Word of Mouth: 24 Hours in Reykjavik

Our must-sees when only experiencing a stopover in Iceland's capital

by Adrienne So For a while now, Iceland has presented itself as a convenient layover destination for people traveling between Europe and North America—and not just because of its location in the middle of the Atlantic. It’s a magical place to visit for anybody who’s inspired by or interested in design, architecture or an outdoor adventure (even nightlife and cocktail enthusiasts can find something unique …

Icelandic Acts at Iceland Airwaves

Five local indie favorites that will be making their way to continental Europe

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 showcase since 2010—we were once again taken by Nordic acts—the local bands especially. From the broad range of genres to incredible performances and incisive lyrics to insane beats, …

Word of Mouth: Reykjavik Nightlife

With seasons of never-ending light, in this city parties start late and stay strong

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, the island nation’s rich cultural heritage exists in harmony with cutting-edge art and design. In the daylight hours (which change drastically with the season of …

Iceland’s Norður & Co Salt

Made purely with geothermal energy in the northern reaches of the country and pulled from the history books

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. We met with CEO and co-founder Gardar Stefansson on a rainy morning at the company’s office in the Ocean Cluster House, a marine-conscious business incubator in …

JS Watch Co. Reykjavik

Classic timepieces designed and assembled by hand in Iceland

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. JS Watch Co. stands as Iceland’s only watchmaker, designing and assembling handsome timepieces in their unbelievably small workshop-meets-storefront on Laugavegur Street, Reykjavik’s main drag. Founded …