Author: Valur Grettisson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Smite The Throne: The Grapevine Guide To The Throne-Game

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The Game of Thrones can be a little confusing. But fear not, friends. We up here beyond the wall have…

Video: Food Of Iceland: Sheep Head

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Ever wonder how it would be to eat someone’s face? Of course you have. Icelanders have found a way to…

Just Sayings: “Það Liggur Í Augum Uppi”

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“Það liggur í augum uppi” (approx. pronounced “thath liggur ee œjum uppy”) is an old and fairly common saying in…

Editorial: Enough Of The Overconfident CEO

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The Icelandic tourism has been almost unbelievable. Iceland has gone from a couple of hundred thousand tourists to 2.1 million…

Video: Five Culture Shocks When You Come To Iceland – And How To Deal With Them

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Have you been to Iceland and been stared down, not knowing what to think about it? Well, the Culture Department…

Video: Spring Is Here: No, This Is Not An April Fool’s Day Joke

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Spring is here, and no, this is not an April Fool’s Day thing. It’s snowing. When Icelanders woke up this…

WOW Air – The Spectacular Crash Of The Purple Airline

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WOW Air has ceased to operate after a long and tiring battle with its debt collectors for almost 12 months….

Word of the Issue: Jæja

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This four letter word is probably the most complicated word in the Icelandic language. Not because of the word itself,…

War of the Nerds: The shadow war on Laugavegur

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There is trouble brewing, trouble that hides under the dust of Laugavegur, under the ever-flowing groups of tourists, behind the…

Fastsplaining The Judges Scandal

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Fastsplaining is a fairly irresponsible way to explain complicated things in an oversimplified terms. So please check out our links…

Hatari, GDRN and Víkingur Heiðar Amongst Winners In The Icelandic Music Awards

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GDRN was the winner of last night’s Icelandic Music Awards (IMA), netting four awards in total. Readers of the Grapevine…

Making Of An Artist: Parental Advised CD And O.G. Mom

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Elli Egilsson is one of Iceland’s most interesting landscape artist these days. He is based in Los Angeles, where he…

War Of The Nerds: Iceland Solves the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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If there is something holier than Christmas in Iceland, it would probably be Eurovision. Our readers know this. Icelanders go…

Editorial: #Me2.0

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The #MeToo revolution has had an incredible effect on the world, and raised a lot of questions about our legal…

Chess Nerds And The Drug-Knights That Say Ni!

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It’s safe to say that the Icelandic nation was in shock when the president of the Icelandic Chess Federation was…

Brace Yourself, Winter Is Upon Us

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Iceland’s Road and Coastal Administration is warning of a short but powerful storm due to hit the southwest of Iceland…

Central Bank Removes Nude Art

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The Central Bank of Iceland has decided to remove a classic painting by the famous Icelandic painter, Gunnlaugur Blöndal, after…

Bitcoin bandits sentenced to jail

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The bitcoin bandits were sentenced to jail on Thursday. The most famous of them, Sindri Þór Stefánsson, was handed a…

Controversial Report Says Whaling Has No Effect On Iceland Tourist Industry

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A new report from the Institute of Economic Studies was released on Wednesday and states the Iceland’s whaling operations have…

Artist Offers To Buy Icelandic Banks In Exchange For Absolution

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Snorri Ásmundsson, artist, former presidential candidate and enfant terrible against the Icelandic establishment, has made a formal, and, well, intriguing…

Iceland Has Three Composers On Top 25 NYT List For Best Classical Tracks

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Iceland has no less than three artists on the New York Times 25 best classical tracks of the year. The…

Jodie Foster Goes To War

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Well, not literally, but she is going to remake the Icelandic film ‘Kona fer í stríð’ (‘A Woman Goes To…

Fifteenth Time Lucky: Björk’s Incredible Grammy Awards Journey

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The news came out yesterday that Björk has been nominated for the Grammys for her new album, ‘Utopia,’ in the…

#IcelandSmites: Heimir “The Scarred Eye Of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson Sails To Qatar

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Former manager of the Icelandic national football team, Heimir “the scarred eye of Óðinn” Hallgrímsson, The Darth Dentist, The Westman…

Crowd Funding Cultural Magazine In The West

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The Westfjords of Iceland are buzzing these days. We regularly hear news about creative projects, and newest thing happening in…