The Man Who Sold His Corpse For A Drink

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In 1904, the municipal council of Reykjavík agreed that the local medical school should be allowed to use the corpses…

The Man Who Didn’t Like Hangikjöt: W.H. Auden In Iceland

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In 1936, a thirty-year-old poet from Britain travelled around Iceland. His name was Wystan Hugh Auden—you probably know him as…

Show Up Naked On Monday And You’ll Get A Free Phone

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As a great number of Icelanders camped out in front of Reykjavík’s Dunkin’ Donuts hoping to be one of the…

Better Than Any Modern Travel Book: A 16th-Century German Travel Poem About Iceland

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A mysterious man visited Iceland sometime between the years 1554 and 1586, when Hanseatic merchants ruled the ports and trade…

Collect ‘Em All: When Reykjavík’s Bums Appeared On Postcards

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Being able to live anonymously is one of the great perks of modern civilisation. In a big city today, it’s…

In The Year 2000, Ants Will Have Conquered The World

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In 1971, the magazine Samvinnan gathered a panel of Icelanders to predict the state of the nation and the wider…

The Sinister Christmas Clan Of Iceland

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In Iceland, there is no Santa Claus. Instead, there are thirteen “jólasveinar,” which can be translated to “Yule Lads.” They…

The American Soldier Who Travelled To The Year 900 In Iceland

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What if a modern person travelled back to Viking times? In 1956, the American science fiction author Poul Anderson pondered…

Höfði-San: Shrimp Salesman Built A Replica Of A Reykjavík Landmark

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Iceland became the focus of world attention when US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavík…

“An Absurd Film Set In Reykjavík”

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In September 1942 the inhabitants of Reykjavík had breakfast in a state of shock. They were reading an article in…

“The Fag-End Of Civilization”

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It is no secret that the village of Reykjavík was not only a tiny place in the eyes of 19th…

“Icelandic Blood Has Been Shed”

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This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, one of the deadliest conflicts in history, which…

The Nazi King Of Iceland

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In his 1952 memoir, the German nobleman Prince Friedrich Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe unveiled the details of a meeting he had…

They Are Coming

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Newspaper articles from the time do not agree on whether the event was “full of people” or if the cinema,…

A Nazi’s Disappointment With Iceland

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In the early hours of May 10, 1940, British forces launched Operation Fork, invading Iceland. One of their first tasks,…

Greater Beings In The Stars Will Be Frequent Guests

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At the start of each New Year we are tempted to make predictions. Lemúrinn will make no such forecast for…

Lemúrinn: Crossing The Volcanic Wasteland With A Camera And Polished Shoes

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Horace Dall (1901-1986) lived on a hill in Luton, England. He pointed telescopes towards the stars and photographed the planets…

Lemúrinn: The Graf Zeppelin Visits Reykjavík

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“On Thursday, July 17, at around 11:00 AM, the citizens of Reykjavík looked up at the sky in astonishment as…

Lemúrinn: The Presence Of A People

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In the last decade of the 19th century a young Englishman named Frederick W.W. Howell travelled extensively in Iceland, visiting…

Lemúrinn: Icelandic Doppelgängers

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Doppelgängers are a mystery. Why does Russian President Vladimir Putin totally look like the Italian merchant Arnolfini in the haunting…

Was Reykjavík A Shithole In The Seventies?

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“This is the ugly city of my youth,” wrote the prominent writer Guðmundur Andri Thorsson about a Facebook album of…

Celebrating One Thousand Years Of Alþingi In 1930

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In the summer of 1930, 28-year-old Swedish photographer and scholar Berit Wallenberg travelled to Iceland where she spent a couple…