December 21 | The Jóla Party
I have attended half a dozen Christmas parties in Iceland and the same things always strike me as particularly “Icelandic” each time.  more

Norwegian-French magistrate Eva Joly, who serves as a consultant to Iceland’s special prosecutor in the banking collapse investigation, is optimistic that it will show significant results soon. However, people must be patient, she said.  more
December 21 | Gledileg jól!
Click on the picture to watch a Christmas audio slideshow. The Iceland Review team wishes its readers gledileg jól (“Merry Christmas”) and farsaelt komandi ár (“Happy New Year), with sincere appreciation for your interest in our publications in the past years.  more
Located just 40 minutes by car and six minutes from Keflavík International Airport, Sandgerdi (“Sandy Hedge”) is a growing town of 1,700 with a storied history and loads to see. Read this special promotion about the hidden secrets of one of Iceland's most charming seaside villages.  more
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Welcome to our new promotion section for Icelandic businesses where you can learn all about the history, character, products and services offered by both rooted and sprouting companies in Iceland. The first Business Profile is of our very own Iceland Review.

A quarterly publication, the print edition of Iceland Review is the longest running English-language magazine on Iceland, celebrating its 45th birthday this year. It’s an important source of information for readers who are looking for first-hand information on Icelandic culture, society and nature.


Iceland Review was born the same year I was—in 1963. It’s one of the oldest magazines in this country and has always been a quality publication,” says editor Bjarni Brynjólfsson. “The magazine offers insightful features on life in Iceland, profiles interesting Icelanders and spotlights amazing photographs like it has done for so many years.”

Iceland Review is delivered to subscribers all over the world with readers in more than 100 countries and a circulation of almost 20,000.

“The magazine is really a window into Icelandic society. We cover culture and the working life of the nation as well as its wonderful but harsh nature,” explains renowned photographer and deputy editor Páll Stefánsson, who has been with Iceland Review for over 25 years, complementing the editorial content with his stunning photographs of Iceland’s landscape and people.

“Most of our stories are written by English-speaking journalists who have become experts in all things Icelandic. They also provide critical insight into our society because outsiders often see things with a clearer vision than natives,” comments Brynjólfsson, who took over the editorship one year ago.

“Many travel agents who plan trips to Iceland are devoted readers as the magazine is a reliable source of information,” says Brynjólfsson. Iceland Review can also be found in most of the better hotel rooms in Iceland as well as in selected bookstores in North America.

All subscribers are part of Iceland Review’s annual draw to win a trip to Iceland.

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New subscribers to the quarterly Iceland Review magazine will receive the photography book Puffins, which contains a wealth of information about this colorful bird, as a gift. Additionally, all subscribers will enter a draw to win a trip to Iceland. Click here to subscribe to Iceland Review. The new issue will be out next week!  more
The key descriptive words which pop up on the internet about Davíd Örn Halldórsson’s style are grafitti and ethno, but I’d also add hallucinatory. It is rather inspired by the positive outward creative force of nature, not any inward self-destructive void. It is about gracefully balanced complexity found in cosmic happiness, not pain.  more
With the holidays approaching, Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir heads north to Akureyri to observe the making of laufabraud, the uniquely decorated Icelandic Christmas bread. While decorated bread is also a tradition in other countries, round, leaf-thin, deep-fried cakes with patterns created by making cuts through the dough, are not known anywhere else than in Iceland.  more
This week get to know one of Iceland’s foremost fashion designers, Steinunn Sigurdardóttir, through her exhibition at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir. Her artistic creation builds on years of collaboration with many renowned contemporary designers and a rare knowledge of material texture and three-dimensional shaping.  more

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