this day in icelandic history — The Reykjavik Grapevine %

Food Of Iceland: Liquorice

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Liquorice gets a bad rap internationally, thanks to black jellybeans being the worst candy ever made, as well as Twizzlers…

Giving The Women Of Icelandic History A Voice: The Reykjavík Feminist Walking Tour

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On a chilly Wednesday evening, I stand at the foot of Ingibjörg H. Bjarnason’s statue in front of Alþingi, shivering…

Ask A Scientist: What Actually Happened During The Turkish Raid Of 1627?

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One of the most infamous events in Icelandic history is the Tyrkjaránið (The Turkish Raid) of 1627. Although it‘s commonly…

Taste The Tröll: A Culinary Day Trip Around The Tröllaskagi Peninsula

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Pink oyster mushrooms peek over the edge of a basket at the entrance of Vellir. The mushrooms have been grown…

Hannah Gadsby On ‘Douglas,’ PC Culture, Cher & More

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Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s international career ironically kicked off after she announced that she was quitting comedy in her furious…

Football Shenanigans: The Latest News From The Pitch

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Everybody likes an underdog. Such is the case with the Icelandic football team. Twenty-one years ago, we won against the…

Art For Free: Get Outside And Save That Cash

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Culturally immersing yourself in Iceland can be an expensive undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be. You can discover artistic…

On The Golden Circle, There’s A Lot To Be Grateful For

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On a rainy Sunday, I set out to explore The Golden Circle with tour company Reykjavík Outventure accompanied by a…

Moving Forward With The #MeToo Conference

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The inaugural #MeToo: Moving Forward conference was held in Reykjavík from September 17th to 19th. Co-sponsored by the Nordic Council…

Interweaving Reality And Imagination: Ian McEwan Accepts Literature Prize

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Literature has always been integral to Icelandic culture, though literary awards are a relatively new feature of the country’s heritage….

Medieval Scholars and Hot Tub Enthusiasts

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Summer is practically over. That means that the mild weather we’ve had will soon be replaced by cold winds, rain…

Harpa Hosts #MeToo Conference In Reykjavik Today

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir has officially opened the #MeToo conference being held at Harpa today, Vísir reports, wherein people from…

PMS: Pretty. Messy. Sexy.

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Jenny Purr, Lola VonHeart and Chardonnay Bublée are as fierce, cheeky and passionate offstage, as they are on stage. Coming…

Nazis, Mike Pence And The Third Energy Package: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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Iceland is not a Nazi-friendly country. This became very apparent when a dozen members of the Nordic Resistance Movement gathered…

A Gorgeous Glacier Hike From Reykjavik: A Full Day Exploring the South Coast Of Iceland

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The South Coast of Iceland is one of the countries most travelled roads—and for good reason. Including everything from spectacular…

East Iceland: Hearts, Arts, Eats, And East Heat

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We stare into the canyon. The glacial river Jökulsá á Brú roars by Stuðlagil, one of Iceland’s largest collections of…

Irreverent Adoration: Whispers Of Japan At Fiskmarkaðurinn

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It’s not easy to run a restaurant for over a decade in as fierce a market as Reykjavík and Fiskmarkaðurinn…

Artist Playlist: Lift Off With Plútó

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Eleven-member DJ group Plútó comprise the most comprehensive knowledge tank of dance and electronic music in Iceland, essentially like an…

Gamlaeyri Whale Stranding: A Difficult Journey To The Whale Wreck

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Note: Gamlaeyri is extremely hazardous, and unreachable by regular car or hiking. Low tide is a short window, as the…

New Research: Surtsey Island Is Blossoming With Life

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Research on Iceland’s youngest island, Surtsey, shows it has been bursting with new life of all kinds, from plants to…

The Future Sound Of Iceland: Hermigervill Releases Two Albums In Six Months

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Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably heard the music of Sveinbjörn Thorarensen. A producer, solo artist, master collaborator,…