Encounter the waters of Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives, Barbados, Indonesia, Mexico and California in this beautiful and mesmerising video by Morgan Maassen.
If you long to experience the frozen wilderness of the Arctic, but can't quite spirit the will to leave the cosy confines of your sofa, then you need this audio gem from Youtube. It contains 10 hours of glorious sub-zero ambience captured on an idling icebreaker. So pop on your headphones and enter a sonic paradise of frozen ocean, cracking ice and falling snow.
The nefarious tax activities of several corporations and famous individuals have been laid bare in recent weeks by the Paradise Papers investigation. At the centre of many of the stories is The Isle of Man, a self-governing crown dependency of the British Isles. A recent long-read from the BBC offers a fascinating overview of how the island found itself at the centre of an offshore cash scandal.
With just 80,000 people speaking Faroese worldwide, it's perhaps understandable that the language hasn't made it onto Google Translate. But try telling that to the growing number of frustrated tourists who can’t learn a few phrases before they visit.
In an effort to solve the problem, Visit Faroe has launched its own version of the online language tool with the help of friendly locals who will translate live by video, thus providing a free on-demand service for anyone around the world curious to learn a little Faroese.
And the best thing - it really works. Try Faroe Islands Translate for yourself.
The new trailer for cult director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs looks promising. When the corrupt mayor of Megasaki City exiles all canine pets to a vast rubbish dump called Trash Island, a boy called Atari sets off alone in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire city.
The island of Stóra Dímun in the southern Faroe Islands is home to just nine people. Accessible only by helicopter or boat, it remains largely untouched, save for an organic farm which marks its only settlement. A supplier to Koks, the world-renowned restaurant in the Faroese capital Tórshavn, the farm produces some of the finest lamb and turnips available anywhere. It is also located within an incredibly dramatic land and seascape, as this video shows.
What happens when you send a group of hip photographers to Ireland with a brief to capture what they see using only their smartphones? Head over to iGNANT for a visual feast of a trip, taking in Belfast, Dublin, Kerry and Cork.
Set on a remote farm in the Westfjords of Iceland, this short film by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson focuses on an event that marks a turning point in the lives of two brothers.
Whale Valley world premiered in the Official Competition of the 66th Cannes Film Festival 2013, where it received a Special Mention. Since then it has won over 50 international awards.
Contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.
We all have islands we long to visit. Some people dream of soaking up the sun on Bora Bora, of crossing the glaciers of Svalbard, of coming face-to-face with the statues of Easter Island, of witnessing the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Others, namely those with a death wish, may find a storymap of 12 abandoned islands more appealing. From the radioactive sands of Bikini Atoll, to the viper infested terrain of Ilha da Queimada Grande, there's much to explore.
Zack Seckler is a celebrated American photographer who counts some of the world's biggest brands on his list of clients. He also happens to have found a niche in abstract landscape photography, most recently expressed in a sublime series of images shot in Iceland. Head over to IGNANT to see a gallery of his incredible work.
A recent Guardian Books podcast features an international array of island writers who had gathered in the Faroe Islands for a conference about the island in literature. Included are Iceland’s Sjón, Greenlandic novelist Niviaq Korneliussen, Shetlander Robert Alan Jamieson, Newfoundlander Donna Morrissey, Tasmanian Pete Hay and Jamaican poet Paulette Ramsey. The Faroese academic Bergur Rønne Moberg also took part by introducing his intriguing theory on the literature of the ultra-minor.
Photograph by Stig Nygaard CC 2.0
The Venice Biennale is the world's oldest periodical exhibition of contemporary art. The event is a bellweather for future trends, bringing together works by emerging and established artists from all around the globe. The Guardian carried an extensive review of this year's offerings, with Germany's Anne Imhof proclaimed the standout artist. In the video below you can sample a taste of the works on show and see how the city of islands is transformed by this renowned arts showcase.
John Burnside’s new novel Havergey traces the effects of an ecological catastrophe on the community of a remote fictional island. Publisher Little Toller notes that while Havergey does not feature on any map, the island is "as real as any, with its limestone stacks, seabirds and human population – a mixture of utopians and nomads who have settled to build a new kind of society." Enter into Burnside's strange new world via this beguiling trailer for the novel, produced and directed by The Island Review's poetry editor Roseanne Watt.