Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Unexpectedly Awesome

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Chances are that your handy rough guide doesn’t mention this. From the road, it appears that someone has transplanted colourful…

How Did You Like Iceland?

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I The other day I was flipping through Hugleikur Dagsson’s “Avoid Us,” the English translation of the one-line Icelandic comics…

Gone Fishing

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Chapter One: Fish Guts The first thing that strikes you about working on a fishing boat is the amount of…

Gallery Crush

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At various Icelandic art schools, designer/fashionista Óli has a reputation. Having focused his art in the direction of the greater…

Borderline OK

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When you identify your band as “rock,” you’re automatically recognizing your own fated mediocrity in a way. It almost predetermines…

Fljótt og Gott

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The journey down to the BSÍ bus terminal for my first bite of boiled Icelandic sheep’s head was not a…

Round and Round Around Route 1

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The last time I came to Iceland, in 2006, I drove the 1,339 km Ring Road in 27 hours. My…

Selection From the Sweets Shop

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When the editor summoned me and told me to explore the field of Icelandic candy, I thought it would a…

Skyr: A Beginner’s Guide

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Skyr (pronounced ‘skeer’) is a traditional Icelandic dairy product made from pasteurised skim milk without omitting certain kinds of milk…

Sir Gussi: A Metal Knight

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Okay, so his name is actually Gunnar Guðbjörnsson. While he’s not officially knighted, his studio space might just become the…

How do you like AIR?

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They’re veterans, AIR. They’ve been doing the album-tour-album-tour format for almost a decade now, squeezing in the occasional festival gig…

Swooning With The Rapture

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I wonder if the Motions Boys have been having nightmares about power. For those of us who were there for…

The Playground Hvítá River

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The people at Arctic Rafting could tell just by looking at me that I had never been rafting in my…

Street Art: Accepted in Galleries, Banned in the Streets

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It’s not just the weather. Reykjavik is a grey city. Beyond the pastel corrugated iron houses of Skólavörðustígur and the…

Eiki Feiti

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You can talk all you want about your braised lamb shanks, your fancy baked Alaskas, and your filet mignons in…

Kaldi: The Coolest Beer in Iceland

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It seems that the introduction of an Icelandic microbrewery has been long overdue: it was nearly twenty years ago that…

The Night the PA System Blew

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As a part of the Take Me Down to Reykjavík City concert series, the Grapevine assembled a handful of upstart…