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It’s Wonderful to Be Here

The Reykjavik Grapevine will always have a special place in my heart. I moved to Reykjavík with plans…

Iceland in the Spotlight

Icelanders are basking in the joy of Will Ferrell’s new comedy ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire…

Madam President

Arriving at Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s house just before noon on Friday, I find a note on the door: “Anna,…

The Exception That Proves The Rule

Earlier this year, artist Ragnar Kjartansson and composer Kjartan Sveinsson put on a particularly subversive production at Berlin’s…

Bridging the Gap

When Erik Culver graduated with a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, he went…

“Finally A Body Worthy of My Dick”: Inside the Political Scandal Rocking Iceland

Iceland’s Parliament was still in session on a Tuesday evening last November when six of its members ducked…

Cycling in their Genes

When it comes to cycling, there are four types of people: the No Way, No How; the Interested…

Take a Wintry Dip at Barton Springs

It doesn’t take me long to spot Mary Warren after I pass through the main entrance leading to…

Organizing Community

Austin is a city full of social entrepreneurs. It’s a city with philanthropic passion and the nonprofit organizations…

The Hemp Oil Salesman

Matthew “Mills” Miller discovered the benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD, after a near-death experience involving guinea-pig-and-alpaca stew. As…

Mr. Zilker Bark

When Alex Hopes moved to Austin in 2012, it was on a whim. He had never visited, he…

Editor’s Letter: The Travel Issue

As a magazine devoted to all things Austin, we’re excited to share our first-ever travel issue, featuring some…

I Left My Heart In Ittoqqortoormiit

Located at the mouth of Scoresby Sund—the largest fjord system in the world—Ittoqqortoormiit is so remote that supply…

Editor’s Letter: The Architecture Issue

This month, for our annual architecture issue, we take a look at a variety of spaces, including a…

Editor’s Letter: The Style Issue

Style is a difficult thing to define. Even defining one’s own style can be tricky. It’s the way…

Editor’s Letter: The Food Issue

When it comes to food, Texas seems to be most closely associated with BBQ. It makes sense that…

That Time The United States Was Thinking Of Buying Iceland

So reads “A Report on the Resources of Iceland and Greenland,” addressed to U.S. Secretary of State William…

Editor’s Letter: The Outdoors Issue

Hey there! Thanks for picking up our annual Outdoors issue, my first one as the magazine’s editor. I’m…

Editorial: Guys, You’ve Got Us All Wrong!

Earlier this month, Dunkin’ Donuts opened shop on our main drag, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s kind…

Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

Call her the girl with no name. A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to…

PRAISE ME, PLEASE!

Browsing the news this past October, a headline on local newspaper Morgunblaðið’s website caught my eye: “Icelandic Girl…

Editorial: Poop Ahoy!

Dear Grapevine readers and contributors who haven’t already heard, After nearly six years at this magazine, I’ve decided…

Which Way The Wind Blows

“This is what we call a ‘washing board,’” our guide Kormákur Hermannsson says, his voice barely intelligible as…

The Incumbent

Incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is Iceland’s fifth elected president. If re-elected on June 30, he will become…

Reykjavík Energy In Deep Water

Overrun by Viking ambition, Reykjavík Energy built headquarters fit for Darth Vader, expanded ambitiously, dabbled in tiger prawn…

Rehab Nation

In the United States, drug and alcohol rehab is closely tied to celebrity culture. It’s thought to be…

A Deconstruction Of “Iceland’s On-going Revolution”

Last night, ‘Shock Doctrine’ author Naomi Klein tweeted: “#Iceland is proving that it is possible to resist the…

Editorial: “Is It Because You’re A Woman?”

On the day this issue hits the streets, June 19, Iceland celebrates the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage….

Oh No! It’s Happening Again!

Farmer Erlendur Björnsson and his wife Þórunn Júlíusdóttir were in Reykjavík celebrating their son’s high school graduation when…

Doomsday in Iceland? Not so fast…

So widely hyped was evangelist Harold Camping’s prophecy of imminent rapture that even isolated Iceland, pop. 318,000, was…

Three Days In Ilulissat

“What are all these people doing here?” a guy asked his mate in the fourth row. “Beats me,”…

Eurovision Turns Icelanders Into Monsters

Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson is off to Malmö to represent Iceland in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. He will…

Editorial: Whoops-a-daisy, I Fell Down!

You’ve probably noticed it too. Icelanders who go downtown after midnight on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night…

Editorial: Iceland’s Search And Rescue Team Is Coming For Your DNA

I was flipping through Fréttablaðið on Wednesday morning when a particular article plus two full-page ads caught my…

What Brings Face Hunter To Town?

Yvan Rodic hasn’t been in the same place for more than two weeks in the last five years….

Your Band Is Called What Now?

There are 220 bands playing Iceland Airwaves this year. That’s a lot of bands to keep track of….

Editorial: How’s This For A Media Circus?

It has been one seriously eventful week for Icelandic media. In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to…

Réttir: No Sheep Left Behind!

Come end of September, the days grow noticeably shorter, the grass turns yellow, and it’s time to bring…

Editorial: The Situation

Unlike most of Europe, Iceland escaped the ravages of World War II. With the exception of Hitler’s girlfriend,…

Into the Abyss

“It’s a good thing you’re going underground,” our bus driver calls out as his windshield wipers work furiously…