Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Book That Shaped The Icelandic Soul

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There are few books, if any, that have shaped the Icelandic soul as significantly as the Folklores and Adventures, or…

RVK Newscast #142: Halloween In Iceland, The Pagan Style & Unhappy Hunters

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COVID-19 is on the rise again, but 96 cases were found yesterday. Icelandic is now officially a red state according…

RVK Newscast #141: FBI Star Witness In Icelandic Custody

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Welcome back to Reykjavík Grapevine’s newscast! Today, editor-in-chief Valur Grettisson comes to you from Öskjuhlíð with his Chief Morale Officer,…

RVK Newscast #140: Murder Conviction in Iceland

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Welcome to Reykjavík Grapevine’s 140th Newscast! Today editor-in-chief Valur Grettisson reports on the conviction of Angjelin Sterkaj, who was found…

RVK Newscast #139: Covid In Iceland Over?

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Join Valur Grettisson, Editor-In-Chief of the Reykjavík Grapevine for a newscast from Grótta, west of Reykjavík – in some crazy…

Track By Track: Eleqant By Quest

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Info: To listen to Quest is a quest in itself. Their first album, “Eleqant” is humorous, allowing the band to…

New In Town: Kaffi Ó-le

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If you were born in Iceland in the early 80s, you just might remember the name Café Olé. Hearing it…

RVK Newscast #138: Rumbles at the Volcano

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Interested in volcanos in Iceland? Our friends at Lava Centre have you covered, and are an unmissable stop on your…

RVK Newscast #137: DON’T WALK ON THE LAVA!

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Hæ again from Reykjavík! Reykjavík Grapevine’s Editor-in-Chief Valur Grettisson is back with his Chief Morale Officer, Pollý, in Laugardalur with…

Just Sayings: Helm of terror

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In Icelandic, it goes like this: Að bera ægishjálm yfir [einhvern]. This literally means, to wear the helm of terror…

The Mysterious Book Of Sorcerer’s Screed

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Need to wake up the dead? Look no further. It has to be said before we continue; Galdraskræða, or Sorcerer’s…

A Promising Food Gem in Selfoss

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The Mjólkurbúið Mathöll is a new food court in Selfoss with some serious potential. South Iceland is experiencing a renaissance…

RVK Grapevine Newscast #136: Over 7000 Earthquakes & Culture Crisis

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This week in Icelandic news: over 7000 earthquakes have shook the earth around Keilir, only a few kilometres away from…

RVK Newscast #135: Earthquakes Are Back! Plus A Few Words On La Palma

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On today’s newscast: after months of quiet, over 200 earthquakes have been recorded around the volcano. Something just might be…

RVK Newscast #134: Election Mess & Not A UFO

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It has been a weird week so far in Iceland. Our election system is up in the air after a…

RVK Newscast #133: Body At A Luxury Spa & Icelandic Video Game Making Headlines

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A man in his twenties was found dead at a luxurious spa in the Reykjavík area. The last trial of…

RVK Newscast #132: Valli The Walrus & Elections

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In this Newscast we visited Árbæjarsafn. And in our top news; elections are on Saturday. It’s been a slow campaign…

RVK Newscast #131: Action at the Volcano – Unexpected Lava Flow

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There was quite the action when Valur, Art and Polly visited the volcano this week. The mountain was originally closed…

RVK Newscast #130: Volcanos And Freak Accident In Spain

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Finally! The eruption has started again at Fagradalsfjall after an 8-day pause, and it was spectacular. Grapevine photographer Art Bicnick…

RVK Newscast #129: Is The Volcano Over?

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We visited the volcano at Fagradalsfjall, but there hasn’t been volcanic activity for a week now. But this volcano has…

RVK Newscast #128: Football Scandal And Mount Askja Might Erupt

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The Icelandic Football Association—or KSÍ, as it is called in Icelandic—faces serious accusations of covering up violence committed by members…

Music News: Romeo & Juliet, KK, Hildur Guðnadóttir & More

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It’s always an event when Iceland’s most interesting director, Þorleifur Örn Arnarson, puts on a play in Iceland. German-speakers can…

Modern Stories From A City That Is Barely A City: Our Review of ‘ The Book Of Reykjavík’

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How does one describe a city that is barely a city? Reykjavík was a town for most of the 20th…

New In Town: The Grumpy Whale

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If you’re up for a sweet adventure, look no further. The Grumpy Whale have opened shop at Skólavörðurstígur 3a, serving…

Just Sayings: “Að finna einhvern í fjöru”

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Tired of uttering the same old threats? Feeling like your old ultimatums have lost their power? It’s a tale as…