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Bridging the Chasm

By Mica Allan
Filmmaker Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson reveals what makes a good story.

From Nowhere to Everywhere

By Mica Allan
The new annual Icelandic Design Award is providing the design world with fresh enthusiasm and energy, putting Icelandic design on the map. Iceland Review wanted to find out more about the award and its first winner, Designs from Nowhere.

New Beginnings

By Zoë Robert
Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson of Retro Stefson recently released his debut solo EP. Zoë Robert asked the 24-year-old musician ten questions about this new chapter in his career.

The Immigrants Who Disappeared

By Eygló Svala Arn...
Sixty-five years ago, 314 young Germans, mostly women, moved to Iceland to work on farms. Many of them never left and are now spending the evening of their lives like any other Icelanders. Gisela Schulze and Hildur Björnsson tell their stories.

Becoming a Stone

By Rachel Mercer
Young textile artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, or Ýrúrarí, tells Rachel Mercer about her recent project, I Am a Stone.

Harvesting Sunshine

By Zoë Robert
In South Iceland lie two organic communities focusing on the growth and development of man and nature, teaching others that thriving independently is possible. Iceland Review visits Skaftholt and Sólheimar—both nominees for the 2014 Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize—in late summer.

Son and Dóttir

Remember the 15-year-old girl, simply registered as stúlka (‘girl’) in the National Registry, who sued the Icelandic state—and won—to have her given name Blær approved? The case, and similar ones since, caused widespread debate in Iceland and made international headlines. Here we take a look at a...

Green Houses

Icelandic turf houses: relics of ingenuity and a sense of aesthetics

The Legend of Zeta

By Eygló Svala Arn...
Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir sits down with young filmmaker Baldvin Z (born 1978) and asks him ten questions about his latest work, critically-acclaimed contemporary drama Life in a Fish Bowl (Vonarstræti; 2014) , his road to success and what lies ahead.
Intercultural Day Reykjavík 2013

New Icelanders

By Zoë Robert
Once one of the least diversified countries in Europe, immigrants now make up 8 percent of Iceland’s population.
Ólafur Arnalds

The Gamut

By Páll Stefánsson
Award-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds sets the music mood.

Full of Beans

By Zoë Robert
When it comes to their diets, Icelanders are going green.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Hönnunarsafn Íslands

Dressing the Part

By Ásta Andrésdóttir
In 1980, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the world’s first woman to be elected head of state. A new exhibition of her presidential wardrobe highlights her impeccable style.

Fifty Years

By Páll Stefánsson
As Iceland Review celebrates its 50th anniversary, its founder and editor for the first 30 years, Haraldur J. Hamar, looks back at how it all began.

Power of Photography

A photo exhibition of the works of Alexander Rodchenko, one of Russia’s most influential artists, marks the 70th anniversary of Icelandic-Russian relations.

Viking Times

Photographer Geir Ólafsson goes berserk during the annual Medieval Days at ancient trading post Gásir.

Imagine Viðey

Deb Smith contemplates peace and love as she visits Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island.

Horsing Around

A quirky Q&A on horses and men with film director Benedikt Erlingsson.

The Fantastic Four

Iceland Review meets up with soloists Hafdís Huld, Ragga Gröndal, Védís Hervör and Lára Rúnars in Húsavík, who are touring the country to urge fellow female musicians to step into the spotlight.

Spreading the Joy

Chair of Samtökin 78 – The National Queer Association Anna Pála Sverrisdóttir tells Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir about the status of LGBT rights in Iceland and how they fight prejudice with love.

The Photographer

A tribute to Sigfús Eymundsson (1837-1911), bookbinder, bookseller, tourism pioneer and the first commercially successful photographer in Iceland.

For the Love of Literature

Book publisher Jóhann Páll Valdimarsson confirms the myth that Icelanders are a book-loving nation and reveals his affection for book publishing.

Zen Warrior

At 24, Gunnar Nelson is among the most promising martial artists in the world. He reveals the secrets of his success to Mica Allan.

Harboring the Homegrown

The road to Höfn, a 1,690-person harbor town by the fjord Hornafjörður, is lined with reindeer. Whole herds of the wild horned animals rest peacefully on withered pastures, grace next to sheep and horses and bounce along the road. Soon, Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and the region’s biggest...

More Truthful History, Please

Historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson busts some resilient myths about Icelandic Vikings and criticizes the (ab)use of history.

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