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Colors of Iceland

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I just returned from a four-day trip to Reykjavik and am still filled with excitement. Though the sky was grey for most of my time in Iceland, the visit was anything but dark and gloomy. The colors found all around the country, from the landscape to the cityscape to the clothes people wore, spanned the full spectrum. Buildings stretched across the city's skyline were dotted in teal, brick red, and mustard. Shops were filled with traditional knitwear in elaborate patterns and avant-garde pieces (think Bjork) in bold primary colors. With every coffee shop I popped my head into and every corner I turned, I was treated with flash upon flash of color statements and mixes. The architecture, the sweaters, the bikes, and the cars were painted in pop washes that complimented the bright, cheery moods of the Icelanders I met during my stay—and provided ample ammo to fight away the solemn skies and hail showers that plagued our trip.

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  Buildings seen from our Penthouse terrace framed pops of color perfectly.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Buildings seen from our Penthouse terrace framed pops of color perfectly.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Around every corner it was common to spot unique shingle and roof color combos like this forest green and salmon house.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Around every corner it was common to spot unique shingle and roof color combos like this forest green and salmon house.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Little plastic dolls in this storefront perfectly illustrate Reykjavik's palette of bright hues.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Little plastic dolls in this storefront perfectly illustrate Reykjavik's palette of bright hues.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  More vibrant colors adorning the simple lines of the city's center.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    More vibrant colors adorning the simple lines of the city's center.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  I loved this collection of children drawings of the Hallgrímskirkja, a stunning Lutheran church overlooking the city.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    I loved this collection of children drawings of the Hallgrímskirkja, a stunning Lutheran church overlooking the city.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  The Hallgrímskirkja is visible from all over. Views from the top reveal a rainbow of rooftops.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    The Hallgrímskirkja is visible from all over. Views from the top reveal a rainbow of rooftops.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  While driving through a field of moss-covered volcanic rock, I spotted a group of cave explorers in orange, reminding me of a team of astronauts walking on another planet.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    While driving through a field of moss-covered volcanic rock, I spotted a group of cave explorers in orange, reminding me of a team of astronauts walking on another planet.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Icelandic horses are richly colored, like this guy who braved a hail storm long enough for me to snap his picture.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Icelandic horses are richly colored, like this guy who braved a hail storm long enough for me to snap his picture.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Even in nature the colors are vibrant and intense in Iceland, like this rust-red hillside.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Even in nature the colors are vibrant and intense in Iceland, like this rust-red hillside.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Reykjavik, like many cities, is covered in pockets of graffiti. But here the graffiti seemed even more colorful. Gone was a the grime in cities like New York.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Reykjavik, like many cities, is covered in pockets of graffiti. But here the graffiti seemed even more colorful. Gone was a the grime in cities like New York.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  In many an alley I found walls and walls of graffiti.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    In many an alley I found walls and walls of graffiti.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  There were also examples of knit graffiti in Reykjavik, like this tree, not painted, but covered in a colorful sheath.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    There were also examples of knit graffiti in Reykjavik, like this tree, not painted, but covered in a colorful sheath.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  A pink and yellow doorway made a rather boring building remarkable.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    A pink and yellow doorway made a rather boring building remarkable.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  My favorite shop discovered was Icelandic designer Mundi's boutique, which featured graphic t-shirts.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    My favorite shop discovered was Icelandic designer Mundi's boutique, which featured graphic t-shirts.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Brightly colored womens' clothing.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Brightly colored womens' clothing.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Mundi also had interesting home designs like this blanket that I bought, which doubles as a coat.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Mundi also had interesting home designs like this blanket that I bought, which doubles as a coat.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  This giant Styrofoam sculpture lives in Mundi along with the ready-to-wear fashions.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    This giant Styrofoam sculpture lives in Mundi along with the ready-to-wear fashions.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Secondhand stores were filled with Danish furniture. If only I knew a way to get these items back to New York cheaply!  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Secondhand stores were filled with Danish furniture. If only I knew a way to get these items back to New York cheaply!

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  While eating in a local cafe, I was pleasantly surprised by the color coded books at the barista stand.  Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    While eating in a local cafe, I was pleasantly surprised by the color coded books at the barista stand.

    Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer

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  Babies sleep in carriages outside in the cold while mothers drink tea in the warmth. This shocked me almost as much of the rainbows of color all over Reykjavik!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Bradford Shellhammer
    Babies sleep in carriages outside in the cold while mothers drink tea in the warmth. This shocked me almost as much of the rainbows of color all over Reykjavik!

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