March 1, 2009
If there's one place the global financial crisis has hit harder than the United States, it's Iceland. But one industry that's thriving in Iceland is tourism, as visitors rush to scoop up bargains in what was once one of the most expensive countries in the world. Lonely Planet and other travel publications have listed Iceland as one of the top destinations this year. Icelandair used to fly direct from BWI Marshall Airport to Reykjavik. That service has been discontinued, but you can hop a flight out of New York or Boston and be in the world's northernmost capital in less than six hours.
January 10, 1993
I was searching for the perfect winter vacation -- one that would offer natural beauty as well as a bustling city center. And I found it, surprisingly, in Iceland.Certainly, planning a winter trip to Iceland was a concern. But it's a popular myth that Iceland, the second largest island in Europe, is a frozen country. Despite its northerly location, the Gulf Stream actually keeps temperatures quite moderate.Iceland, which lies close to the Arctic Circle, is situated approximately halfway between Moscow and New York in the Atlantic Ocean and is only a two-hour flight from the United Kingdom.
February 26, 1994
New York-based conceptual artist Roni Horn, best known for her installations, in recent years has also published books based on the trips she's made to Iceland since 1975. These books, together with a set of drawings she made in Iceland a dozen years ago, form a small but effective exhibit called "Roni Horn: Inner Geography" at the Baltimore Museum of Art.Horn obviously has a deep and abiding sense of identity with Iceland, an island country whose treeless, icy landscape is covered with lava from still-active volcanoes.
April 22, 2001
Pale gray clouds swallowed the broad shock of flat, verdant moss that caressed the treeless terrain. Light rain misted a shaggy sheep perched on black rock. The occasional car passed by, dwarfed into a toy of the elements on its path along the Reykjanes Peninsula, while a farmhouse stood alone in the starkness like a small white miracle. -- From "Letting the Body Lead" by Jenn Crowell Jenn Crowell fell in love with Iceland long before she ever went there. Scott Stevens was drawn to the land of glaciers and volcanos after about "25 Baltimore summers too many," the Parkville native says with a laugh.
April 1, 2005
I HAND THE agent my brottfarerspjald, step on board Icelandair Flight 642. Just before takeoff, the flight attendant stands before us clasping a seat-belt buckle and droning through the oryggisbunadur um bord. Some five hours later, we begin our descent into Reykjavik. At the airport, I get my passport stamped at vagabraeftirlit, make a quick refresher stop in the snyrtingar, exchange dollars for kronurs at the gjaldeyrir and pick up tourist information at the upplysingapjonustu fyrir feroafolk.
July 24, 2003
The band comes from Iceland, but the members of Singapore Sling neither invented their own language, as their countrymen in Sigur Ros did, nor wear clothing that resembles dead waterfowl, as countrywoman Bjork did with her swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards ceremony. Singapore Sling is enigmatic in its own right, though. The group displays a jumble of musical influences on The Curse of Singapore Sling, the band's debut. Hints of the Jesus and Mary Chain and old-school Lou Reed blend into something that sounds a bit like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at times, and like trippy surf music for hip vampires at others.