Dear Family of Peace

I would like you all to know how beautiful Iceland is, and how much I love the country and its people.

Thank you, Iceland and Icelanders for being what you are – a family of wisdom, showing the world how we can protect our Earth and its spirits.

I love you!


Yoko Ono
1 June 2010

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Inspired by Iceland Video from Inspired By Iceland on Vimeo.

Iceland has been in the news a lot during the past few weeks.

Of course there has been a lot going on, there isn’t an eruption in Iceland every day.

Nevertheless, Icelanders are used to this. Nature plays a big role in our lives and we’re proud of our land. Life goes on as usual in Iceland.

The eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has given Iceland media attention like never before. The downside of course is that people are nervous about coming to Iceland at the moment. Some think that the whole land is covered with ash and that Iceland is in a state of emergency. The truth is that only a very small part of Iceland is being influenced by the eruption.

The eruption has no discernable effect on life in Iceland – apart from the small area surrounding the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

All airports are open in Iceland and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. Even though ash might still affect air travel, there are four international airports in Iceland, and if one were to close down, air traffic would be directed to the others.

The spring is busy changing Iceland into its seasonal costume of bright green and the migrant birds have returned to the North, signalling the advent of summer. Icelanders expect a great increase in geo-tourism this year.

Iceland is one of the best places to witness the forces of nature at work. Travelling to Iceland is perfectly safe and the land of ice and fire welcomes you to enjoy adventures beyond imagination.

By enabling the friends of Iceland to take part in this INSPIRED BY ICELAND project, we want to use the attention Iceland has received to get across the message  – Now is the time to visit Iceland.

Our magnificent and powerful nature has never been more alive.

Icelanders are used to the geothermal wonders of the island and have learned how to make the best of it – as a result we are among the world leaders in green energy and sustainable development. Iceland is the only western country that produces all its electricity from emission- free and sustainable natural resources in the form of geothermal and hydro power.

Icelandic infrastructure is prepared for earthquakes and volcanic activitiy so all systems are designed to withstand natural calamities. Scientists have been measuring and monitoring water quality in the vicinity of the volcano as well as air quality in general; both have proven to be well within health and safety limits.

Transmission of Electricity has not been affected by the volcanic activity. Developments in the volcanic activity are being followed closely, with a maintenance team ready to respond to any events if needed. The electrical transmission network in Iceland is circular with all power plants directly connected to the main grind. Thus in case of a transmission failure a backup power is always available from the other side to the rest of the island.

The main telecommunications network is extremely robust and based on two main systems. It is designed with redundancy for both equipment and power and also incorporates backup routes for critical traffic.


Visit and share your story of Iceland with the rest of us.

From its art to its music, to food and now its nature, Iceland is literally bursting with more energy than ever before.

That’s why now isn’t a time to stay away, this is a time to get closer.

It’s a time to get all the people who love it, to love it even more.

And for all of those who haven’t discovered it yet, to come visit it at its most exciting moment.

Every day, even today, or tomorrow, or when a volcano erupts you will always be Inspired by Iceland.


Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, dedicated to John Lennon, is lit annually in Reykjavik from 9th October – 8th December, 21st-28th December & 21st-28th March. More info here.

Viggo Mortensen, the world-acclaimed actor, photographer, poet, painter and musician tells the story of how he is inspired by Iceland. Driving and walking around Iceland he feels a strong connection with the land.

Viggo: “I think someone who lives in the city and goes to a beautiful place, you get there and the first day: Its beautiful, I have to take pictures, I have to capture this. But it actually takes a person who’s in a city a day or two to stop doing all this: You don’t have to do anything, that’s the point, you just have to be there.”

Please visit Iceland is more awake than ever.