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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    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.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    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.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    The houses show the traditional style alongside the contemporary. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    Grasses and moss grow in plush mats over volcanic rock on the edges of the city. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    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.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    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.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    The cozy Saegreifinn Fish Shop is owned by a former fisherman, a legendary salty character who lives above the shop. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  Geothermal activity is nothing new.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    Geothermal activity is nothing new. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    Vik Prjónsdóttir Studio is on the vanguard of Icelandic design. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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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.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    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.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  A shark-skinning shack.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    A shark-skinning shack. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  Rocks may house the huldufólk.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    Rocks may house the huldufólk. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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  The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture.  Photo by Jesse Chehak.   This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    The Asmundur Sveinsson Collection is worth visiting for the architecture as much as the sculpture. Photo by Jesse Chehak.
    This originally appeared in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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