Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders Have Computer Hacking Skills

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The CEO of Syndis, an Icelandic network security company, believes that Icelanders have been involved in extensive computer breaches recently….

On The Golden Circle, There’s A Lot To Be Grateful For

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On a rainy Sunday, I set out to explore The Golden Circle with tour company Reykjavík Outventure accompanied by a…

Well, You Asked: Huldufólk Hit Me Up

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Do the Huldufólk watch TV? Do they use smartphones? Drive SUVs? Shop at Ikea and Costco? How about Elves and…

Interweaving Reality And Imagination: Ian McEwan Accepts Literature Prize

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Literature has always been integral to Icelandic culture, though literary awards are a relatively new feature of the country’s heritage….

Food of Iceland: Saltfiskur

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Over a millennium ago, Vikings traded not with gold coins or fur pelts, but with salted cod, or saltfiskur. And…

Borgarfjörður: Glaciers, Hot Springs & The Heart Of The Sagas

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Requiring a slight detour from Route 1, Borgarfjörður is an area of subtle beauty and historic importance that rewards the…

New In Town: Laundromat Cafe

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Have you ever wanted to have lunch and do your laundry in a public place? You’re in luck. After announcing…

Documentary About Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Announced

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson would have turned 50 years old last Thursday. To celebrate, Join Motion Pictures have announced that work…

Ian McEwan Receives Halldór Laxness Prize

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Ian McEwan was in Iceland yesterday to receive the Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize. He is…

Menn Í Vinnu To Sue Labour Officials

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Jóhannes S. Ólafsson, lawyer for Menn Í Vinnu, will be working on two libel cases tomorrow, Vísir reports. The cases…

Music News: Tangerine Dream, Airwaves, & Björk

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One of the biggest icons of electronic music, Tangerine Dream, has painted stadium-sized soundscapes for no less than half a…

Emotional, Intimate, A Little Experimental: ‘Vast’ Is A Work Of Ambient Art

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Viktor Orri Árnason is probably best known in Iceland for his work in the band Hjaltalín, but lately, he’s been…

Draconian Postal Institution Promises To Change

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The post office in Iceland has an infamous reputation. First of all, there’s the fact that when residents receive a…

Ask A Scientist: Why Are Puffin Numbers Going Down?

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The puffin is a beloved bird that everybody associates with Iceland. However, recent studies have shown that their numbers have…

A Cloud Of Doubt Around WOW Air

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In late July, it was announced that Oasis Aviation Group (OAG) had agreed to buy all assets in the WOW…

Several Earthquakes In South Iceland

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Early this morning, at 5:22, a magnitude-1.7 earthquake occurred 1 km north of Hveragerði, which was felt in the area….

Take A Dive: A Trio Of Visual Artists Bring The Work Of Snorri Magnússon To Light In This Joyful Documentary

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It is an old cliché that reality is stranger than fiction, and this was certainly the case for directors Hanna…

American Arms Dealer Buys WOW Air

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Michele Ballarin has purchased the assets to WOW Air. She did not disclose how much she paid for it, but…

Icelandic Crossfit Champion Gets Naked

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World renowned crossfit champion, Katrín Tönja Daviðsdottir, has stripped down to bare all in the latest and final print edition…

School Funding Drama Prompts Hard Decisions In Reykjavik City Hall

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School administrators and the budgetary authority at the City of Reykjavik disagree about how much funding is needed to run…

Work On Hverfisgata A Nuisance: Construction Lags While Businesses Suffer

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The eastern stretch of Hverfisgata closed on May 20th and is slated to remain closed until late September while road…