Of course, their…

All That Glitters: A Road Trip Around The Diamond Circle

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You don’t need to spend long on the Diamond Circle—northern Iceland’s greatest sightseeing route—to realise that it’s a different world…

Ask a Geologist: With Its Several Hotspots, Could Reykjavík Erupt?

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We asked geologist Ed Marshall, a postdoc in Mantle Geochemistry and Igneous Petrology at the University of Iceland: do Reykjavík’s…

Fish Stew From Heaven: A Plokkfiskur-Induced Trance At Fisherman

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Ah, plokkfiskur, that most reliable of Icelandic comfort foods. Take some delicious hunks of fresh white fish, mash it together…

Ask An Expert: Why Are There No Reindeer In Western Iceland?

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You probably know that reindeer are not native to Iceland; they were actually brought to the country in the 18th…

Photos: Mass Pilot Whale Death in Snæfellsnes, West Iceland

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A mass stranding of over 50 pilot whales occurred last week in West Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula. The event occurred on…

Best Of West Iceland 2019: Best Shop

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West is best! However true that sentiment rings, we’ll try a little harder to illustrate what we love about the…

Prison and Paradise: Eminent UK Poets Share Letters With Iceland

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Reykjavík’s literary world celebrated solstice with a duet of events featuring heavyweight UK poets Lavinia Greenlaw, Paul Muldoon and poet…

Editorial: Of Monsters And Men—A Gateway Drug To Icelandic Music?

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During the making of this issue, it came as a bit of a surprise to us in the Grapevine office…