Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Warning: Windstorm Hits South Iceland—Be Careful. Plus Bonus Netflix Recco

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According to vedur.is, a windstorm is about to hit the southwestern corner of Iceland, which is, somewhat inconveniently for us…

#IcelandSmites: Heimir “The Scarred Eye Of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson Sails To Qatar

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Former manager of the Icelandic national football team, Heimir “the scarred eye of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson, The Darth Dentist, The Westman…

A Flying Visit: Keflavík’s Hotel Berg Is A Tucked-Away Gem

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We streak out of Reykjavík along Route 41, escaping snarls of Saturday morning traffic and shooting into the snowy wilderness…

Fiiiiiive Goooooold Riiiings: Christmassy Goings-On In Reykjavík City

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Reykjavík is a cosy and festive place to be at Christmas, from the decoration-festooned downtown streets to pop-up markets, special…

Quality, Ambition, Originality: Kraumur Music Awards Unveil Diverse Longlist

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As the year draws to a close, music journalists, bloggers and critics are starting to draw up their end-of-year-lists of…

Secretly Satanic: SMIT Records Explores The Frontiers Of Experimental Music

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“It’s about infecting people with satanic music,” says Héðinn Finnsson, in a quiet, deadpan voice, with a neat grid of…

Geothermal Beer: Hveragerði’s Ölverk Brew Pub Is A Must-Visit

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Until recent years, many of Iceland’s small rural towns have had—despite a couple of top-notch exceptions—very limited options when it…

Christmas Is Coming & We Are Getting Fat: A Festive Guide To Reykjavík Restaurants

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After last year’s tour of easy-going downtown havens like Mat Bar, Snaps and Skál, we decided to broaden the net…

Music News: Jónsi Triple Album! Vök’s World Domination! Kiasmos NYE Blowout! More!

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Oh lord! It’s all going off in the Icelandic music scene. Here’s a summary of what’s new. Jónsi has released…

#IcelandSmites: Horde In Hamrén-induced Hypersleep; Glory Abounds Anyway

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After the end of their injury-smited, ignominious UEFA Nation’s League campaign, the horde has dispersed back to their day jobs,…

Town Guide: Chess Masters, Thrift Shopping & Memorable Meals In Selfoss

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South Iceland’s main town of Selfoss is an hour-long drive from Reykjavík on the banks of the wide and gushing…

Iceland To Beat World Champs France On Path To Inevitable Euro 2020 Triumph

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The Euro 2020 qualification groups have been drawn, and Iceland will once against face their old rivals, World Cup holders…

Unstoppable Thunder Of Viking Skipper Aron Gunnarsson Smites Premier League

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Iceland’s totemic midfield general and infamous bearded warlord conqueror Aron “The Annihilator” Gunnarsson shook the Premier League once more yesterday…

Grapevine Playlist: Wood/Work, Commander, Svartidauði, Sólveig Matthildur, Hugar & More!

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Very much like a torrent of aurora glimpsed through the clouds, rippling the surface of our planet’s atmosphere like a…

Search For Life: Halldór Ragnarsson’s Accidental Art Project Finds Its Final Form

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Halldór Ragnarsson’s book, “Search For Life,” is not, in fact, a book. It looks like one, with a cover and…

Iceland Airwaves Begins: Hear Our First GrapeWaves Daily Podcast Now

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Airwaves is off and running! As well as our journalist team at-large, this year we’re joined by American radio host…

Of Space, Whales And Antarctica: An Enlightening Weekend In Húsavík

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We land at Húsavík’s tiny airport and step out into a brisk, frosty morning. In contrast with the short, grey…

Máni Orrasson’s New Single Is Steeped In Intimacy, Longing & Desperation

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Máni Orrasson is an intriguing Icelandic musician who, having long been based overseas, sometimes sails under the radar on his…

Surfing The Airwaves: Our Essential Festival Survival Guide

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Iceland Airwaves has a special way of dragging you through a happy melée of gigs, smiling faces, packed dancefloors, chance…

#GrapeWaves 2K18 is GO! Win An Einstök x Grapevine Goodie Bag, Stuffed With Stuff!

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Iceland Airwaves is one of our favourite times of the year—it’s more reliably fun than, for example, Icelandic summer. So,…

#IcelandSmites: Taking Care Of Business, or Belgian Revenge Waffles Best Served Cold

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Iceland’s indomitable footballers are spread across Europe—nay, THE WORLD—currently, plying their merciless mercenary trade for unimaginable spoils at clubs like…

Let Them Eat Wings: The Brewdog Empire Comes To Reykjavík

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Downtown Reykjavík has, for years, been a largely chain-free environment. With the exceptions of an ill-fated Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, the…

Meet The Venues: Where You’ll Be Hanging Out At Iceland Airwaves 2018

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Iceland Airwaves has taken many forms over its twenty years, from being a concert in an airport hangar, to a…

Ice Fights & Missed Flights: Airwaves Gutters & Strikes With Moshi Moshi

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London record label moshi moshi has been involved with Iceland Airwaves for ten years, hosting a stage and bringing bands…

First Day Of Winter In Iceland—And “Meat Soup Day” On Skólavörðustígur

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Yup, that’s right—as Jon Snow once moodily muttered, “Winter is here.” But despite the official onset of the long Icelandic…