Reykjavík, Iceland

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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.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    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.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  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.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    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.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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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.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    Kron Kron, a local shop, features the knitted seal-shaped robes, humorous mustache-guarding winter hats, and blankets by design collective Vik Prjónsóttir.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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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.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    The dramatic Icelandic landscape is on stark display just outside the capital. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet near Keflavic.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  Geothermal activity is nothing new.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    Geothermal activity is nothing new.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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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.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    The original Naked Ape shop sells inventive street clothes that are screenprinted by the store’s owner and many local artists and designers.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  A shark-skinning shack.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    A shark-skinning shack.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  Rocks may house the huldufólk.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    Rocks may house the huldufólk.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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  The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.  Photo by: Jesse Chehak
    The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.

    Photo by: Jesse Chehak

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