Iceland Trip Listicle

Harpa, Reykjavik

Getting fishy at Harpa

I am mustering up a more thorough review of our recent trip to Iceland. For now, here is a photo and some top memories.


The coffee, every morning at Hotel Natura’s breakfast. We had several great meals in Iceland (including all our breakfasts), but having fantastic coffee every morning was really the best part, especially after being out late, then sleeping in late. Also: beets for dessert. And yeast-battered fried redfish.

A few more senses

Fuzzy, fuzzy wool. Small, cozy bars. Soaking, meandering in slippery, salty, milky, hot silica water.


Synth pop, and a brilliantly easy and fun-to-use festival app. Sleeping past nine … for several days in a row.


Gullfoss made every other waterfall I’ve ever seen look two-dimensional. A guy on our tour bus joked that the experience “could use more dragons” but Gullfoss was plenty fearsome!


We saw 21 bands play over five days, and many of them were fantastic sets. Una Stef’s show, early in the festival at Fredrikson Ale House was best. LOVE a horn section!


Fríkirkjan: Moses Sumney played in a church, and it was glorious. The relatively new Harpa concert hall (a mezzanine is pictured above) was an elegant, welcoming space, inside and out – very evocative of the human relationships with ocean, and the future.

A vacation

As per our usual M.O., this was not a restful trip. But it was restorative! I feel inspired to get out & experience music more regularly at home.


2 thoughts on “Iceland Trip Listicle

  1. Matt & I almost went to Iceland a couple of years ago, but the trip fell through. Your list is making me regret it! But there’s always next year :-)

    • You should go! We’ll go again, but not this late in the year, at least for awhile (or at least while we live in Minnesota). Brr! We’d like to come back in summer to check out more of the country, maybe do some camping or even some bird watching, if Mom comes along.

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