Day two: Greenland is icy, Iceland is …

The old saying “Greenland is icy, Iceland is green” isn’t entirely true. Yes, Greenland is pretty much covered in glaciers, but Iceland has some impressive ice caps of its own. There’s Vatnajökull, which covers more than 8,000 square kilometers and generates its own local weather, and Eyjafjallajökull, which makes newscasters all over the world bumble… Read More Day two: Greenland is icy, Iceland is …

You asked for miracles … I give you the F.B.I.

The process of moving to Iceland is remarkably straightforward.  You know what you need to get a permit because the Icelandic immigration directorate, Útlendingastofnun, has created checklists for all kinds of contingencies.   You’re an EU citizen?  There’s a checklist for that.  US citizen?  Got you covered.  Student?  Worker?  Spouse?  Child?  Athlete? Au pair?  Refugee? The first alien visitors… Read More You asked for miracles … I give you the F.B.I.

Surtsey

On November 14, 1963, a new island emerged from the waters. The crew of the Icelandic fishing trawler Ísleifur II saw the huge column of smoke and ash from miles away.  Believing it to be another vessel, perhaps on fire and sinking, they set out to render aid and rescue the survivors if they could.  When they arrived, they found the… Read More Surtsey