Anna Margrét Björnsson
Anna Margrét has worked in journalism since the year 2000. She has been an editor of the magazines Iceland Review, Atlantica, Sirkus Reykjavík and ReykjavikMag. Anna Margrét has worked for mbl.is as a journalist since October 2014.
Iceland Monitor's exclusive interview with Jamie xx of British band The xx. Their upcoming music festival at Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland, called Night x Day has just been cancelled due to environmental reasons.
Hákon Kjalar Hjördísarson decided to make a change to his life and move back to a place of enchanted childhood memories, a tiny island called Traustholtshólmi in the Þjórsá river in Iceland. Now, he offers tours to the island with an overnight stay in a Mongolian Yurt and a delicious wild salmon dinner included.
A recent translation of Makt myrkranna (Powers of Darkness) by Hans de Roos has seemingly unearthed an earlier Swedish version of Dracula, Mörkrets makter, which appears to shed new light on de Roos' theory that Stoker collaborated with Icelandic writer Valdímar Ásmundsson.
El Santo is a new Mexican restaurant which opened on Hverfisgata in Reykjavik a fortnight ago. It's already becoming one of the most popular restaurants in the city which indicates that this northernmost capital of Europe was craving for a dose of spicy, sunny food.
"This is a game changer for us and draws the world's attention to our restaurant," says Kristinn Vilbergsson, one of the owners of Dill restaurant in Reykjavik. He's currently in Stockholm being presented with a Michelin star for Dill, the first restaurant in Iceland to receive this honour.
Hans de Roos just published a translation of Makt Myrkranna (Powers of Darkness), a translation of Icelander Valdimar Ásmundsson's translation - or rewriting - of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Iceland Monitor found out more about this gothic mystery that entwines two authors, one a famous Irishman and the other an Icelander.
The people behind Kex Hostel, pizza restaurant Hverfigata 12 and the famed Dill restaurant are now offering a most wonderful foodie experience taking place on four consecutive Sunday nights.
Iceland is united in grief today. A body of a young woman, Birna Brjánsdóttir, was discovered on a desolate beach on Sunday after she had been missing for over a week. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world's lowest crime rates and a population of 330 thousand people. The sinister unfolding of events this past week have an uncanny resemblence to Nordic Noir fiction.
Kex Hostel has become somewhat of a cultural centre in Reykjavik. It's a lively, bustling hostel offering a myriad of events and concerts every day of the week and it's the perfect place to catch up with friends and family in a relaxed, hip atmosphere.
Here's a look at Iceland's new government, a coalition between the Independence Party, Regeneration and Bright Future.
Alexander Kirchner is an Icelandic fashion designer, stylist and producer who has been passionate about clothes since he started making them at sixteen. Kirchner has collaborated with designers, musicians and artists to make unique pieces and is now premiering his first collection for his own brand, Alexander Kirchner.
Icelandic musician Jara has released a beautiful new video to her song Barceloneta, using images she took on a journey back to Iceland from India with a stopover in Barcelona.
Icelandic film set and interior designer Hálfdan Pedersen became enchanted by a neglected old house in the tiny village of Flateyri in the remote Icelandic West Fjords twelve years ago. Today, his stunning renovation of the home using only recycled materials has been published in a book called Scandinavia Dreaming.
US actress Chloë Sevigny attended RIFF, the Reykjavik International Film Festival where her directorial debut, Kitty, was screened. Sevigny spoke to Iceland Monitor about the film, gender imbalance in the film industry and visiting Reykjavik for the first time.
The latest film by legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Endless Poetry, will be shown at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) tomorrow night. Jodorowsky, 87, says that the only purpose behind his film-making is to make art, and that the purpose of art is to give us an insight into ourselves and the beauty surrounding us.