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A Vanishing Act

It’s a spectacularly beautiful August day and I’m standing on Sólheimajökull glacier. With me is Ryan, a glacier guide and one of the founders of the tour operator Hidden Iceland. Ryan, who was born in Scotland, has been living in Iceland for two and a half years. He exudes the sort of gentle enthusiasm that makes you think that if people could love anything as much as he loves glaciers, humanity would be saved.

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Fishing for Power

How changes within the fishing industry are prompting new strategies for rural development

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Faces of the Earth

Ragnar Axelsson is on a mission. The best-known photographer in Iceland has for decades pointed his camera at disappearing culture and documented the life of the people of the Arctic. His earlier books have revolved around people living in close proximity to nature. This time, he’s doing something different – a book on glaciers, nearly […]

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The People’s History

Archaeologist Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir is uncovering the history of Iceland’s executions – and the social injustice they have concealed for centuries. January 12, 1830. A crowd of 150 is gathered at Þrístapar, three modest hillocks in a barren field in North Iceland. The group, mostly local farmers and labourers, have been summoned to witness the execution […]

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Tongue Twister

Ah, the Icelandic language. It’s the ancient tongue of Vikings, filled with beautiful yet frightening words like ferðaáætlun (how many different a’s can there be?), þátttakandi (three t’s in a row? Is that legal?) and tunglsljós (do they even have room for all those consonants on an island?). Icelandic is often portrayed as an impossible […]

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In Focus: Up in the Air

The world of Icelandic aviation has been showing signs of tremors recently. Even though the number of travellers in Iceland is at a high point, the two companies responsible for transporting them to the North Atlantic are floundering. Airlines Icelandair and WOW air, albeit vastly different, face similar threats to their business. Icelandair is the […]

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In Focus: Whose Land Is It Anyway?

In 2011, a Chinese businessman named Huang Nubo tried to buy one of the largest farmlands in Iceland, Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum. Since Nubo was neither an Icelandic citizen nor a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), he was required to apply for an exemption from Iceland’s Ministry of the Interior in order to purchase […]

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The Flight of the Nurses

Her workday always started at home, technically speaking, as the job calls for special preparations. She applied the standard makeup – dark lashes, pink lips, rosy cheeks – folded her long, blonde hair into a neat bun, and made sure her nails were properly polished. Then, before heading out the door to the flight shuttle, she slipped on the bright purple uniform.

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The People’s History

Archaeologist Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir is uncovering the history of Iceland’s executions – and the social injustice they have concealed for centuries.

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