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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

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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.

    María Thelma on Growing Up & Living in Iceland as Thai & Icelandic

    María Thelma on Growing Up & Living in Iceland as Thai & Icelandic

    María Thelma Smáradóttir is a talented actor in Iceland. During this interview, she gives some insight on what it was like growing up in Iceland with Icelandic and Thai heritage. She was the first person of Asian descent to graduate from the Icelandic Academy of Arts in Drama. It was fascinating to hear how she had to navigate this mixed heritage and it has been like for her as a working actor in the theater and film industry here. I think it's fantastic that she had a one woman show called “Welcome Home”, which was a spoken word performance of her mother’s immigrant story from Thailand. 







    The most epic thing is that her first feature film was her starring alongside Mads Mikkelsen in the movie, "Arctic". How awesome is that?! As you can probably tell from many of my other interviews, I love to have different people from all walks of life in Iceland to tell their stories. I am grateful and honored that María Thelma was open to sharing hers.







    Questions I Asked María Thelma during the Interview:







    * You are born and raised in Iceland, and you have a mix of Thai and Icelandic heritage. Can you talk about what it was like growing up in a Thai and Icelandic household? Was your mom speaking Thai to you and your siblings and your dad speaking Icelandic?







    * You are the first person of Asian descent to graduate from the Icelandic Academy of Arts in drama. Did you always want to be an actor when you were growing up?







    * Have you visited Thailand? If so, what was that like for you?







    * During your final year of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, you chose to do a spoken word play called “Welcome Home”, which was performed at the National Theater of Iceland. Can you explain what the play was about and the inspiration behind it?







    * How was the play received in Iceland? What did your mother think of it?







    * What has being an actor been like for you? Have you found that you get many roles or has it been a  struggle?







    * In 2018, you starred alongside Mads Mikkelsen in  “Arctic”, which was your first feature film. What was that experience like? How was it working with such a big name in the industry?







    * Do you think the film industry in Iceland is changing to showcase more diversity in the country? Meaning, are they showing more Icelandic actors that have mixed heritage as Icelanders and not foreign nationals or visitors? Or is this something that still needs to be improved?







    * What advice do you have for people who want to act, whether it is on screen or on a stage in a theater?







    * What is your favourite Icelandic word or phrase?







    Join the All Things Iceland Patreon Community















    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. It’s 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.

    • 50 min
    Mama Ghana on Coming to Iceland in 2002 – Ep: 87

    Mama Ghana on Coming to Iceland in 2002 – Ep: 87

    I know that Black History Month is a US tradition, I still want to dedicate the month of February to telling the stories of Black and mixed race people in the country. If you are curious about some awesome Icelandic Black history, I suggest watching my video about Hans Jonatan, Iceland’s first black citizen and listening to the podcast episode I did with the Icelandic author of the book about Hans Jonatan, Gisli Pálsson. 









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40chlDBLKwU









    To kick that off this month of sharing Black and mixed race stories here, I’m sharing my interview with Innocentia Fiati "Mama Ghana" Friðgeirsson. She is lovingly called Mama Ghana and she is an absolute ball of sunshine. Her happiness is infectious and she has such amazing energy. She has been here for almost two decades and has been spreading her sunshine wherever she goes. 







    Before jumping into the interview, I want to share the winners of the Icelandic book giveaway. First, thank you to everyone that entered. I choose the winners at random and here they are:







    Rodolfo won The Story of the Blue Planet







    Kate won LoveStar







    Kristi won On Time and Water







    Join the All Things Iceland Patreon Community















    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. It’s 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 5 min
    Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir – Iceland’s Youngest Female Minister of Justice

    Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir – Iceland’s Youngest Female Minister of Justice

    It was such a pleasant surprise to have Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, the Minister of Justice in Iceland, as my guest this week. She leads quite a busy life as a Parliamentarian and Minister, and it was great she was able to find time to chat.







    During the interview, Áslaug Arna shares the positives and negatives of being in this position of power at such a young age and as a woman. Some of the other topics we talk about are the events that led up to her becoming the Minister of Justice, gender based discrimination in the workplace (including within Parliament), about refugees seeking asylum in Iceland, and more. I gained so much insight into Iceland through this episode and I’m excited to share this interview with you.







    GIVEAWAY – Enter to Win One of Andri Snær’s Books!!







    I’m giving away three of Andri Snær’s books, which are below.







    * On Time & Water* LoveStar* The Story of the Blue Planet







    To enter win one of the books, all you have to do is leave a positive review for the All Things Iceland podcast (you can use this link to easily do it), take a screenshot of your review, and send that screenshot to me in an email at jewells(at)fromforeigntofamiliar(dot)com. If you have already left a review for the podcast, please just send me a screenshot of that review.







    The Questions I asked Áslaug Arna During the Interview







    * Can you talk a bit about your experience in the police force?







    * It seems that you started out being involved in your party, Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (Independence party), quite young. Did you always know that you wanted to be a politician?







    * Were you inspired  or influenced by your father, who is a supreme court lawyer in Iceland, to study law?







    * When appointed, you became the second youngest minister in Icelandic history and the youngest female minister. Do you feel like people assume you are too young for the job and/or inexperienced?







    * Back in 2017, you were on Kastljós talking about gender based discrimination in the work place. You shared that you had received unwanted sexual comments. Rather, you received it for having sexual relations with men in your party. Do you feel that gender based discrimination is still a problem in Parliament and in other workplaces in Iceland?







    * I remember just around the time you were appointed, there was a scandal going on with the National Police Commissioner. What was it like just starting this job and already having this national scandal to deal with?







    * How do you deal with so much public criticism or scrutiny when you have made a decision about something that many don’t agree with? 







    * What do you do to relieve the inevitable stress that comes along with your job? -







    * Recently, you proposed a bill that would abolish the naming committee in Iceland. Why do you want to get rid of this committee? -* Aslaug Arna on opening the country up so more foreigners can live and work here







    * Can you explain, without going into detail about individual refugee cases, what makes it difficult for the Icelandic government to allow these people to stay in the country?







    * What advice do you have for people that want to get involved in politics? * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?

    • 46 min
    Gógó Starr on the Evolution of Drag Culture in Iceland – Ep. 85

    Gógó Starr on the Evolution of Drag Culture in Iceland – Ep. 85

    Gógó Starr is an Icelandic drag queen that is well known in the country. Gógó made history by being the first ever drag queen fjallkonan, or woman of the mountains, which is a symbol of the Icelandic nation and a very important part of the celebrations of Iceland’s independence. The celebration of the independence of the nation happens every June 17th. Aldís Amah, who I interviewed a while back on the podcast, was the first woman of color fjallkonan in 2019. It’s a huge honor to be fjallkonan and Gógó Starr had this role in 2018. In addition to that, Gógó co-founded Drag Súgur in 2015 after winning the annual Icelandic drag contest. 







    The drag show became so popular that it was turned into a monthly event at Gaukurinn that is open to all adults who want to attend. Hopefully, when COVID is over, the show will resume. I especially love that the show is all about inclusivity. Gógó Starr goes into more about how inclusive it is during the interview. It was an absolute blast to do this interview.







    Video Interview with Gógó Starr









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOR8cVBksY4









    Questions Asked Gógó Starr during the Interview







    * Drag queens, and kings and drag shows are so common  in Iceland now, but what was it like when you were growing up here? Were Icelanders open to these type of performances and performers?







    * When did you realize that performing in drag is something you wanted to try?







    * When did the drag scene in Iceland really take off?







    * After you won the annual Icelandic Drag contest, you co-founded Drag-Súgur, a monthly drag show and variety night held at Gaukurinn in 2015. What was your motivation behind started this show?







    * How was Drag-súgur received in Iceland when you first started it?







    * In 2018, you were the fjallkonan, or the Lady of the Mountain, which is the traditional living symbol of Iceland featured every Independence Day on June 17th. What did







    * You’re a full-time entertainer, producer and performer in Iceland. Did you ever imagine when you first started doing drag, that you would be doing it full-time?







    * I love that Drag-súgur is all about inclusivity. Can you talk about who some of the “drag royalties” that perform?







    * Pride in Reykjavík is becoming such a big celebration each year. Can you share what you like about Pride here and why you think people should come and check it out?







    * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?







    GIVEAWAY – Enter to Win One of Andri Snær’s Books!!







    I’m giving away three of Andri Snær’s books, which are below.







    * On Time & Water* LoveStar* The Story of the Blue Planet







    To enter win one of the books, all you have to do is leave a positive review for the All Things Iceland podcast (you can use this link to easily do it), take a screenshot of your review, and send that screenshot to me in an email at jewells(at)fromforeigntofamiliar(dot)com. If you have already left a review for the podcast,

    • 46 min
    A Pioneering & Inspiring Human Rights Lawyer in Iceland

    A Pioneering & Inspiring Human Rights Lawyer in Iceland

    Claudia Ashanie Wilson is a human rights lawyer and activist who moved from her home country Jamaica to Iceland in 2001. When Claudia came to Iceland she didn’t speak Icelandic nor had she previous been to law school. Through a lot of hard work, she became fluent in Icelandic. She received her Masters Degree in 2014 in international law from the Reykjavík University. Claudia passed the Icelandic bar examinations to become a district court attorney in Iceland. By passing the bar, she became the first non-European person to do that in Iceland.







    Since her move to Iceland, Claudia has been very active in human rights initiatives both by in governmental and non-governmental organizations. She has served as Vice President for the Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network (W.O.M.E.N.) in Iceland, Social Activities Coordinator for asylum seekers on behalf of the Red Cross, and was appointed by the Ministry of Welfare to the Welfare Watch of Iceland.







    She currently sits on the board of representatives for SOS Children's Villages in Iceland, the boards of Amnesty International, Iceland Chapter and the Icelandic Equality Fund.







    Claudia recently became a partner at the law firm Réttur Aðalsteinsson & Partners, where she has worked since 2013. She is also a guest lecturer at United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST), the School of Business and at the University of Iceland as well as the School of Law at University of Iceland and Reykjavík University.







    Questions I Asked Claudia During the Interview







    * Where are you originally from and how did you end up in Iceland?







    * What was it like adjusting to life here? Iceland is quite different from Jamaica. Did you have any culture shock? Was it a difficult adjustment?







    * What was it like learning Icelandic?







    * What inspired you to study law here? 







    * Did you have any idea that you would be making history just by graduating from law school in Iceland?







    * Recently, you made partner at your law firm Réttur. Congratulations again! What kind of human rights cases do you take on?







    * Did you experience any discrimination or racism when you first came or even in present times?







    * You have been named one of Iceland’s most influential women in the 2020 issue of "June 19 Magazine". Congrats! Representation is such an important part of people feeling empowered anywhere they live. Do you feel like Iceland is understanding that and is trying to showcase the diverse, amazing people, like yourself, that live here?







    * You are involved with different organizations here, such as the Iceland Chapter of Amnesty International, W.O.M.E.N. and others. Why is it important for you to be involved with these organizations?







    * What is your favorite Icelandic word or phrase?









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz_icvGq2IM









    GIVEAWAY – Enter to Win One of Andri Snær’s Books!!







    I’m giving away three of Andri Snær’s books, which are below.







    * On Time & Water* LoveStar* The Story of the Blue Planet







    To enter win one of the books, all you have to do is leave a positive review for the All Things Iceland podcast (you can a href="https://...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Battle to Protect Iceland’s Fragile & Beautiful Nature – Ep. 83

    The Battle to Protect Iceland’s Fragile & Beautiful Nature – Ep. 83

    To kick off the new year, I'm sharing my interview with Andri Snær Magnason, an award-winning author,  environmental activist and director. He has been fighting to protect Iceland's beautiful nature. Andri Snær was on the show early on and it is great to have him back because so much has happened in his life since we last spoke. I recommend checking out part 1 and part 2 of those interviews.







    One viral moment was when he and some others had a funeral for Okjökull. Ok mountain used to be a glacier but due to climate change the ice has melted from it and it has lost its glacier status. Andri Snær wrote a letter to the future that was printed on a plaque and placed on OK. He also recently did a TEDTalk on Sólheimajökull glacier and released a new book titled “On Time & Water”. This book has not yet been released in the United States. 







    Just to give you a bit about the book, It’s “Taking a path to climate science through ancient myths about sacred cows, stories of ancestors and relatives and interviews with the Dalai Lama, Magnason allows himself to be both personal and scientific. The result is an absorbing mixture of travel, history, science and philosophy.”







    I am a big fan of his book “LoveStar”, a science fiction novel that takes place in Iceland. I wouldn’t call myself a science fiction nerd but I do enjoy a story that mixes science, humor and just the right amount of absurd. Similar to Kurt Vonnegut, Andri Snær does a great job of adding off those elements into the book. I highly recommend it.







    GIVEAWAY - Enter to Win One of Andri Snær's Books!!







    I'm giving away three of Andri Snær's books, which are below.







    * On Time & Water* LoveStar* The Story of the Blue Planet







    To enter win one of the books, all you have to do is leave a positive review for the All Things Iceland podcast (you can use this link to easily do it), take a screenshot of your review, and send that screenshot to me in an email at jewells(at)fromforeigntofamiliar(dot)com. If you have already left a review for the podcast, please just send me a screenshot of that review.







    Members of the All Things Iceland Patreon Community get an additional entry to win. To join that community, check out this link.







    Watch This Interview about Protecting Iceland's Beautiful Nature on YouTube









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVIspPxpF5k









    Join the All Things Iceland Patreon Community















    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 a href="https://allthingsiceland.

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

glenhart ,

Delightful

Iceland captured my heart in 2007, and every time I listen to All Thing Iceland I get a little fever to get back! I love Jewells’s exploration of a range of topics and thoughtful interviews! Thank you.

Rodolfo Ruiz ,

A pleasure to listen

Iceland captured my heart a few years back and I’ve been planning how to move myself and my business there. ‘All things Iceland’ is my main source of exploration and learning about the country, its culture, and the way of living. Thoughtful and entertaining sessions every time. Keep up the good work!

iKoreis ,

Newly Expanded Fan

Hello, and much love from Stow, OH.
My name is Kris (Kori) and until I met Jewells (I feel like I know her) I had absolutely zero interest in Iceland. Not, that I didnt like Iceland, but it just seemed like such a far away place and such a distant notion for me. Now, I feel like Iceland has been underrated, and the beauty of its culture, people, and country overlooked. As a fellow woman of color, I admit that one of the reasons it felt so distant was due to my belief that Iceland history had absolutely no place for me. That I could come and go w/no trace; indeed my entire race could be largely or wholly ignored in such a place and the appeal was a bit wanting. Perhaps I have misjudged and perhaps not, but the world seems so much happier and more wondrous (adventurous) since I discovered Jewells living her romantic and career dreams in Iceland. I am happy and hopeful and feel excitement watching; there's this anticipation, waiting to see and hear what she will discover next, and whether she will ever love licorice, which I don't like at all, Lol. Congratulations Jewells, on your 'Equal Rights" Award. You deserve it. We love you and wish you all the love and the many many blessings you can have and more!

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