Hi, since I was young that I'm in love with Iceland! Now I'm in the university (in Lisbon) and I would like to know if universities in Iceland have the Erasmus program or some student exchange program. I think it would be great to spend some time in Iceland studying! And I'm in love with the pictures that are being posted :D
There are plenty of exchange students in Iceland that come through the Erasmus program for university students, AFS or Rotary for younger students and some work exchange programs as well.
The Icelandic universities have courses in just about anything you think of at the bachelor level. For master’s and doctors’s the options are more limited although some options exist in nearly every subject. Then there are subjects such as geology that Iceland excels in, thanks to the “live” volcanic laboratory.
You have no idea how I like to know more about your country. Iceland has some eccentric geniuses in music and I saw a documentary on Sigur Ros in which you got to know the country better. I wish I could plan a trip there someday. Meanwhile, though I follow you tumblr to stay updated.
Thank’s for the interest! Iceland does have a lot to offer. The Heima documentary is great. I’ll make sure to keep you updated on Iceland until you visit.
The Þingvellir area is a part of the North Atlantic rift system, almost entirely nested within the Reykjaneshryggur-Langjökull rift system. It can be described as an area of sea-floor spreading, displaying the close association of crustal rifting and volcanism. Þingvellir and the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa are the only sites on Earth where the effects of two major plates drifting apart can be observed.
What are those black streaks in the Langjökull ice cave photo? Vulcanic ash?
The black lines in the photo of the ice cave are layers of ash, sand and grit. Many of the more profound lines represent volcanic eruptions. Eruptions occur in Iceland on average once or twice per decade and will leave a layer on top of some or all of the glaciers in Iceland. The next winter this layer will then be covered by snow and the layer will be preserved inside the glacier for years, decades, centuries or millenniums, depending on the location.
Langjökull is in an area that is also prone to dust and sandstorms in dry weather. This results in a black layer of dust (originally ash) that forms a layer each season.
Bang Gang é uma banda islandesa composta basicamente por Barði Jóhannsson (esse cara deitado aí no gramado) e a música é uma versão mais melódica que a original apresentada pelas The Supremes. O videoclipe, que você consegue conferir aqui, pode até ser mais meloso que a música em si mas, afinal, quem não gostaria de viver um romance num lugar assim?
Hello! May I ask a question regarding politics? I just wonder what current public mood is on Iceland's decision to join the EU?
There are groups for and against. As you may know Iceland has applied to join the EU. That application has not been approved yet but is highly likely to be approved.
If the application is approved, then there will need to be a national referendum in Iceland on whether or not join. How this would go is difficult to say. I believe that if the election were tomorrow the answer would be a strong no. But I am quite sure that after more discussion and advocacy from EU proponents the answer would be at least closer to a yes.
The Parliament is split on the matter and the government coalition as well. The Social Democratic Party (Samfylkingin) that currently leads the government is strongly in favor of the EU. The other coalition party Left Green (Vinstri Grænir) is split on the matter and much of the remaining parties are against the EU.
The biggest argument against the EU is our fisheries. After we realized in late 2008 that we can’t all be investment bankers we were reminded that in the end fish is our resource. Iceland has done a pretty good job of protecting the fish stocks and much better a job than the EU has. It would be awful to turn over that control to the EU and share the benefits as well.
For most the greatest argument for the EU is to switch to the euro and ditch the unstable Icelandic krona.
I am very interested in Icelandic sagas.
Do you have any recommendations for books that haves Njal's Saga, Egil's Saga or Laxadaela Saga?
These three sagas are all independent books and are easy to find in Iceland at least. Kjalnesingasaga is read by most if not all school children and most will Icelanders will end up reading several or all of Njála, Egilssaga, Snorra-Edda, Sturlunga and Laxdæla before leaving high school. They are available in Icelandic both written with the original spelling and with modern spelling (there’s a small difference).
All have been translated to English and plenty of other languages and are available in many Icelandic bookstores and probably on Amazon.
Njála (or as you call it Njáls Saga) is probably the most popular and is a great read. It has a good story, with love, friendship, money and betrayal, everything a story needs.
Egilssaga (or Egla) is fun as well. It tells the tales of Egill Skallagrímsson who killed his first man at age 7. Egill lost in a game and split his opponents skull in revenge…
Several Solar events have occurred and the disturbances should reach Earth sometime on the 17th or 18th of Feb. Watch the short term auroral forecast for a 1 hour warning. We would expect auroral index 4 or more.
Checking the forecast more precisely Iceland should be perfectly situated for this nights northern lights, directly under the aurora ring. If you can’t make it to Iceland in time but live far up north check out your local forecast and you might get a display.
Just wondering where you live now? How many time have you spent in iceland?
Oh and also, could you please give me links to the most interesting websites about Iceland (for someone who is considering establishing himself there)
I’m Icelandic and I’ve lived most of my life there. However I’ve lived several years abroad, US, Brazil and now Sweden. You always need to live abroad for some time to truly appreciate your home country.
Interesting Icelandic sites you say… well here’s some off the top of my head:
Iceland.org - Ministry of Foreign Relations: info on visas, embassies and official stuff.
Gogoyoko - Icelandic music site aiming for the international market but represents Icelandic music very well.
ER.is - Awful chat forum originally set up for young mothers. For some odd reason it has evolved into the best place to buy used stuff. So if you need to set up in Iceland with a car, bed and Desperate Housewives on DVD this is the place to find it.
is there actually a protest/revoloution going on in iceland right now?? many hushed rumours flying about.
Well yes and no.
We’ve had a lot of protests in Iceland ever since the three major Icelandic banks crashed in 2008. Since then we have had a rather unstable government that keeps forming new coalitions. For nearly every Saturday during the winter of 2008-09 hundreds to thousands of people gathered at the Parliament square to protest the governments actions after the crash.
Protests have not been very intense since last winter. However I would not be surprised if there were strong protests today. This is because of two unpopular events that are happening today. 9 protesters were arrested for forcefully entering the Parliament last year. Today the Reykjavík court sentenced four of these protestors. This result will be immensely unpopular and without doubt spark protests. The other event is the IceSave debt. The parliament will most likely confirm the IceSave contract with Holland and England. This is an acknowledgement that Iceland owes these two countries a lot of money due to the operations of the Icelandic banks.