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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.

Dumplings at Fine, a Chinese restaurant on Rauðarárstígur.

Eating out: Hlemmur, the Asian food quarter of Reykjavik

3 Oct Hlemmur, the former bus central of Reykjavik and surrounding areas have become a hub for great Asian food in the city. Here's a look at our favourite places in the area.

"There are other music and film and art worlds that are more exciting, alternative worlds in Brooklyn, same as in London. Young places, young worlds, young energy, new energy."

Interview with Jonas Mekas: "I prefer to stick to the present moment"

27 Sep "Avoid filmschools, follow your vision, get a camera and star filming," is the advice Jonas Mekas gives to aspiring filmmakers. Mekas, who is 96 years old, is guest of honour at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, RIFF which begins tonight.

A photograph of Michael Boyd, to the left, his wife Shelagh Donovan who died in the accident, and their family.

"We never received an apology from anyone"

19 Jan Michael Boyd, the widower of Shelagh Donovan who lost her life in a terrible accident at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in 2015 when an amphibious vehicle ran her over, says nobody apologized to him or his family for all this time.

William Crawford with his two daughters, Bryce and Shannon on the morning of the terrible accident in Iceland.

Iceland hot spring burn victim tells his story

28 Nov William Crawford was holidaying with his two daughters in Iceland last year when he had a terrible accident at the Secret Lagoon in South Iceland. He fell into a hot spring by the side of the pool and suffered burns over the majority of his body. Now, one year later, on his road to recovery, he wishes to express his eternal gratitude to the people who helped him in Iceland.

Sumac's interiors are designed by Halfdan Pedersen and juxtapose raw concrete walls with warm leather furnishings.

Review: A mouth-watering adventure at Sumac

19 Sep 2017 Sumac, a new addition to the restaurant scene draws inspiration from the heady flavours of North Africa and Lebanon.

Taylor Swift's biker girls wearing Yeoman accessories.

Icelandic design in Taylor Swift's latest video

30 Aug 2017 If you noticed that stunning biker-chic look going on in Taylor Swift's latest video to song "Look what you made me do," you might be surprised to learn that the designer who made the cap and accessories is Icelandic designer Hildur Yeoman.

Jamie xx in Iceland.

Music: "Iceland formed such a big part of our record"

28 Jun 2017 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.

Immerse yourself in nature on a secluded island retreat where you hear nothing except the wind blowing through the grass.

Sleep in a Mongolian Yurt on a magical island in Iceland's largest glacial river

13 May 2017 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.

The photo shows Izvorul Calimanului in the Carpathian Mountains - an empty mountain top where Bram Stoker imagined his Castle Dracula to be located.

Icelandic version of Dracula, Makt myrkranna, turns out to be Swedish in origin

6 Mar 2017 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.

Taco Pescado - fish taco at El Santo.

Authentic Mexican food beneath the Northern Lights

3 Mar 2017 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.

Owner Kristinn Vilbergsson, Ólafur Ágústsson managing director of Dill, head chef Ragnar Eiríksson and Gunnar Karl Gíslason,one of the founders of Dill, receiving their Michelin star.

First Michelin star for an Icelandic restaurant goes to Dill

22 Feb 2017 "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.

Winona Ryder as Mina and Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Coppola's film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Powers of Darkness: On Dracula's sister version in Iceland

13 Feb 2017 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.

An evening of vegan food and organic French wines was the second in the unique pop-up restaurant series.

A foodie trip in Iceland to a secret destination

8 Feb 2017 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.

Birna Brjánsdóttir was your average Icelandic girl, out partying with her friends. She never returned home.

Iceland mourns for missing girl found dead - a timeline of events

23 Jan 2017 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's restaurant Sæmundur í Sparifötunum offers great food at all hours of the day, including a fantastic weekend brunch.

Brunch ideas: Tuck into a gorgeous early meal at Kex Hostel

20 Jan 2017 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.

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