Author: Elías Þórsson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Bónusljóð: Supermarket Poetry Now Available In English

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One of Iceland’s most celebrated authors, Andri Snær Magnason, has just released an English translation of his book “Bónusljóð”–one of…

Wages In Iceland Up 60% Since 2012

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In the years between 2012-2016, wages in Iceland increased 60%, reports VB.is. Wage increased has slowed down recently, but they…

Two Men Suspected Of Assaulting A Five Year Old

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Two men in their twenties are currently in police custody, suspected of assaulting a five year oldn’ yesterday, reports Vísir….

Icelandic National Team Down – Denmark To Blame (Again)

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It’s happened again. They are back. On the latest FIFA World Ranking Iceland falls one spot to 22, while this…

Winner Of Grapevine’s Best Design Shop Kraum Declares Bankruptcy

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The design store Kraum, which has won the Best shop to pick up local design award in the Grapevine’s Best…

Man In His 60s Seriously Injured Following Home Invasion

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Yesterday, three men broke into a private residence on Melgerði in Kópavogur and viciously assaulted a man in his 60s,…

300 Icelandic Female Politicians Open Up About Sexual Harassment

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Over 300 Icelandic female politician from across the political spectrum have signed a petition demanding that “all men take responsibility”…

3 Immigrants Paying 210 Thousand For Shared 8 Square Metre Room

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The typical rent prices for a 8 square metre room with two beds and sometimes a wardrobe with access to…

Cocaine Flood Continues In Iceland: More Seized Than Ever Before

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Customs agents at the Keflavíkur International Airport have seized up to 31 kilograms of narcotics this year of which 23.5…

The Clock Is Ticking: New Sundhöllin Is Coming

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The locals have waited for what seems like an eternity for the oldest swimming pool in Reykjavík, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur to…

Dear Washington Post, Our National Football Team Is Not “Cuddly”

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Iceland qualifying for the 2018 World Cup has captured the world’s imagination and sports writers and international audiences have been…

Hallgrímskirkja Raking In The Millions

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The most iconic building in Reykjavík, Hallgrímskirkja, has seen it’s income from entry fees to its tower increase eightfold in…

Ólafur Arnalds Goes To Space Searching For Aliens

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Stardate November 17 2017, musician Ólafur Arnalds has just sent his composition “Stratus 1” to the planet GJ273b. The planet…

England Shakes As Iceland Beckons In The World Cup

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The 27 of June 2016, a day when Old Blighty copped a Blighty and feebly left Europe for the second…

Illegal To Camp Or Do Your Business Wherever You Want In South Iceland

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The police in the south of Iceland have announced rule changes which will make it illegal for tourists to sleep…

Manchester United Scout Sent To Reykjavík, Finds Out National Team Is In Qatar

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The Icelandic national team has for several years made international headlines and super club Manchester United seems to be among…

IKEA Christmas Goat Under 24/7 Guard

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It has become a seasonal event–like the return of winter, darkness and parliament elections–the annual burning of the IKEA Christmas…

Record Number Of Foreign Immigrants In Iceland

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More foreign immigrants are expected to arrive in Iceland during our current boom than in the years leading up to…

Everybody’s Spectacular Festival: Breathing Life Into Performance

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“The name has a double meaning. It’s both a reference to the body and to the fact that everybody is…

Beasts Of Iceland: The Icelandic Sheepdog

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After a trip around the Golden Circle, you—our tourist reader—might be wondering: “How the hell does any animal survive on…

Marshall House & Blue Lagoon Take Design Honours

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Yesterday, to much fanfare, and a great Babies concert, the Icelandic design awards were handed out at the theatre Iðnó….

Music News: Sónar Announce Lineup, Björk Cryptocurrency, Hatari EP

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Electronic music and experimental arts festival Sónar Reykjavík has confirmed the first artists who’ll perform at the 2018 edition. The…

Hero Comedian And Grapevine Contributor Saves Life Of 2 Month Old

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“I was walking home in Vesturbærinn when a car rolled down its window and a panicked women with an American…

Word Of The Issue: Gárungar

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A phrase you should never use in a news article is “some people say.” Who are these people? But saying…

US Woman Searching For Icelandic Classmate She Knew In 1962

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An American woman from Ann Arbor, Michigan is currently in Iceland searching for an Icelandic classmate she last saw in…