Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Grapevine Playlist: Countess Malaise, Ásgeir, Sin Fang & More

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The Grapevine Playlist provides you with your regular dose of brand new Icelandic music. This time music for: headbanging and…

Well, You Asked: Star Wars, God & Some Whining

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I’m having a quarter-life crisis, help me? Hm, okay, Does that mean you’re like 25 years old? Jesus, relax. My…

Just Sayings: Að Slá Einhverjum Gullhamra

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“Að slá einhverjum gullhamra” literally means to hit someone with a golden hammer. In Icelandic though, this means that you…

Food Of Iceland: Landi

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Is vodka not doing it for you anymore? Feel like your blackouts should be at least ten hours longer? Well,…

Perfect Day: Sigrún Ásta Jörgensen

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Rising stylist Sigrún Ásta Jörgensen has worked with everyone from Tessuti UK to Lykke Li and Vök. More importantly, she…

Just Sayings: “Tekinn á Beinið”

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This saying is not really that old. It originated at Akureyri Junior College and means to tell someone off, often…

Grapevine Playlist: JFDR, una schram, Matthildur & More

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What’s going on in Icelandic music today? Lots. Folk, rap, trap, oddly appealing cheese musicals… you name it, and you’ll…

Just Sayings: “Of Seint Í Rassinn Gripið”

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Here’s one idiom that suddenly became inflammatory because of #MeToo. It literally means “too late to grab that ass.” I…

How Iceland Celebrated Halloween Before There Even Was Halloween

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Halloween nears, and from the hearts of all the old Norse, you’re welcome. The holiday has its roots in old…

37 Murders In Iceland Over Past 20 Years

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There have been 37 murders committed in Iceland in the past twenty years, according to Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna…

Grapevine Playlist 18: The Soul Of The Beat

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Moses Hightower – Lyftutónlist The Icelandic kings of soul, Moses Hightower, are back—with a vengeance, but with a piece of…

Icelandic Executions: Punishing The Weak

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When looking at the gruesome history of Icelandic executions, one detail stands out, and it’s unfortunately one that is echoed…

Just Sayings: Rassgat í bala

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Ever been so broke that you didn’t even own your own butt in a tub? Introducing the most colourful term…

Hlynur Pálmason’s ‘A White, White Day’ Heads to the Oscars

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It’s official: Hlynur Pálmason’s ‘A White, White Day’ will be Iceland’s contribution to the 2020 Academy Awards. The film, Hlynur’s…

The Pepsi League

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The sore losers in FC Valur want to extend the football season in Iceland, but it’s around five months today….

Frosti Gringó: Binging Bukowski While Battling Evil Forces

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Frosti “Gringó” Runólfsson is a well-known musician and filmmaker in Iceland as well as a larger-than-life figure. He is also…

Get Your RIFF On!: The Grapevine Picks

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Cinephiles assemble! RIFF, The Reykjavík International Film Festival is back and will be bringing some much needed visual content to…

Just Sayings: Að Tefla Við Páfann

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“Að Tefla Við Páfann” is probably the first idiom that many Icelandic kids learn. It literally means “playing chess with…

The Sailor’s Guide To Icelandic Superstitions: Sea-Faring Edition

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So you want to be a sailor, eh, matey? Well, not so fast. There are a few ground rules we…

The World Is Like Inflight Smoking

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Think about it like this: the world is like inflight smoking. You remember that time? Probably not, unless you were…

Ásbyrgi: In The Footsteps Of Sleipnir

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There are few places in Iceland that Icelanders love as much as Ásbyrgi. The myth says that the unique area…

Music News: Tangerine Dream, Airwaves, & Björk

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One of the biggest icons of electronic music, Tangerine Dream, has painted stadium-sized soundscapes for no less than half a…

From Hair To Eternity – The City’s Best Hair Salons

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Unless you plan on looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway your whole life, at some point, you’ll need a haircut….

Artist Playlist: Obscene Bass And Crazy Drummers

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Elvar Smári Júlíusson made a splash two years ago with his debut album ‘Ljóstillífun’, released under his artist name Án….