Iceland

Unnar Geir Unnarsson is back in Egilsstaðir after seventeen years away

Unnar Geir was born and raised in Egilsstaðir, Unnar then moved to the capital area for vocal studies. Later he headed to London to study acting and directing. Earlier this year he returned to his hometown after seventeen years away to head the area's Cultural Centre. It was a challenging move for a challenging job. When asked how it felt to return to the small town after years of cosmopolitan life, Unnar says it was quite nice.

Halldór Bragason is the leading figure in the Icelandic Blues scene

At the mere mention of blues in Iceland, one name instantly springs to mind. Halldór Bragason. Founder of the Reykjavík Blues Festival and now an honorary member of the Icelandic Blues Festival, Halldór has been tireless in introducing and developing this wonderful genre into the Icelandic music scene. A music genre some find a bit outlandish and removed from the Icelandic music traditions. But, then again, the international language of music belongs anywhere.

At the mere mention of blues in Iceland, one name instantly springs to mind. Halldór Bragason.
Jenný Lára is a young actress/director who walks an untrodden path to realize her dreams

Three years ago, Jenný Lára graduated as an actress and director from the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Every year quite a number of young Icelanders complete their education in dramatic arts abroad, most often in London. Some choose to stay, some to return home. Jenny Lára chose to return to Iceland immediately after graduating. Back home to an extremely competitive market. Back home, to reap the rewards of her education and harness her creative spirit.

On the set in the highly acclaimed movie Hrútar
Gerður Kristný, Icelandic poet, says a single word can tell a whole story

Gerður Kristný is Iceland's best-loved poet today. This beautiful, quiet woman with her legendary and quirky sense of humour has already won most literary prizes awarded in Iceland. Her work has also been nominated for the Nordic Literary Prize. Gerdur's poetry has been translated into numerous languages; all the major Nordic languages, German, French, Dutch, Esperanto and English.

Gerður Kristný, Icelandic poet
Oddný Harðardóttir MP still lives in her childhood home

Garður, the town on the northernmost tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is a curious place. At first sight, it looks nondescript and lacking in natural wonders. But, don't be fooled. This is where the boundary between land and sea gets a bit blurred; where you can sit by the shoreline with the wind in your hair and the raging ocean at your feet; where you find the most amazing Northern Lights and the most glorious sunsets. Here is where the politician Oddný Harðardóttir MP, was born and raised.

Oddný and Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the former primeminister of Iceland and the most respected politician in Iceland

The weather this winter has been exceptionally bad here in Iceland.  The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is constantly issuing warnings to travelers and residents around the country.  It seems that we have one storm after another that are constantly bombarding Reykjavík and surrounding communities as well as the countryside and the rest of the country.  This has been going on since November and we can sense that many Icelanders are becoming really tired.  Consequently we are spending more and more time inside.

The storm seems to be approaching all the time

One of the most remarkable things about Iceland is the weather.  Like so many things in this country it is completely unpredictable. Today we experienced one of the worst weather that we have seen in Reykjavik in the south and the west in weeks.  Interesting because we have hardly had a calm day since December.

At some point it was not so nice in downtown Reykjavik

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