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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.

Inspired by Ísafjörður

Artist couple Nína Ivanova and Ómar Smári Kristinsson explain why they decided to settle in the West Fjords’ capital.

West Fjords Way of Life

Zoë Robert and photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir visit the vibrant fishing village of Suðureyri.

Peak Physique

Mica Allan probes Annie Mist Þórðardóttir, the world’s fittest woman, about her route to success.

Heaven in the Morning

I often daydream about coffee. Some mornings I lie in bed thinking how wonderful it would be if someone brought me a fresh cup. I imagine the coffee smell in the kitchen wafting upstairs first thing… and then I wake up. Iceland is a nation with coffee written into the lifestyle.

The Image Makers

Creative sisters Lilja and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir tell Páll Stefánsson about the designs they’ve made for Iceland’s music elite.

Riding the Wave

Acclaimed actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson recounts to Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir his experience of playing the sole survivor of a sea accident in The Deep.

For the Love of Food

The specialty grocery store Frú Lauga carries products straight from the farm.

Conversing with Clay

Ceramics and glass artist Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir reveals to Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir how inspirations often slip through the backdoor.

Capital of Letters

Chair of the Icelandic Book Publishers Association Kristján B. Jónasson explains to Páll Stefánsson how Reykjavík came to earn the status of UNESCO City of Literature.

Food Addiction

Photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir takes a modern twist on skyr and other traditional Icelandic foods.

Old, Older, Ancient

Photographer Hörður Geirsson shares with Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir his passion for taking pictures with 19th-century wet plate technology.

Feature of the Week: Queen of Frost

Páll Stefánsson chats with shooting star Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir, who excelled in her debut film project, new Icelandic thriller Frost .

Feature of the Week: The Performer

With his captivating performance pieces, visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson is making his mark on the international world of art.

Feature of the Week: Digging Up the Past

Whatever became of the Norse settlements in Greenland that disappeared in the 15th century? Zoë Robert caught up with archaeologist Orri Vésteinsson as he was preparing to lead an excavation in Greenland to unearth the truth.

Feature of the Week: I Blame Sigur Rós

Edward Hancox has developed an obsession with the Icelandic music scene. He tells us who to look out for, and why he firmly blames Sigur Rós.

Feature of the Week: Taking the Cake

As part of the SEEDS volunteer workgroup restoring the Skriðuklaustur monastery in East Iceland, I dug endless piles of earth, filled in graves, hauled chipped wood, rolled turf, combed hay and drove heavy machinery for two solid weeks. You can work up quite an appetite doing this, but the...

Feature of the Week: No Strings Attached

Besides being the driving, creative force behind the theater collective Vesturport, Gísli Örn Garðarsson is an actor, director and international film star in his own right. His accolades abroad and at home make him one of this country’s most successful actors to date.

Feature of the Week: Hollywood Comes to Iceland

In recent years Iceland has been the playground for several major Hollywood film projects. Jóhannes Benediktsson dug into the matter for Iceland Review .

Feature of the Week: Scent from the Future

With her fresh approach to fragrance, Icelandic visual artist Andrea Maack has set a new standard. What started out as conceptual art has in only a few years turned into a high-end perfume brand, available in the world’s fines stores. And she’s only just begun.

Feature of the Week: Little Talks with the Sextet

Two weeks after Of Monsters And Men’s first record, My Head Is An Animal , came out in North America on the Universal label, it was the number-one top-selling rock album in America, the number-one alternative album, and number six on the Billboard 200 list. That is a greater achievement than any...

Feature of the Week: On the Road Again

It was early morning when I passed Hádegisfjall, “Noon Mountain”, on the dead-end road 94 to Borgarfjörður Eystri in the East Fjords to meet television star Gísli Einarsson , who hails from another Borgarfjörður in West Iceland. The road was icy, the scenery stunning, and Gísli was on his way to...

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