Monday, April 02, 2012

Fish Leather and Dreams of Iceland


Fashion, Skólavörðurstígur, 2004

For all you dreamers out there...

It's been a while since I've done an overview of the Icelandic sites I've been visiting recently. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in Iceland, at least in the blogosphere. I've found several new sites and some of my old faves have been especially inspired lately. So, without further ado and in no particular order, respectfully submitted for your consideration:

The Saga-Steads of Iceland: A 21st-Century Pilgrimage by Emily Lethbridge, a 31-year-old Cambridge-based academic researcher. She is really into Iceland, past and present- a true fanatic.

Rósir og hraunbreiður (Roses and Lava) by Unnur Birna Karlsdóttir (Google translated) offers an intriguing look at Iceland and modern life.

Nancy Campbell is a writer and printmaker currently living in Siglufjörður.

I've mentioned I Heart Reykjavík before. This site keeps on getting better, an absolute must for anyone traveling to Reykjavík for the first time (or returning- things are changing rapidly.) Auður has the scoop on food, fashions and fun.

Maria Roff's Iceland Eyes has been especially fine lately with insightful essays complementing her eclectic photography. An honest portrayal of Iceland and also full of ideas of things to see and do.

Jono's Otto's son blog is from another Iceland-dreamer, he lives in Northern Minnesota, but has a genetic connection.

I'd Rather Be In Iceland by "Eva Lind" (no, she isn't Inspector Erlendur's daughter) says it all in the title. Hopelessly infatuated.

wdvalgardson's kaffihus is the blog of another "Western Icelander", the author is a true author, and his posts are exceptional- not for short-attention spans. His posts on Halldór Laxness' The Fish Can Sing and Paradise Regained are featured in the Laxness in Translation site.

Finally, that teen-age girl-group Pascal Pinon is touring Japan (What were you doing when you were 17?) in support of their album, with a new "Japan-only" EP. The link takes you to an index of sites related to PP. Don't forget to check out Ásthildur's home-made video including clips from their younger sisters- very dream-like!

By Professor Batty



5 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Thank, Batty - added a couple of bookmarks to my list of Iceland blogs from your list.

My favorite is http://vickitheviking.blogspot.com/ - from an Australian woman who has moved to Sauðárkrókur. Feeds my fantasy of pulling up stakes and moving to Iceland one day.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Thanks for the interesting link!

It seems that there are a lot of us with the same dream...


Anonymous I'd Rather Be in Iceland said...

Thank you! A couple of new ones there for me too. Did you know that Unnur also has a blog in English?


Blogger Jono said...

Thanks, Batty! Always looking for ways to enhance an obsession and I have always been able to count on you.


Blogger Iceland Eyes said...

Once again, great thanks, dear Professor! I love your site as well : )

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