The centennial of Iceland’s sovereignty is being celebrated in several different ways this year, but the project Frostaveturinn 1918 is in a league of its own. Named after the Great Frost Winter in early 1918, the equal parts humorous and mournful project covers the year’s events on social media day by day, in real-time. Creator Gyða Fanney Guðjónsdóttir delved into history annals, newspapers, and oral tales to give followers a unique look into Icelanders’ lives in 1918.
It’s Christmas Eve in Iceland. Snow is gently falling. The tree is up, the table is set, and the family gathers together. But there’s one event that truly marks the arrival of Christmas in households across the country: the ringing of church bells on the radio. “Right before the bells ring at 6.00 pm, there’s […]
Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. Hip-hop duo JóiPé and Króli burst onto the Icelandic hip-hop scene with their album GerviGlingur (Fake Jewellery) in 2017. Their hit B.O.B.A. has since amassed more than four million plays on streaming platforms and their infectiously […]
Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. In Iceland’s tight-knit music scene, many artists have a knack for constantly reinventing themselves. Gyða Valtýsdóttir is one of them. First coming to prominence as a member of experimental pop group múm […]
Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. A rising star who’s made a strong debut, BRÍET is a perfect example of the kind of artist Airwaves aims to showcase. Her first independent release caught the attention of Icelandic producer […]
It’s a rainy afternoon in Vancouver and actor Hera Hilmar has taken time out of her busy schedule to talk to Iceland Review. The young actor began making waves in Iceland only a few years ago, impressing in her starring role in the well-received Life in a Fishbowl as well as on stage. Now, she’s playing the lead role in an upcoming Peter Jackson blockbuster due for release this holiday season. It’s not your typical Hollywood blockbuster, featuring a clear environmental agenda and a strong but flawed female lead. Tackling her newfound fame effortlessly, you get the feeling Hera’s role as ruffian hero Hester Shaw has changed her, but not quite in the way you’d expect.
A recent report concerning climate change revealed in no uncertain terms what many of us had suspected for some time. It’s not only real, it’s happening quicker than we feared. One of Iceland’s staunchest environmentalists is not an activist or a politician – he’s a writer. Some of Andri Snær Magnason’s most beloved works include […]
December 1, 1918Dagurinn. The day. So, read the headline in newspaper Morgunblaðið on December 1, 1918 – the day Iceland gained sovereignty. Despite the importance of the occasion, celebrations were sombre. A small crowd gathered in front of the Prime Ministry near Arnarhóll hill in the centre of Reykjavík, in crisp, cold weather. A bouquet was […]
Since the 19th century, baking Christmas cookies, jólasmákökur in Icelandic, has played a big part in the Christmas celebrations of Icelandic families. Originally following Danish recipes, these days Icelanders experiment more with recipes from different countries. Traditional Christmas cookies consist mostly of butter, flour, and sugar, ingredients that were available throughout the years. Baking six different cookies […]
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