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In the belly of a volcano

Earlier this summer I was invited to take a most unusual tour – into the magma chamber of the [extinct!] Þríhnúkagígur volcano. I’d heard a bit about this tour before I went and read numerous gushing reviews – mostly from foreign journos. Consequently I was more than a little curious, although to be honest I […] Read more

Two evenings ago, EPI headed east to the town of Hveragerði [known to some as “Hurdygurdy”] to check out a restaurant that has been called “Iceland’s best-kept secret” – a place called Kjöt og kúnst. It was so secret, in fact, that I did not know about it until just recently [and I delude myself […] Read more

The real media scare. Lest we forget.

The DV editorial today is about the silencing that takes place in Icelandic society, specifically in the media. It provides a needed refresher of how things were here before the crash, when the media was owned by the oligarchs who went on to virtually bankrupt the country: For example, many ministers from the Independence Party […] Read more

So the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election is now clear. Incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson came out on top with nearly 53% of the votes. Þóra Arnórsdóttir, his closest competitor, received just over 33%. Voter turnout was 69%. I am disappointed. Very. Back in 2009, after the Kitchenware Revolution and the subsequent collapse of the […] Read more

As some readers may know, Iceland has presidential elections coming up this weekend. There are six candidates in the running, one of them being the incumbent president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who has already been in office for four election terms, or 16 years. If he is elected, he will be the longest-serving president in Iceland’s […] Read more


It’s May 1, International Workers Day, sometimes called “the real labour day”. Here in Iceland, this is a day when most places that employ workers are closed, and there are marches and rallies held in Reykjavík to demonstrate unity and demand good labour conditions. The “workers day off” maxim has been stretched to the limit […] Read more

My super-adventurous Katla excursion!

I have been doing some work for Reykjavík Excursions, which as some of you may recall was once the primary sponsor of this site. After I stopped updating [regularly] they got in touch and asked if I would be willing to help them rework the text on their website, with part of the deal being […] Read more

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