After being awake for almost 48 hours straight, taking a snooze in a warm bed for the night is heaven. What we did in these past 48 hours though is something I’m not soon to forget.
It began with a two-hour flight to New Jersey, where I met up with my family for lunch, and then continued on from there to Iceland with a five-hour flight. When we arrived we got right down to work with a walking tour of Reykjavík to see the different venues we would be calling home this weekend.
The most relaxing part of the day, among all of the chaos of traveling and just becoming acquainted to a new country, was when we hit the oldest pool in Reykjavík, Sundhöllin. Now pools in Iceland are very different from what you may expect.
Also included in the two-hour special were six preview pieces showcasing different parts of Icelandic culture, ranging from literature to Norse mythology to films to food. Click on the links below to listen to the show in its entirety.
We’re heading to Iceland Airwaves! Here’s a cultural preview story produced by Michelle. Follow their journey, which begins October 30, on the Iceland Airwaves 2013 blog.
It’s no secret that Iceland has a beautiful and unique landscape; people travel from all over the world to see the amazing geysers, breathtaking mountains and the scenic ocean that surrounds the island.
This environment has inspired several generations of artists. Iceland’s history is saturated with sagas and folklore of mythical creatures that live to protect the land. As art continues to evolve, inspiration from nature remains.
For example, visual artists Georg Guðni and Eggert Pétursson incorporate multiple aspects of Icelandic scenery in their work. The country’s represented in Petursson’s many floral paintings, and Guðni’s landscape paintings of earth and sky.
Musician Ásgeir says his hometown, is inspiring with its abundance of free space. The lyrics he and his father write mention nature and the environment.
The album Ásgeir is referring to is In The Silence, which will be released Oct 29 by One Little Indian Records. One of the songs is called “Torrent.”
Besides his hometown, Ásgeir has another special spot that stimulates his creativity.
Ásgeir will perform at Harpa Silfurberg during Iceland Airwaves on November 2 at 10:00.