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Hveragerði Honours The Couple Taken By COVID-19

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A somber cloud hangs over the town of Hveragerði as residents remember the couple who became the first Icelandic victims…

Documenting COVID-19: Looking Forward To Looking Back On The Virus

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The word unprecedented has lost all impact in reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak, not a day seems to go by…

Öskudagur Is Today: Here’s Everything You Should Know

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It may involve little kids in costumes begging for candy, but the comparisons between Halloween and Öskudagur end there. Today…

A Winning Heart: Larissa Kyzer Wins Award For Her Translation Of Kristín Eiríksdóttir’s ‘A Fist Or A Heart’

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“It was a real honour to work on ‘A Fist or a Heart,’” beams Larissa Kyzer, English-language translator of Kristín…

Breakdown Of Engin Miskunn by Hatari

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Larger than life Icelandic hardcore boy band Hatari released a new video yesterday, Engin Miskunn (“No Mercy”), to instant critical…

VOLCANOES IN ICELAND! Everything You Need To Know!

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Can I see a volcanic eruption in Iceland? Every 6 years or so we have a volcanic eruption in Iceland…

Exploring The South: Herstory And Day Drinking With Ladies In Film

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While rushing looking for bus stop #6 I hoped to find a group of women that, like me, were arriving…

Meet Vicki, The Winner Of The Grapemas Helicopter Ride And Our Grapevine Reader Of The Month!

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Now, as the last Christmas lights are being hacked down from light posts and the Yule Lads are entering hibernation,…

The Grapevine Music Awards 2020: The Winners Are Here!

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The Grapevine Music Awards 2020 is here! As is tradition, we at the Grapevine once again convened a panel of…

Lady Of The Mountain: Fjallkonan

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Cupcakes on Ferris wheels, smoke-filled bubbles on cocktails, duck leg pancake towers in birdcages—Fjallkonan is big on whimsy and not…

Grapevine Playlist: Retro Sadness And Alien Hip-Hop

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Sunna Margrét – Art Of History EP Listening to this song is like turning on a radiator in an old…

Grapevine Music Awards 2020: Song Of The Year – ‘Hatrið mun sigra’ By Hatari

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One couch. Three banners. Seven seconds of live television. And with that, the leather-clad doomsday anticapitalist BDSM water-hawking scam artist…

Lava, Water And Everything In Between: Finding Fire And Ice On The Southern Coast

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The words “Fire & Ice” might conjure up thoughts of a certain, off-the-radar HBO show, but on a chilly Reykjavík…

VIDEO: Þór Rides Into The Storm!

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This morning, the coast guard’s patrol ship Þór made contact with the massive storm that is expected to hit us…

Ask a Pagan Chieftain: How Was Winter Celebrated Before Christian Traditions?

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Christmas lights and traditions bring much-needed warmth to the cold Icelandic winters. But before Christianity arrived in the country, Icelanders…

Icelandic Superstitions: The Magic Wishing Hill

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Some Icelandic superstitions are specific to one particular place—don’t touch this rock, don’t try building a road through this hill,…

New Bar Open For (Paranormal) Business

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Four friends got together to open a new bar and encountered a haunting reality. No, we’re not talking about the…

Polish-Icelandic: A Society Emerges

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Poles are by far the largest immigrant group in Iceland, so it was high time someone made a movie about…

We Are A Fire Cult: Andri Snær Magnason Talks Oil, Humans As Volcanoes & Pancake Sci-Fi

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“At first, people think I am messing around. But it’s all about the journey around the black hole,” laughs Andri…

Over The Hill: Art Exhibition Advocates Wildlife Protection

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“The photographers gave their work for the exhibition because they [believe it’s] an important exhibition about the dangers to the…

Horror-Scopes: The Leo Of The Rings

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In HorrorScopes, Grapevine’s dedicated team of amateur astrologists breaks down your upcoming weeks based on shit like planetary orbits. Aries…