Author: Aliya Uteuova - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Grapevine Playlist: New Music From Kristín Anna, Högni, MIMRA & More

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Like a sudden flurry of shooting stars entering your house through an open window, here are the latest cosmic emissions…

Ísafjörður Never Goes South: The award-winning Westfjords festival Aldrei Fór Ég Suður Is back

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Since 2004, April means one thing for the people of the Westfjords: the Aldrei Fór Ég Suður music festival. Named…

Ask A Medieval Historian: Who Wrote Njáls Saga?

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Njáls Saga is one the longest of the forty Icelandic sagas written between the 13th and 14th centuries. Many Icelanders…

VIDEO: Justin Bieber Not To Blame For Closing Of The Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

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Earlier today, Grammy Award-winning musician Justin Bieber announced his hiatus from music. Could the shame of mistreating Iceland’s environment be…

The Kickstarter Of DesignMarch: DesignTalks Is Here To Spark A Conversation

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We may not realise it, but design is in everything we do. The clothes we wear, the beds we sleep…

More Than Minimalism & Wood: ‘Now Nordic’ Redefines Design Notions

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In recent years, millennial trendsetters have gushed over everything Nordic on social media. Bookstores have found a niche of selling…

Artist Of The Year: Eygló Harðardóttir Reflects On Her Career

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Eygló Harðardóttir’s art is difficult to classify in one word. A mixed media visual artist, she has worked with wood,…

Memories Of War: An Interview With Booker Nominee Mazen Maarouf

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The first feeling Mazen Maarouf felt when he learned he was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize was panic….

Yellow Weather Alert In Iceland Tomorrow

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Strong winds of up to 28m/s are expected to hit East Iceland tomorrow, March 22. This comes from the latest…

Orange And Yellow Alerts For Iceland Today

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An orange alert has been issued for South Iceland, Southeast Iceland and Central Highlands. Severe gale-force winds or storms can…

Perfect Day: Face Of The Downtown Scene Skaði Gives Us The Scoop

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For Skaði Þórðardóttir, an Icelandic music producer and performer, a perfect day is between 10-15ºC in Autumn, a season that…

Ask A Textile Historian: What Is The Story Of The Icelandic Sweater?

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Wearing this sweater is the proof you need for the world to know that you were in Iceland. An Icelandic…

Throw Some Glitter, You’ll Be Fine: Gloria Hole Brings Alaska To Iceland

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Hjálmar Poulsen—or, as the world knows him best, Miss Gloria Hole—first performed as a drag artist for the guests of…

Tölting Through Time: How To Ride Like A Viking

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Hundreds of thousands of people come to Iceland with a singular purpose: to meet one of the island’s most interesting…

Caught Between Two Cultures: María Thelma On Navigating The Film Industry

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“You’ve got to be really good at being bad,” says María Thelma Smáradóttir. Over the course of 10 years of…

Vigur Island For Sale, Locals Urge The Government To Bid

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The island of Vigur, in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, is on the market and locals want the Icelandic government to buy it….

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…

Winners Of The 2019 Icelandic Art Awards Announced

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Two Icelandic artists have received prestigious national awards, announced to a statement to the press from the Reyjavík Art Museum….

Orange And Yellow Alerts For Iceland, Strong Wind

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Weather reports predict strong winds in the Eastern half of Iceland. Traveling by car is not advised, and there may…

Faroe Islands “Closed”, Will Welcome Maintenance Volunteers

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Iceland’s neighbour, the Faroe Islands, plans to close for maintenance in April. The self-governing Danish territory will undertake a series…

Men In Iceland Live Longer Than Women

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The 2019 Eurostat report puts Iceland well above the European Union average for healthy life expectancy. Iceland also defies the…

Some 6,000 Icelanders Estimated To Be Intersex

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On Monday, February, 18, Amnesty International published a new report on the right to health for people with variations of…

This Week In Icelandic Weather: Rain, Rain, And More Rain

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Get your rain boots on and have your umbrellas on standby — it is going to be a wet one….

Icelander Missing In Ireland

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41-year-old Jón Þröstur Jónsson went missing in Whitehall, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, February 9th. He is described…

City Officials Propose Separate School For Children Of Refugees And Asylum Seekers

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A working group suggests establishing a special school department for children of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Iceland. A…