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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Karitas Hrundar Palsdottir

A Different Story

It’s early Saturday morning and normally I would have slept through the few hours of scarce brightness that bless us this time of year. During winter, it is far too easy to hibernate through the gloominess of Iceland’s longest season. But this Saturday was different.  Let’s read and chat The sun was slowly creeping its […]

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Sölvi helgason

Artist on the Run

October 1843. Staðarsveit farmstead in Snæfellsnes, West Iceland. It was early evening, and an odd yet highly entertaining young visitor had just finished regaling the appreciative farmhands with his witty remarks and amusing anecdotes. He clearly enjoyed telling them his tall tales as well as sharing his vivid descriptions of Iceland’s natural wonders and deadly […]

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ptarmigan hunt iceland

In Pursuit of Ptarmigan

It’s 6:00 AM and the obsidian darkness lingers outside my windshield. I arrive in the Kársnes neighbourhood of Kópavogur, park my car, and hop into Kristján Andri Einarsson’s black Jimny. The hunter greets me with a boyish smirk, ready for today’s adventure. He is wearing a camouflage cap on his greying auburn hair. Until this […]

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laufabrauð christmas iceland

The Christmas Craftsman

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, families and friends in Iceland come together to make the traditional fried and decorated wafer known as laufabrauð (leaf bread). Rolled out thin, decorated, and fried, the preparation of these treats is an event that brings together families, often with multiple generations taking part. But you won’t find […]

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Ninna Pálmadóttir film director

Making Space

Scene: A grey, Icelandic country road on a grey, Icelandic day. A middle-aged, bearded farmer drives a middle-aged, dusty jeep down the turn-off leading to his farm. After a short distance, the gravel road submerges into a lagoon half a metre deep. The farmer drives on without a second thought. He only stops when he […]

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ármann jakobsson short fiction

The Night Before Admittance

Ármann Jakobsson is an Icelandic author and academic who has written about paranormal activity, class distinction, the brutality of romantic longing, miscellaneous fears, and the generation gap, mainly in the Middle Ages. When he was ten, Mum read him the Moomin books, even though he was more than capable of reading them himself. But he […]

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grindavík evacuation

Out of Harm’s Way

I’ve been a photographer and photojournalist for 33 years. It’s an incredible job and I think I’m good at it. Like any job, it can sometimes be difficult, even lousy. But it’s not just a matter of going to a particular spot to take pictures. The magic of the profession lies in capturing connections – […]

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björn sveinsson

Skeletons in the Closet

Saturday, May 18, 1946 was a pleasant spring morning in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. The war, with all its horror, had ended a year previously and western Europe was gradually moving toward a civil society based on human rights, justice, and democracy while simultaneously rebuilding and ridding itself of the last vestiges of Nazi occupation. At […]

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vík í mýrdal

Boom Town

The drive into Vík í Mýrdal from the west is one of my favourite stretches of the Ring Road. Just past the turnoffs for Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara, the flat plains of the south coast narrow and rise into a brief

escaped farmed fish iceland

Balancing the Scales

Protest On Saturday, October 7, a tractor trundled through the streets of downtown Reykjavík with hundreds of protestors in tow. The procession was headed to Austurvöllur Square in front of Iceland’s Parliament for a demonstration. Several organisations – including Landvernd (the Icelandic Environment Association) and the Icelandic Wildlife Fund – had organised the event to […]

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Hans Jóhannsson icelandic luthier

Fiddling with Perfection

It was half past four on a Sunday afternoon inside the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík. Three-hundred-and-sixty chairs, nearly all of them occupied, had been arranged in meticulous fashion within the Norðurljós auditorium. Twenty-five musicians, tickling four different kinds of stringed instruments, were performing Richard Strauss’ Metamorphoses on stage. And two people, […]

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aquaculture fish farming iceland

From the Archive: Grazing Free at the Ocean’s Expense

From the archive: This article was published in Iceland Review magazine in 1983. Archival content is presented in unaltered form and may not necessarily reflect the current editorial standards of Iceland Review. Aquaculture has been at the forefront of public