Iceland's Concealed Conservationists

Iceland’s Concealed Conservationists is about the elf population in Iceland and how Icelanders’ tradition of hidden creatures living in the landscape encourages a deep respect for nature and a sense of responsibility to preserve the wilderness which is an essential part of Iceland’s culture and identity. But over the past few years the numbers of tourists travelling to Iceland has increased drastically as people from other countries seek these rare and dramatic locations and so Iceland’s untouched wilderness is at risk of losing its essential character. This story is about the landscape of Iceland and the magic and life that it holds, and Icelanders’ efforts to ensure that it is not lost.

Produced by: Michaela Elias 
Featuring: Michaela Elias, Steinar Kaldal, Olof Yrr Atladottir, Oddur Sturluson, Ragga Jonsdottir, Terry Gunnel, Gudmundur Ögmundarson

Producer(s): Michaela Elias, storytelling.stanford.edu
Music: Two Stragers, Rachel Mason, Live at WFMU on Scoot Williams show
Song Four, Bridget St John—Live at WFMU’s Monty Hall
Calendula, Ava Zandieh, Patterns and Drones
Henfight, Itasca, Live at WFMU on The Avant Ghetto with Jeff Conklin
Open your eyes, Jarkko Hietanen