Little Place Called Iceland
A little island in the North Atlantic, home to a tiny population and the northern-most capital in the world, Iceland is truly one of the most unique places on the planet. The scenery and nature is like nothing else on earth, active geysers and volcanoes erupt and melting glaciers create dramatic waterfalls, feeding rivers that lead to the sea.
The Icelandic wilderness is one of the places on earth that you can be totally alone and surrounded by nature (and maybe the odd elf). It is totally magical.
Nature, craft and folk-law play a major part in the make-up of the Icelandic culture and this is ever apparent in the work of artists and designers. There is a definite emphasis on the use of natural materials and traditional production techniques. In every Icelandic town, you will find designers and makers working in their studios, never once taking for granted the amazing backdrop of nature that they draw their inspiration from. Icelandic people are intensely proud of their heritage and their country.
Taking a walk through the capital Reykjavik (meaning “Smoky Bay”) is an absolute pleasure. You will find a coffee house or gallery on every corner. It is a forward thinking, modern city, but with the feel of a very cute little town. Below, we have listed some “must sees” for when you are the city:
Mokka is the oldest coffee house in Reykjavik serving amazing coffee and yummy waffles.
Grái Kötturinn (Grey Cat) - The Grey Cat, a coffee house frequented by art crowds and musicians….
...and you must go swimming!
Truly one of the most amazing places in the country. It is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik (really near the airport so lots of people go there before they return home) You cannot go to Iceland without going here! It is just amazing - especially if it snowing....and also if not....Its a milky blue series of very warm milky pools. There is nowhere like it in the world. www.bluelagoon.com
Where to Eat...
The Seafood Cellar
Okay now this place is expensive, but if you want to splash out for a seafood meal then go as it is AMAZING. Located in downtown Reykjavik. www.sjavarkjallarinn.is
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center
Started in April 2002, Harpa was designed by Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects (designers of the Opera House in Copenhagen) and and Icelandic architectural firm Batteríið Architects. The building was built to house the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and to secure Iceland's place as a center of culture.