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WINTER ARRIVES IN REYKJAVIK!

Ok, so snow in Iceland may not seem like breaking news, but winter has been decidedly un-wintery in the capital until now. I’m not complaining about warm weather, but it’s lovely to have snow at last, especially in the lead up to Christmas.


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MY TOP 5 ICELANDIC NOVELS

It’s lovely to be able to read books in their original language, but one good thing about reading Icelandic books in translation is that those available in English (and other languages) have been translated precisely because they are either classics, very good, very popular, or all of the above.


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ICELANDIC WOOD CARVING AND NORDIC CHRISTMASWARE

REYKJAVIK ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR The Icelandic Crafts and Design institution (Handverk og Hönnun) often holds exhibitions and fairs that provide a chance to see some of the best of Icelandic craft and design all in one location, often including products that aren’t commonly available in mainstream shops. Last weekend it held just such an […]


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HALLGRIMSKIRKJA CELEBRATION CONCERT

his Sunday, October 30, Reykjavik’s iconic Hallgrímskirkja church is hosting a concert to celebrate the 25 years since its inauguration in 1986, though the church has a history going much further back than that…


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ASGEIR SANDHOLT AT THE WORLD CHOCOLATE MASTERS IN PARIS

THE WORLD CHOCOLATE MASTERS FINAL begins in Paris today. Finalists from 19 countries are competing for the title, Iceland’s pastry chef/chocolatier extraordinaire Ásgeir Sandholt among them. I was lucky enough to meet Ásgeir last week as he prepared for the competition. In Paris, participants must demonstrate their interpretation of this year’s theme—Cacao, the gift of […]


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CHEEK MOUNTAIN THIEF AT KEX

ICELAND AIRWAVES CLOSES FOR ANOTHER YEAR On the streets of Reykjavik this morning, the sound of Iceland Airwaves had been replaced by a chorus of suitcases being wheeled along the footpaths, as more foreign visitors than is usual for a typical Monday morning headed home.


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TREEFIGHT FOR SUNLIGHT AT HARPA

After three nights of dancing, photographing and rushing from venue to venue downtown, I was pleased to find three acts I was keen to see tonight, all performing at the same venue: Harpa…


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AIRWAVES SNAPSHOT: DAY 3 SINEAD O’CONNOR

Sinéad O’Connor. With two nights left of Airwaves 2011, I fear nothing will top Sinéad’s performance at Fríkirkjan last night. It’s the first time I’ve seen her live. Heard her. Experienced her! I didn’t even consider myself a particularly avid fan. Until now. Apart from the music itself, I loved all the little things you […]


Outside the Reykjavik Art Museum. The ocean video is rather convincing: this is the first time I’ve experienced seasickness on solid ground!

AIRWAVES SNAPSHOT: DAY 2

Here are a few snapshots from Airwaves last night. My favourite act was Borko at the Reykjavik Art Museum (Hafnarhús). Why is it that if really loud music is also really good, my ears are suddenly fine with the volume?! Performing live, Borko hits exactly the right balance between indie rock, acoustic and… Borko-esque.


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LET AIRWAVES BEGIN!

After a bright and sunny day yesterday, Iceland Airwaves is kicking off today with a splash in the Reykjavik rain. The festival officially begins tonight, but there are also many off-venue events, starting at 1pm this afternoon with GUS GUS at Kex. After that I’ll be heading to Kaffibarinn where one of my favourite local […]


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