Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Brace Yourself, Winter Is Upon Us

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Iceland’s Road and Coastal Administration is warning of a short but powerful storm due to hit the southwest of Iceland…

Central Bank Removes Nude Art

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The Central Bank of Iceland has decided to remove a classic painting by the famous Icelandic painter, Gunnlaugur Blöndal, after…

Bitcoin bandits sentenced to jail

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The bitcoin bandits were sentenced to jail on Thursday. The most famous of them, Sindri Þór Stefánsson, was handed a…

Controversial Report Says Whaling Has No Effect On Iceland Tourist Industry

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A new report from the Institute of Economic Studies was released on Wednesday and states the Iceland’s whaling operations have…

Artist Offers To Buy Icelandic Banks In Exchange For Absolution

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Snorri Ásmundsson, artist, former presidential candidate and enfant terrible against the Icelandic establishment, has made a formal, and, well, intriguing…

Iceland Has Three Composers On Top 25 NYT List For Best Classical Tracks

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Iceland has no less than three artists on the New York Times 25 best classical tracks of the year. The…

Jodie Foster Goes To War

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Well, not literally, but she is going to remake the Icelandic film ‘Kona fer í stríð’ (‘A Woman Goes To…

Fifteenth Time Lucky: Björk’s Incredible Grammy Awards Journey

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The news came out yesterday that Björk has been nominated for the Grammys for her new album, ‘Utopia,’ in the…

#IcelandSmites: Heimir “The Scarred Eye Of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson Sails To Qatar

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Former manager of the Icelandic national football team, Heimir “the scarred eye of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson, The Darth Dentist, The Westman…

Crowd Funding Cultural Magazine In The West

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The Westfjords of Iceland are buzzing these days. We regularly hear news about creative projects, and newest thing happening in…

Well, You Asked: Sautéed Crotch Area

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Stuck in a sticky situation? Don’t worry, Grapevine’s advice column is here to help you.  The colder months have started…

War Of The Nurses: Nurse “Women” Goes Bananas

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Well, perhaps not bananas—and not only women—but they were pretty irritated because of how they were depicted in the newest…

Editorial: What We Do In The Shadows

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Icelandic society has been shocked and outraged because of an unprecedented leak wherein five MP’s were recorded talking trash about,…

Reykjavik Pond’s “Little Sea-Hotdog” Sculpture Stolen, Found Discarded

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The controversial phallic art piece, Litla Hafpulsan (literally “the little sea-hotdog”, referring to the famous Little Mermaid in Copenhagen) has…

Jónsi Nominated For Golden Globe

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Jón Þór Birgisson, or Jónsi from Sigur Rós, has been nominated for a prestigious Golden Globe award, for his song…

The Architect For The Barbershop-Conference Openly Misogynist

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The former Foreign Minister of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, and former Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, have been entangled into…

Grapevine Playlist: Wood/Work, Commander, Svartidauði, Sólveig Matthildur, Hugar & More!

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Very much like a torrent of aurora glimpsed through the clouds, rippling the surface of our planet’s atmosphere like a…

The Absurd Case Of The Punk Mayor And Banksy

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When Jón Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavík and a renowned artist, published a picture of him with his dog going…

Food of Iceland: Prince Póló

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The rule in Iceland before 1990 was basically this: If it’s good, it’s probably banned. For example, beer was banned…

Word of the Issue: Skíthæll

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So you really don’t like that insanely expensive bagel that you bought at the tourist stop near Geysir and can’t…

Word Of The Issue: Utangátta

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‘Utangátta’ has suddenly become a mystical word in Hollywood, thanks to Cary Fukunaga’s hit Netflix series ‘Maniac.’ In episode nine,…

Great Moments In Icelandic Cuisine: Bjúga

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Tired of overpriced tattered hot dogs? Well, why not try out some long, thick bjúga? While Europe was getting all…

A Nordic Requiem For Junkies: Film Review

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Iceland is no exception when it comes to the opioid crisis gripping the Nordic countries, and of course, the U.S.,…

Making Of An Artist: Badass Women And Political Art With Brynhildur Karlsdóttir

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Brynhildur Karlsdóttir has made some serious waves in the punk universe as the incredible singer of the punk band Hórmónar—’whores,…

The War Of The Bureaucrats: Some Jokes Are All About Timing And The Right Audience

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When Líf Magneudóttir, a Left Green city councilperson, stuck her tongue out during a city board meeting, she probably thought…