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...
Historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson busts some resilient myths about Icelandic Vikings and criticizes the (ab)use of history.
Artist couple Nína Ivanova and Ómar Smári Kristinsson explain why they decided to settle in the West Fjords’ capital.
Zoë Robert and photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir visit the vibrant fishing village of Suðureyri.
Mica Allan probes Annie Mist Þórðardóttir, the world’s fittest woman, about her route to success.
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.
Creative sisters Lilja and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir tell Páll Stefánsson about the designs they’ve made for Iceland’s music elite.
Acclaimed actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson recounts to Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir his experience of playing the sole survivor of a sea accident in The Deep.
The specialty grocery store Frú Lauga carries products straight from the farm.
Ceramics and glass artist Kristín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir reveals to Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir how inspirations often slip through the backdoor.
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.
Photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir takes a modern twist on skyr and other traditional Icelandic foods.
Photographer Hörður Geirsson shares with Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir his passion for taking pictures with 19th-century wet plate technology.
Páll Stefánsson chats with shooting star Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir, who excelled in her debut film project, new Icelandic thriller Frost .
With his captivating performance pieces, visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson is making his mark on the international world of art.
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.
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.
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...
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.
In recent years Iceland has been the playground for several major Hollywood film projects. Jóhannes Benediktsson dug into the matter for Iceland Review .
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.
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...
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...
33-year-old composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason recently got back from Los Angeles from the premier of an original composition commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic, just in time to conduct La Bohème at the Icelandic Opera.
Since 1919, the Icelandic National League of North America has greatly contributed to North American cultural life while celebrating its members’ heritage. Its current president and Honorary Consul of Toronto, Gail Einarson-McCleery , told Ásta Andrésdóttir about the life of the 19th-century...