The soul stirring harmonies of Bjork… the lava flowing out of its volcanoes… the steamy waters of its lagoons… and the pyrotechnics of the Northern Lights…
It is somewhat ironic that both the natural and nurtured landscape of Iceland is painted with broad strokes of such fiery passion. Even as you wallow amid the vapours of the Blue Lagoon’s healing waters, the northern sun shines with a white gold brilliance that only comes from being at a latitude that is practically in the stratosphere.
Iceland’s capital city is on a rapid trajectory to become Europe’s next cultural hot spot. A short hop from London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Stockholm, Reykjavik is rocking (literally). Music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, holiday festivals… there’s no shortage of the festive spirit in Reykjavik.
The Old Harbour is a great place to get your bearings and take a deep dive into the history and culture of Iceland. The city has a bit of a snowflake quality – a delicate elegance as it sparkles like a jewel in the bright light of the northern hemisphere. From its Viking roots to the avant-garde cuisine, and its hectic nightclubs, if you want to tap into the pulse of the country – start here.
The Icelander’s like to celebrate their artistic spirit and Reykjavik features more and more prominently on the cultural calendar of Europe.
Iceland is full of artists and music seeps out of every pore. Iceland has produced some of the most loved musicians of recent times and there’s music in the air – everywhere. And what better place to start than at the Rokksafn – the Icelandic Museum of Rock n Roll? Situated just a short ride out of Reykjavik in the suburb of Reykjanesbaer, the Rokksafn tells you the story of Iceland’s meteoric crescendo on the world’s music scene. Be it Sigur Ros or the Sugarcubes, Bjork or OMM (Of Monsters and Men), this is where Iceland sets the score for its artistic trajectory.
Of Geysers & Glaciers
Iceland’s artists and dreamers draw infinite inspiration from its gorgeous landscape. Iceland isn’t a country of half measures at all – so go west and throw yourself into the raw beauty of its wildest and most beautiful landscape.
The gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula is sometimes called a “miniature Iceland” because it encompasses the entire diversity of the country in its environs. Cascading waterfalls erupt out of lava fields to create a surreal landscape of stupendous beauty, which give way to faceted geometry of the basalt columns that dot the landscape. Stand at the edge of the Snæfellsjökull glacier and walk into the dark depths of a lava cave, before you hit the fine black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.
Craggy cliffs and shiny rock formations give it a stark and surreal sense of beauty. Stroll among the tectonic plates at Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and witness the Strokkur geyser spewing its steamy waters from the dredges of the earth. If you’re there at the right time, take a boat ride out on the water to see the Northern Lights – a once in a lifetime phenomenon not to be missed.
The Jökulsárlón lagoon is a sight not to be missed. Pristine and serene with massive floating icebergs rising out or the lava rock, it’s no wonder that it has been the choice of location for many film shoots.
Winter wonderland in Iceland takes on a different meaning – raw and beautiful to an extreme. The crystalline texture of the ice caves create sculptures out of ice and a prism like quality that renders it into a Technicolor canvas made of ice. Depending on the season, you may also want to head out and watch the whales or simply soak yourself in the geothermal baths.
Inspired? This is only the tip of the iceberg…Iceland: your adventure waiting to happen.