Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Editorial: The Coronavirus Is Not War

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For an Icelander, with almost no historic ties to war, to analogize the fight against COVID-19 to a war seems…

Rediscovering Paradise: The Unexpected Side Effects Of Covid-19

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It was 2010 when Eyjafjallajökull erupted. I went with a group of friends from work (I was working for the…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Fierce Viking Horse Trapped In A Pony’s Body

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First, we worshipped the Viking horse, then we ate him, and then we felt bad about it. Feels like there…

The Waiting Game – The COVID-19 Outbreak Calls For Patience

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Let’s be honest here: The government and associated specialists have done a fantastic job in this incredibly complicated battle with…

Icelandic Superstitions: Bubbi Morthens & Sadistic Spanking

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Let’s admit it: Sports are more or less the biggest manifestation of modern superstition. You know, “laces out” and all…

Grapevine Playlist: Elín Ey, Hrim, Dirb & More

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Here’s what the Grapevine team is listening to this week. Elín Ey – Waterloo This acoustic cover of an ABBA…

Fastsplaining: How the Covid-19 Came To Iceland – A Lesson To Be Learned

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As you know, Iceland is a small country with a population of about 350,000—and we only have one international airport….

Just Sayings: Heimskur er jafnan höfuðstór

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Blessed with a big head? Tough luck. As Icelanders say, “People with big heads are stupid!” Yes, not our most…

A Productive Drinking Session: Thnigs Too Do Whne Ur Drunk

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Feel like getting drunk “just because” is not a good enough reason any more? My, my, someone’s a fancy drinker….

Fastsplaining: Drive-by COVID-19 Screening

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65 people have been infected by COVID-19 at the time of this writing, and these numbers change quite rapidly. The…

The True Impact Of The Coronavirus

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So, here we are in history, with another global health crisis on our hands. It’s not the first time we…

Food of Iceland: Kjötsúpa

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Kjötsúpa, or Icelandic meat soup, is a meal that Icelanders have been eating for centuries—in fact, it’s one of the…

Fastsplaining: This Is How Iceland Handles The Coronavirus

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Iceland is no different from other countries when it comes to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The first case was discovered…

Iceland Superstition: A Short Revision Of Iceland’s Safest Road

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Icelanders don’t really believe in elves. It’s just a silly myth. That said, we don’t mess with them either. Perhaps,…

Editorial: Please Save Bíó Paradís

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Bíó Paradís proved that an art-house cinema can work in Iceland. But, in Reykjavík’s cut-throat rental market, only the wildly…

Museums, Records, and Ramen: Logi Leó Gunnarsson’s Perfect Day

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Logi Leó Gunnarsson is a young artist in Reykjavík who designed the cover art for the band Hjalti Kaftu, which…

Dill Reclaims Iceland’s Only Michelin Star

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It’s official! Dill Restaurant has reclaimed their precious Michelin Star and in the process, brought honour to the Icelandic culinary…

Grapevine Playlist: Goose Bumps And Some Solid Rock

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Bistro Boy – evolve Bistro Boy is definitely our boy. He just released a new EP called ‘evolve,’ and boy,…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Possibility Of A Cross-Eyed Husband

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Dinner tables are nothing less than a gamble about one’s future, and in worst cases – death can follow. If…

Mayor Found A Mortar Shell In The Basement

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The mayor of the small town of Westman Island was quite surprised at the beginning of the week when he…

The Grim Reality Of Avalanches In Iceland

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When news broke out last night that an avalanche hit the small town of Flateyri in the Westfjords, Icelanders feared…

From Leather-Clad Knights To The Golden Globes

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The only way to describe the year in Icelandic music now behind us is “Absolutely wild!” Earlier this year, Iceland…

Reading Too Much Into The Icelandic Book Prize Nominees

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It’s that time of the year, when writers and scholars fight to the death—in the poetic sense, of course. Yes,…

New In Town: Röntgen

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It’s that time of the year: the hipster vibe is low and the darkness is damping your glamorous rock and…

Echo: The Nightmare Before and During Christmas

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One of the first scenes in ‘Echo’ seems rather familiar in the context of Icelandic cinema. Man returns to the…