The music festival Iceland Airwaves will take place in Reykjavík November 5 – 9. It was first held in 1999 and has become one of the premier annual showcases for new music – Icelandic and otherwise – in the world. Some of the world’s most exciting artists have performed there, too. The Shins, The Rapture, TV On The Radio, Florence and the Machine and Fatboy Slim. Including Icelandic bands such as Björk, Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men.
Iceland Airwaves is more than just music. Reykjavík is quite possibly the perfect festival city – small enough to be welcoming, sophisticated enough to offer cultural, historical and nightlife diversions to rival cities ten times its size. Maybe twenty.
For further information see their web, icelandairwaves.is.
Photo by Alexander Mitkhno of FM Belfast last year.
This photo is taken from the ringroad no 1 up in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland.
The mountain to the right is Hraunsnefsöxl, below is the Hraunsnef travel service.
Baula is a 934 m rhyolite mountain in the middle. On the top there is a small rock shelter and the view from there is excellent in all directions. In a rock shelter is a guest book.
The crater, Grábrók, is to the right. There is a path leading to the top and the view is excellent.
Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland, by road no 711.
The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.
Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name (“white shirt” in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.
Photo Bjarki Björgúlfsson
The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island near Reykjavík.
It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine”.
Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called “Wish Trees”. The tower lit every year from October 9th, Lennon’s birthday, through December 8th, the date he died.
Yoko Ono said on the day of the inauguration (October 9th 2007) that the tower was the best thing that she and John had ever done.
Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson