Days 200-210: the briny deep

Modern Iceland is a small but reasonably prosperous nation, with strong trade in tourism and energy-intensive industries.  It hasn’t always been so fortunate. Through much of its history Iceland was one of the poorest countries in Europe.  The climate isn’t conducive to basic agriculture, although modern greenhouses have been successful here; there are few easily-accessible mineral resources;… Read More Days 200-210: the briny deep

Days 105-110: on top of the world

Each fall, Iceland hosts an international conference on issues and opportunities in the far north.  The Arctic Circle Conference brings together an in impressive list of national leaders and diplomats, scientists and academics: this year’s dignitary list included the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson; the President of France, François Hollande; Prince Albert II of… Read More Days 105-110: on top of the world

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.