Reykjavík Of Yore: A Towering Artist

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Although we at Grapevine can be cynical about art, life and the purpose of everything—some people even think we are…

Editorial: Silly Season With A Taste Of Cucumber

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There are two news stories I remember reading in the past two weeks. One was about a twenty-something makeup artist…

News: The Top Stories, July 14th–July 27th

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It’s been a dry two weeks here up North, news wise, and for a weekend the weather decided to mirror…

Forty To Fifty Earthquakes In Southern Iceland, Tremors Felt In Reykjavík

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The people of Reykjavík felt an earthquake around 11:40 this morning. The Icelandic Met office (Veðurstofa íslands) reported that they…

Reykjavík Of Yore: A Spinning Political Monument

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Perlan in Öskjuhlíð is some kind of Icelandic version of a Ferris wheel. The restaurant on top of the old…

The Hip-Hop Industry Needs To Check Themselves Before They Wreck Themselves

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The last issue of the Reykjavík Grapevine was met with some harsh criticism. People on social media raised some good…

We Need To Talk About The Water Closet

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For decades now, the Icelandic nation has successfully been using something called a toilet. Some call it a bathroom. But…

Reykjavík Of Yore: From Mundane To Watergate

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Well, to be honest, the story of Háteigskirkja is painfully uninteresting. This is probably not the best way to start…

The PR Generation

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I consider myself lucky in a way that I didn’t grow up with constant internet connectivity. When I was a…

How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes: Rude, Drunk and Boundlessly Optimistic


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Are Icelanders just like everyone else or are they a little, well… special? This show, which purports to teach you…

Weird Flag Ceremony At Eurovision Probably A Violation Of Icelandic Law

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Icelandic singer and Eurovision hopeful Svala Björgvinsdóttir participated in a weird flag ceremony in Kiev in Ukraine last Sunday, in…

Strolling around with Sorelle

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Our favorite YouTube star, Sorelle Amore from Australia, showed our Facebook followers around the summer streetlife of downtown Reykjavík last…

Sexy Gandalf And Something About Abortion

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What would happen if a bunch of nerdy intellectuals assembled some kind of strip show? Well, we would probably have…

The Same Goal

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Here’s the thing: terrorism is a form of politics. It’s a disgusting and extreme form of politics, but it’s nothing…

Where was it shot? “Black” by Dierks Bentley

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So, even American country musicians have discovered our little sub-Arctic island, although relatively few Icelanders have discovered American country music….

Some Kind of a Metaphor

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When I was a child, my parents taught me two things about Iceland: one, that we were once strong Vikings,…

Reykjavík Of Yore: Squatting, And The Total Failure of Zoning

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Ah, the wonderful year of 1919. The year after Great War ended. The Europeans were still dealing with its devastating…

Reykjavík Of Yore: Sundhöllin

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Although houses don’t change as the years pass by, society does. We at Grapevine found this absolutely amazing photo of…

Reykjavík of Yore: Laugardalshöllin

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Laugardalshöllin was Iceland’s largest gymnasium for decades. The house was designed by Gísli Halldórsson and Skarphéðinn Jóhannesson, and its construction…

Editorial: Raw Talent

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It’s not often that Iceland produces raw talents in classical music like Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson, the young concert piano artist…