Place of the week – Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík

The music festival Iceland Airwaves will take place in Reykjavík November 2 – 6. 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 Sigur Rós, FM Belfast, GusGus, múm, Of Monsters and Men.

Special guest this year is Björk, she will perform an exclusive show in Eldborg, Harpa on Saturday November 5th.

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.

Place of the week – Hvítserkur in North Iceland

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

Place of the week – The Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island

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.

Photo Ragnar Th Sigurðsson