The community buyout of Ulva in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland was one of the most inspiring island stories of 2018. The move was driven by the dedication of a group of local people who mounted a campaign to secure a better future for their home. Their efforts were rewarded with over £4m from the Scottish Land Fund as well as countless individual donations from across the world. Rebecca Munro, an islander who championed the community buyout, recently blogged for the National Museum of Scotland about her experience, and is featured with her family in the film below, also produced by the museum.
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Okay, it's an advert for an outdoor clothing brand posing as an adventure video. But it's still good. And that's why we're sharing it as our latest flotsam video find. Click above to watch three intrepid climbers take on the world's largest sea cliff in the Faroe Islands.
The Hawaiian island of Kauai has been recreated in virtual reality to let intrepid users join a collective search for the ōʻō, an iconic black bird with yellow leg feathers and a beautiful song. Enjoy the experience in all its verdant lushness via The Guardian.
There's an Icelandic joke that goes: what do you do if you get lost in a forest in Iceland? The answer: you stand up.
The island's famously treeless landscape may soon be set to change, however, if the people at the Icelandic Forestry Service get their way. Watch the video to find out more.
Some brilliant people at Ordinance Survey and the University of Sheffield have created the most wonderful visualisation of Great Britain's 100 largest islands. They've written a blog where you can learn all about it, take part in a fun quiz and find links to the OS Flickr where you can download the map for free to take away and get printed as big as you like.
A visitor passed us a link to this wonderful film from 1991 which charts the story of the Creagorry Hotel in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Much more than just a place for tourists to spend a night or two, the Creagorry is revealed as a focal point of island life; a cosy spot to catch up with friends and family, to dance and drink, to flirt and to gossip.
Møn in Denmark boasts some of the country's greatest natural wonders, from lush forests to sweeping beaches and pristine chalky white cliffs. Popular as a hiking and stargazing destination, the island has also in recent years been attracting a new generation of residents who are interested in adopting a more rural lifestyle. They include Emile Carlsen, the creative force behind Møn Sessions, a music and video project featuring Danish acts performing in the countryside near his home. Find out more.
Trows, njuggles, selkies, giants and finmen - find out about these strange creatures of northern lore in a fascinating programme by BBC Radio Shetland.
Today's flotsam was highlighted to us by Joanne Coates and it features fellow photographer Rhiannon Adam in conversation with the British Photographic Journal about her Big Fence / Pitcairn Island project. Having travelled to the South Pacific island, famous as the place where many of the Bounty mutineers made landfall, Adam found herself feeling lonely and isolated - an experience that helped her navigate the mindset of the Pitcairners featured in her work.
Take a podcast tour of Gljúfrasteinn, home and workplace of Icelandic Nobel Laureate, Halldór Laxness. The celebrated writer furnished his house with Danish design furniture and covered the walls with expressionist paintings by Scandinavian artists. Now open to the public as a museum, Gljúfrasteinn remains unchanged from when Laxness lived there.
Take a tour of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, in the company and sound of indie rockers Hey Rosetta. The band hail from the province and, as you can see in the video directed by Mark Bennett, it's an incredibly beautiful place.
Fogo also boasts a thriving arts scene and is home to Fogo Island Arts, an organisation which offers international residencies for artists from a wide range of disciplines to live and work on the island.
The stunning peaks of The Lofoten Islands in Norway are the focus of a short film by Michael Fletcher, who captured their rugged glory by drone throughout the midnattssol, or midnight sun.
This natural phenomenon takes place over several weeks in the summer, when the sun appears to never go below the horizon. The Earth's axis is angled sunward towards the north Arctic, creating a magical effect of a combined sunset and sunrise.
View more films of majestic landscapes on the National Geographic Short Film Showcase channel.