I’ve got Iceland on the brain right now, wishing I could travel there. All this talk of lopi yarn has me wanting to pack a bag with rain pants and hiking boots. We gotta get to Iceland to see those Icelandic sheep in their element.
Until then, here are three prime videos that get us there without needing a passport.
A Ramble with Kristy Glass
Last year, in the Before Times, Kristy took a trip to Iceland. She takes us on a tour of the Reykjavik studio of Hélène Magnússon, the knitwear designer who offers workshops and trips in Iceland. Such a treasure box of a studio, with gorgeous handknits all over the place.
The big news this week was a volcano erupting in Iceland, a smallish one apparently, not too far from Reykjavik, the capital. It was in an unpopulated area, luckily. If you somehow did not see the drone footage of the eruption, do not miss this.
Surfing in the Arctic Circle
Finally, in the Dept. of I’d Never Do That But Right On Y’all, we have a 2017 documentary, Under an Arctic Sky. A group heads out to the northern part of Iceland (because clearly the southern part isn’t icy enough) with the idea of going surfing. A team of filmmakers trails along, making this as much a documentary about the art of filmmaking as the mad dream of surfing under the Northern Lights.
This documentary has the effect on me that the documentary Free Solo did—you know, the one where Alex Honnold decides he wants to climb El Capitan without ropes? You gotta root for them, even as you’re watching with your hands over your eyes.
I’ll leave you with the mural outside Héléne’s studio.