The Iceland Mountain Factory

Shortlisted for the Bookseller's Award 2020

Seven graduates from the mountaineering school of Horndafjord are all heading in different directions when the winds blow them into the same old hut close to the glacier lagoon of Jökulsarlón. There they found The Mountain Factory of Iceland – a free state, a society in honor of nature, sustainability and contentment. In the hut there is knitting, brewing, dumpster diving and cooking. THE ICELAND. Each member approaches the project on his own terms, with ideals, thirst for adventure and in search of security. But they also belong to another community, that can not be denied. And one of the girls in the group, Emma, ​​is actually a world-famous influencer. She is an environmental activist – in the category of influencers.
Emma streams the message of The Mountain Factory live online and is followed by more and more people around the world.The day Emma is found dead, floating in the lagoon, everything changes.


The book is well written and well structured- a story with a message to all readers. It is the role of artists to put our times into context, and to shed light on what is difficult to grasp. Kristín Helga did a great job with this novel. She sums up the crisis of modern times in her characters. If everyone only thinks of himself how do we then solve the problems of the world?

Lestrarklefinn, Iceland

There is plenty of praise for this book but I have to stop somewhere (...) speaking of value creation, in this book there is pretty good material for a film. It's written in two timelines, we get two different perspectives - the kids and the rich - and then another plan through social media, where the fourth wall is broken. The setting is the magnificent nature of Iceland. Yes, this book will be filmed. You heard it here first

RUV, Iceland

It is so necessary to write books like this for young people (...)
Kristín Helga manages impressively to convey an important message in a spirited and stimulating manner. It’s a dramatic and emotional novel with an important voice. The characters try to live of nature while there is passionate love of life in the background and young people are trying to discover themselves.

Kiljan Literary Review, Iceland