Author: John Pearson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Picture Story: Airborne Fire-Fighters

by

Iceland has no armed forces, but the nation’s coast guard often steps into the gap to undertake certain specialist tasks….

Isolated Iceland: The Splendid Solitude Of The North

by

Northern Iceland—where landscape, sea and sky converge just south of the Arctic Circle—is as far north as many of us…

Track By Track: ‘Mobile Home’ By GusGus

by

GusGus join forces with Vök vocalist Margrét Rán on their new album ‘Mobile Home’, as well as hooking up with…

Volcano And Drone: A Seismic Soundtrack

by

Images of Iceland’s recent volcanic activity have travelled around the globe, and touched people’s imagination in a variety of ways….

Húsavík, My Boomtown: Eurovision Lifts The North

by

Húsavík is currently hibernating. Even though yesterday was the official start of the Icelandic summer and the weather is gradually…

Tales Of A Michigan Boy: The Open Book Of John Grant

by

“I suppose I never really tire of going back over my life, and trying to figure out what the fuck…

Photos: Geldingadalsgos At Night

by

The Reykjavík Grapevine paid another visit to Iceland’s volcanic eruption last week, this time to report what it’s like to…

Woman Attacks Shop Employee Over Face Mask Request

by

An employee at a Reykjavík shop was attacked yesterday afternoon when he asked a customer to put a mask on….

Iceland Tops Global Ranking Of Gender Equality

by

The World Economic Forum yesterday ranked Iceland as the best-performing country in the world regarding gender equality. The Global Gender…

No Way, Kanye! West Reykjavík Rejects Rapper Statue

by

The City Of Reykjavík will not be erecting a statue of American rapper Kanye West, rejecting a suggestion it received…

Authorities Appeal For Volcano Visitor Safety Awareness

by

Icelandic authorities yesterday called for visitors to the volcanic eruption site in Geldingadalur to be more aware of safety. Local…

Volcano Site Closed By Weather And Gas

by

Police closed the volcanic eruption site in Geldingadalur last night, after weather conditions deteriorated and levels of airborne sulpher dioxide…

Photos: Day Five Of The Geldingadalur Eruption

by

Five days on from lava finally emerging near Fagradalsfjall in Reykjanes, the Geldingadalur volcano shows no signs of slowing down…

Photos: Day Two Of The Geldingadalsgos Eruption, Shot By Art Bicnick

by

As soon as the Reykjanes peninsula started spitting out the lava it had been promising for weeks, The Grapevine’s intrepid…

Photos: Day Two Of The Geldingadalsgos Eruption, Shot By Axel Sigurðarson

by

Axel Sigurðarson is a Reykjavík photographer with a keen interest in the natural world as subject matter. He was at…

Iceland Rated Second Happiest Country On Earth

by

Iceland has achieved second place in a new global ranking of population happiness, following a study intended to reflect the…

Local Politician Finds Buried Gun

by

A councillor for the Seltjarnarnes area of Reykjavík recently found a pistol buried in the foundations of his house—prompting a…

Iceland Remains Cautious As Europe Restarts AstraZeneca Vaccinations

by

Icelandic health authorities have not yet announced whether they will resume use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, despite several other…

VIDEO: Icelandic Coast Guard Rescues BBC Film Crew

by

A helicopter from the Icelandic Coast Guard winched five members of a BBC film crew to safety yesterday, after their…

Too Tired For A Tryst? Young Icelanders Need Better Sleep

by

Fatigue from busy lifestyles is causing young Icelanders to have less sex than their older counterparts, according to an expert…

The Raw Power Of Pop Baroque: Erró’s Energy Sparks A New Exhibition

by

The name Erró is often followed by the phrase “Iceland’s most famous artist,” a custom which can leave the uninitiated…

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Grammy for Joker

by

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won a Recording Academy Grammy Award yesterday for her soundtrack to Joker, which she accepted over…

Cuddling Cats, Preparing Pancakes and Whittling Wood: Margrét Rán’s Perfect Day

by

Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir is most often found fronting Vök, Iceland’s premier purveyors of lucid-dream pop, but she also makes music…

The Art Of Making A Stand: Hatari Show Strength In ‘A Song Called Hate’

by

If you live in Iceland the chances are that you’ll know Hatari—at least by reputation. If not, they may well…

Lost In Google Translation: Sir Elton Is Dead! Long Live Sir Elton!

by

When the team at Grapevine Towers read on mbl.is that Sir Elton John had died, the well-lubricated VineMachine sprang into…