Do you believe in elves? According to a report published by National Geographic in 2017, over 50 percent of Icelanders do! Considering the country’s mystical landscape, with its lava fields and mist-covered peaks, not to mention the Northern Lights, it’s not hard to understand why the Icelandic people would assume creatures like elves are present. What many visitors are surprised to see, though, is the extent of Icelanders’ beliefs.
New York-based photo artist Anya Anti is making waves with her newest conceptual photography project, “2.5 Seconds.” Anti, who was born in Ukraine, created this project with the goal of raising awareness about climate change. She accomplishes this with the use of allegorical figures placed against lush green backdrops and coupled with surreal symbolism.
Iceland has long maintained a reputation for being one of the most serene and otherworldly landscapes on the planet. The stark, natural beauty of this remote land has garnered more than just fleeting interest from tourists from all over the globe. For years, one of the key attractions has been the thermal pools and hot springs that populate the countryside. And, with the impending completion of what looks to be the Rolls Royce of outdoor luxury experiences, there will be even greater reason to visit.
We could all use a little bit of beauty right about now, couldn’t we? Take some time out of your day to bask in the sheer cinematic sumptuousness of the latest music video by Polish composer and pianist Hania Rani, who creates enthralling worlds with her singular sound.
On the southern coast of Iceland, near the tiny fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal, loom the enormous basalt stacks of Reynisfjara, keeping watch over one of the world’s most beautiful black sand beaches.