Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

PHOTOS: Reykjavík Pride Parade 2019

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The annual Reykjavík Pride Parade was held last Saturday and there, up to 100,000 guests celebrated the rights of all…

Well, You Asked: American Incest (and British)

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How do you get rid of bad luck from moving a rock on the black beaches? Asking for a friend…

That Time 15% Of Iceland Went To See Ed Sheeran

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When the news broke that Ed Sheeran was going to play at Laugardalsvöllur in August, Icelanders broke a national record,…

Icelandic Superstitions: Be Cool, Or The Summer Will Suck

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One of the oddest traditions that Icelanders have is to look at the weather the night before the 24th of…

Grapevine’s Editorial: The County/The Country

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‘The County,’ the latest film directed by our cover star Grímur Hákonarson, raises hard questions, not only about Iceland’s business…

Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood: An Odd Hate Letter To Hippies 

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Note: This article contains spoilers about Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.’ You’ve been warned. Let’s start with the…

WOW Air Is Dead; Long Live The WAB!

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A new low-budget airline has officially emerged from the depths of the brutal bankruptcy of WOW Air. The new airline,…

City Councillor Vigdís Hauksdóttir Accused Of Bullying: “This Is War”

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Reykjavík city councilperson and municipal chair of the Centre Party Vigdís Hauksdóttir has been accused of bullying her Chief of…

Fishing At Elliðavatn: Tight Lines, Tangled Lines

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I was baffled when my son came to me one day and told me that he wanted to go out…

War Of The Nerds: Iceland Has Belugas In The House!

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So, Iceland has belugas now. We endeavoured to fly them over from China in the middle of June and they…

War Of The Nerds: The Odd Battle Of The Roundabouts

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Let’s just be honest about it: roundabouts are nightmarish and confusing structures. It’s like a saddening metaphor for the pointless…

Making Of An Artist: Árni Már Erlingsson Is A Bit Careless And Not Too Sensible

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Árni Már Erlingsson is an Icelandic visual artist who runs the fantastic Gallery Port on Laugavegur. Here is what made…

Food of Iceland: Harðfiskur

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Finally! Food that is not only for the brave or foolish. ‘Harðfiskur’, or dried fish, is basically superfood. Research conducted…

Good Weather, Seagulls And Stray Dogs

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So, something strange is happening in Reykjavík. There has been reporting of this strange yellow phenomenon in the sky, and…

Just Sayings: “Fram Í Rauðan Dauðann”

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The 17th century idiom “Fram í rauðan dauðann” literally means “onward to the red dead.” But what, exactly, is this…

Brynhildur Karlsdóttir: The Layers Of Love On A Performance Art Drive

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Brynhildur Karlsdóttir called me on a Monday evening and told me that she was picking me up. She had invited…

Well, You Asked: Say Ha?

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Stuck in a sticky situation? Don’t worry, Grapevine’s advice column is here to help you. I’ve been living in the…

Game Of Thrones: Goodbye, And Thanks For The White Walkers

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It’s safe to say that season eight of the epic cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones was controversial. Around one million…

Grapevine Playlist: Icelandic Music From Kira Kira, GusGus, Dadykewl & More

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It’s Grapevine Playlist time once more. Like seven sea eagles shooting out of an erupting volcano, here are the latest…

Food Of Iceland: Shark and Brennivín

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Scared of sharks? Well, Icelanders eat them for breakfast, and what’s more, we drink Brennivín to cleanse the palette afterwards….

Snorri Ásmundsson: The Greatest Artist In The World

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Snorri Ásmundsson is perhaps Iceland’s most notorious artist. He gained notoriety when he announced twice that he was running for…

Editorial: Exposing Hate

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Here is an unpopular opinion, at least among Icelanders: I have a lot of sympathy with the Israeli nation when…

Grapevine’s Ultimate Iceland Road Trip Summer Playlist

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Summer is here, and with it comes road trip season. Here’s our essential Icelandic playlist. Roll down the windows, turn…

Farewell! You Black Winter Emperor

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It’s official. Summer is here. Of course, the Icelandic summer is always some kind of a mix of grey skies,…

Just Sayings: “Úti Að Aka”

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So, you’re out driving? That doesn’t sound so bad. Does it? Well, if you are in Iceland, and someone says…