Author: Josie Gaitens - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Good Weather Not Needed: Exploring Snæfellsnes In Autumn

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Autumn. An elusive season in Iceland, it briefly makes an appearance as the endless summer days draw to a close,…

Islands In The Steam: A Trip To Vestmannaeyjar

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For most people, Iceland, with its population of only 360,000, fulfils the desire for rural island experiences. But if you’re…

Follow Your Stomach On This Reykjavík Food Tour

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If there’s one thing better than an informative, fun tour round Reykjavík, it’s an informative fun tour that centres around…

Get Off Your High Horse: Riding And Hot Springs

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Intern/shieldmaiden Josie saddles up There is something deeply romantic about experiencing a country while horseback riding, but Iceland is particularly…

Crack Open A Cold One: Your Guide To Reykjavík Beer Places

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Legend has it that a new era of lager has begun. Here’s the ultimate Reykjavík beer guide to help you…

Þakgil: Pack Up And Go

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The beauty of living in Iceland is that even if you reside right in the heart of downtown Reykjavík, you…

Horror-Scopes: Star-Crossed Lovers

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In Horror-Scopes, Grapevine’s dedicated team of professional astrologists breaks down your upcoming weeks based on shit like where the planet…

Flow State: Hrím Is Ready To Thrill At Iceland Airwaves

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“For a long time, this project has been extremely self-indulgent,” admits Ösp Eldjárn, somewhat bashfully. The project in question is…

Adventures In Wander-Land: The Mind And Mystery Of Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

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Director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s house sits on the edge of the city, dividing the land, sea and opinions. Somewhere between sprawling…

A Lassie On Laki: Josie Takes Us On Another Mountainous Adventure

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What do the French Revolution, national bard of Scotland Robert Burns, and Iceland all have in common? The answer is…

Mentally Sound: Hugar Back With Long-Awaited Second Album

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Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson, the multi-instrumentalists responsible for the rich and dreamy sounds of Hugar, are sitting down to…

Happening Tonight: Fjallkonan & Sæta Svínið Summer Festival

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The nights may be drawing in but this unusually delightful summer hasn’t quite come to an end yet. Extend your…

Harsh Words: Proposed Changes To Hate Speech Laws Slammed

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The Icelandic government has been strongly criticised by a leading academic at the University of Akureyri for proposed plans to…

Horror-Scopes: The Fault In Your Stars

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In Horror-Scopes, Grapevine’s dedicated team of professional astrologists breaks down your upcoming weeks based on shit like where the planet…

The Top Of Iceland: Climbing Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s Highest Peak

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It was quite pleasant inside the crevasse, once I realised I wasn’t going to die. The ice inside was smooth…

The Outlaw Is King: ‘Bruce Lee and the Outlaw’ Wins IceDocs Film Festival

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Dutch photographer and filmmaker Joost Vandebrug has won the award for best feature-length documentary at the inaugural IceDocs film festival,…

The Unknown Ranger: Orville Peck Rides Into Town For Airwaves

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Orville Peck has a lot of thoughts about identity, which you might consider odd coming from a masked, pseudonym-adopting country…

Well You Asked: Tvo Bjóra, Barkeep

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Wanna learn Icelandic, research your child’s genealogy or just cry about alcohol prices? Whatever your burning questions, we at the…

West Coast Summer Sound: Wholesome Fun In A Lost Village At Post-Dreifing’s Hátiðni Festival

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Google translate told me that the word ‘Hátiðni’ meant ‘radio’ but my friend shook her head when I told her….

Perfect Day: Laufey Soffía

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Laufey Soffía is the singer for darkwave, synth-punk band Kælan Mikla, who will be embarking on a US tour at…

Food of Iceland: Plokkfiskur

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While Iceland has a hard-earned reputation for questionable foodstuffs, there are some things that we unquestionably do well. Plokkfiskur, a…

The Cold Truth: Ice Docs Is Coming To A Cinema Near You

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Despite having a surprisingly long and productive relationship with filmmaking for such a small country, there are those who would…

Perfect Day: DJ Dóra Júlía

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DJ and Instagram qween Dóra Júlía tells us about her ideal day of family, friends and partying in Reykjavík. First…

Unplastic Fashion: Marko Svart’s Handmade, Environmentally Friendly Design

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As Marko Svart and his partner, Momo Hayashi, show me around their one-month-old store, they’re like new parents—happy, nervous, tired,…

Food of Iceland: Blóðmör

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Blóðmör and its cousin, lifrarpylsa, are both typical of countries where the going is tough and using every part of…