Author: Josie Gaitens - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Instagram vs Reality: How The Digital Age Of Tourism Changed Iceland Forever

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Tourism was the unexpected saviour of the Icelandic economy after the financial crisis of 2008, and since then social media…

The Kids Are Alright: Rapper Daniil talks TikTok, leaks and good vibes.

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Culture is a strange and amorphous thing, hard to pin down, and driven, often, by the most disenfranchised in society….

Get Your Summer Read On

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The books to read while travelling around Iceland Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Author: SJÓN Sjón is hands down…

A Hub Of Activity: Reykjavík Arts Festival Hub Is Back With A Bold New Programme

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“The most beautiful thing is when the events unfold. They’ve been in your phone and your excel sheet for so…

Witch Hunt: A Visit To The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

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Witchcraft and wizardry haves been the subject of fascination for centuries—just look at the success of a certain magical franchise…

You Should Be Dancing: Iceland Dance Company’s Latest Production Celebrates The Joy Of Dance—For All

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On a stage in the centre of Reykjavík, 15 strangers are dancing. They move to the music in exaltation, arms…

Treasure Ísland

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Jón Ársæll’s latest work documents a 60-year search for gold “This is not the film I set out to make,”…

Horror-Scopes: Easter Edition

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This month’s horoscope has an Easter theme. If you’re not familiar with this holiday, it’s when the Easter Bunny was…

Well, You Asked: Environmental Disaster Edition

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Ask a stupid question and you’ll get a stupid answer. Ask an editor a stupid question, and they’ll publish in…

Strangers In The North: ‘Visitations’ Wins The Visual Arts Prize

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Polar bear encounters in Iceland tend to take a predictable form: a bear, often weak and emaciated, is spotted by…

Beginner’s Guide to Skiing In Iceland

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Ever wanted to go very fast down a hill with two sticks attached to your feet? Here’s how! Say what…

New Frontiers of Technology: NFTs in Iceland

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Artists in Iceland are using NFTs to change the landscape around them – forever. On March 11th, 2021, an artist,…

In Hot Water: Switching Off From The World At Krauma Spa

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It’s 2022. If you’re not waking up in a cold sweat shouting, “holy mother of (insert preferred deity here)” every…

Lost In Google Translation: Famous Swamp Dwellers

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Iceland has had its fair share of celebrity visitors over the years; Justin Bieber got his kit off in a…

Horror-Scopes: Valentine’s Day

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Welcome, lovers! It’s February, aka lurrrrve month, and your favourite Grapevine mystics have dutifully donned our cupid costumes in order…

Ask An Expert: How Are Ice Caves Formed?

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Ice caves are a popular winter tourist attraction here in Iceland, with visitors travelling from far a wide to witness…

Traditional Values: Kvæðakórinn Are Reimagining Icelandic Folk Music

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Linus Orri describes himself as a reluctant conductor. He had been singing with and teaching traditional songs to friends for…

Lenya Rún Taha Karim’s Perfect Day: Politics And Chill

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Lenya Rún is a Pirate Party politician. In September 2021 it was announced that she was to become the youngest…

Catch Of The Day: Icelanders Have Fallen For Verbúðin Hook, Line And Sinker.

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In the post-terrestrial TV world, with myriad streaming options (does anyone else feel like they spend more time on the…

Well, You Asked: Let There Be Enough Light To See By

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Another year, another batch of terrible advice from your beloved friends at Reykjavík Grapevine! This time, Grapevine’s Youtube Coordinator and…

Comedic Closure: Áramótaskaupið’s Enduring Success

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There is arguably nobody in Iceland more relieved that it’s 2022 than director Reynir Lyngdal. It’s early in the new…

Arcadian Arts: A Night In Skagaströnd

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A trip to the northern town of Skagaströnd raises questions about Iceland’s identity. Iceland was, until recently, essentially rural. Rapid…

Horror-Scopes: 2022 Edition

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In this edition of Horror-Scopes, our mystic mind readers are tapping into the anthropomorphised positions of stars to tell you…

Grapevine Grassroots: Live Track And Interview With Árný Margrét

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The Reykjavík Grapevine is collaborating with the Live From Reykjavík festival to bring you four exclusive interviews and live tracks…

Power Trip: A Steamy Day Out Around Iceland’s Hottest Power Stations

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Icelandic winter entices for many reasons. There are ice caves, snowy mountains and long, dark nights full of stars and…