Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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….

Grapevine Playlist: Sin Fang, gugusar And Björk vs Fever Ray

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Alexander Jarl – Marbella Alexander Jarl announces himself in classic Jason Derulo-Style and then takes us on a trip to…

Editorial: The Race For A New Airline

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Iceland is still trying to recover from the very expected bankruptcy of WOW air earlier this year. The summer high…

Just Sayings: “Heimskt er heimaalið barn”

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This saying is pretty basic. In English, it means ‘a homeschooled child is a stupid child.’ Sounds rough, but this…

Food Of Iceland: Hamburgers

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Although Icelanders consider shark meat their country’s traditional cuisine, in reality, the truly traditional Icelandic food is the old-fashioned, fat…

How Does One Become Lord Pusswhip?

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Þórður Ingi Jónsson, or Lord Pusswhip, is definitely an oddball when it comes to music. He is one of the…

Grapevine Playlist: ZÖE, Stefán Elí, PORT & More!

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ZÖE – Summer Funeral Zöe will be the perfect medicine for those who once loved Evanescence but maybe won’t admit…

Editorial: We Want Human Rights For Your Military Games

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US Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Iceland in early September. It’s fair to say that Pence’s personal values…

Just Sayings: “Flýtur meðan ekki sekkur”

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This saying is basically another version of “þetta reddast,” which is basically the motto of the Icelandic nation, translating to…

Icelandic Superstitions: A Dangerous Cup Of Coffee

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Are you reading this over an innocent cup of coffee? Well watch yourself—there is nothing innocent about it. Your very…

Greenland Considering Buying US Back

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The prime minister of Greenland, Kim Kielsen, said in an interview with the danish newspaper Politiken, that the Greenlandic government…

PHOTOS: Reykjavík Pride Parade 2019

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The annual Reykjavík Pride Parade was held last Saturday and there, up to 100,000 guests celebrated the rights of all…

Well, You Asked: American Incest (and British)

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How do you get rid of bad luck from moving a rock on the black beaches? Asking for a friend…

That Time 15% Of Iceland Went To See Ed Sheeran

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When the news broke that Ed Sheeran was going to play at Laugardalsvöllur in August, Icelanders broke a national record,…

Icelandic Superstitions: Be Cool, Or The Summer Will Suck

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One of the oddest traditions that Icelanders have is to look at the weather the night before the 24th of…

Grapevine’s Editorial: The County/The Country

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‘The County,’ the latest film directed by our cover star Grímur Hákonarson, raises hard questions, not only about Iceland’s business…

Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood: An Odd Hate Letter To Hippies 

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Note: This article contains spoilers about Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.’ You’ve been warned. Let’s start with the…