Author: Catherine Magnúsdóttir - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ask An Expert: Why Are There More Conspiracies Than Murders?

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One of the joys of researching birds is the group names one comes across. So, while we are able to…

Ask An Expert: How Did Vikings Fight?

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We found out from a real life Jarl Vikings are cool. They are rough and tough, the epitome of badass-itude…

What’s up with the Icelandic Punk Museum?

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We went to the curator for answers It’s a staple on Bankastræti — and pretty hard to miss with its…

Inflation and Safewords

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 The Grapevine answers your most pressing questions How are the average citizens dealing with inflation and the high price of…

Ask An Expert: What Makes Icelandic Moss So Special?

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We turned to an ecology professor for answers Icelandic Moss is frequently advertised for its high nutritional value and health…

Ask An Expert: What’s Up With The Squirrel In The World Tree?

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Mythology is kind of quirky. A lot of the elements people came up with to explain the universe seem really…

Well, You Asked: Habitats and Hunting Grounds

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What is the Reykjavík Grapevine staff’s favourite lunch break restaurant? Given that the office is close to the harbour, we…

Well, You Asked: Get Your Avocados in Tenerife, Birthday Boy

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Why are avocados so expensive? It’s the price for coolness and chiqué, my friend. The ultimate freshness on toast requires…

Ask an Expert: How the fuck do Icelanders Swear?

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  As much as it’s discouraged by our elders, curse words tend to sneak into the vocabularies of most people…

Nerds of Iceland, Unite!

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You are entering a dimly lit room. Around you, figurines of humanoid and monstrous creatures occupy every available surface. You…

Well, You Asked: Don’t Worry About the Dragon

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Why do all Icelanders have kids? Not much to do in the winter, I would gather. The general mentality towards…

Ask An Expert: How Do Geysers Erupt?

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Geysers are some of the most popular natural phenomena to be observed and studied — there’s just something fun about…

Well, You Asked: Tuna in for more fishy advice

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Why is it that whenever a restaurant offers a “catch of the day”, it’s always cod? When in trout, you…

Ask an Expert: What Influences the Strength of the Northern Lights?

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The magical beauty of the northern lights draws lots of people to Iceland. In fact, a whole lot of people…

“This is not a comedy podcast!“

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“I didn’t want to be like a normal person and just ask my comedian friends to hang out. I want…

Hearing The Image

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Eerie and vast sounds set the tone for Netflix’s new Spanish-language psychological thriller “Jaula.” And the creative mind behind the…

Ask An Expert: Are there more than 13 Yule Lads?

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With Christmas on the horizon, we can once again look forward to visits from our favourite holiday tricksters . But…

Creating Visibility With Sound: Julius Rothlaender & Claire Paugam On ‘Vestur í bláinn’

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Seemingly random, in front of wood paneling and amid shelves of books, an odd looking, torn, bright yellow dress hung…

Sombre Sparkle & Ghostly Glamour: Mighty Bear On New EP ‘Tveir’

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One of the most ethereal faces of Iceland’s electronic music scene ironically hardly shows his face at all. That enigmatic…

Horror-Scopes: The Autumn Fog Reveals Your Fate

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In Horror-Scopes, the Grapevine’s dedicated team of amateur astrologists give you their mystical visions on the dark fate that lies…

Bubble, Bubble, Toil, Trouble…And Eggs: A Day In Hveragerði

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Just 45 kilometres from the capital, beyond an otherworldly lava field landscape and up and down a mountain, lies the…

Discussion About COVID-19 Rapid Tests

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is assessing COVID-19 antigen rapid tests that are supposed to show on-the-spot results in 15…

Icelandic Economy Has A Chance Of Strong Recovery

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Íslandsbanki’s new macroeconomic forecast predicts that if the COVID-19 epidemic is tackled by next summer, the Icelandic economy can still…

Sheepdog Tímon Rescued From Ravine

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Icelandic sheepdog Tímon had quite the misadventure this month when he first went missing on a hike with his owners…

All Crew Members Of Valdimar GK Diagnosed With COVID-19

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All fourteen crew members of the liner Valdimar GK have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Jóhann K. Jóhannsson, communications director of…