Reykjavík, Iceland

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Super Natural
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  Gudrun Lilja Gunnlaugsdottir of Studio Bilty takes us on a guided tour of the city by the smoky bay: Reykjavik, Iceland. She tells us about the local fascination with fairies, why we should keep an eye on the city's small but burgeoning design scene, and how, with all the collaboration going on, no man is an Iceland.
    Gudrun Lilja Gunnlaugsdottir of Studio Bilty takes us on a guided tour of the city by the smoky bay: Reykjavik, Iceland. She tells us about the local fascination with fairies, why we should keep an eye on the city's small but burgeoning design scene, and how, with all the collaboration going on, no man is an Iceland.
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  Nearly two-thirds of Iceland's population of 300,000 lives in the greater Reykjavik area. The city's name means "smoky bay." The view of the waterfront shows the rational architectural pragmatism that holds sway in much of the country.
    Nearly two-thirds of Iceland's population of 300,000 lives in the greater Reykjavik area. The city's name means "smoky bay." The view of the waterfront shows the rational architectural pragmatism that holds sway in much of the country.
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  Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.
    Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.
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  The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.
    The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.
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  The dramatic Icelandic landscape is on stark display just outside the capital. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet near Keflavic.
    The dramatic Icelandic landscape is on stark display just outside the capital. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet near Keflavic.
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  Rocks may house the huldufólk.
    Rocks may house the huldufólk.
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  Geothermal activity is nothing new.
    Geothermal activity is nothing new.
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  A shark-skinning shack.
    A shark-skinning shack.
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  The original Naked Ape shop sells inventive street clothes that are screenprinted by the store’s owner and many local artists and designers.
    The original Naked Ape shop sells inventive street clothes that are screenprinted by the store’s owner and many local artists and designers.
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  The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.
    The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.
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  Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.
    Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.
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  Kron Kron, a local shop, features the knitted seal-shaped robes, humorous mustache-guarding winter hats, and blankets by design collective Vik Prjónsóttir.
    Kron Kron, a local shop, features the knitted seal-shaped robes, humorous mustache-guarding winter hats, and blankets by design collective Vik Prjónsóttir.
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  The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop.
    The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop.
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