Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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…

Track By Track: An Intimate Journey with Axel Flóvent

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Axel Flóvent’s newest album, ‘You Stay By The Sea’, has been attracting a lot of international attention—and for a good…

Just Sayings: On With the Butter

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There are a few ways to carry on. You could do it like a proper Englishman and keep calm at…

One To Watch: Sucks To Be You, Nigel and Árný Margrét

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The grassroots in Iceland is lively in the time of COVID-19 and therefore, the panel couldn’t decide what to pick….

Song Of The Year: Vesturbæjar Beach

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The song Vesturbæjar Beach by BSÍ is not only our Song Of The Year. It is, in some ways, the…

Album of the Year: Sóley & kef LAVÍK

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Album of the year: Mother Melancholia by Sóley ‘Mother Melancholia’ is a dark, deep exploration into the feeling of the…

Immigrant Poets Rethinking The North

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Icelanders are famous for their writings, for their old Edda poems and tales of our Viking history. This small island…

Track By Track: ‘Kill The Moon’ By Kig & Husk

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Kig & Husk is comprised of music veterans Frank Hall from the band Ske and Höskuldur Ólafsson, who made international…

Get Your Read On: Christmas Books To Set The Mood

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If you want to understand the Icelandic Christmas tradition, here are the books you have to read. The Sad Old…

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,…