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PHOTOS: Inside The Grapevine Music Awards Party 2019

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The Grapevine Music Awards Party 2019 took place last night at Húrra in downtown Reykjavík. It was packed out, and…

Grapevine Music Awards 2019: Best Song – Prins Póló’s ‘Lifið ertu að grínast’

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Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson, aka Prins Póló, sits down regally on the bench, his back straight and fingers interlocked over one…

Grapevine Music Awards 2019: Artist Of The Year – Ólafur Arnalds

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2018 felt like the year when composer, musician and performer Ólafur Arnalds came into his own and stepped out into…

Smitey Smitemas: A Mid-Season Check-In With Our Vikings-At-Large

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The Christmas period is a crazy time in football. With matches coming thick and fast—particularly in the English Premier League,…

The Grapevine Music Awards 2019: The Winners Are Here!

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One of the most common questions asked about Iceland—right up there alongside volcano stuff, the ‘incest app’ and the pissy…

Over The River: A Taste Of Winter In Selfoss

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The Ölfusá river gushes down through southern Iceland, from the place where the Hvítá and Sog rivers meet. The rapidly…

Grapevine Playlist: Hermigervill, sillus, HATARI, Psychoplasmics, ZAKAZ & More

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A lot of great music sneaked out over the Christmas period, whilst your eye was off the ball, and on…

There’s A New Ramen In Town: Hi Noodle Prioritises Authenticity & Consistency

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Reykjavík foodies have long lamented the relative lack of Asian cuisines in this city that are readily available is most…

Grapevine Music Awards: Readers Choice Poll Now Open!

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The Grapevine Music Awards are almost here, looking back at the best, brightest, most exciting and inspiring music that came…

Bondage-Synth-Punk Trio Hatari Announce Final Gig After Failing To Dismantle Capitalism

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Hatari released a statement to the media today concerning the recent announcement of their last ever concert, to be held…

In Photos: Reykjavík Lights Up For Christmas

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Yup. It’s Christmas. Reykjavík 101 is pretty famously a very cosy and pleasant to be at Christmas time. It’s dark…

UK-Iceland Expats’ Resident Statuses Secure On Both Sides, Says UK Ambassador

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The UK Ambassador to Iceland, Michael Nevin, has announced on Facebook that negotiations have been completed to secure the residential…

Randall Dunn’s ‘Beloved’ Dissolves Musical Structure; IÐNÓ Show Next Week

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The NYC record label figureight has released a stream excellent albums since its formation in 2017—not least, by Icelandic artists…

The Final Six: Winners Of Kraumur Music Awards 2018 Announced

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The Kraumur Music Awards have announced the final winners from their impressively diverse 2018 longlist. The six winning releases this…

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…