About Hannah

Hi, I’m Hannah Hethmon. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram as @hannah_rfh.

My life of traveling started on August 5, 2013 I moved to Reykjavik, Iceland to get a Master’s degree in Viking and Medieval Norse studies. I started this blog (then called An American in Iceland) to share my Icelandic adventures and new found analog photography habit.  But after a year and a half, I started going other places, too. I spent four months in Denmark, a month in Finland, dashed through Estonia and Latvia, took a week off in Austria, day-tripped Sweden celebrated Christmas my partner/now-husband’s Finnish family in Toronto, and snuck in a pair of visits to Scotland in between all that to visit my partner. I finished my MA in Reykjavík in May 2015 and came home to Maryland soon after. Then, I moved on my own to Nashville for two years to work for a historical association. I loved working for this organization and exploring middle American, but I was ready to go back to Europe, and in fall 2017, I headed back to Iceland on a Fulbright grant to study Icelandic as a second language and research Icelandic museums (but not before eloping in a park in Nashville). Back in Reykjavík, I started an ongoing podcast project to explore the world through museums, Museums in Strange Places. In May 2018, I moved to Warsaw, Poland to finally live with my husband after four years of long-distance relationship. I’m focusing now on my podcast and other projects related to museums and travel. Available for freelance work in writing, museums, and podcasting.


65 thoughts on “About Hannah

  1. Love your blog 🙂 Do you have an email address or something I could possibly contact you at? I’m actually looking at taking the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

  2. How lucky are you? Iceland is my favourite place ever, I went for a few weeks in 2010. I’d love to move there to study someday. I will be following and look forward to reading your adventures in Reykjavik! I hope to go back again in spring 2014. so hopefully I will have some more of my own stories to share 🙂

  3. Hi Hannah, thanks for commenting and sharing your fantastic opportunity! We’re sure Seth will want to write to you himself in order to pick the brains of someone with “boots on the ground”. Stay tuned…

  4. Hi Hannah! Thank you for liking my “baby” blog. It took me a trip to Iceland to finally decide to make one. Love sharing my short and sweet Iceland stories, but we will be back soon! Love your photos. Takk!

  5. Hi Hannah,
    I’m writing to you, because I’ve just nominated your blog to the Liebster Award (http://thewanderer126.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/nomination-liebster-award/). It’s a nice opportunity of mutual promotions among blogs. You are not supposed to agree, I just wanted to let you know 🙂
    If you decide to agree, then you should know the rules. My article is in Italian, but have a look here for the rules in English: http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/liebster-blog-award/
    The only difference between English and Italian rules is that I had to wrote 10 questions instead of 11.
    You’ll find an English translation of my questions in a comment to the article on my page.
    Good night my friend 🙂

  6. Hi Hannah! I’ve just discovered your blog whilst updating my links page and thought I’d follow you as well! I have a strong ‘pull’ to Iceland, although I’ve never been – I know that one day I’ll get there – it’s just a little ‘up north’ from here anyway! In the meantime, I look forward to reading your adventures there – and looking at your great photographs as well! Pleased to meet you, by the way!

  7. I’m so jealous! I was only in Iceland for a few days, but I love it and I can’t wait to go back. I met a Dutch girl in Reykjavik who was flying to the north of the Iceland to volunteer on a dairy farm, and I was so tempted to go with her 🙂

  8. Sæl Hannah!
    I am SO glad to just discovered your blog by researching in Google. I am from China and I am currently studying in Heilongjiang University in China(freshman student :P). However, I have applied for the University of Iceland to pursue my dream on learning Icelandic and International Studies in Education,BA. I am really hoping that I can accepted by this wonderful university and this amazing country! BTW, I am also a huge fan of Pascal Pinon and Samaris!<3 Icelandic music is really awesome, isn't it? Virkilega frábær tónlist!

    I hope I will be blessed like you and go to study in the University of Iceland soon! Maybe we can explore Reykjavik together in the future?

    Bless bless!

    • Hi! Glad you like it! That’s so cool that you applied to the Icelandic BA. I have few friends who are/have been in the program. I’m sure you’ll love it if you’re accepted. If you make it here, please do hit me up and I’d love to explore together!

      • You have some friends who already have been in that program? Awesome! My plan is study Icelandic one year and then transfer into International Studies in Education(3 year). Going to study in Iceland is really awesome because it can combine the studies of Icelandicand international education for me.

        Definitely I will hit you up if I go to the University of Iceland.xD BTW, how long will you study in Reykjavik?

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    • Thanks. Well, I hadn’t been doing any film stuff before I got here. I brought my mom’s film camera along with the intent to start at some point. Then in like September or October, some random Icelandic photographer asked on the street to take my pictures and was using film, so I just asked her where she went. But I think there are a handful of places around the city.

  10. Hello Hannah! I saw you liked one of my blog posts so decided to have a look at yours and now I’m here to say I love your stories and would be very nice to meet you for a drink if you happen to be around between July 17-22 🙂 – I would also like to ask for a bit of advice, is there an e-mail I can reach you? Mine should be in the details of this comment. Thanks and I look forward to hear from you! xx

  11. Hei Hannah! I’m heading to Iceland this summer for some travel and a mission trip. Dr. Lindemann (yup, I’m taking Writing for the Blogosphere this semester!) pointed me in your direction. Super stoked to explore your blog! If you have any tips (especially money-saving ones)/must-sees, lemme know, please and thank you!

    Also, if you’re interested in checking out my blogs head over to The Medieval[ist] Tourist & Notes from a Traveling Girl, and check out our class blog here.
    – Jenn

  12. We have never been to Iceland or Scandinavia so we are very excited to have found your blog. We will soak up everything about the area from you! We will get there one day and hope to stay a while! It seems like the Nordic region has so much to offer 🙂

  13. Hello Hannah, glad I found your blog! I`ve been visiting Reykjavik many times on my way to and from Eastgreenland, where I live, but I still haven`t seen other parts of Iceland. But I´d love to 🙂 Following your blog gives me lot`s of inspiration and information about what to do and where to go on a possible future holiday in Iceland!! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

  14. So I’ve only just read your bio now…you grew up in MD?? Me too! I’m from Gaithersburg and I had several friends/classmates go to CP…and my little brother would kill to do your masters (when he gets old enough, that is…). Anyway. Keep the fun Icelandic posts coming! (because who ISN’T fascinated by little Iceland!?)

  15. Thanks for stopping by Experiences of an Expat and my Iceland – Golden Circle post. Such a fascinating country! What a wonderful blog you have and what an exciting journey you are on!

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  17. Hannah, it’s been great reading your blog! I live in Baltimore County and am traveling to Iceland next week, just for a visit. I can’t wait!! I’m slightly afraid I will want to move there- I love cold weather! Anyway, thanks so much for writing this, very inspirational.

  18. Really enjoying reading your blog Hannah!

    I’m from Sydney, Australia and recently got back from Iceland – it’s now my favourite place I’ve travelled to. I’m very jealous you get to live in such an amazing country! How long have you been living in Reykjavik?

    • Thanks! I lived there for one year, spent a semester in Denmark, then went back for another semester. I just moved back to the States, but I’ve already got my ticket to go back to Reykjavik in August for a conference. Can’t stay away for long!

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