Iceland

The ultimate Iceland road trip

A road trip is without a doubt the best way to see Iceland. The country is stunning, but it’s sparsely populated. There are public transportation options, but they stick to the Ring Road. This is a country that gets better the farther you go from “civilization”: the most spectacular thing about the scenery is possibly […]

July 9, 2013 Continue reading…

Snorkeling Silfra: the crack between Europe and America

While living in Australia, I fell in love with scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Since then, I’ve explored underwater in Hawaii, Thailand and Indonesia (where I earned my certification to dive!). I’ve always equated snorkeling and scuba diving with bikinis, sunshine, tropical locales–so I was quite surprised when I found out that you […]

July 2, 2013 Continue reading…

The guide to hipster Reykjavik

I’m never sure if I love or hate the term “hipster.” Living in the Lower East Side, I’m just a river away from the ultimate hipster enclave of Williamsburg: I love the incredible cafe and bar scene, the funky fashion and the quirky ways that people have found to make a living out of their […]

June 28, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from HARPA

While the architecture in Reykjavik is charming, colorful, functional–it’s not exactly cutting-edge. The one exception is HARPA. Finished in 2011, it was originally part of a redevelopment effort that was abandoned when the financial crisis devastated Iceland in 2008. Although the completion of the structure was uncertain, the government decided to fully fund the rest of the […]

June 27, 2013 Continue reading…

The best of Iceland, via Instagram

Here is the transcript of the conversation we had about 27 (or more) times a day on our road trip around Iceland: “Wow. Just, wow,” said Aly. “Oh my god ICELAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL,” I said. I didn’t even realize that I had captioned three photos in a row on Instagram with a variation of […]

June 24, 2013 Continue reading…