CarbFix Hellisheiðarvirkjun

Set in Stone

From the Pandora’s box of catastrophes that climate change has unleashed, a carbon fixation technology developed in Iceland releases a glimmer of hope.

The Glaciological Society's spring trip to Grímsvötn on Vatnajökull glacier.

For the Love of Glaciers

Iceland’s Glaciological Society has been conducting annual research trips to Vatnajökull glacier since the middle of last century. Now change is afoot.

Gambling addiction

Backing the Right Horse

It’s Friday night in downtown Reykjavík and Mónakó’s regulars are out in force. The sign on the outside of the drab green and red building reads Casino Club Bar, but what’s inside doesn’t have much in common with the glamourous ideal of the casino.

Of Mountains and Men

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelander who portrayed Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. “the Mountain,” in HBO series Game of Thrones, owns and operates a gym in Kópavogur, Iceland.

Ingvar E. Sigurðsson actor

Looking the Part

There’s something about Ingvar E. Sigurðsson’s face that feels innately Icelandic.

NASA Sand-E Rover Mars

Is There Life on Mars?

An hour’s drive from Reykjavík, we enter a different world. Volcanic plains, basalt sand, deep craters, steep ridges. River channels carved out by glacial meltwater. And a space rover. Welcome to Mars.

Vala Þóroddsdóttir publisher and poet

The Next Chapter

Seven years ago, poet Valgerður (Vala) Þóroddsdóttir felt Iceland lacked a platform for emerging poets. With the help of some friends, she created poetry book series Meðgönguljóð to fill the void.

Needle Candy

Loji Höskuldsson’s playing field is the brown canvas of embroidery. Entering a traditional, almost archaic artform, he has wasted no time in breaking down its boundaries.

candy sugar tax

In Focus: Proposed Sugar Tax

In an effort to improve public health, the Icelandic government plans to impose a sugar tax of 20% on products such as candy, chocolate, and sweetened soft drinks.

asylum seekers protest Reykjavík

In Focus: Asylum Seeker Deportations

The impending deportations of two Afghan families seeking asylum in Iceland have been heavily criticised in recent weeks. The families in question are the Sarwary and Safari families, who have been granted international protection status in Greece.