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Giving travelers the inside scoop on Icelandic culture, nature, history and language through the eyes of an expat. You'll hear interviews, quirky facts, useful travel advice, and what it is like to live in the land of fire and ice. Additionally, there is a segment of the show dedicated to teaching you an Icelandic word or phrase. Extra resources shared during the episodes can be found at https://allthingsiceland.com.



Jewells Chambers, the host of the podcast, fell in love with Iceland back in 2013 after her first visit. She moved to the country in 2016 and has been on an epic journey ever since.

All Things Iceland Jewells Chambers

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7 • 111 Ratings

Giving travelers the inside scoop on Icelandic culture, nature, history and language through the eyes of an expat. You'll hear interviews, quirky facts, useful travel advice, and what it is like to live in the land of fire and ice. Additionally, there is a segment of the show dedicated to teaching you an Icelandic word or phrase. Extra resources shared during the episodes can be found at https://allthingsiceland.com.



Jewells Chambers, the host of the podcast, fell in love with Iceland back in 2013 after her first visit. She moved to the country in 2016 and has been on an epic journey ever since.

    Win a Handmade Icelandic Sweater & Hear a Big Announcement!

    Win a Handmade Icelandic Sweater & Hear a Big Announcement!

    This might be a short episode but it is very special because I have two big announcements! As you can tell from the title of the episode, one of the announcements is that I’m giving away a handmade Icelandic sweater. The other is that Gunnar, my husband, and I have partnered up with the Reykjavík Grapevine to create an All Things Iceland box full of Icelandic goodies. The Grapevine is hosting the box on their site. 







    I have made a video on my YouTube channel explaining all the awesomeness in the box and how you can get free shipping from Iceland to anywhere in the world. Which if you don’t know, shipping from Iceland can be quite expensive. By using my special code, you save a lot. Gunnar and I both chose different things to put in the box. In the video we talk about why we each choose these specific things.  Altogether there are nine things in the box, which I think gives it some great variety. I know that many of you wished you could have come to Iceland this year, so we wanted to bring a bit of Iceland to you this holiday season.







    How to Win an Icelandic Sweater









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H3T88foVOk









    I felt like it was important to announce this now just so you have enough time to get the box for the holiday season. Just note that there are limited edition items in the box that are specific to winter and the upcoming holidays. Also, if you win the sweater, you can choose to get one for yourself or a loved one, which is another awesome gift.







    Buy the All Things Iceland box.







    The video also has the details about how you can enter to win the handmade Icelandic sweater. The added bonus is that I am also giving away a signed copy of “The Little Book of The Icelanders” by Alda Sigmundsdóttir. I was fortunate to interview her early on when I started this podcast. Her book gives you a great insight into Icelandic habits. 







    So, one person will win a sweater and one person will win a signed copy of the book.







    Of course, if you follow All  Things Iceland on YouTube, it will definitely be there.







    Join All Things Iceland on Patreon















    Lastly, the members of the All Things Iceland Patreon community got early access to the video and how to enter to win an Icelandic sweater. I shared it with them yesterday and I made the video public today. So, in addition to the content that is put on that platform, which is not posted anywhere else, every membership tier gets early access to giveaways, special discounts and promotions. If you have been considering becoming a member or are just hearing about this membership now, just know that there are many benefits to being part of that community.  Click here to join me on Patreon.







    Let’s be social! Here is where you can connect with me:







    * Instagram* Facebook* YouTube* Twitter

    • 6 min
    Gunnar’s Spectacular Journey From A Stressful Job to Exploring Iceland

    Gunnar’s Spectacular Journey From A Stressful Job to Exploring Iceland

    Gunnar Freyr, a talented Icelandic photographer and videographer, makes a living traveling around Iceland, and sometimes Greenland. On Instagram he is known as Icelandic_explorer and has over 360,000 followers. His images and videos capture the Icelandic landscape in such a mesmerizing way.









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Rn59vlPHQ&t=3807s









    During the chat, Gunnar Freyr shares how he left a very stressful office job and made a career as a creator. In addition, he talks about places he recommends for first timers to the country, advice he had for people that also want to be content creators, and gives tips on how to capture the northern lights with your smartphone or camera. It was quite fun to chat with him and I hope you enjoy this interview.







    Questions I asked Gunnar Freyr







    * What was the journey like for you to become a full-time creator traveling around Iceland taking amazing photos and videos?* Even though you’re Icelandic, Icelandic, I’m wondering if there is any other reason you decided to focus on Iceland as the place you mostly take photos and videos of?* What kind of challenges have you faced while out in Iceland doing your work?* Can you share one of your epic adventure stories?* What are your favorite places in Iceland to visit?* What things do you recommend for first time visitors to Iceland to do?* Many people want to get great photos and videos of Icelandic nature, especially the northern lights. What tips and gear suggestions do you have for those people?* Is there a place in Iceland you haven’t been to yet that you really want to visit?* What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?







    If you are enjoying the All Things Iceland podcast, please leave a review on whatever platform you are listening to it on, if you haven’t already. I love sharing my passion for Iceland and your review can help another person to find the show and learn more about this awesome country. 







    Join Me on Patreon















    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. Patreon is a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.







    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.







    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.







    Let’s be social! Here is where you can connect with me:







    * Instagram* Facebook* YouTube* Twitter







    Þakka þér kærlega fyrir að hlusta (og að lesa) og sjáumst fljótlega







    Thank you kindly for listening (and reading) and see you soon!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Nichole’s Journey From Cleaning Floors to Being in Icelandic Parliament

    Nichole’s Journey From Cleaning Floors to Being in Icelandic Parliament

    Nichole Leigh Mosty is an American that moved to Iceland in 1999. During our chat, we talk about the challenges she faced when she first moved and her experience being the first woman of foreign origin to be the speaker in Icelandic Parliament. Nichole shares a lot of insights and definitely does not hold back about what she has experienced, especially when it comes to finding a job when she first arrived and learning the language. 







    Nichole is very active in helping women of foreign origin. She is the chairperson and board member of W.O.M.E.N, which is an acronym form Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland. This association helps to support women if foreign origin, which is amazing. There will be a link to the organization in the show notes if you want to read more about it.







    Video Interview with Nichole









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMdxpIDgvSY&t=179s









    Question I Asked Nichole During the Interview







    You came to Iceland back in 1999. Can you share a bit about where you are from and what brought you to Iceland?







    * Do you have any culture shock when you moved? Were there any Icelandic foods that really stuck out to you or habits of Icelander’s that were surprising to you?







    * You’re fluent in Icelandic and I’m curious to know about your path to get there? Did you take classes or use some other methods of learning?







    * Was it difficult to learn? What tips do you have for people who want to learn the language?







    * You have worked quite a lot on projects that help women of foreign origin. Specifically, you have set up swimming courses, the Icelandic village and you are currently the Board member and Chairperson of W.O.M.E.N. (Women Of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland). As a woman of foreign origin in Iceland, can you share some of the challenges that this group faces?







    * I saw an article in DV back in July of 2019 where you point out racism in an online advertisement for jobs at the national hospital, Landspitali. Can you talk about what that ad and why you felt it was important to speak out about it?







    * On a wider scale, what are some of the challenges that people of foreign origin in Iceland (as a whole) face?







    * It’s amazing that you are the first 1st generation immigrant to be elected to hold the office of Parliamentarian in Iceland and the first woman of foreign origin to ever sit as speaker in Althingi.







    * How was it for you being a member of Parliament? What did you enjoy and what was challenging for you?







    * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?







    Join the All Things Iceland Community on Patreon















    I’d like to give a shout out to Danielle, Melton, Mark, Betty, Noa, Paul, Julia and Oliver. They are all members of the Ásgarður tier in the All Things Iceland patreon community. Members of that tier get a shout out in the podcast each month. They also take part in Live Chat groups with me each month, Ask Me Anything and other benefits.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Elisa’s Big Move from the Netherlands to Iceland & Living on a Horse Farm

    Elisa’s Big Move from the Netherlands to Iceland & Living on a Horse Farm

    Elisa is originally from the Netherlands. After falling in love with Iceland during a vacation many years ago, she decided to quit her career in media in her home country and move to the land of fire and ice.







    Elisa initially planned to stay for a few months. During that time she intended to travel around and work as a horse riding guide. Well, a few months turned into years and she hasn’t looked back. During her time here, she has become a photographer, specifically of the majestic Icelandic horse. She has been posting beautiful photos of the horses she works with on Instagram. Her account is @elisa_in_Iceland. Funny enough, that is how I came in contact with her.







    Ways That Iceland Have Changed Elisa's Life







    Even more awesome is that we finally had the chance to meet this summer. We took Icelandic B2 together, which is an intermediate course for the language. In addition to Elisa taking awesome photos and learning the language, she is an avid knitter and is a member of an Icelandic church choir. 







    During the interview, we talk about how much Iceland has changed her life, the differences between living in the Netherlands and Iceland, and so much more. We had such a blast chatting and I hope you enjoy this interview.







    Join the All Things Iceland Community on Patreon















    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. Patreon is a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.







    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.







    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.







    Let’s be social! Here is where you can connect with me:







    * Instagram* Facebook* YouTube* Twitter







    Þakka þér kærlega fyrir að hlusta (og að lesa) og sjáumst fljótlega







    Thank you kindly for listening (and reading) and see you soon!

    • 51 min
    What’s Driving Young Icelanders to Move to the Countryside?

    What’s Driving Young Icelanders to Move to the Countryside?

    Halla Ólafsdóttir, a young Icelander, shares with me why she feels that people in her generation are moving away from the Reykjavík area in favor of the countryside.







    Halla has a BA degree in Icelandic language and creative writing at the University of Iceland. At the Free University of Berlin, she received an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology. Halla moved back to Iceland in 2014. Even though she was born and raised in Reykjavík, she chose to move to Ísafjörður in 2015.  While there, she's been working for news and other programs of RÚV, the National broadcasting service, in the Westfjords.







    It was fascinating for me to hear what she felt is driving a young Icelander, like herself, to more remote places of the country. It certainly was not what I was expecting to hear as a trend in Iceland. However, after this discussion and living in Ísafjörður for three weeks, I can see why a young Icelander would gravitate towards the countryside.







    I hope you enjoy this interview.







    All Things Iceland Won an Award!







    It is with awe and gratitude that I share that tonight I was presented with an Equal Rights Award from the town of Mosfellsbær. This award is for the work I’ve been doing on the All Things Iceland podcast and YouTube channel to share the experiences of different foreign nationals and Icelanders in this country. It’s an honor for me to share those stories and to shine a light on the diversity in this country. I’m so grateful that the town I live in sees the value in that work. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this award and helping to lift up diverse voices in our community.















    Join the All Things Iceland Community on Patreon















    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. Patreon is a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthly subscription.







    I would like to give a shout out to Julia. She is one of the newest members of the Ásgarður tier in the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. Julia and the other members in the community are helping to support the evolution of All Things Iceland and I greatly appreciate it.







    Each month I am doing Ask Me Anything videos, Live Chats, and Folklore Friday each week. Sometimes I do updates about my life in Iceland. I do not share this content on any other channel. The support from my patrons on the All Things Iceland community on Patreon will help to evolve All Things Iceland. There are several membership tiers to choose from and each tier has a variety of benefits.







    If you would like to join the community, go to patreon.com/allthingsiceland. I look forward to having you join.







    Let’s be social! Here is where you can connect with me:







    * Instagram* Facebook* YouTube* a href="https://twitter.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mugison – Icelandic Musician on His Unusual Childhood, Success & the Evolution of his Music

    Mugison – Icelandic Musician on His Unusual Childhood, Success & the Evolution of his Music

    This week, I share the fun chat I had with Mugison, a talented Icelandic artist that has been making waves on a local and global scale. We talked about the time he spent living in Africa as a child, musicians that inspire him, the impact of Icelandic nature on his music, his epic music festival Aldrei Fór Ég Suður (I never went South), and so much more. 







    Why I was in the Westfjords







    During my time in the Westfjords, I had the opportunity to interview some fascinating people in the area. My main reason for going to Ísafjörður was to take an intense three week Icelandic course at the University Center of the Westfjords. I’m planning to share a full review of that experience on the All Things Iceland Patreon, so keep a look out for that.







    Of course, I couldn’t go to the Westfjords and not get some interviews for the podcast. I was fortunate that Mugison lives in Súðavík and was open to chatting with me. It was such a blast to chat with him, and I felt like I was talking to one of my friends. I hope you enjoy this interview and the others from that area that I will be sharing in the near future.  







    Questions I Asked Mugison During the Interview







    * You were born in Reykjavík and your family moved to Ísafjörður until you were the age of six but after that your family left Iceland to live in Cape Verde in West Africa. Can you talk a bit about why your family moved there and what was life like for you?







    * What was it like coming back to Iceland after living abroad at such a young age?







    * At what time in your life did you start to become interested in music? Did something happen that immediately attracted you to being a musician or did it kind of gradually enter into your life?







    * What musicians in Iceland and abroad have impacted you and inspired you as an artist?







    * Where do you look for inspiration to create your music?







    * What advice do you have budding musical artists in Iceland? 







    * How has your musical style evolved over time?







    * You’ve done collaborations with several artists, including the iconic Icelandic singer Bubbi Morthens. Do you have any dream collaborations that you would like to do?







    * Back in 2004, you and your father started a music festival called Aldrei fór ég Suður here in Ísafjörður. Can you explain a little bit about the festival and what makes it unique?







    * Your name is Örn but you go by Mugison, why that name?







    * As you’ve grown in popularity here and abroad, how has it been adjusting to being known? If you go to Reykjavík or abroad and walk around, do people try to stop you for pictures?







    * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?







    Join the All Things Iceland Community on Patreon















    Some of you might be aware that one of my goals for the podcast is to travel around Iceland more to interview different people in each region. In July, I set up the All Things Iceland community on Patreon. Patreon is a membership platform that was founded in 2013. It allows for creators like me to provide exclusive content to listeners like you in exchange for a monthl...

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

VladimirX007 ,

Awesome!!

I came because I was going to Iceland. I stayed for the great content!! Great job!!!

bettyf4 ,

Love Jewell style

She has a unique style of teaching. I am learning so much about Iceland and its people.

It a joy listening to Jewell’s voice. Keep the good work up.

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Theycallmewoj ,

Inspiring and Informative!

Jewells does an amazing job curating guests and topics about one of my favorite places: Iceland! I love hearing her perspective on Icelandic life, history, geography, and more. Her voice is also wonderful to listen to as I’m picturing the beautiful places she’s talking about. Thanks Jewells for giving me a dose of Iceland while I dream about going back!

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