Nature and Travel

To Russia With Love

Iceland is headed to the World Cup this summer! Iceland Review sat down with player Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and manager Heimir Hallgrímsson before they step foot on the biggest sporting stage of them all.
Icelandic forest

Growing Pains

Vikings did away with Iceland’s forests. Now their descendants are fighting to bring them back.

Fire in the Hole

As the world admires the lava fountains of Holuhraun (‘Hole Lava’), scientists wonder what Iceland’s biggest volcano might be up to. Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson talks the history of Bárðarbunga and the recent volcanic events.
Northern lights at Kleifarvatn

The Illumine Sky

Páll Stefánsson reveals the secret to taking a nearly perfect picture of the northern lights.

Berry Blue

After a rainy summer in South Iceland, Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir is thrilled to go berry picking in the sunny northeast.

Finding Flatey

Zoë Robert and photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir travel to the last year-round inhabited island in Breiðafjörður Bay and discover that time there is abstract.

An Island Called Home

The Eldfell volcanic eruption lasted from January 23 to July 3, 1973, leaving thousands of people homeless. That same year, residents of Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar returned to rebuild their community. This summer, they celebrate the 40th anniversary of that feat.

Round Trip

Photographer Páll Stefánsson follows the progress of the participants in this year’s WOW Cycloton as they cycle the 1,332 km Ring Road.

Kingdom of the Midnight Sun

Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir heads out to sea with fishermen from Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, and learns about life on the Arctic Circle.

Herbal Healing

Zoë Robert and photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir discover the benefits of Icelandic plants and herbs with Áslaug coming up with an innovative flower-based recipe.

Power Struggle

Lowana Veal joins the heated debate on the renewability of renewable energy, investigating the exploitation of geothermal and hydropower in Iceland.

Iceland Extreme

Maylis Lasserre recounts her experience of being trapped in the Icelandic mountains for 38 hours and expresses gratitude for the 250 volunteers who went looking for her.

Gathering Steam

Zoë Robert looks into how Iceland is sharing its knowledge of geothermal with developing countries.

Waterfall Rush

During her stay in East Iceland, Deb Smith discovers the joy of hiking and the magic of Iceland’s second-tallest waterfall Hengifoss.

Six Hours and Four Minutes

Páll Stefánsson takes his camera to Iceland’s southernmost locations, catching glimpses of the elusive winter light and landscapes cast in near darkness.

The Heating Element

Páll Stefánsson reveals the reason Iceland is inhabitable.

Iceland’s Other Inhabitants

Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir and illustrator Erna Kristín Gylfadóttir collaborate on painting a picture of the colorful features of Iceland’s mammals.

Spell of Seyðisfjörður

Zoë Robert and photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir take a trip to Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland’s artistic hub, and chat with locals and newcomers about the town’s attraction.

Keeping Paradise

Foreign tourists could reach one million in a few years. Is it good news for Iceland or will the costs outgrow the benefits? Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir investigates.

Museums Off the Beaten Track

Three unusual museums in Northeast Iceland are a find for the tourist who thinks they have seen it all.

After the Blizzard

Iceland Review joins farmers in North Iceland in their annual roundup of sheep from mountain pastures, this year marked by an early snowstorm.