Barflies Unite: The Downtown Bar Safari Gets Five New Watering Holes

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Reykjavík’s bar scene has been in a state of relative stasis over the last year or two. Since the miniature…

Húsið: The Art House Of Patreksfjörður

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The harbour area of Westfjords fishing town Patreksfjörður is a small tangle of streets lined with dripping warehouses and industrial…

Music News: President Bongo, Airwaves For Gender Equality, G Y D A’s Moonchild

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Acclaimed producer and DJ President Bongo—a former member of GusGus—has announced a new solo record. The release is the third…

Making Of An Artist: New Wave Cinema, Indie Rock And Art With Rakel Mjöll

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Rakel Mjöll Leifsdóttir (pictured above, middle) is the singer of the UK/Icelandic band Dream Wife, as well as being a…

Grapevine Playlist: G Y D A, Vök, JFDR, Munstur, Grafík, Joey Christ & More

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Welcome to another rich and varied Grapevine Playlist, containing everything from the starry gentility of the acronymic G Y D…

Town Guide: Seaside Charm & Wild Nature in Tvøroyri

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If the far-flung capital of the Faroe Islands, Tórshavn, is too much of a metropolis for your taste, you could…

Premiere: Gyða Valtýsdóttir Becomes GYDA; Releases Beautiful “Moonchild” Video

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The Icelandic solo musician and master collaborator Gyða Valtýsdóttir, whose album of reworked classical compositions ‘Epicycle’ met with great acclaim…

Editorial: The Power Of Outsiders

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Outsiderism is an interesting phenomenon. Whether it’s artists who operate outside of the mainstream, activists trying to influence political decision…

Hard Labour: 10 Years After His First Show, Þrándur Is One Of Iceland’s Best-Known Painters

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Þrándur Þórarinsson opens the door of his studio and quietly says hello. Dressed in a blue grandad-collar shirt and maroon…

Cloud Island: A Drive Around The South Faroese Outpost Of Suðuroy

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The Faroe Islands appear suddenly, a jutting interruption in an endless carpet of rolling clouds. The plane circles the islands…

Music News: Ambitious Tours, Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Bjarki Going Strong, Busy FALK & More

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Three Icelandic acts are embarking on ambitious tours this year. First, mom-folk strummer Axel Flovent is heading out on a…

Disposable Art: The “Saltjökull” Project Wraps Fish ‘n’ Chips In Art Prints

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You may have heard the old aphorism about the news: that one day, it’s on the front page, and the…

Town Guide: Seafood, Wildlife, Crystals & Caves in Neskaupstaður

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Iceland’s easternmost town of Neskaupstaður is known to many for the Eistnaflug metal festival, but it’s a charming place to…

The Smiting Never Ends: Women’s World Cup, Aron & Hannes Contracts & More

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After a fascinating World Cup tournament reached its finale, the Icelandic men’s team are regrouping for some coming tournaments, while…

Cartoons: Elín & Lóa Muse On The Icelandic Summer, Or Frequent Lack Of

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Here’s the latest relatable content from our resident comic geniuses Elín Elisabet and Lóa. See more comics here.

Grapevine Playlist: ASTVALDUR, Omotrack, Kristín Anna, Andi, Mosi & More

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Like eight glorious sea eagles swooping majestically into your living room, we present to you the essential Icelandic tracks of…

G! Force: G! Festival Turns A Tiny Faroese Town Into An All-In Beach Party

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It’s hard to believe, on first sight, that a music festival could take place in the location of G! Festival….

Music News: Norðanpaunk Lineup, Andi Snap-Releases 2nd LP, Vikingur Marches On

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Norðanpaunk Festival, held annually in the roadside hamlet of Laugarbakki in Northwest Iceland, has announced the final lineup for their…

The Great Reykjavík Steak-Off: Three Reykjavík Steak Joints Battle For The Crown

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When the Argentína Steakhouse closed its doors earlier this year, it left a big rib-eye shaped hole in the downtown…

Fill Your Lungs: Seyðisfjörður’s LungA Festival Is A Breath Of Fresh Air

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A white-robed procession walks slowly along the shoreline of Seyðisfjörður’s harbour lagoon. The throng are singing softly, and have dots…

The First Ladies Of Beer: Lady Brewery’s Craft Beers Turn Heads In The Male-Dominated Scene

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In September of last year, Ragnheiður “Raxel” Axel and Þórey Björk Hall­dórs­dótt­ir—a food industry worker and a designer, respectively—started a…

Last Farm In The Valley: Slow Time At East Iceland’s Wilderness Centre

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The Fljótsdalur valley is a secluded place. It begins at the foot of Lake Lagarfljót, where Route 934 winds through…

Town Guide: Hidden Places, Wildlife & Westfjordian Wonders In Patreksfjörður

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Tucked away in the southernmost region of the Westfjords lies Patreksfjörður, a peaceful fishing town of around 700 inhabitants. It’s…

Life In Pictures: Dragons, Deities, Morphoclogs

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There’s something strange going on outside Iðnó. A cluster of tall, black, bipedal reptiles stand with their backs to the…