Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Travel Like A Tourist: Journeying Through Iceland Like An Icelander

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Presenting: The Ultimate Grapevine Travel Iceland Guide. Scroll down for our favourite places in the north, east, south, west and…

Just Sayings: “Fleira má bíta en feita steik”

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So, you’re looking to explore cannibalism with your best friend but aren’t sure how to broach the subject? Don’t worry—we’ve…

Abandoned Iceland #10: Mount Esja

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One mountain, three reporters and a tin of baked beans – what could go wrong? In this episode of Abandoned…

Biggest Economic Contraction In The History Of The Independence

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Statistics Iceland predicts that the gross domestic product (GDP) of Iceland will reduce by a staggering 8.4% this year, meaning…

The Grapevine Bookclub: Sperm Banks And Erotic Sheep

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Driving the Ring Road means a lot of downtime in the car. Pick up one of these books to enrich…

Abandoned Iceland #9: Skaftafell National Park

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Svartifoss, the most gothic waterfalls of them all in Skaftafell, south of Iceland. The waterfall inspired the architect, Guðjón Samúlesson,…

Reykjavik Newscast #8: Iceland’s Borders Open Completely 1st of July No Matter What the EU Says

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Iceland will open its borders for countries outside of the Schengen area on July 1st, no matter what decision the…

Reykjavik Newscast #7: 15k For A COVID-19 Test & Netflix Cut Out Icelandic PM From ‘The Laundromat’

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The news is official; Iceland will open on the 15th of June. deCODE Genetics will help the Icelandic government test,…

Abandoned Iceland #7: South Road Trip

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Valur Grettisson and his trusty companions, Art Bicnick and Polly, the chief morale officer, travelled from Reykjavík to Jökulsárlón in…

Editorial: The Coronavirus Is Not War

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For an Icelander, with almost no historic ties to war, to analogize the fight against COVID-19 to a war seems…

Rediscovering Paradise: The Unexpected Side Effects Of Covid-19

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It was 2010 when Eyjafjallajökull erupted. I went with a group of friends from work (I was working for the…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Fierce Viking Horse Trapped In A Pony’s Body

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First, we worshipped the Viking horse, then we ate him, and then we felt bad about it. Feels like there…

The Waiting Game – The COVID-19 Outbreak Calls For Patience

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Let’s be honest here: The government and associated specialists have done a fantastic job in this incredibly complicated battle with…

Icelandic Superstitions: Bubbi Morthens & Sadistic Spanking

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Let’s admit it: Sports are more or less the biggest manifestation of modern superstition. You know, “laces out” and all…

Grapevine Playlist: Elín Ey, Hrim, Dirb & More

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Here’s what the Grapevine team is listening to this week. Elín Ey – Waterloo This acoustic cover of an ABBA…

Fastsplaining: How the Covid-19 Came To Iceland – A Lesson To Be Learned

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As you know, Iceland is a small country with a population of about 350,000—and we only have one international airport….

Just Sayings: Heimskur er jafnan höfuðstór

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Blessed with a big head? Tough luck. As Icelanders say, “People with big heads are stupid!” Yes, not our most…

A Productive Drinking Session: Thnigs Too Do Whne Ur Drunk

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Feel like getting drunk “just because” is not a good enough reason any more? My, my, someone’s a fancy drinker….

Fastsplaining: Drive-by COVID-19 Screening

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65 people have been infected by COVID-19 at the time of this writing, and these numbers change quite rapidly. The…

The True Impact Of The Coronavirus

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So, here we are in history, with another global health crisis on our hands. It’s not the first time we…

Food of Iceland: Kjötsúpa

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Kjötsúpa, or Icelandic meat soup, is a meal that Icelanders have been eating for centuries—in fact, it’s one of the…

Fastsplaining: This Is How Iceland Handles The Coronavirus

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Iceland is no different from other countries when it comes to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The first case was discovered…

Iceland Superstition: A Short Revision Of Iceland’s Safest Road

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Icelanders don’t really believe in elves. It’s just a silly myth. That said, we don’t mess with them either. Perhaps,…

Editorial: Please Save Bíó Paradís

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Bíó Paradís proved that an art-house cinema can work in Iceland. But, in Reykjavík’s cut-throat rental market, only the wildly…

Museums, Records, and Ramen: Logi Leó Gunnarsson’s Perfect Day

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Logi Leó Gunnarsson is a young artist in Reykjavík who designed the cover art for the band Hjalti Kaftu, which…