In its recommendation of 41 destinations around the globe people should visit in 2011, The New York Times places Iceland fourth after Santiago, Chile, San Juan Islands, Wash and Koh Samui, Thailand, with the motto of: “Where a country’s hardships are a visitor’s gain.”
The Harpa Concert and Conference Center in the early stages of construction at the harbor of Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“Iceland’s economic crash has had an upside, at least for tourists. After the devaluation of the krona that followed the country’s 2008 financial crisis, the breathtakingly beautiful island is a lot more affordable,” Sally McGrane writes in her review.
In addition to the traditional must-sees, such as hot springs, glaciers, volcanic landscapes and the northern lights, McGrane mentions the new Reykjavík Concert and Conference Center, Harpa, “whose stunning glass facade was designed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson”, as an attraction.
Harpa is scheduled to open in May. Another draw in McGrane’s opinion is the third annual DesignMarch festival held in March, which showcases Icelandic design, from clothing and textiles to furniture. “And the Iceland Airwaves music festival, every October, is perennially cool,” she adds.
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