Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Spaceman On A Buggy

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The frozen land of Iceland is a hot-spot for science fiction movies. From the cinematic Svínafellsjökull glacier featuring in ‘Interstellar’…

New In Town: Zorbian

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Do your friends worry about your obsession with shawarma? Have some of your friends stopped eating with you, because you…

Well, You Asked: This One Is For My Haters

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Stuck in a tricky situation? Don’t worry, Grapevine’s advice column is here to help you. How many Instagram followers do…

Medieval Scholars and Hot Tub Enthusiasts

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Summer is practically over. That means that the mild weather we’ve had will soon be replaced by cold winds, rain…

From Hair To Eternity – The City’s Best Hair Salons

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Unless you plan on looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway your whole life, at some point, you’ll need a haircut….

Iceland Airwaves Reveals Their Full Line-Up

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Listen up, fellow music nerds: Iceland Airwaves is right around the corner. From November 6 to November 9, you can…

A Mythical, Haunted Walk Around Reykjavik

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Your Friend In Reykjavik is a small, family-run tour company, organising walking tours, pub crawls, and food tours. The Grapevine…

Five Years To The Day: Holuhraun

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Five years have passed since the beginning of the eruption of Holuhraun. On August 28th, a series of earthquakes shook…

Capelin Shortage Threatens Cod Population

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It looks like a capelin shortage is on the horizon thanks to global warming. Bad news for the cod population….

Artist Auður Gets An Earful From Chairman Bjarnheiður Hallsdóttir

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The Chairman of the Icelandic Tourism Association, Bjarnheiður Hallsdóttir, has condemned the work of Auðunn Lúthersson, better known as Auður….

Pigs Eat All The Chervil In Town; Townspeople Ecstatic

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At the beginning of June, Chervil was growing out of control in Bolungarvík. The bayside town north of Ísafjörður called…

What Are Icelanders Talking About: WAB is here. Pride is here. Jim Ratcliffe, too.

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When it comes to land ownership, one would expect, at the very least, there would be some provision requiring the…

A Whale Of A Conflict: Are Whale Watching Ships Responsible For Strandings?

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A biologist at the Marine Research Institute (MRI) created a stir this week after declaring that whale watching boats could…

Katla Could Erupt In The Next 1-50 Years

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There are signs that Katla could erupt. A geophysicist told Stöð 2 (Channel 2) that he is reluctant to say…

Oldest Bookstore In Iceland Celebrates 10,000th Customer

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The oldest bookstore in Iceland recently celebrated its 10,000th customer. Aptly named The Old Bookstore is in Flateyri and has…

Jeremy Corbyn Urges Iceland To Declare Climate Emergency

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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, wrote to Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir on Sunday to offer his…

Mars Suit Tested In Iceland

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In early August, the Icelandic Space Agency (ISA) embarked on an expedition to Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull National Park to test…

Ask A Marine Biologist: Why Do Whales Strand?

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In the wake of the recent beachings of pods of pilot whales in Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes, we reached out to…

Drunk Icelandic Man Accidentally Tries To Hijack Plane

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A Wizz Air 200-passenger jet had to land in Stavanger, Norway after an Icelandic man tried to enter the cockpit….

Chancellor Angela Merkel Coming To Iceland

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The annual meeting of Nordic Prime Ministers is on Tuesday, August 20th this year. Besides the Nordic Prime Ministers, representatives…

The Lady And The Shadow: Michele Ballarin & WOW AIR

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American arms dealer Michele Ballarin continues to try to invest in what remains of WOW Air. The Grapevine recently published…

Swiss Woman Rescued In Seyðisfjörður

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On the night of Tuesday, August 6th, an elderly man heard the distressed cries of someone in danger and subsequently…

Tourist Missing In Þingvallavatn Lake

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A Belgian tourist has gone missing, reportedly having fallen into the largest lake in Iceland. According to South Iceland Police,…

Tourist Vs. Rainbow Flag: 0-1, Rainbow Flag

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An American tourist stormed out of Hallgrímskirkja on August 11th after taking offence to the display of rainbow flags in…

Does President Guðni Hate Mustangs?: An Intern Responds

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President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson continues to prove he is against everything I stand for. First, he came out against pineapple…