Author: Alice Demurtas - The Reykjavik Grapevine

A Dark Enigma: GYÐA Steps Forward With ‘Evolution’

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There’s always a certain allure to exploring all that is dark and mysterious, and even more so when the unknown…

On The Raven’s Wings: Discover Norse Mythology

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Mythology-inspired shop Thor isn’t exactly easy to miss as you walk down Reykjavík’s main street. Its gigantic statue of hammer-wielding…

Road To Nowhere: Snowmobiling On Langjökull Glacier

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“Time to drive everyone!,” says our mountain guide for the day, pointing at a bunch of snowmobiles parked in an…

On The Road: Snorri Helgason On Silly Songs & Brand-New Adventures

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There is something magically captivating about the idea of life on the road. From Marco Polo’s ‘Million’ to the American…

Alice in Beerland: An Adventure At The Icelandic Beer Baths

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When word got out that a new beer spa had opened in the North of Iceland, people had very strong…

Under The Rainbow: A Morning Walk Around Gullfoss

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It’s one of those typical window-weather days in Gullfoss. The sun shines happily above the gleaming water, and it would…

In Good Spirits: Flóki, First Ever Icelandic Whisky Is Out

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Is there ever not a time for a gin and tonic? Cold or hot, no matter the weather, an icy…

For Óðinn’s Sake: Norse Mythology In Downtown Reykjavik

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Artist and designer Hans Alan Tómasson has always been a Norse mythology and Ásatrú aficionado, but it’s only when he…

The Golden Life: The Mystical Creations Of Hildur Hafstein

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It’s on a rare sunny day that I visit Hildur Hafstein’s jewellery shop, which is just slightly hidden from the…

Facebook Deletes Icelandic Artist’s Video Featuring Free Nipples

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Following their company policy against female nipples, Facebook recently deleted a video posted online in occasion of a Reykjavik Arts…

Rate Of Suicide In Iceland 16 Times Higher Amongst Men

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The Icelandic Directorate of Health has recently issued a new report analysing the rate of suicide across the entire country in 2017,…

ÚTL Barred From Opening New Shelter For Asylum Seekers In Iceland

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The Directorate of Immigration in Iceland (ÚTL) has recently been barred from opening a new shelter for asylum seekers in…

Official Coalition Talks Begin In Reykjavik, But No Mayor Yet

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Formal talks have officially begun in Reykjavík between the parties from the standing coalition and the Reform Party, RÚV reports….

Teenage Abortions In Iceland Steadily Decreasing

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The number of abortions carried out by young women between the ages of 15 and 19 years old in Iceland…

One Fourth Of Icelandic Children On Payroll Last Year

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According to a new report from Statistics Iceland, about one fourth of Icelandic children were involved with the job market…

The Azzurri Of The North: Italy Adopts Iceland For The 2018 World Cup

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An Italian journalist has made headlines here in Iceland recently for his interview with the President of Iceland, Guðni Th….

Local Culinary Association Chooses Best National Dish In Iceland

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Iceland is well-known for its bizarre and sometimes unappealing dishes like the infamous fermented shark, but there is much more…

Never As Many Children With Foreign Background In Iceland

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Children who are either immigrants, second generation immigrants or come from a partially Icelandic family have doubled since last year…

Monday News Edit: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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As we move towards the warmth of June, we also ponder what has been on Icelanders’ minds of late, besides…

Racist Party In Iceland Breaks Historic Electoral Record

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During last weekend’s municipal elections the Icelandic National Front broke a local record by winning the fewest votes in the…

Number Of Women Voted Into City Councils In Iceland Never Higher

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Quite a few interesting things happened during last weekend’s municipal elections, including a notable increase in the number of women…

Netanyahu’s Sons Allowed To Enter Iceland With Gun-Bearing Bodyguards

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The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has recently issued permission to the bodyguards of Israel’s Prime Minister’s sons to enter…

NASA Starts Simulations In Iceland In Preparation For Journey To Mars

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A group of scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just launched a new project in Iceland…

Number Of People Choosing To Learn Icelandic Reaches Record High

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According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, more than 200,000 people all over the world are registered as users…

Björk Gives First TV Performance In Eight Years

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After an eight year long TV hiatus, Icelandic musician Björk gave a memorable appearance on the BBC last night, during…