We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.
Written and produced by Delaney Morris and Dan Hibbitts.
Prohibition in Iceland has a long history. This began in the year 1915 and up until 1921 all alcohol was banned in the country. In 1921 Spain, a major export country for Icelandic fish, decided that if Iceland was not going to import their red wine that they would no longer be doing business with one another. So Iceland decided to lift the ban on certain alcohols, and Steini Stéfansson, General Manager of Microbar in Reykjavík gave an explanation for why beer was not included.
Honestly this has been the most insane week of my life. I can’t even begin to express how I feel right now, but I don’t know that it will ever be duplicated.
Last night was my absolute favorite moment of the trip. We were able to see the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. It was difficult to see with the naked eye, however when I looked through the lens of my camera and took a photo, the sky lit up with shades of green dancing among the stars.
Now, not to get all emotional or metaphoric, but this trip is kind of like that experience. We all came here not really knowing what to expect. I don’t want to speak for the whole class, but at least for me, it didn’t actually hit me that I was going to Iceland until we landed on this island. In my eyes, what we were about to experience was just a fantasy and a dream. Now that it is over I can see clearly and as much as I want to stay here forever, I know it is time to move on and keep going. Another adventure awaits me and I can’t wait.