Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Decline of Icelandic Church: Scandals And Controversy Lead To Mass Exodus

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The number of Icelanders who trust the National Church has decreased by half since the turn of the century. Only…

Icelandic Superstitions: Making It Rain

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Now that October is behind us, and the rainy season is supposed to be over, it’s finally time to take…

Beer, Beer & More Beer At Bryggjan Brugghús

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Icelandic beer Bryggjan Brugghús means “brewery on the pier,” which is quite fitting, considering its prime location on Reykjavík’s Old…

Football Star Kolbeinn Sigþórsson Arrested After Rowdy Night Out In Sweden

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It seems Icelandic Footballer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson drank too deeply from his own horn and landed himself behind bars in Sweden…

Gyða Valtýsdóttir Awarded Nordic Council Music Prize

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Composer Gyða Valtýsdóttir has officially won the Nordic Council Music Prize this year. Conductor and former winner of the prize…

The Weight Of Contrition: Icelandic Bishop Apologises To Gay Community

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The Bishop of Iceland, Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, apologised to the LGBTQ community on behalf of the national church. She said…

Blood Pudding & Other Fun Things: Blóðmör Redefine Heavy Metal

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A heavy distorted guitar riff. Subtle but pervasive bass. Drums keep a strict beat. A lyrical phrase repeated in rough…

The Matrix, Hummus, And Pancakes: Einar Stef’s Perfect Day

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Einar Stef is the drummer for electronic metal band, Hatari. In a rare moment, he speaks, and shares with us…

Former Icelandic First Family Officially Clones Dog

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Former first lady Dorrit Moussaieff’s dog, Samur has been cloned. Samson, the clone, was born in the United States. Former…

Hatari Releases New Single “Filthy Boy”

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Hatari has released a new single. Relentless Scam Incorporated issued a press release, saying they are “proud to introduce the…

IKEA Sells 862,000 Kleinur

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It seems the bakery in IKEA is growing in popularity. The most popular items they sell are ástarpungar and kleinur….

Airwaves To Begin Selling Day Passes

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With the Iceland Airwaves festival fast approaching, the event organisers have decided to do an experiment, and make a very…

WOW Air To Begin Transporting Freight

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Michele Ballarin has announced she intends to begin rebuilding WOW Air on freight rather than passenger flights. She visited Iceland…

Chinese Airlines Vying For Iceland

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Chinese airline Juneyao Air has plans to begin flights to Iceland in the spring, Fréttablaðið reports. The company is scheduled…

Food Of Iceland: Liquorice

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Liquorice gets a bad rap internationally, thanks to black jellybeans being the worst candy ever made, as well as Twizzlers…

What Are Icelanders Talking About: Pizza, Whistleblowers And Cheap Coke

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In an effort to shore up losses, UK-based master franchise Domino’s Pizza Group will be pulling out of four markets,…

Sexism In Parliament: The Numbers Don’t Lie

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According to a new study, around 80% of women in Parliament are exposed to gender-based violence. In May, the study…

New In Town: Gummi Ben

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From the velvet curtains that hang at the entrance to the cool-coloured lights illuminating the bar to the dozens of…

WOW Air Prince Selling His House

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Skúli Mogensen, WOW Air’s former CEO, is selling his ocean villa. The property is located at Hrólfskálavör 2 in Seltjarnarnes,…

Football Shenanigans: The Latest News From The Pitch

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Everybody likes an underdog. Such is the case with the Icelandic football team. Twenty-one years ago, we won against the…

Defining Real Time: Sequences Art Festival Is Back

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Compared to other countries, visual art in Iceland is a relatively new thing. As an island, isolated from the rest…

Food of Iceland: Hangikjöt

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Hangikjöt, most famous as an Icelandic Christmas delicacy, is a distinctively-flavoured smoked meat typically made of lamb, but also occasionally…

WOW Air’s Revival Raises More Questions Than Answers

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Earlier this year, the Icelandic Tourist Board released numbers that suggested the country’s lengthy tourism boom may be over. This…

Father Of Bride Catches Fire At Wedding

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A quick thinking priest, Karen Lind Ólafsdóttir, saved the father of a bride from burning alive yesterday at the church…

Airwaves Venues Announced

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Airwaves officials have officially announced the venues for Iceland Airwaves 2019. Here is what you should know about the venues:…