Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RVK Newscast #30: Drunk English Tourist, Sailors With Covid-19 And Polly Chase Off A Raven

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Tourists from the UK were fined for breaking quarantine this weekend. COVID-19 incidents are going up, but at the same…

RVK Newscast #29: French COVID-Tourist Not Fined And First Icelandic Triple Homicide Trial

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58 people tested with COVID-19 yesterday, thereof 57 domestically. The French tourists that contributed to the third wave in Iceland…

RVK Newscast #28: Infections Quickly Rising And Crashing Waves In The City

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Covid-19 is on a quick rise in Iceland with over a hundred new infections in a few days. The Icelandic…

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things – A Movie Review With A Voice-Over

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This article has spoilers. I think. Not that it matters. God, another existential navel-gazing movie from Charlie Kaufman. How should…

Strong Icelandic Female Spirit In Three-And-A-Half Books

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In the wake of two Icelandic women being slut-shamed over the idiocy of some poorly-quarantining English football halfwits, the Grapevine…

RVK Newscast #27: Broken Ice And Banned Educational Video

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Icelandair attempts to get 20 billion ISK in a stock offering, and the government is trying their best to make…

RVK Newscast #26: Two Icelandic Girls Shamed And Accusations Of Bullying In The Polish Embassy

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In today’s Newscast, we have the weird shaming of two young women who visited Covidiots from England’s national football team….

Autumn Activity Guide: Or At Least The Closest Thing Iceland Has To Autumn

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Before we enter the pitless dark and windy nightmare of winter, we have…well, the pitless dark and windy nightmare of…

Well, You Asked: Celebs, Music And Spitting

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You asked, we answered. Here are your burning questions about music, celebs, and “The Big C”. What was the best…

Just Sayings: “Hollari er húsbruni en hvalreki á fyrsta ári”

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How to explain this? The idiom goes like this in English: “It’s healthier that your house burns to the ground…

Outdated Comment Sections

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When I began working as an editor-in-chief at The Reykjavík Grapevine in 2017, my news editor asked me a simple…

RVK Newscast #25: Footballers Breaking Quarantine And Trans Jesus

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In today’s Grapevine’s Newscast, we visited Bali at Álftanes. In today’s news: there were zero COVID-19 cases on Sunday in…

Grapevine Playlist: Lions, Dog Runs And Some Eerie Minimalistics

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Supersport! – Dog Run (EP) Just what the summer needed: a shiny new EP from Reykjavík’s most charming indie pop…

RVK Newscast #24: The Clock Will Not Be Changed And Massive Unemployment

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Over 8,000 people lost their jobs, but no one is at the hospital because of COVID-19. Flights are being cancelled…

RVK Newscast #23: Historic Recession And Border Mess

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And you thought your day was hard. Recession, Kapelluhraun, COVID-19 and regular collective redundancies in today’s Reykjavík Grapevine newscast. But…

RVK Newscast #22: My Voices Have Tourette’s

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In this episode, Sam interviews Dan Zerin about his show “My Voices Have Tourette’s” and the new podcast with the…

RVK Newscast #21: A Conversation With The British Ambassador To Iceland

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For today’s episode, we met up with the British ambassador to Iceland, Michael Nevin, who showed us his favourite place…

RVK Newscast #20: Paints Icelandic Mountains From Memory In Las Vegas

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The Reykjavík Grapevine visited one of most promising artist in Iceland these days, Elli Egilsson, who paints Icelandic mountains from…

(In)Sane, Stay Inside: How To Keep Calm During The Second Wave

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So how does one stay sane in the slowness of the second wave of COVID-19? To be honest, we have…

Abandoned Iceland #14: The Laugavegur Hike Day 4

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The fourth and final day! There’ll be canyons, caves, hot pools and gulp the last glacier river. Will we make…

Abandoned Iceland #13: The Laugavegur Hike Day 3

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Ever wanted to see two Grapevine writers cross a glacier river and make a big ol’ fuss about it? Well…

Abandoned Iceland #12: The Laugavegur Hike Day 2

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On day 2 we traverse 12km from Hrafntinnnusker in the snowy highlands to the stunning lakeside campsite, Alftavatn. There’ll be…

The Laugavegur Trail Diaries: A Tale Of Snow, Steam And Sunburns

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Stretching 54 km between the geothermal hot pools of Landmannalaugar and the luscious Þórsmörk valley, the Laugavegur trail is something…

Abandoned Iceland #11: The Laugavegur Hike Day 1

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Stretching 54 km between the geothermal hot pools of Landmannalaugar and the luscious Þórsmörk valley, the Laugavegur trail is Iceland’s…

Seven Peaks In Seven Days: A 40-Year-Old Icelandic Man’s Quest For Bodily Destruction

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Seven peaks in seven days, I decided. Why? Mostly to prove to myself that I could still beat the mountains…