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Driven by Curiosity

The driven and innovative Össur Kristinsson attacks the high seas in his newest venture, as he aims to redefine the fundamentals of sailing. In his career, Össur has consistently created something out of nothing, touching down in a variety of fields as he goes wherever his mind takes him. The founder of global prosthetics giant Össur, it is clear from the moment we met that his focus is wholly on the marine company Rafnar, whose revolutionary ÖK Hull aims to change the meaning of ‘smooth sailing‘.

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Aðalheiður Eysteinsdóttir
Culture

A Charmed Life

Siglufjörður is a small town in the north with a population of just over 1200 people. One of the 1200 people in town is artist Aðalheiður S. Eysteinsdóttir, whose wooden sculptures are instantly recognisable to most art lovers. Iceland Review sat down with her and her daughter Brák Jónsdóttir to learn more about an artist’s life in Siglufjörður.

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landnámshænan áslaug snorradóttir
Culture

Freshly Hatched

Iceland is one place in the world where the chicken most certainly came before the egg. Norse settlers arrived on the island in the 9th century, bringing a unique breed of feathered friends known today as landnámshænur (settlement hens). Settlement hens’ eggs have nourished Icelanders through centuries of wind, snow, and volcanic eruptions.From 1752 to […]

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Culture

Páll Óskar Takes the Stage

Páll Óskar has lived his life on the stage. The child star evolved into a brightly shining pop star and is by now a seasoned performer, capable of charming a crowd of two or two thousand. Just when you think he‘s peaked, he finds a new way to put on a show.

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Þrándur Þórarinsson painter
Culture

Fresh Paint

Building a career on painting with oil on canvas in the style of the old masters isn’t what most young artists dream of, but for Þrándur Þórarinsson, it was a natural fit. „I was always drawing as a kid. At one point, I was looking for inspiration, looking for things I found cool, artists that I liked. Then I discovered the old masters.” Figuring that these guys were simply very good at drawing, he’d found something to aspire to. “When I was at school, I made the decision that I wanted to be like them. If they could do it, I could too.”

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Magazine

What Doesn’t Kill You…

I’m outside looking at the wild sea at Nauthólsvík beach. It’s noon on a Wednesday, and despite the winter sun and the scarf, hat, winter coat, mittens and wool underwear I have on, I’m freezing. The temperature is 1 degree Celsius, which the astute reader will note is the least amount of positive degrees possible. This is not good, I’m thinking. See, I’m here to partake in sea swimming, a tradition that many people practise here at Nauthólsvík up to six times a week. But I also want to live to tell the tale.

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Culture

All Strings Attached

How an injury led Ólafur Arnalds to self-playing pianos and new creative possibilities.

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Director Ísold Uggadóttir
Culture

Filmmaking is an Obstacle Race

Funding a director’s first full-length film is difficult anywhere in the world, but Iceland is also a small market for cinema. According to recent statistics, fewer women have directed films in the past ten years, than they did thirty or forty years ago, even though more movies are being made. Film making is a long process with many twists and turns along the way. Despite all of this, Ísold Uggadóttir not only completed her first full-length film, which she wrote and directed but also won Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Competition category. From there, she has taken her film to several film festivals around the world.

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Looking Back

Looking Back: The Fateful Year of 1918

Some years in history are simply more important than others. 1918 is carved into the history annals of Iceland, and rightly so. It proved to be a year of change as the nation took its first step from being an underdeveloped colony to today’s developed country. A century later, we look back on a year of the Great Winter of Frost, the Spanish Flu, the Katla volcanic eruption, and Iceland’s sovereignty.

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