Grant Nicol was celebrating his fortieth birthday in Reykjavik when he decided he wanted to make Iceland home. Some might think that the New Zealand writer had merely swapped one volcanic island for another but, after leaving his homeland 23 years ago to work in both Australia and the United Kingdom, Grant knew...

If you are visiting the north side of the country of Iceland and want to do some exploring then Eyjafjardardalur is a place you should definitely have a look at. Last weekend I visited Akureyri, which is located on the north side of the country, around 380 KM from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, with my family. We...

If you haven’t heard of Trapped, (or Ófærð in Icelandic) then don’t worry: it’s more than likely on its way to you already. The new Icelandic crime series has screened on the BBC, in France and distribution rights have now been sold to the US. Yep, it seems like our hunger for The Killing is far from...

Davíð Rafn Kristjánsson was never one for writing. It took a move to another continent, on the other side of the world for the 34-year-old to start expressing his thoughts and ideas through the written word. The result is Burning Karma (Wild Pressed Books), which tells the story of Böddi, who wakes up in a hospital...

Back in 1996, when I was a child growing up in rural New South Wales, an alien from outer-space came crashing down on earth and her name was Bjork. Like a lot of people, my friend and I quickly became fixated by her single, ‘It’s oh-so Quiet’, maybe because we developed good taste in music at any early age, but...

There’s a farm in Iceland that could be any farm in Iceland: snow-capped fjords, an endless expanse of land that only shrinks away any sign of human life, and of course, sheep. The only difference here is that the wire fence separating one farm from another may as well be the Berlin Wall for all the distance between...

Australian writer, Hannah Kent, who put Iceland on the shelves of readers around the world with her debut novel, Burial Rites, is releasing a new book in October this year. Set in Ireland, 1825, The Good People also focuses on an outsider: a young boy, Michael, who cannot walk or speak and is rumoured to be a...

Apart from being two big islands, Australia and Iceland don’t really have a lot in common, but that – and a whooping 11-hour time difference – didn’t stop two Iceland-based artists and one Australian writer waking or staying up to all hours in the name of art. The result is Under the Moon, an e-book collaboration with...