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Exploring Iceland: TUDOR Heritage Ranger
For years now, Iceland has billed itself as the perfect stopover location for travelers roaming between North America and Europe—and, in fact, that's true. Whether it's the charm of the capital city Reykjavik or the many wonders lying beyond, travelers...
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Baby Seal Body Suit
Your toddler takes on all the cuddliness of a baby seal in this adorable sheep wool suit from Vík Prjónsdóttir. The pouch was inspired by an Icelandic folk tale involving a lucky fisherman and the lady he loved, who crooned "Oh woe is me, I have seven...
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Icelandic Acts at Iceland Airwaves
While only a handful of bands from Iceland have reached global acclaim, that doesn't mean the magnificent island isn't erupting with talent. During the most recent Iceland Airwaves music festival—our first time returning to the multi-venue international...
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Word of Mouth: Reykjavik Nightlife
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice—and for good reason. Contrast is part of the Icelandic landscape and identity. Glaciers sit alongside steaming hot springs, snow-capped mountains run into black-sand beaches and in the capital of Reykjavik...
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Horace and the Rough Stuff Fellowship
Long before bikes got fat tires, full suspension and carbon fiber frames, the urge to push the pedals off road found its way into the hearts of riders. One group, the UK-based Rough Stuff Fellowship has united such riders for decades, since a time...
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Iceland's Norður & Co Salt
This past spring at Iceland's annual DesignMarch festival, we stumbled across a box of salt that left a lasting impression. The striking packaging design drew us in to Reykjavik-based start-up Norður Salt, but there's more to the Atlantis-esque artwork...
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ION Hotel, Iceland
Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"—and not just because "Game of Thrones" chose the island nation as a frequent filming location. About the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world...
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Dom Pérignon's 1998 Second Plénitude
At the foot of a remote ice-capped volcano in Southern Iceland—accessible only by a specially equipped SUV or helicopter—around an arrangement of seats made entirely of mirrors, stands Dom Pérignon's head winemaker and Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy...
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The Weather Diaries: Interpreting Fashion from the West Nordic Islands
Following Reykjavik and Seattle, the German city of Frankfurt is the host of this year's Third Nordic Fashion Biennale (NFB), a traveling event that highlights the unique work of young creatives from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It offers...
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JS Watch Co. Reykjavik
A quiet, colorful city at first glance, Reykjavik bubbles with creativity—just like the geothermal activity under its feet. As the cultural hub of Iceland, the city houses every type of designer, from fashion to furniture and, in this case, watches...
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Omnom Chocolate
Many dream of opening a restaurant, or starting their own culinary-centric company, but few have the experience or knowledge to do so. This was not the case for Kjartan Gíslason, a chef-turned-chocolatier and co-owner of Omnom Chocolate; Iceland...
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Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography
by Laura Feinstein Nordic countries aren’t known for their mild climates. Whether it’s the near-mythic winter darkness of the Scandinavian “polar night," or the periods of 24-hour light that characterize the Midnight Sun, this is a region of stark...
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Scintilla Organic Candles
As longtime attendees of Iceland's DesignMarch, we're familiar with the wonderful textile work of Reykjavik-based Scintilla, a homeware brand founded by fashion and textile designer Linda Björg Árnadóttir. Last year, we were introduced to her organic...
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Børk Blankets
While the life of a digital designer often leads down different paths and to various projects, most work produced is often temporary and intangible. To make something more permanent, four graphic designers from Reykjavik-based multidisciplinary...
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Mead of Poetry Cocktail
While indulging in the taste of Iceland, as part of Scandinavian pop-up restaurant Aska's last serving at Brooklyn's Kinfolk Studios, we were fortunate to try the Mead of Poetry cocktail—a multilayered, rich and flavorful marriage of vodka and mead...
CULTURE
Interview: Sin Fang
We've come to expect nothing short of wonderment from the Icelandic music that reaches global airwaves—expressive and exploratory, but with recognizable pop tinges. Sin Fang delivers all of the above and his 2013 album Flowers was one of the year...
CULTURE
Home Ground
The desolate region surrounding Iceland and Greenland is, in essence, pure wilderness. The landscape, the people—every aspect of the area is unique. While the two isolated countries share an impressive amount of geographic similarities, the native...
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LungA Festival 2013
by Maj Hartov A celebration of art and creative practices, the LungA festival on the east coast of Iceland invites attendees to partake in a full week of activities during July each year. Set in a small town called Seydisfjördur, at the end of a...
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Shoplifter's Solstice Installation
The summer solstice is the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. It's also a time to get together with friends and family for food, drinks and—in the higher reaches of the northern hemisphere—bask in the midnight sun. Nobody celebrates...
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Word of Mouth: Reykjavik
We all know the adage, Greenland is icy and Iceland is green. But really, not many know much more of the large island nation inhabited by just 320,000 people. On our most recent trip to Iceland to visit the capital city of Reykjavik for DesignMarch...
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70% Table by Anna Þórunn
Whether it's a cookie factory turned into a hostel or, in this case, furniture inspired by candy, Icelandic design is often conscious of the country's collective sweet tooth. Driven by childhood memories of Reykjavik's old chocolate factory—...
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Kaffismidja Islands Coffee
At home or in the office our day begins with the all-important cup of coffee, so even when we're on the road we're not willing to compromise. While in Reykjavik for DesignMarch we were tipped off to Kaffismidja Íslands, the local's coffee shop...
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Chrome and Concrete Candle Sets
Much like Ólöf Jakobína's Marmo table, So by Sonja is similarly inspired by Iceland's imposing lanscape and brightly colored architecture. Created by Sonja Björk Ragnarsdóttir, the range's first product, Candlestick 5, take...
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Marmo Table by Ólöf Jakobína
A relative newcomer to the Nordic design community, Iceland has been making strides in recent years thanks to DesignMarch, an annual event hosted citywide in Reykjavik. We were lucky enough to attend once again this year, which is where we came...
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