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Four Bodies Recovered From Plane Crash In Þingvallavatn

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All four bodies of the men who died in a plane crash in the lake Þingvallavatn have now been recovered…

An Icelandic Noise: Dance Music, Wild Sounds And Gentle Folk

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What does Iceland sound like? Perhaps it’s an odd question to ask about a big chunk of rock in the…

Catch Of The Day: Icelanders Have Fallen For Verbúðin Hook, Line And Sinker.

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In the post-terrestrial TV world, with myriad streaming options (does anyone else feel like they spend more time on the…

Hallgrímur Helgason: Torn Between Keith Haring and the Sagas

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Hallgrímur Helgason is in some ways a rebel when it comes to Icelandic fiction, and his weapons are pleasantly disarming;…

Addiction Centre Director Resigns Amidst Revelations From Former Sex Worker

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The now-former director of the National Center of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ), Einar Hermannsson, resigned from his position last Monday, telling…

The Grapevine’s New Music Picks: Bríet, russian.girls and Kaśka Paluch

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This week: a new track and video out today from Bríet, russian.girls give out the dark and moody and Kaśka…

First MP Of Kurdish Background And Youngest MP Both Take Seats In Iceland’s Parliament

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Today was an historic first in the history of Iceland’s Parliament, for two reasons. Firstly, because Lenya Rún Taha Karim,…

Grapevine Picks: A Theremin Concert In Space, Our Dark Overlord Returns & Chinese Art

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It might be the week before Christmas, but there’s no let up in The Grapevine’s obsession with bringing our dear…

Immigrant Poets Rethinking The North

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Icelanders are famous for their writings, for their old Edda poems and tales of our Viking history. This small island…

Grapevine Picks: Book Fairs And Hugs!

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Glancing at the weather forecast, it seems that outside activities might prove a little challenging during the upcoming week. But…

The Book That Shaped The Icelandic Soul

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There are few books, if any, that have shaped the Icelandic soul as significantly as the Folklores and Adventures, or…

Björk’s Choral Concert Soars

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A musician announcing plans to “re-imagine” a well-loved body of work in the live arena can induce a shiver down…

Around The World In A Day: Experience Iceland’s Lava—From The Earth To The Sea

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Iceland loves its circle tours: Golden Circle, Diamond Circle, Silver Circle, and of course circling the entire country. But one…

Union Heads Resign: Conflict Between Leadership, Current And Former Members

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Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the director of labour union Efling, announced she was resigning from her position yesterday, RÚV reports. Shortly…

Grapevine Picks: Halloween Party, Digital Disorder, Peanut Butter & Katla Coffee

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Not sure what to get into over the weekend? This period between the end of summer and the start of…

Vikings Arrived To The Americas Before Columbus

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Recent analysis of small pieces of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland confirms that Vikings arrived in the North America…

RVK Newscast #137: DON’T WALK ON THE LAVA!

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Hæ again from Reykjavík! Reykjavík Grapevine’s Editor-in-Chief Valur Grettisson is back with his Chief Morale Officer, Pollý, in Laugardalur with…

The Mysterious Book Of Sorcerer’s Screed

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Need to wake up the dead? Look no further. It has to be said before we continue; Galdraskræða, or Sorcerer’s…

KÓPÓ! Herra Hnetusmjör Brings The Flow And The Fest

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The landscape of Icelandic rap has been ever-evolving since the first fully Icelandic language rap albums dropped in 2001. While…

From ‘What If’ To Reality: GDRN Talks Storytelling Through Music And Acting

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Telling your story takes courage. Telling someone else’s story takes empathy. Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir, or GDRN as she’s known…

For The Love Of Lopapeysa

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Lopapeysa are about as linked to the cultural identity of Iceland as skyr and the Icelandic horse. As the temperature…