by Ann Binlot: Icelandair just made Reykjavik easier to visit than ever before, thanks to the Icelandair Stopover.
Travelers who are on Transatlantic routes can take a break in Iceland for up to seven days at no extra cost to one of 15 destinations in the United States or Canada or, to one of 25 destinations in Europe from North America. Sure, Iceland may be known for its amazing landscapes, but there’s also lots of culture to be seen in Reykjavik. Here are a few of the stops cultural enthusiasts visiting Reykjavik should check out:
Sure, you can see performances by some of the most renowned Icelandic and international acts here, but the building in itself is a work of art. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson conceptualized the intricate glass walls of the south façade, as well as the idea for the north, east and west façades and roof, which he developed with Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Eliasson took inspiration from the troll rock formations on the black sand beach in Vik, emulating their shapes in the Harpa Concert Hall’s windows, fusing together the idea of color, nature and light.
Yoko Ono launched this piece of art in October 2014 to pay homage to her late husband John Lennon. “I hope the Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet,” she said. The bright beam of light, which shines from the island of Viðey in Kollafjörður Bay, just outside Reykjavík Harbour, can be seen from Reykjavik. Now all you have to do is just conjure up Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Several street artists have used the Reukjavik’s walls as their canvases, even decorating public housing on the outskirts to brighten up the monochrome structures. Reykjavik has no shortage of street art, and for an insider tour, we suggest you look up the folks at Reykjavik Street Art Tours.
To celebrate the Icelandair Stopover program, Icelandair is offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay at the picturesque Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, which is located on the southern-most tip of the country. You can book a package from September 1 to November 1 2015 that include one night at the lighthouse, one night at Hotel Reykjavik Marina and a selection of incredible activities. Prices start from €1,894 per person for a group of four people. For more information, visit icelandair.com/stopover.