East Greenland Frozen In Time

A rocky mass jutting out of an ocean full of icebergs revealed itself below the clouds as our…

Lighting A Fire Under The Orchestra

After an exhilarating performance of Giacinto Scelsi’s ‘Hymnos,’ the conductor turns to the audience and tells us that…

Entrepreneurs: Iceland’s New Rock Stars?

Haukur Guðjónsson has just finished painting his office bright red, the colour of his company logo. That is,…

Do Icelanders Need More Ayn Rand In Their Lives?

As Iceland struggles to emerge from an economic depression brought on in part by lax government regulation, Professor…

Customs Is Cracking Down

Bring up the Directorate of Customs in Iceland and you’re liable to unleash a host of emotions ranging…

The Scandinavian Club

There’s really no question that Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are Scandinavian countries. But when it comes to Iceland,…

Editorial: A True Icelandic Christmas Story

As I thought about what to write in this space, the typical things came to mind—reflections on 2012,…

Doing Time In Iceland

Given that the comedian Doug Stanhope has a gig at Iceland’s maximum-security prison (read this interview with him)…

E-Democracy Takes Off In Reykjavík

In the midst of heated protests following Iceland’s economic collapse in October 2008, two Icelandic programmers started dreaming…

The Yuletide Lads Rise To Christmas Stardom

In Iceland, Santa Claus doesn’t live on the North Pole. He doesn’t come to town on a sleigh…

Life in Iceland’s Capital Marches On…

Since the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted three days ago, an ominous cloud has formed above the glacier, a blanket…

Snorkelling In Long Underwear And Thick Socks

School’s out, work’s off and Spring Break has finally arrived. Like countless others with the same ideas of…