Descend 400 feet to the bottom of this Icelandic volcano… yes volcano!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 September 2015

So adrenalin’s your middle name, huh? Then you’ll want to head on over to Iceland because this is where you get the opportunity to enter an incredible volcano, just 25 minutes from the heart of Reykjavík.

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Expired polaroids from Iceland by Paul Hoi

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By Paul Hoi in New Photography on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Over the course of two weeks in 2014, I explored Iceland through the Ring Road, which connects, from one settlement to the next-the entirety of the Nordic country. I traveled alone on a four-wheel drive, and would often wake up in the morning to surroundings that, due to the immensely diverse microclimates, looked and felt unrecognizable from the day before.

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The beauty of Iceland and Norway captured in miniature form

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 January 2015

The video is called The Little Nordics and it was captured by DAMP Design’s Martijn Doolaard. Showing beautiful scenes of incredible fjords, kayak cruises, winding roads, and ferries sailing back and forth, this short video was recorded during Doolaard’s exploration of Norway and Iceland, in places such as Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien, and Trollstigen.

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This is what music looks like vibrating in threads of wool

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By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Thursday 28 August 2014

Demonstrating the hypnotic power of simultaneously hearing, touching and seeing sound, two different installations by Paris-based artist Bertrand Lanthiez engage with the impact of music on the entire body. Sounds of Threads was exhibited in Reykjavik, Iceland, in June 2013, where visitors interacted with the immersive work by both feeling and creating music.

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Astounding photographs of Iceland’s raw nature

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Looking at this collection of photographs from Australian photographer Tom Blachford’s trip to Iceland it isn’t hard to beleive that many Icelandic people still firmly believe in spirits and fairies.

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Incredible photos of surfing in Iceland

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Sunday 26 January 2014

If you think surfing is hard, try surfing in the icy waters of Iceland – which is what adventure photographer and artist Chris Burkard just did. In his project with Goal Zero, Burkard tries to find the perfect wave, not in the sunny beaches of Hawaii or California, but in the pneumonia-inducing beaches of Iceland. […]

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Haunting photos of a plane wreck by Jan Erik Waider

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 26 November 2013

These photos by Jan Erik Waider are chilling and moody. Featuring what appears to be an abandoned US Navy plane, the series takes us inside and outside the plane as it sits alone in a black and white wasteland somewhere in Iceland.

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Landscape photos of Iceland by Kilian Schoenberger

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Friday 7 June 2013

As of four years ago, I’ve wanted to visit Iceland. Friends have told me of the stunning natural beauty and strangely impressive landscapes. I still want to visit. But while I wait till the right time comes along, I’ll enjoy Kilian Schoenberger’s beautiful images of the vast, lonely landscape.

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The Icelandic Phallological Museum

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By Tanja M. Laden in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Tucked inside the city of Reykjavík is a sleek, modern-looking little museum that just so happens to display nearly 300 phallus specimens from water and land mammals, including (supposedly) those from Iceland’s “Huldufólk,” i.e., elf-like “hidden people.” The Icelandic Phallological Museum features clean lines and a tidy installation that make it look like it could […]

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New music by Icelandic musician Mugson

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By Drunken Prayer in New Music on Monday 4 March 2013

Mugison is the stage name of Örn Elías Guðmundsson, an Icelandic musician and producer. This gorgeous video of The Great Unrest is from my favorite of his albums, Mugiboogie. I was initially so taken with this song and its album that I briefly changed the name of my band to The Great Unrest.

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Our favourite entry in the Icelandic Pylon Competition

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By Joshua Bond in Architecture on Thursday 28 February 2013

Choi and Shine have designed a series of giant electric pylons for the Icelandic Pylon Competition. They are described as being powerful, solemn and variable and that seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity. It certainly would get my vote.

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Stunning aerial photography of Iceland

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The mark of a great photographer is the ability to imagine a scene from a different perspective. Anyone can hold an expensive camera and take the expected, cliche photos, but a creative mind thinks outside the box in order to get interesting shots. In the case of photographer Andre Ermolaev, he is able to abstract […]

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Shots of aging ice in Iceland

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 5 December 2012

If Eskimos have 49 words for snow, does it mean that many types of snow exist in the world? And how about ice? Icelandic photographer Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson is no stranger to ice, and from the shots of aging ice (‘It starts as a snow fall a few centuries ago high in the mountains above… At last it ends up at the end of the glacier, maybe as a small iceberg before finally turning into water again’) in Skaftafell to red hot ice (‘ice bergs stranded on the black lava sand beach’) in the Jökulsárlón glacier lake he’s captured, there really is a lot of ice.

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Kristjana: Icelandic design in vivid colour

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By Ben Jensen in New Design on Thursday 15 November 2012

Kristjana is an Icelandic designer who produces vivid giclee prints, wallpapers and silk scarves using Victorian engravings and manipulating them using photoshop. She blends this elegance of the old illustrations with bold colours and new ethereal layouts. The engravings take on a new life wrapped around animals or woven into ancient maps.

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Remarkable aerial shots of Iceland’s volcanoes

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 26 October 2012

Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev has managed to capture some absolutely astonishing images of Iceland’s volcanoes with a bird’s eye perspective. Each shot is completely unique and looks like everything from magnified body parts to dragon scales. We suggest having a little game of ‘Dude that looks like …’ It’s even funner then playing with the clouds.

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