The death of Okjökull (or Ok), a glacier in Iceland was marked yesterday with the installation of a memorial plaque authored by Andri Snaer Magnason. As one of Iceland’s most respected writers, Magnason has succinctly captured in words the increasingly devastating effects of man-made climate change on his home country, and the ultimate effects our actions may have in store for us all - good or bad. His efforts are part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of Iceland’s disappearing glaciers which also features the video and website Not Ok.
Transport yourself to the frozen mountains of Iceland, where a couple on the road struggle to find mutual purpose in their new destination. Erlendur Sveinsson’s Columbia University School of the Arts thesis film Kanarí is a recent winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick Award.
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.
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.
Dani Redd traces how her experiences of visiting Iceland seeped into her first novel.Read More
Mesmerising exhibition brings together three acclaimed photographers from Iceland, Scotland and England.Read More
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.
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.
At the Húsavík Whale Museum in the far north of Iceland, Lesley Harrison encounters a compelling installation by the artist Marina Rees.Read More
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
Iceland: land of ice and fire or commodified playground for the monied hipster class? Dominic Hinde reports from Reykjavik.Read More
From milk stealing Santa, to the Santa who keeps everyone awake by slamming doors, Iceland is home to many intriguing Christmas tales. The Reykjavik Grapevine recently caught up with resident folklore expert Terry Gunnell to learn more about these and other Yuletide traditions in the island of ice and fire.
The Island Review will be taking a Christmas holiday from now until 9 January. We would like to wish a relaxing festive break to all of our readers and contributors.
Painter and visual narrator Izzy Thomson creates dream-like works inspired by the wildernesses of Iceland and Shetland.Read More