Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire: Natural World

Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire: Natural World

Series 34

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Review

Iceland looks absolutely glorious in this sumptuously filmed documentary. The purpling skies, the fiery sunsets, the shimmering Northern Lights… even a potentially devastating eruption of molten lava looks eerily, dangerously beautiful.

We follow both wildlife and human life on the island that sits atop rumbling volcanic activity. Arctic foxes, which look like fluffy cute dogs with bushy tails, romp in the snow, eking out a diet of whatever they can find.

Then there are the eider duck chicks, “adopted” by an islander and his family, who are led en masse to the sea every day to learn to swim. Watching them bobbing and waddling towards the water is irresistible.

But though it has a savage beauty, Iceland is at the mercy of earthquakes. Sometimes as many as 1,000 are recorded in a day and any blazing rupture has the potential to melt glaciers and cause deadly floods.

Summary

Juliet Stevenson narrates a documentary filmed over the course of a year that tells the stories of the animals and people inhabiting Icleand. An Arctic fox family ekes out a clifftop living, an eider farmer has his hands full with the arrival of a host of ducklings and Viking horsemen prepare to saddle up for the autumn round-up. However, nature's clock is ticking and the constant volcanic threat eventually boils over with one of the island's biggest eruptions in more than 200 years.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Juliet Stevenson
Director Andrew Chastney
Editor Andrew Chastney
Producer Andrew Chastney
Series Editor Roger Webb
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