Deep North - Stories from Iceland
Iceland Review publishes translations of short stories by Icelandic authors.
Deep dives into current events, contemporary issues, and the lesser-seen sides of Icelandic society.
Interviews with artists, scholars, politicians or other notable figures in Iceland.
View Iceland through the lens of some of the country's most accomplished photographers.
Looking back in Iceland's history, at the curious incidents, colourful characters, and heroic deeds that shaped the nation.
From the Archive: The Ancient Art of Glíma
From the archive: In this 1999 article from Iceland Review, Jón Ívarson delves into the history of Icelandic wrestling. Note that this archival content may not necessarily reflect the current editorial standards of Iceland Review. The one truly Icelandic national
In 2021, when a lower capelin quota was issued in Iceland than had been anticipated, Landsbankinn bank lowered its GDP
Despite Iceland’s image as a leader in green technologies, per capita household waste has been steadily trending upwards in the
To the Manor Born
The story of the Baron of Hvítárvellir A bright, mild, late-summer Sunday greeted the festive locals in the Borgarfjörður region
The Quiet Game
FICTION The Quiet Game by Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir I have twice been asked to stop screaming, both times in a
There are many theories as to what fosters creativity and innovation in society: education, inspiration, even suffering. Yet from SoHo
Júníus Meyvant – The Wonderer
Júníus Meyvant is always impersonating other people, and all the people he impersonates are always yelling. His father when he,
SOUNDING SMART What if artificial intelligence isn’t the death of human creativity but a tool to take it even further? SOUNDING SMART “In Iceland, you’re able to establish collaborations with people in three or four hours. You can just call someone in computer science or biology and say, ‘Hey, would you be up for a […]
Pedro: In Private
“Congratulations on receiving the Icelandic Literary Award! That must have been fun?” “Is this question a part of the interview?” “Would you answer it differently if this were off the record?” “Well, yes. I’m still learning how to navigate all of this. You know, getting used to the fact that what you say in interviews […]
From the Archive: The First Day of Summer
From the archive: In this 1972 article from Iceland Review magazine, Folklorist Árni Björnsson delves into the superstitions surrounding the First Day of Summer, a holiday unique to Iceland. Note that this archival content may not necessarily reflect the current
“Resistance is always a choice. And there are always new moments for resistance. It’s not just in the prisons, it’s in everyday life.” UP IN ARMS Visiting the exhibition Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia, you enter a dark room. You are pleasantly greeted by a man sitting at a fold-up table spread with pamphlets and copies […]
One of Diljá’s favourite Eurovision Song Contest performances ever is fellow-Icelander Yohanna’s song, Is It True, from 2009. Yohanna’s performance, the furthest Iceland has ever made it in Eurovision alongside Selma’s 1999 performance, is still a major moment for Diljá.
From the Archive: The Changing Face of Iceland
From the archive: In this 1971 article from Iceland Review, Haraldur Sigurðsson delves into the history of Icelandic cartography. Note that this archival content may not necessarily reflect the current editorial standards of Iceland Review. Those who know something about
From the Archive: President Vigdís
From the archive: This article was published in Iceland Review magazine in 1982. Archival content may not necessarily reflect the current editorial standards of Iceland Review. President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir got to know her countrymen intimately during the presidential campaign in
FICTION the dip by Örvar Smárason When my fingers started falling off, it became harder and harder to put my shoes on and take them off. After I lost the first two, I switched from laces to Velcro. I used to wear them all the time as a kid, and I’ve always been fascinated by […]
Individually, snowflakes are fragile, easily broken, dissolving into droplets of water at the mere touch of a finger or a breath of air, while en masse, they’re capable of wreaking havoc on the city streets and causing catastrophe when avalanching
“A brutal ballet of flesh and bone” It’s Saturday night – and it’s feckin’ freezing. Seven below. Even inside the Egilshöll stadium, my fingers feel like popsicles. Taking notes means pitting the will against whatever half-responsive nerve cells are relaying
Tall Tales and Treacherous Waters
The 17th-century voyage of Jón the India Traveller Christian IV was King of Denmark and Norway from the age of 11 until his death aged 71 in 1648. Contemporaries described him as above average height, most often dressed in French
Man of the Year
This is Haraldur Þorleifsson. In 2021 he sold his company, Ueno, to Twitter. During the sale process, he was advised how to legally avoid paying taxes on the profit. Instead, he demanded that the purchase price be paid as salary to maximise the