Iceland

Where peace begins

Where peace begins

Yoko Ono: Post 1 of 2. Some days are hard to believe. I find myself here at this table, writing out a wish for peace, choosing an IMAGINE PEACE button, and preparing to meet Yoko Ono. I’m at Harpa, Reykjavik’s iconic concert hall swathed in a glass honeycomb. The man who designed that honeycomb is…

Light shines on

Light shines on

Yoko Ono: Post 2 of 2. Out at the island of Videy, we walk to the Imagine Peace Tower. A local choir is sings until Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon arrive. Yoko says a few words, then calls out “I love you!” A few call back, “We love you!” Then we hear John Lennon’s voice…

Voices of the world

Voices of the world

In Iceland today, we were honoured by a visit from His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. “Don’t leave it to governments,” he said. “You are the voices of the world.” It made me think of the joy and community we witnessed in Iceland this summer, pictured here. I was so moved…

On board

On board

It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago we were practically in this billboard in Ilulissat. Now in Reykjavik admiring this image from the side of the highway and getting ready to listen, listen, listen to ideas from all over the north. Looking forward to reunions with @solindblad @dittehejberg and others. #meetthenorth #lindbladexpeditions #arcticcircleconference #conference…

Arctic Circle Conference

Arctic Circle Conference

Getting ready for the Arctic Circle Conference in Iceland with a portfolio in book form. I’m excited to meet new people and can’t wait to share our work. Thank you to @lindbladexp @natgeo for supporting #meetthenorth from the beginning. #lindbladexpeditions #iceland #arctic #arcticcircle #north #portfolio #collaboration #conference #arcticcircleconference

The Road that Tourism Forgot

The Road that Tourism Forgot

Take the road less travelled as Meet the North diverges from Iceland’s ring road to explore the Melrakkaslétta peninsula. This BBC Travel piece introduces you to unique characters and beautiful landmarks in the country’s often overlooked northeast corner. “You don’t want to take that road. It’s flat and featureless. It’s of no interest.” But by leaving…

Arctic Deeply on ‘Transportation, Not Tourism’

Arctic Deeply on ‘Transportation, Not Tourism’

In this instalment, Arctic Deeply gives you a look into an Icelandic town vying for its place in the global market, not with tourism but with transport. Siggeir Stefánsson introduces us to Þórshöfn, his small Icelandic fishing town which he hopes to diversify in order to keep afloat. “If you live in Reykjavik, you can choose from 100 kinds of…

Arctic Iceland through its Mystic Henge

Arctic Iceland through its Mystic Henge

In Meet the North’s most recent Arctic Deeply story, meet the man behind Iceland’s Arctic Henge. The late Erlingur B. Thoroddsen dreamt of sharing the beauty he saw in the small town of Raufarhöfn through his ‘hobby.’ Thoroddsen explained that the entire structure would be made from locally quarried stone and surrounded by representations of 72 dwarves…