James Aiken's surfing film with a difference captures Iceland's breathtaking beauty

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Get ready for a different kind of surfing film in the form of James Aiken’s gorgeous Norður: Almost Arctic. Firstly, as the title suggests, this is not surfing in its traditional sun-kissed sense, but rather the story of surfing in a completely cut-off region of the West Fjords in Iceland. But secondly it’s a surfing film that is actually about much more than surfing – it’s an anthropological portrait of the area based around one of the inhabitants who still lives there, raising questions about what makes people seek out this kind of place, and what makes them stay. It’s also stunningly shot, with breathtaking cinematography capturing some of Iceland’s beauty on both a massive and a micro scale. Well worth five minutes of your time.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.