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Like the unseen geothermal energy that fuels the famous bathing pool at Reykjavík’s Blue Lagoon, the city’s design community is also simmering just beneath the surface.
Nearly two-thirds of Iceland’s population of 300,000 lives in the greater Reykjavík 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.
The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.
Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.
Kron Kron, a local shop, features the knitted seal-shaped robes, humorous mustache-guarding winter hats, and blankets by design collective Vik Prjónsóttir.
The dramatic Icelandic landscape is on stark display just outside the capital. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet near Keflavic.
The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop.
Geothermal activity is nothing new.
Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.
The original Naked Ape shop sells inventive street clothes that are screenprinted by the store’s owner and many local artists and designers.
A shark-skinning shack.
Rocks may house the huldufólk.
The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.
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