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Summer Arrives with New Iceland Review

The June-July issue of Iceland Review-Atlantica magazine arrived last week, in time for summer. We haven’t seen much of the sun yet but at least the days are getting longer and the nights brighter, and with vacations coming up there will be plenty of time to enjoy the new issue.

The 128-page magazine is packed with interesting reading material, including fascinating life stories, stunning photographs and colorful articles on Icelandic art, design, culture, food, politics, history, nature, travel and more—and three very special supplements.

Not your every-day politicians, the Pirate Party has made waves in the Icelandic parliament and may soon be taking it over, if the latest polls are anything to go by. Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir talks to Zoë Robert about the party’s successes, challenges and the road ahead.

Known for his appearances in Icelandic comedy sketch programs, actor Gunnar Jónsson surprised and impressed in his role as the reticent Fúsi in director Dagur Kári’s eponymous film (known as Virgin Mountain in English), claiming the prize for Best Actor at Tribeca.

Auður djúpúðga, the only woman to lead her own settlement expedition to Iceland, is one of the strongest female characters in Icelandic history. Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir browses through the sparse sources that exist about her and discusses her life with writer Vilborg Davíðsdóttir.

Another strong woman, Hlín Baldvinsdóttir, tells Zoë about her career move from the hotel business to the Red Cross and her 16 years of experience in international humanitarian work, while Halldór Lárusson writes about modern traveling and how the idea of the explorer is dead.

Cartoonist Halldór Baldursson and photographers Baldur Kristjánsson and Helgi Skúlason discuss their art and inspirations, and Iceland Review’s very own Páll Stefánsson traverses Southeast Iceland with his camera, capturing landscapes of placid lakes, moss-covered lava and frosty glaciers, among other natural wonders.

Páll also takes a trip to Rif, a village in West Iceland which is home to an award-winning theater and culture center, while Eygló visits a comprehensive exhibition on Iceland’s visual art heritage from the middle ages to present day, discovering hidden treasures and Zoë has a taste of rock crab, the latest addition to Icelandic seafood which is starting to make a presence on restaurant menus.

You also don’t want to miss out the three special supplements: on fun and relaxing swimming pools across the country, unforgettable highland journeys and curious museums—there is something that will pique everyone’s interest in each region.

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Happy reading and enjoy the summer!

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