Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Track By Track: Green Beans And Catfish Sprinkled With Ambient

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The visionary tech-nerd and electro musical genius Futuregrapher has released not one, but two world class ambient and electronic albums….

The Human State Is Epic: “Reply To A Letter From Helga,” is now a feature film

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“Reply To A Letter From Helga” (Svar við bréfi Helgu) has a special spot in the hearts of Icelanders. Published…

Oscar Buzz Around Hildur Guðnadóttir’s New Movie

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The American film magazines, Hollywood Reporter and Variety are convinced that Cate Blanchett’s new film, Tár, will receive a few…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: The Bónus Flag at The Parliament

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This moment has a pretty unique stand in this writer’s mind, as I witnessed it take place. I was a…

Food Review: The Greenhouse

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Hveragerði is an odd town, occupying a strange space in the hearts of elder millennials and Gen Xers. The town,…

Get Your Summer Read On

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The books to read while travelling around Iceland Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Author: SJÓN Sjón is hands down…

Track By Track: Lemon Street With Pale Moon 

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Pale Moon is an intriguing psychedelic rock band comprised of husband-wife duo Árni Guðjónsson and Natalia Sushchenko and signed to…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: The Smurf Porn Incident

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It was on a cold day in January 1992 when an unsuspecting mother rented the newest Smurf Movie for her…

Artic Creatures In Trashed Beaches

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“We are old friends, me, Óskar Jónsson and Hrafnkell Sigurðsson. We came out of the Icelandic punk scene,” says Stefán…

Track By Track: Melodramatic With Heidrunna

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Heiðrún Anna Björnsdóttir became quite famous with the Icelandic band Cigarette in the mid-90s, which took the music scene by…

Burgers Part 2: Hip Hop Legends And Dirty Politicians

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That Reykjavík loves its burgers in all forms—from vegan, vegetarian, lamb, and standard beef, to exotic flights of fancy—is well…

The Literary Mystery Of The Icelandic Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a book that needs no introduction. The vampire’s cultural impact on the world is immense and…

The Mayor Of Reykjavík Says Racism In Politics Is A Threat

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“In short, I think this is a threat, not only politically, but to society,” says Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of…

Suð’s Indie Noise: Track By Track

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Suð is an established Icelandic indie band seemingly on a mission to bring the guitar party back. They released their…

Just Sayings: Shock And Rain

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Do you remember that scene in, well, every movie, when there is a funeral and it’s pouring rain? Well, Icelanders…

The Icelandic Roundup: The Delicate Art Of Selling A Bank

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The government sale of over a 20% share in Íslandsbanki has been criticised harshly throughout society and there have even…

Creating New Pockets: Ewa’s Debut Book Confronts Trauma And Immigration

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Ewa Marcinek is a Polish-born Icelander and a writer. Her new book has been receiving a lot of attention in…

The Reykjavík Burger Crawl: Part 1

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Burgers: they’re everywhere. The deceptively simple shtick of meat and bread might have only recently made the jump from plate…

Finding A Place In Nomadland

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It’s no easy feat to define MIMRA’s music. Bordering on electronic and folk music, it’s tempting to just boil it…

Mayor Of Reykjavík Might Cut All Diplomatic Connections With Moscow

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Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, said in an interview with Visir.is that it’s possible that the city will cut…

The Atheist & The Paranormal Thriller: Visited Medium For Preparation

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The marketing director of Sjóvá, one of Iceland’s largest insurance companies, surprised the country with his remarkably strong debut novel…

Gullveig/Heiður: The Beginning Of The End Of The World

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Strength: Can’t die, a talented but evil witch…we think? Weakness: The first person in the world to be killed, which…

Shooting in Reykjavík: Young Female Seriously Injured

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A young female and her boyfriend were shot early on Thursday outside their home in the east of Reykjavík. The…

Hallgrímur Helgason: Torn Between Keith Haring and the Sagas

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Hallgrímur Helgason is in some ways a rebel when it comes to Icelandic fiction, and his weapons are pleasantly disarming;…

Fire Photographers: Books About Volcanoes In Iceland

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The Geldingardalir eruption resulted in more than unique experiences for hikers and tourists, it also piqued the creativity of photographers…