Iceland

Thingvellir Archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir on Iceland's Heritage

Can some of the world's toughest people also be the best story-tellers? In a revealing Q&A, meet Icelandic archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir, who gives us a window into Iceland as a country, and into our shared human condition--that we are all shaped by our cultural landscapes. Margret offers insight into the character of Icelanders, and history lessons on Iceland's epic sagas that depict historical events from the Viking Age; Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site where the country's forms of government and religion evolved; a day in the life of an archaeologist.

Thingvellir Archaeologist Margret Hallmundsdottir on Iceland's Heritage

Icelandic Artist Iréne Jensen's Journey

Ever wonder what a work of art means to its creator? Here's a chance to hear the meaning behind eight powerful pieces by painter & print-maker Iréne Jensen who has called Iceland's capital of Reykajvic home for over 20 years. Her art work is very much inspired by the light and contrasts of Iceland's landscape--and her own observations about the journey of life. Read on to view some of her stunning & thought-provoking pieces and hear from the artist herself on the personal adventures, philosophical musings & social commentary they represent.

Icelandic Artist Iréne Jensen's Journey

Iceland’s Culture of Folk Tales

Follow along the 400-mile round trip journey from Reykjavik to Vik and learn why Iceland's folklore is inspired by its gorgeous landscape. Enjoy a virtual visit to the Skogar Folk Museum which chronicles storytelling as a way of life among Icelanders. Experience the mystery and unpredictability of Iceland's weather and landscape, which are recurring themes in the country's folklore. Head for Hekla Volcano & see why ancient legends called it the Gateway to Hell. End your tour with a stop at Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland's Parliament & site of huge historic significance and natural beauty.

Iceland’s Culture of Folk Tales