this day in icelandic history — The Reykjavik Grapevine %

Great Moments In Icelandic History: Klettagos

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In December 2010, a newly minted beverage company called Gosverksmiðjan Klettur launched Klettagos, an Icelandic soft drink that looked and…

Day Of The Icelandic Sheepdog

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Yesterday, July 18th, marked the most important holiday of them all, the Day of the Icelandic Sheepdog! Celebrating our favorite…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: The Bónus Flag at The Parliament

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This moment has a pretty unique stand in this writer’s mind, as I witnessed it take place. I was a…

Laugarvatn: Waterproof Entertainment

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Where does one go when you only have one day off from work this week, but you’re long overdue for…

Ask An Expert: Why Are Icelandic Horses So Important To Icelanders?

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If you have ever driven through the Icelandic countryside, you have likely caught glimpses of majestic Icelandic horses standing in…

Fourteen People Rescued From Glacier

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Last week, a group of fourteen people was rescued from the Öræfajökull volcanic glacier, RÚV reports. Fourteen hikers, including twelve…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: The Smurf Porn Incident

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It was on a cold day in January 1992 when an unsuspecting mother rented the newest Smurf Movie for her…

Islands Of Wonder: Winning The Weather Lottery In Vestmannaeyjar

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No matter what the gods have thrown at the Westman Islands (known locally as Vestmannaeyjar)—eruptions, turbulent history, harsh living conditions—it…

Event Picks: Gigs & The Colour Run

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A lot is going on in town over the next few days, from intimate concerts to a colour run you…

Stories And Connections In The Far West: Skjaldborg Returns

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The Skjaldborg festival has nurtured Iceland’s documentary scene since its inception in 2007. Like most other aspects of society, it…

Witch Hunt: A Visit To The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

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Witchcraft and wizardry haves been the subject of fascination for centuries—just look at the success of a certain magical franchise…

Ok, Bye Climate Summit Took Place at Harpa

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On Wednesday, May 18th, Harpa concert hall and conference center hosted Ok, Bye Climate Summit. The event took place within…

Treasure Ísland

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Jón Ársæll’s latest work documents a 60-year search for gold “This is not the film I set out to make,”…

Strangers In The North: ‘Visitations’ Wins The Visual Arts Prize

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Polar bear encounters in Iceland tend to take a predictable form: a bear, often weak and emaciated, is spotted by…

70 Years Of Erró, Now In Hafnarhúsið

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This Saturday a retrospective exhibition, which celebrates seventy years of Erró’s career, was opened at the Reykjavik Art Museum in…

New Frontiers of Technology: NFTs in Iceland

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Artists in Iceland are using NFTs to change the landscape around them – forever. On March 11th, 2021, an artist,…

Faroese Visit French Museum in Fáskrúðsfjörður

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A large group of about 300 Faroese sailors and their spouses have come to Iceland to visit Fáskrúðsfjörður, its rich…

Health Minister Says He Will Submit Drug Decriminalisation Bill This Autumn

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Following yesterday’s report that Minister of Health Willum Þór Þorsson had decided to not submit his ministry’s bill on decriminalising…

Öskudagur, a.k.a. Ash Wednesday 2022 Is Here

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Today Iceland celebrates Öskudagur or Ash Wednesday. This is a holiday that marks the first day of Lent, or 46…

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…