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To Russia With Love

Once a footballing backwater, the Icelandic national team has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years. Iceland enthralled viewers all over Europe at the EURO 2016, and will now step on the grandest sporting stage of them all, the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The team will look to defy the odds yet again and prove that the success is no fluke. Iceland is the smallest nation that has ever managed to qualify for the tournament, but they have a secret weapon – their team spirit. Instead of relying on a star player, the Icelandic team is greater than a sum of its parts.

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Culture

The Spirit of Exploration

There are some very good reasons not to make whisky in Iceland. Small local market, a law in place that prohibits advertising alcohol, a tradition for drinking vodka and a local type of barley deemed useless for alcohol distillation. Instead of leaving it altogether to Scotland, Ireland and the usual suspects, family-owned Eimverk Distillery accepted this multifaceted challenge and is now making a micro-batch whisky with some impressive results.

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