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.

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Snorri and Bergur on stage

Can You Dig It?

The premise of the podcast Fílalag is simple. Musician Snorri Helgason and Renaissance man Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson discuss music. One episode, one song. Snorri often focuses on the music and the biographical details of the relevant artists while Bergur –

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Guide and biker Magne Kvam

Fast Track

Pollocked with mud Why can’t I just, for once, dress appropriately for these occasions? I was hurtling down a narrow

Frida Ísberg

Future Imperfect

“I was maybe six or seven when I discovered writing could suit me as a profession. And since then, I’ve

icelandic photographer valdimar thorlacius

Capturing Solitude

Valdimar Thorlacius had something of an unorthodox entry into photography, especially for an Icelander. “Originally, I just wanted to document

Grindavik from above

Losing Ground

“If it all goes to hell, it goes to hell,” Pétur Benediktsson, vice-chief of the Grindavík fire brigade and business

icelandic goat háafell farm

Getting Your Goat

Visiting Háafell Goat Farm on a bright and breezy day in late April, the vitality of spring is palpable. The

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Icelandic As A Weapon

Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson is known both as a fervent defender of the language who advocates for its protection, as well as someone ready, willing, and able to shut down conversations about the language’s survival when they turn xenophobic, while at the same time fielding questions regarding history, etymology, and Icelandic inflections arguably one of the more […]

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The Battle for Bessastaðir

Bessastaðir, the unassuming estate on the Álftanes peninsula, will soon have a new inhabitant. Its current occupant, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, chose not to seek a third term and will soon vacate the residence along with First Lady

ísafjörður road

I’ve Never Gone North

Our camper van is eating up kilometres as we drive north into the Westfjords. It’s the middle of March, and though in climes less far-flung that means springtime, up here it is still very much winter. An observer may well ask – why drive to the edge of the Arctic Circle, in March, in a […]

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icelandic musician laufey

Chasing Ghosts

RUMOURS “Not a dry eye in sight, I tell ya,” Ísleifur Þórhallsson proclaims, standing near the ticket desk inside the Harpa Music and Conference Hall in Reykjavík. “Shoulda seen it!” He’s referring to the poignancy of last night’s Laufey concert, the first of three at Harpa.  The final concert – added this January due to […]

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iceland review history

Iceland Review: A Short History

Beginnings of Iceland Review Iceland Review was founded by the Icelandic journalist, editor, and publisher Haraldur J. Hamar, who passed away on January 5, 2023 at the age of 87. Haraldur had founded Iceland Review in the autumn of 1963,

Helga Páley Friðþjófsdóttir

That Fat Is Just Melting Off You, Ladies!

Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir (b. 1985) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. She made her literary debut in 2011 with Daloon Days, a collection of poetry. Her latest novel is Dust – Cult of the Good Looking, which came out in October 2023 to critical acclaim. It received the Icelandic Booksellers’ Prize and was one of the best-selling […]

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Antonía Berg, Icelandic ceramicist

Unearthing Spirit

“Ceramics and clay are things that have been with humans since the beginning of time,” Antonía Berg casually explains to me as we sit in her studio Flæði, located in Reykjavík’s creative hub hafnar.haus. According to many religions and folk beliefs around the world, clay had another, even more pivotal role: it was the origin of human […]

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To Thrive in Chaos

Entering Gallerí Kannski for the Brokat Films exhibition Horseplay, the very first thing that greets you is the smell of fresh hay. Round the corner to the exhibition space itself, and you immediately see why: the entire space, about the size of a modest living room, is covered in it. Next, it’s the music. A […]

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aurora abalone reykjanes

Out of Their Shell

The Reykjanes peninsula is barren, even for Iceland. About two-thirds of it is covered by lava fields, nary a tree to be seen. The skyline stretches flatly in most directions, the mountains more modest than elsewhere in the country. The peninsula juts west into the North Atlantic, first in line to receive the low fronts […]

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actress ebba katrín finnsdóttir

The Patchwork of Progress

Resilience Imagine you’re a young woman struggling with addiction.  You’ve lost custody over your toddler daughter, and you’re awaiting a court hearing to determine the future of your guardianship. In order to regain custody, social services – against your wishes – have enrolled you at Hússtjórnarskólinn: The School of Home Economics in Reykjavík, founded in […]

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kaffi valeria kirkjufell grundarfjörður

Goodbye to the Grind

The oldest known evidence of coffee in Iceland is a letter that Lárus Gottrup, a lawyer in Þingeyri, wrote to Árni Magnússon, a professor and manuscript collector, on November 16, 1703. They had spoken at the Alþingi (national Parliament meeting) that summer, and Árni was upset that his friend had forgotten to send him the […]

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Einar Þorsteinsson mayor of reykjavík

The Centre Can Hold

“My approach to politics is based on the concept of “public service,” says Einar Þorsteinsson, the new mayor of Reykjavík. “The people who enter politics should be there to serve the public.” Already a household name as a TV personality, Einar was primed for the spotlight before making the move into politics. The 45-year-old Kópavogur-born […]

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