Egill Helgason standing in front of an old house in the centre of Reykavík

Where everybody knows your name, and can pronounce it

To many visitors, Þingholt is the real centre of Reykjavík, and the place they spend most of their time while in the city. We asked one of its better known inhabitants, Mr. Egill Helgason, to give us a tour. (Bonus feature: some interesting observations on Icelandic grammar.)

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Guitarist on stage at Aldrei fór ég suður

A single festive moment in the midst of a blizzard

Aldrei fór ég suður — literally “I never went south” — is an organically grown music festival taking place annually in Ísafjörður, capital of the Icelandic Westfjords. You could say it’s like Iceland Airwaves, but you would not be correct — there are no foreign bands and very few international hipsters. As he has done many times before and will do many times again, Aðalsteinn Jörundsson went up there. On Saturday 3 April 2010, he woke up feeling sick.

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Water at the bottom of a volcanic crater

Iceland: A Brief and Mostly Correct Geological Autobiography

Like most landmasses, I was born of the friction between two plates. I am called Iceland, but to be honest I am a creature of fire, and my position on the Earth makes me special — a hot spot above a mantle plume.

Let me explain.

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