Fast Track: Mountain Biking in the Reykjadalur Valley

Guide and biker Magne Kvam

Mountain biker and cycling guide Magne Kvam is an energetic guy with a grey beard and a sleek scalp. When he smiles, one of his cuspids protrudes endearingly. He describes himself as something of an oddball.

“I’m probably very, very strange,” he confesses, while inspecting the ground below us prior to our descent. I had joined Magne in Reykjadalur to watch him fix the trails before summer. “I like to be alone in the mountains,” he observes. “I’m an old soul.”

We head out to the mountains near Hveragerði to speak with Magne and learn more about this unique area.

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Iceland News Review: Reykjanes Erupts, Elections Tomorrow and More!

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, we make a visit to the eruption area in Reykjanes, it’s a dead heat in the presidential race, which ends tomorrow, debate over alcohol in stores heats up, and much more.

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Iceland News Review: Will We Whale or Won’t We?

In this episode of Iceland News Review, there’s a storm brewing around fin whale hunting, some new twists in the presidential race, one’s man fight to keep his “awful” name, and much more.

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Iceland News Review: Catching the Solar Eclipse

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, we bring you all you need to know about the upcoming total solar eclipse in Iceland, our highest ranking yet on the Rainbow Map, an adorable bird webcam you can watch, and much more.

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Deep North Episode 74: Chasing Ghosts

icelandic musician laufey

Every once in a while, an Icelandic musician or band will be picked up by foreign audiences in a big way. Björk and Sigur Rós made waves in establishing Iceland as a major music exporter, and Of Monsters and Men continues to be played worldwide. But one artist has the potential to go even bigger than any of these artists: Laufey. And certainly a bit too big for us. We reflect on Icelandic society and the nature of fame on our small island home.

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Iceland News Review: Super Sheep

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, a government plan to eliminate a deadly disease in sheep, an end to planned airport strikes, what the latest polls tell us about who our next president will be, and much more.

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