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Neskaupstaður
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Little Moscow: Norðfjörður

Welcome to Norðfjörður. This beautiful fjord is home to 1,469 people, but its history differs from many of the small towns that dot the fjords of Iceland. For 50-odd years, socialists controlled the town of Neskaupstaður in Norðfjörður. Or, as some would call it – Little Moscow. Today, signs of the townspeople’s leftist ways might seem like they have been methodically removed. But, if you look closely, they’re hidden in plain sight.

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First Among Equals

Every weekday morning at the public pool in West Reykjavík, Halldór Bergmann slips into his grey suit and declares that he shall swim 1,800 metres. He is 68 years old, and, also, a great mangler of the truth.

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Polish community in Iceland
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Poles Apart

Nearly one half of all immigrants in Iceland come from a single country: Poland. Polish nationals were among the first foreigners to start settling here in the modern era, initially drawn by work in fish processing plants. In the early aughts, a boom in construction drew them in even greater numbers. In recent years, younger Poles have been flocking to the country for jobs in tourism and other industries. Their community as a whole now numbers 20,000.

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Wool dyeing Iceland
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The Colourful Oddyssey of Icelandic Wool Dyeing

Following the winding outskirts of Reykjavík, a gravel road jostles you toward a wooden hut. The strong scent of herbs emanates from the doorway. Before you can enter into the warm space, Tryggur, a charmingly fluffy Labrador-collie mix, sidles up to you in shy greeting. He leads you in and sits down patiently amongst a colourful collection of yarns, waiting for a pat while his owner talks over the sound of gently bubbling pots.

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Trans Ísland
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Set to Rights

The year is 1996. After spending several years in Sweden, Anna Kristjánsdóttir moves back to Iceland. She struggles to find a job, and when she finally does, harsh bullying leads her to quit. Anna is a public figure, though not everyone looks at her in a positive light. But it’s not living abroad that has made her an outsider: Anna is trans.

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Reindeer hunting Iceland
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In Reindeer Country

18:21. All around us are rocks. The wind blows in our faces. Craters, hollows, and dents dot the stony grey hills. For all we know, we’re in Mordor. It beggars belief how any animal can eke out a living here, let alone a herd of reindeer.

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NBA in Iceland
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Is the NBA very popular in Iceland?

It’s difficult to give a true yes-or-no on this question. It was huge in the 90s during the height of Jordan mania, with lots of people collecting NBA cards. Nowadays, basketball is one of the biggest sports in the country along with football and handball, with 7,142 practitioners. The Icelandic basketball team is improving, having […]

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