Feature of the Week: Seasonal Cheer

Some may think Iceland is dreary in the winter months—but only those without imagination. Read on as Atlantica invites you to figure out why winter’s dark and cold makes us feel all warm and glowing on the inside. With a seasonal cheer the IR/Atlantica team wishes you all happy holidays.

Feature of the Week: Hay Fever

Sveitaböll , or countryside balls, are held all over rural Iceland to celebrate occasions like réttir , the fall sheep round-ups, and thorrablót , when everyone gathers in the dead of winter to gobble up “traditional foods” like soured ram testicles and rotten shark.

Feature of the Week: Nuts and Bolts

Eberg and Bono officially share something in common, and not just their single-word aliases. It’s not DATA , Africa or even Ali Hewson. It’s cooler – it’s Mac. This winter Eberg’s indie hit “Inside Your Head” recently electrified international airwaves as the track behind Mac’s new iPhone...

Feature of the Week: A New Way with History

Sometimes an idea seems so good that you wonder why nobody had it before. The Settlement Center in Borgarnes is one such phenomenon. Icelanders have very few relics from the first days of the country’s settlement, but instead have very vivid descriptions in the sagas. Why not use this imagery in an...

Feature of the Week: Go West, Rock Band!

The New York trio Blonde Redhead, comprised of Italian twins Amedeo and drummer Simone Pace, and Japanese keyboardist and vocalist Kazu Makino, sits in the hectic makeshift mess hall for the performers at this year’s Aldrei fór ég sudur (I never moved south) festival on a bitingly cold Easter...

Feature of the Week: Brethren Nation

With the debate over family values raging on both sides of the Atlantic, Icelandic society dances to the beat of its own ethical drum, banding together to pioneer inroads into the terra incognita of non-traditional families like same-sex parents, unions outside the church and interracial adoption.

Feature of the Week: The Gospel According to Gunnar Thorsteinsson

Though no book burning parties à la Fahrenheit 451 are expected when a new translation of the Icelandic Bible is released this fall, one fundamentalist in the ecclesiastical community has a few choice words.

Feature of the Week: Sticking It to Taboos

Cartoonist and playwright Hugleikur Dagsson enlists a troupe of ill-fated stick figures to enact scenes of incest, rape and murder. The prolific 29 year old has released seven books in Iceland, catching the eye of publishing giants Penguin and HarperCollins. Though his shock tactics tend to horrify...

Feature of the Week: Áfram Marfa – Dispatches from West Texas

Journeying back to the state my family calls home, I find myself in Marfa, Texas, which is some kind of arty farty outpost-cum-border town in the West Texas high desert. Here you’ll find the likes of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin among the yucca plants and homemade chalupas. I am—at long last—far away...

Feature of the week: Eyjafjördur claims its spot on Iceland’s culinary map

What do you think of when you imagine Iceland? The Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle? Rotten shark, pickled ram testicles and scorched sheep heads? Whatever images our nation conjures for you, it’s probably not Eyjafjördur. But as the second most populous region in Iceland, Eyjafjördur residents feel...

Feature of the Week: The New International Marketplace

There was a time in Iceland not long ago when preparing something exotic involved buying pasta, when foreign fashion was a pair of overpriced imported Levi’s, and when the most avant garde jewelry incorporated lava stones. Not so anymore.

Feature of the Week: Lay Low and Martin

Musicians in Reykjavík’s Great Flood of sound tend to come and go with the tides – or perhaps the sun – but one 24 year old’s humble addition to the city’s burgeoning indie-blues scene is here to stay.

Feature of the Week: We’re not in Kansas Anymore

American artist Benjamin Crotty followed the yellow brick road from the esteemed art world of France to the cultural hinterlands of Iceland for a whirlwind day to rehearse a conceptual video project. As it turns out, his biggest concern is something beyond his control.

Feature of the Week: Rocking in Iceland’s secret fjord

Rockers rendezvous in in Hvalfjördur fjord at the end of April for the inaugural Songfusion songwriting seminar, aimed to foster better ties between Icelandic and foreign musicians and harness Iceland’s unique energy to summon the muses. The participants demonstrated the fruits of their labor at a...

Feature of the Week: From Fiasco to Box-Office Hit

Film critics warn that you should be careful what you name your film. With that in mind, it’s probably not a good idea to name your first feature film Fiasco . Director Ragnar Bragason learned his lesson. In 2006, he released the critically acclaimed, award-winning film Children .

A Fly With Fangs

He writes novels, plays and scripts. Hallgrímur Helgason — best known for his novel 101 Reykjavik — is Iceland’s most prominent contemporary author. With the release of Grim, a collection of comic strips and graphic art, the award-winning writer takes us into the warped and amusing world of his...

Organic Glamour

Icelandic chic is ready to hit the UK, with a jewellery range inspired by the country’s extreme and unique environment. Beluga Jewellery emulates Iceland’s natural beauty, delivering a raw, yet opulent style, reminiscent of the diverse landscape. The three A/W collections are strongly influenced by...

Soft Sensuality

Elm is a seven-year old company already selling its high-fashion designs to the USA, France and Italy. Pure, classic lines emphasize the softness of the female form, caressing it like a second skin.

The Author of Iceland’s Home

Laxness is as central to his country’s identity as is any national writer in the world. This is not the reason that Gljúfrasteinn, the museum built from Halldór Laxness’s home, is an essential stop on a visit to Iceland. Even if Laxness were not a Nobel Laureatte—if he had perhaps only written half...