Tag: Reykjavik


Norður og Niður - a melting pot of creativity !!

Norður og Niður – a melting pot of creativity !!

Happy New Year everyone.  I took a bit of a brake from blogging during the holidays but now I am back and I have a good feeling about this year. I went to Norður og Niður in Harpa last weekend. Oh boy it was such an amazing festival a melting pot of creativity oozing from all directions. Sigur Rós was organizing the festival turning Harpa into a fairy tale land. There were so many Icelandic and foreign artists that performed during the festival. Jarvis Cocker hosted a great talk, peaches as well as some of the most famous Icelandic artists performed “gloomy holidays” where popular Christmas songs were performed in minor to give it more of a “dark” effect. I saw my idol Peaches perform on the Friday and she was AWESOME. Here are some pictures from the festival. I will defiantly be attending next year if Sigur Rós decides to put it on again.     Read more about the festival here. Hope you are having a good start to the year 2018.


Icelandic power women featured in vouge!!

Icelandic power women featured in vouge!!

During my morning fashion surf across the world wide web I came across an article on vouge.com A fasinating read about strong Icelandic women and their favourite places in Iceland. The first one that caught my eye was Glowie a former Reykjavik Fashion and Design cover girl. Here is what she had to say:   Glowie, musician, Her spot: The beach close to Viðey harbor, where she often comes with her boyfriend (pictured). “One of our first dates we came here. It’s a special place for us and very romantic. I live near here as well.” There are also frequent daily ferries to Viðey island, which feels like going back in time. Music notes: “The music industry is really different here in Iceland. It’s kind of a mixture of straight pop and more left-side indie music. I grew up around a family who was all in music and I listened to everything from gospel choirs to Outkast and Craig David. That made me who I am—my style and my sound. It’s a mixture of hip-hop, R&B, and Icelandic influences.” Look: “I’ve always been unafraid to be different. I look for things that no one else here is wearing. I shop a lot of vintage stores. I only wear retro Buffalo platform shoes now. I love the ’90s—that’s my favorite style decade. When I was younger, people would say I was a mixture of Rihanna and Beyoncé. But I don’t want to be the next anybody. I want to be the first Glowie.” My Reykjavik: “The fresh air, the clean water, the language. When I’m in London talking to people in English all day, I miss just speaking Icelandic. The architecture is really different here, too. You definitely want to explore all the new buildings downtown by the water and also the…


Could this be your dream house?

Could this be your dream house?

There are so many beautiful old houses in Reykjavik, especially in the downtown area. I live in what they call the “old west-side” of Reykjavik and in that area you can find many of the old town houses. Many of these houses have clearly drawn inspiration from Scandinavian designs and I just recently spotted that my dream house has been put on sale. I put a few pictures here and if you want to get more information have a look here.


Secret Solstice-Street Style: Day three

Secret Solstice-Street Style: Day three

We got to Secret Solstice just in time to hear Rottweiler scream “if you have chlamydia raise your hands ?!?” over the crowd  as they started playing the next song  “negla”. The crowd was super energetic and Rottweiler managed to keep the dynamic atmosphere to the max. I was eager to see Prodigy and oh boy they didn’t disappoint, I was actually quite surprised to find out that I recognized a lot more songs than I thought a would. The rain was pouring down but people didnt seem to mind and let the music take over , creating mosh pits everywhere in front of the stage. As usual we took some shots of all the happy people and the great atmosphere at Solstice.  


Sónar Reykjavík 2017

Sónar Reykjavík 2017

Sónar Reykjavík starts today  and the lineup is going to blow your minds. We are talking artists such as Nadia Rose, Fat Boy Slim and De La Soul. There will also be a huge range of Icelandic artists , Mc Gauti, Glowie ( who featured our 2016 Christmas Cover) and of course FM Belfast who are playing at Harpa tonight. Here are some pictures from Sónar Reykjavik throughout the years, just to prepare you of what is going to get down.                   Make sure to grab yourself a ticket ( if you havent already ) and check the lineup here!!!!


Dark Religion

Dark Religion

Kyrja has quickly become a basic fixture on the Icelandic fashion scene, gaining recognition for her designs that blur the borders of femininity and androgyny. With her regal and dark vision, designer Sif creates gorgeous clean cut silhouettes that are a must-have in every fashionable closet. The essence of Kyrja feels almost religious which goes perfectly with the name of the brand, which translates the act of chanting. The juxtaposition of Kyrja is that the minimalistic and harsh cut of the clothing belies their soft feel. Designer Sif studied fashion design far from her homeland in the Italian city of Milano. While finishing her studies, Sif took on a full-time internship at Italian fashion house Vivetta. This was an ambitious move, which meant she was working during her final school exams, but it offered a huge boon to her learning experience. After Italy, the young designer shifted her focus towards London. She moved to the UK in late 2011 where she interned for the lingerie company Luolou loves you then later at prominent men’s fashion label Agi & Sam. A few months after her move, the first ideas of Kyrja were born, though the ball really started rolling when she moved into her first proper studio. Kyrja’s first collection was for fall/winter ‘13. Designer Sif doesn’t know the exact moment she first became interested in fashion, but vividly remembers planning trips to Paris with her grandmother at the age of thirteen to stake out the fashion design school she had her young heart set on. She tells us, “around 15 or 16 year old, my mother taught me how to sew a high waisted skirt in the mood of the 1950’s and I knew that there was no turning back. I was hooked on that feeling of being able to…


DJ culture in Reykjavík

DJ culture in Reykjavík

By: Lovísa Arnardóttir Photos curtesy of: Aníta Björk, Ársæll and Dj Kocoon Article from the winter issue 2016 Follow my blog with Bloglovin I have been a DJ in Reykjavík for five years. I’m part of a duo called Kanilsnældur. We play house and sometimes techno, and we are female DJ’s. We both have day jobs but DJ’ing is an integral and important part of our lives. As it is dark for almost nine months of the year in Iceland, I think a lot of people turn to music to express themselves. Mostly, it keeps us from becoming depressed in the cold, long and dark winter nights (and days). Iceland has a large and thriving DJ culture. On an average weekend you may find everything from reggae to rock to hard-core techno. You won’t find all genres during the same night, mostly because there are not that many places to go, but over a whole weekend (which of course includes Thursday) you will find a good mix of genres around downtown Reykjavík. Because there are not many bars or clubs that play each genre, it is hard for DJ’s to get booked every weekend. Some DJ’s have residencies, but places usually try to book each DJ one or two times during the same month. If they DJ two times in the same month, it’s common that they don’t play the same genre or maybe even join a collective. Each genre has its mix of DJ’s in Reykjavík. Some have been doing it for years and some not. I think the best part of the DJ culture here in Reykjavík is that it’s not too closed-off to newcomers. If you’re interested in DJ’ing you might have to network and get to know the lay of the land, and meet booking agents…


What do you like to do in Reykjavík?

What do you like to do in Reykjavík?

Steinþór Helgi Arnsteinsson Event Manager I love to wake up early and walk to work, especially when there is no one around and not even cars on the streets. Everything is so peaceful and innocent, two of the main reasons I love Reykjavík. I sometimes stop to get coffee at Kaffislippurinn at Hotel Marina, which is next to the harbour/Grandi, and is probably my favorite spot in town. I also work there and live close by, which is quite convenient. For lunch my favorite place is Coocoo’s Nest. The atmosphere is simple and laid back and the soups and sandwiches there are always delicious. After work I love the bars that have good cocktail happy hours like Apótekið. For partying it really depends on the night and crowd. For techno I go to Paloma, for hip-hop and good vibes Prikið is obligatory and for everything else, Húrra and Kaffibarinn do the trick.   Lilja Sif Þorsteinsdóttir Clinical Psychologist My favorite time of year to stroll around Reykjavík is fall, when the city dornes its beautiful gown of red, brown and yellow. For a sunny and clear Sunday morning, venture out early and head to Öskjuhlíð.  The little woods surrounding the hill make for a magical walk, especially on a sunny and clear morning. With the smell of frost in the air, the crisp sound of leaves at your feet and all the beautiful fall colors surrounding you, you can pretend you’re in your own little world. You can expect some company in the form of the occasional bunny hopping across your path. End your walk at Nauthóll, a little café by the seaside and enjoy the ocean view. Afterwards, head to Perlan for a perfect panorama view of the Reykjavík area. If you prefer an evening walk, I recommend the…