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Icelandic Culture: Environmental Concern Over Aluminum Smelting (Listen)

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.

Aluminum production is Iceland’s highest export and counts for one-seventh of their economic output. The industry is a fundamental part of Iceland’s economy, but not everyone can enjoy its benefits without issue. Aluminum smelting facilities give off several different types of pollution, from greenhouse gas to potentially harmful dust residue in surrounding areas.

Several farms located nearby smelting facilities in Iceland have issued complaints against them due to what they say are problems with vegetation and livestock. Ragnheidur Thorgrimsdottir is one farm owner who complained of her issues with fluoride buildup on her horses grazing area, which she says has caused premature death, inability to reproduce and general unhealthiness in her horses. Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, a team leader at the Environmental Agency of Iceland said that these grounds have been tested, and the results do not match the Agency’s predictions.

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Icelandic Culture: Coffee Shops, Coffee Culture, Coffee Competition? (LISTEN)

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.

Coffee shops come in all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. Especially in Iceland. Some are one story, and built for tourists to load up and out; or regulars to stay all day and sip away. Maybe they’re two stories where part is a coffee shop and part is a bar. There’s even a two story cafe that the tourists enjoy the first floor, and the second floor acts almost as a hidden, cozy den for the regulars. To put how much Icelanders love their coffee into perspective, think of it this way: the United States averages about 4.2kg consumed per person per year of coffee beans, but in Iceland, it’s more than double that at 9kg per person per year. If you’re wondering how else it’s different, here’s the owner of Café Babalú, Glenn Barkan.

But in some ways co-owner of Stofan, Ása Dyradóttir says it doesn’t seem so different from the US:

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Iceland Airwaves Day 6 (11/10): Reflection

Sitting here in the lobby of Fosshotel Baron, checked out and bags packed, it’s hard for me to take in the full scope of this trip. So much happened in just 7 short days, which in reality were some of the longest of my life, averaging about 3 solid hours of sleep each night. I don’t even know where to begin.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget waking up everyday and looking out my window to see the beautiful snow covered peaks of Mount Esja across the bay. I hope I’ll never lose the great nights out and the amazing feeling of being  able to cut a line that stretched around the block, all due to some silly blue wristband with the word “press” printed on it. But the one thing I know will stay with me forever are the amazing people I was so lucky to share this experience with.

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