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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

Chasing Ice Nearly ten years ago, environmental photographer James Balog embarked on an arctic pilgrimage to gather real-time evidence of global warming in Iceland for National Geographic. His

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

According to the Iceland Review, the eruption of Holuhraun, a volcano in the Icelandic Highlands has been erupting since Aug. 29 and already covered seven square miles with lava, making it the largest

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it reflects sunlight and the

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Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

First of all, unlike most European capitals, Reykjavik doesn't have a cathedral or large church dating back from the Medieval or Renaissance eras. This is mainly because the city only emerged as major

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Solheimar was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Sesselja Hreindis Sigmundsdottir as a children's home and organic farm, and that tiny settlement has grown into the prosperous community that it is now. Sesselja had

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental context; a

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Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Image via Shutterstock Of the ingredients that go into making a great beer, dead whale is probably not the first that comes to mind. Marine mammal conservationists agree, and they have condemned the

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Company Seeks to Turn Volcano Emissions Into a Renewable Source of Fuel

Company Seeks to Turn Volcano Emissions Into a Renewable Source of Fuel

Volcano photo from Shutterstock Carbon Recycling International specializes in capturing CO2 from industrial emissions and converting it into Renewable Methanol (RM), a fuel which can be blended with

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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall is made of individual polygonal glass frames resembling sparkly fish scales, which reflect water and light, creating a kaleidoscope of luminous colors.

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Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Akureyri's city council commissioned Kollgata Arkitektur to create a café for the gardens to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary as well as the garden's 100th anniversary. The Botanical Gardens were

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice

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OOIIO Architecture Proposes Efficient New Headquarters for Iceland’s Vigdis Foundation

OOIIO Architecture Proposes Efficient New Headquarters for Iceland’s Vigdis Foundation

Iceland's Vigdis Foundation is devoted to the preservation of Icelandic culture and values, and for the foundation's new headquarters OOIIO Architecture has proposed a dynamic building that will host

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Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Minarc’s Prefab ION Adventure Hotel is Set to Open in Iceland in Spring 2013

Located in one of Iceland’s most dramatic settings, at the footsteps of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the ION Hotel will be perfectly situated to connect travelers with the surrounding

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Iceland Generates 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources

Iceland Generates 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources

Iceland is not a large country and it only has a population of around 330,000 -- but it does have plenty of geothermal and hydro-electric sources. In fact according to a recent TreeHugger article written

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MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc's goal was to create a serene family sanctuary that connects its inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment. At the same time they wanted to combine sustainable and eco-friendly materials

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OOIIO Architecture’s Women’s Prison in Iceland Is Filled with Light and Greenery

OOIIO Architecture’s Women’s Prison in Iceland Is Filled with Light and Greenery

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has developed a proposal for a female prison in Iceland. After interviewing people who live and work in the design team determined that the worst thing about living in a

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Villa Lola is a Beautifully Modern Low-Impact Home in Iceland

Villa Lola is a Beautifully Modern Low-Impact Home in Iceland

Villa Lola is located outside of Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland, across from Eyjarfjodur Bay with unrestricted mountain views to the north and south. The client wanted a home that could be

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Beril Cicek Creates Quirky Mobile Furniture From Wood and Wool Knits

Beril Cicek Creates Quirky Mobile Furniture From Wood and Wool Knits

Turkish designer Beril Cicek created a cozy mobile furniture collection using wood and wool. For use as storage cabinets or less than conventional luggage, these multifunctional design pieces were

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CarbFix: Revolutionary Tech Could Trap CO2 Forever by Turning It Into Harmless Rock

CarbFix: Revolutionary Tech Could Trap CO2 Forever by Turning It Into Harmless Rock

Iceland is well know for its use of renewable energy, particularly geothermal energy, but soon the country could be combating climate change in a very different, but equally innovative way. Sometime this

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Iceland May Tap Liquid Magma as New Geothermal Energy Source

Iceland May Tap Liquid Magma as New Geothermal Energy Source

Scientists in Iceland have been studying and utilizing the power of geothermal wells for years. In 2009 one such study hit a standstill when a group ran into magma halfway into their dig. The roadblock

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Glacier-Inspired Vatnajökull Visitor Center for Europe’s Largest National Park

Glacier-Inspired Vatnajökull Visitor Center for Europe’s Largest National Park

Image © Birgir Teitsson Founded in 2008, Vatnajökull National Park is Europe's largest national park and is famous for the Vatnajökull glacier. ARKÍS won a competition to design one of the park's

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Stunning Icelandic Institute is an Ice-Frosted Eco Citadel

Stunning Icelandic Institute is an Ice-Frosted Eco Citadel

The institute's volume is inspired by the bodies of insects as well as the nearby Mount Keilir, which is mirrored in the prominent form of the front of the building. Two fissures separate the building

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Giants Carry the Weight of the Energy Grid On Their Shoulders

Giants Carry the Weight of the Energy Grid On Their Shoulders

Choi + Shine's project was an honorable mention in an international design competition held in 2008 by Iceland's transmission line firm Landset and the Association of Icelandic Architects to transform

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Green-Roofed Landsbanki Office Connects the City of Reykjavik

Green-Roofed Landsbanki Office Connects the City of Reykjavik

WORKac was one of five teams invited to propose a new Headquarters for Landsbanki Bank in Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik's historic old town is skirted by a number of more contemporary buildings, which

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Iceland’s Luminous New Harpa Concert Hall Nears Completion

Iceland’s Luminous New Harpa Concert Hall Nears Completion

Iceland’s currency may be devalued, but thankfully the same thing hasn’t happened to the country’s lust for arts and culture. The capital city of Reykjavík, will soon be welcoming the Harpa Concert

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Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

As the winter winds begin to blow, we'd thought we say one last goodbye to the things of summer by featuring Icelandic architectural firm Glama-Kim Architects' modern, modular, eco-friendly summerhouses

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ICELAND’S GEOTHERMAL POWER

ICELAND’S GEOTHERMAL POWER

Iceland is hot - both as a tourist destination, and underground, where all the geothermal action is. Iceland sits on the geologically active Mid-Atlantic Ridge (where the North American continental plate

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GREETINGS FROM REYKJAVIK

GREETINGS FROM REYKJAVIK

I'm currently here in Reykjavik, the windy capital of Iceland, and will be here until Sunday July 24th. I'll be scouring the scene for the coolest Icelandic design and architecture, so feel free to get

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