Iceland Review’s final issue of the year, IR 45.04, entitled Safekeeping hits newsstands this winter. This edition examines the chilly nation in the heat of internationalization from the perspective of efforts underway to maintain a national identity and keep Iceland Icelandic.
The interview section offers profiles of three of the nation’s unexpected conservators. Sara Blask speaks with Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, director of the national museum, about how to keep a booming population under the archival microscope. Jonas Moody sits down with the first lady of Icelandic, Gudrún Kvaran, head of the Icelandic Language Committee, to discuss the fate of Europe’s pluckiest tongue. And Alëx Elliot interviews Kristinn Sigurdsson, the man in charge of archiving all of Iceland’s blogs.
Alëx Elliott reports from the frontline of the crunch for workers in Iceland’s playschool system. Jonas Moody takes a close look at the fate of a new television station deadest on broadcasting only Icelandic programming. Finally, Sara Blask pulls back the veil from the face of HIV in Iceland.
Jonas Moody delves into an Icelandic high school as a substitute teacher to bring us stories from the chalkboard. Sara Blask retells the thrilling saga of her Icelandic stove. And Alëx Elliot ventures north to uncover the secrets of smoking lamb.
Also in this issue: the destiny of Iceland horses shipped abroad, the new mayor of Reykjavík, glíma wrestling goes gay and Sigur Rós speaks about their new documentary.
Photographer Páll Stefánsson rushes out for a romp in the country’s first snow, Yoko Ono’s tower lights up Reykjavík’s night sky and contributing photographer Hester Blankestijn brings us another side of Icelandic graveyards.
Closing out this edition is a special supplement on the best way to spend the night in Reykjavík. The capital city’s accommodations are profiled in detail so everyone from prince to pauper can find a place to rest his head.