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The Right to Bear Arms

I’m sitting in a hotel lobby, scribbling some last-minute notes in my notebook before the interview. I look up and notice Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson entering so I raise a hand to let him know I’m here. He waves back, and I get up to greet him. He shakes my hand, and I introduce myself before he points to a small room where we can chat undisturbed. Nothing about this exchange feels remarkable to me, but Guðmundur Felix has a different perspective.

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There and Back Again

“I’m eager to tell you about him.” Everyone loves a good story, especially tales of adventure featuring a dogged, tenacious

Home cook

“We serve cod skin as snacks. The cod skin is salted, dried, and popped, sprinkled with angelica.” Up. Down. Up

Where there’s fire

“There is a whole range of events that might occur before, during, and after an eruption.” Dr. Sara Barsotti is the

I will dance again

“I thought I was Mother Mary, I thought I could save the world. It was terrible.” The house in Hveragerði Elísabet is

Unsettled

“Nobody lives there. But the highland isn’t empty.” Around the turn of the 10th century, a man named Þórólfur Mostrarskegg

Love, Bríet

“Is this the smallest stage in the world?  Who’s trying to save money here?”  THE BUS RIDE For the first

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Kjölur highland road

When and why did Iceland change to driving on the right?

As you might know, the British occupied Iceland during the Second World War in order to secure Allied shipping lanes. While they were here, they built the Reykjavík Airport, Nissen huts, and parts of the road system. However, something many

Gathering

ROUND UP At just before 6:00 AM on a Sunday morning, I drove north to the Svarfaðardalur valley – to attend a roundup. This roundup had nothing to do with a certain carcinogenic pesticide, nor did it involve the hasty collection of suspects during a police raid. The word roundup, when translated from Icelandic, implies the gathering […]

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In Harm’s Way

Gunni Marís On Thursday, November 25, 2021, I left a COVID testing clinic near the Kringlan shopping centre in Reykjavík. Stepping into my car, the phone rang and an unknown number appeared on the screen. I listened as the voice of an old acquaintance, meek but quietly upbeat, worked its way through the speaker. We […]

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Waves crashing over Reykjavík lighthouse

Do hurricanes ever hit Iceland?

The short answer is no. However, the remnants of hurricanes do occasionally make their way up to Iceland. For the most part, by the time they arrive in Iceland, they’re reduced to pressure systems that just bring larger-than-average amounts of rain, but they do sometimes cause more damage. Hurricanes form in unstable air over open […]

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Electric Motion

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise in Iceland. In 2021 alone, 58% of all cars sold were EVs; today, more than 13% of the country’s total number of passenger vehicles are at least partly electric. Around the globe, the benefits of electric vehicles are being embraced as both environmentally and financially preferable for consumers […]

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Björk

“This is my mushroom album.”  What do you when you’re forced to spend time at home for three years? When your social circle shrinks to ten of your closest family and friends and you spend your time shifting from your makeshift at-home office

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Three Pieces of Short Fiction

The Little Girl Who Lived on Fish Hearts I once knew a little girl who lived on nothing but fish hearts. She had a bowl of goldfish and spent every day at home alone with her fish. Her dad and mom were always buying her more new fish because whenever they came home from work […]

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Playing Ball

“Let’s try to keep the interview as short as possible.” A stressed-out looking man has set a tight timeframe for this interview and hurriedly gestures to Tryggvi Snær Hlinason to have a seat. He’s not a particularly short man, but in this crowd, we all look tiny. Iceland’s national basketball team has just finished warming […]

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Nothing to Speak Of

/01 ICELANDIC EXERCISE: PRONUNCIATION “Ministry of Culture and Ed- Culture and Trade.” “Yes, hello. I’m a journalist from Iceland Review. I’m calling to inquire whether Icelandic language education for immigrants falls under this ministry.” “Hmmm… Give me a moment.” …

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Globetrotter

Already suffering from nausea in anticipation of a long voyage at sea, a middle-aged, red-headed Icelandic country woman with a modest suitcase nervously climbed a narrow gangplank in Reykjavik harbour to board the Brúarfoss, an Icelandic passenger and cargo ship. It was a bright, calm evening in mid-July 1946 and Anna – a weaver by […]

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In the Rangers’ Realm

What does a ranger do, exactly? According to the tan and charmingly scruffy specimen sitting opposite me at a cafe in the city centre, just back from the mountains, the title is self-explanatory. “It’s a job in environment protection. That’s what the Icelandic word for ranger, landvörður, means. We’re protecting the land; we’re its guardians.” […]

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One Night in Gufunes

Geoffrey Skywalker Geoffrey “Skywalker” pulls up in a Hertz moving truck in front of the FÚSK warehouse in East Reykjavík. He’s dressed in skinny jeans and white sneakers, wearing a black, longsleeved shirt featuring an ornery-seeming Rottweiler. (He’s a dog person.) A fixture of the hip-hop scene in Iceland since he was younger, Geoffrey hustled […]

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