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Eivør’s Cross-Cultural Global Roots

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“It’s nice here, isn’t it?” offers Faroese musician Eivør Pálsdóttir as she settles into an office chair. “I miss it…

Íslands In A Stream: Live From Reykjavík

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Live From Reykjavík—Iceland’s newest live music event—had its second annual outing last month. It’s a hybrid affair: a live stream…

Reach Out And Move: The Reykjavík Dance Festival

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Dance should be the most accessible, comfortable, familiar art form known to mankind. Everybody has a body, and most people…

Lost In Google Translation: Earthquake Produces A Rumble Of Drunks

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Last month, the daily newspaper Morgunblaðið appeared to report that an earthquake near Hekla—the active volcano in the south—had caused…

Grapevine New Music Picks: Gyða Valtýsdóttir, Fríd and Ægir

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This week we bring you soaring soundscapes, serene underseascapes and cyclical clickscapes. Grab some proper headphones or plug into some…

Ask A Geochemist: Why Is It Hard To Rinse Off Soap In Iceland?

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When washing your hands, you might have realised that here in Iceland, the soap doesn’t seem to rinse off easily….

Auður Jónsdóttir’s Perfect Day: Balance Between Solitude And Socialising

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Auður Jónsdóttir is an award-winning writer whose books have been published in multiple languages. She’s known to draw inspiration from…

Grapevine Picks: Eivør, Toxic Masculinity, Metal Fest And Cake Art

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Hey baby, it’s cold outside. But don’t mope about it—wrap up warm and head out to our hot event picks!…

A Night Out With The Demons: Skrattar Is Keeping The Rockstar Lifestyle Alive

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We’ve all heard wild tales of rock bands’ raucous nights with groupies, drugs and wacky behaviour. However, it seems like…

COVID Roundup: 126 Domestic Cases, Bill Would Make Chief Epidemiologist Political Appointment

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There were 126 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional nine at the border. Of…

Opioid Usage Growing In Iceland

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The use of opioids in Iceland is rapidly becoming an epidemic, reports Vísir. This year, up to 250 people have…

Bill Submitted That Would Ban “Blood Farms” In Iceland

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One of the first pieces of legislation being introduced to the newly-formed Icelandic Parliament is a proposed ban on so-called…

COVID Roundup: 136 Domestic Cases Yesterday, Most Outside Quarantine At Diagnosis

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There were 136 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional three at the border. Of…

Possible Bomb Found Nearby US Ambassador’s Residence

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A suspicious item was found in a trash can nearby the US Ambassador’s residence in Mánatún last night. According to…

First Confirmed Case Of Omicron Variant In Iceland Detected

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While first suspected to be the case yesterday, it has now been confirmed, Vísir reports, that the Omicron variant has…

Supernatural Iceland: Monsters

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Welcome to Supernatural Iceland! Join Valur Grettisson, editor-in-chief of Reykjavík Grapevine, as he explores the world of folklore, other-worldly visits…

On The Verge Of A Breakdown: The Delicate, Unsettling Works Of Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir

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Layers of translucent white paper, cut into vaguely cloud-like shapes, lend different shades of cream to light grey due to…

Vaccination Car Has Received Positive Feedback

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Vísir reports that the vaccination car, which was introduced last month, has been received well. The car drives around Reykjavík…

COVID Roundup: 140 Domestic Cases Yesterday, Most In Quarantine At Diagnosis

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There were 140 recorded domestic cases of the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, plus an additional three at the border. Of…

Just Human Stories: ‘Hvunndagshetjur’ Tells The Tales Of Foreign Women In Iceland

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‘Hvunndagshetjur’ is a new film from Magnea Björk Valdimarsdóttir. It tells the tales of four people of foreign origin living…