Exploring the Westfjords with Hidden Iceland

Balancing adventure and relaxation in the island nation's remote region

Shards of glacial icefall chop up the landscape left and right. They’re milky in coloration, though shot through certain areas with the most magnificent blue veins—a color that denotes areas that have been recently exposed to air. This is merely a corner of Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, perhaps most famous for housing a volcano that disrupted air travel for weeks. Our guide Ryan Christopher Connolly, …

Best of Iceland’s 10th Anniversary DesignMarch

Now a mainstay at the global design festival circuit, Iceland’s DesignMarch makes for a gathering point of Nordic nations and a celebration of Icelandic vision. The three-day festival includes international DesignTalks at the iconic Harpa Concert Hall, live music, open studios and exhibitions. From shockingly beautiful tartan patterns to decorative objects and future-forward products for the home and body, Core77 documented dozens of highlights. Head …

Fleet Foxes feat. Graduale Nobili: Crack-Up

Produced by music publication Consequence of Sound and filmed in one continuous take at Reykjavík‘s Harpa Concert Hall, “Crack-Up” sees Fleet Foxes joined by all-female Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili. Directed by Eilífur Örn Þrastarson, the video captures the magnificence of the performance—and its soft glow—from start to finish.

Ásgeir: I Know You Know

With delicately triumphant electronica fortifying vocals rooted in folk, Ásgeir’s “I Know You Know” invokes ethereal images of the natural world, from light to the ocean and rivers flowing. Its brand new music video, directed by Baldvin Albertsson and Arnar Helgi Hlynsson, follows suit with scenes of wonder (and of everyday activities) shot near Ásgeir’s hometown in the north of Iceland. Many comparisons have been …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Icelandic folktales, bamboo basketball courts, mobile gardens and more in our look around the web

1. PIDO’s Mobile Community Garden Designed by Beijing architecture firm People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO), there’s a new community farm that goes further—quite literally. PIDO’s mobile garden is built atop two bicycles, so the entire community can take care of it and also benefit from it. The structure is a triangular steel frame, and the tubes have holes for plants to live inside, and “a …