travel: Reykjavik, Iceland
written by Madelaine Coyle
I recently took a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. The northern most capital in the world is not only strikingly majestic, but offers a bewitching combo of village innocence and big city zeal. The sun blazes in the summer 22 hours a day, and winter presents blizzards and never ending nights.
The city is filled with comfy cafes and five-star restaurants, endless museums and galleries, and breathtaking geothermal spas… not to mention, it is home to Bjork and one of my favorite bands – Sigur Ros.
Before taking off, I stumbled across a colorful interactive map that features central Reykjavik: reykjavikcentermap.com. As a self-proclaimed artist myself, I found the collaboration between Iceland design collective Borgarmyn and artist Snorri Eldjarn Snorrason to be absolutely breathtaking, almost as much as the city itself.
The hand-illustrated map took almost 3000 hours to complete. The interactive map provides you with information to popular attractions in the city. A mobile app version is in the works as well! If you compare this map to Google, you’ll be awed that the rooftops align perfectly – how cool would it be if Google employed an artistic map overlay as one of their options?
Check this out and definitely put Iceland on your bucket list – you won’t be disappointed, I promise!