Something For Everyone: Bike Cave

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Located in the Skerjafjörður neighbourhood behind the domestic airport, the Bike Cave is somewhat out of the way for travellers…

One Night Only: In Reykjavík, Pop-Up Restaurants Keep… Popping Up

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Walking into the open, dining room at ‘slow-food’ favourite Bergsson’s harbourside satellite location in late September, we knew we were…

On The Road Again (And Again)

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In a wide, grassy meadow where the road to Húsavík breaks off from the Ring Road, you’ll encounter a rather…

Casa Grande: Go Big Or Go Home

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Located in a red corrugated iron house overlooking the old harbour, Casa Grande is situated smack-dab in the middle of…

Misbehaving Nuns, Ancient Ice: Five Seasonal South Iceland Sights

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Ideally, all of your travels in Iceland would be accompanied by mild weather and cloudless skies, but waiting for perfect…

Feeling Parsley, Hearing Voices At The Iceland Writers Retreat

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The second annual Iceland Writers Retreat took place this past weekend, bringing together acclaimed authors from Canada, Iceland, Norway, the…

Iceland Writers Retreat Redux

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Going into its second year, the Iceland Writers Retreat—which, armchair copyeditors take note, is purposely “apostrophe free”—is riding high on…

Yule Year-Round: Visting Jólagarðurinn

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This fall, while planning my first trip up North, I messaged a friend of mine who had gone to secondary…

Kicking Off Iceland Noir 2014

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Following the easygoing success of last year’s inaugural Iceland Noir crime lit festival, this year’s event is already off to…

Back To Basics

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Although contemporary hip hop culture is undeniably global in its scope, most people wouldn’t think of Iceland as a hotbed…

Everyone’s A Chef

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I walk into Salt Eldhús (“Salt Kitchen”) on a rainy summer afternoon that feels chilly enough to be fall. Shaking…

The Way We Live Now

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Taking its inspiration from idiosyncratic headlines around the globe, ‘News Muse’ by Vala Hafstað combines two very Icelandic interests–the daily…

Selling Like Hot (Crab) Cakes

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Located further afield than most of Reykjavík’s new brigade of food trucks, Walk the Plank—specializing in crab cake sliders from…

Remembrance and Re-Remembrance

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Following the astounding success of their last collaboration, “Dansaðu fyrir mig,” (‘Dance for Me’), collaborators (and fiances) Pétur Ármannsson and Brogan Davison…

When Dreams Become Realities

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In early 2012, 49-year-old Ármann Einarsson, a music school principal with a potbelly that he frequently, fondly, pats, sent a…

Have You Seen Hidden People?

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During her childhood in Flói, a small rural area in Southwest Iceland, author Unnur Jökulsdóttir grew up with stories of…

Bárðarbunga Earthquake Visualization

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An Icelandic computer scientist has created a data visualization showing all of the Bárðarbunga earthquakes measuring over 1.5 on the…

Hiding in Plain Sight

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In early 2014, we at Reykjavík Grapevine were forwarded a hand-drawn image entitled “Huldufolk [sic] of Iceland Remote Viewed.” The…

Bárðarbunga Volcano Watch: The Afternoon Edition

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Volcano watch is still in full swing, but no eruption yet. In the meantime, here’s a roundup of the day’s…

Readers’ Huldu-fólktales

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Since our Hidden People issue came out on Friday, readers have been submitting their own elf-encounter tales left and right….

Hidden People: They’re Just Like Us (Kind Of)

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When foreign media outlets report on Iceland and need to add a little local colour, they will invariably throw in…

Hidden People Folktales

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It is due to the efforts of two men, Jón Árnason (1819-1888) and Magnús Grímsson (1825-1860), that such a large…

Reykjavík Pride Starts Today!

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Reykjavík Pride (Hinsegin dagar), a six day celebration emphasizing LGBTQIA visibility, solidarity, and yes, pride, starts today. Reykjavík Pride began…

Time’s Ticking For The Icelandic Goat

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Goat farmer Jóhanna Bergmann Þorvaldsdóttir has launched a new IndieGoGo campaign to save her family farm, Háafell (also known as…