Hallgrímskirkja. The church at the center of town. Also the site of manic firework displays on New Years Eve.

When it comes down to it, I consider myself a pretty lucky guy. In this instance, I’m referring to the New Years holiday I was able to spend with my parents and boyfriend in Reykjavik. After spending most of my 4 weeks in this country by myself, it was a great comfort to see familiar faces again. We had a fantastic time in this small capital city. Taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon, strolling around the multicolored buildings, eating exotic local fare (including whale and puffin) this trip was a much needed break from the isolation of my studio.

Reykjavik from the top of the Church.

Across the bay. Check out that awesome green house at the bottom!

The view looking down from the top of the Church.

Rekjavik is a strange little city. Welcoming in scale, although the suburban sprawl around is massive, the city center is easy to navigate- even with seven syllable street names. The city also has a strange sense of being familiar. Bits of Scandanvian design and minimal interiors, multicolor houses like those that line the canals of Amerstdam, and bar/cafes on every corner not unlike little towns in Ireland. In the end it’s the people and way of life in this place that make Reykjavik a unique destination. I would highly recommend going to the top of the church if you find yourself in this corner of the world. It’s an inexpensive and beautiful way to get your bearings.

Some of the stunning views one gets walking around Reykjavik.

Yes, it’s probably the most touristy thing you can do in Iceland, but suck it up and go take a dip in the Blue Lagoon. It’s a massive outdoor geothermal hot spring about 45 min from Reykjavik. Just keep your fingers crossed for good weather. We went in near-blizzard conditions and I can say that my body has never been as confused as it was on that day. My face covered in silica sand, frost in my wet hair, ears frozen, and the everything below my neck a cosy 38 °C (100.4 °F). Totally worth it.

Crappy indoor photo of the Blue Lagoon because there was a BLIZZARD happening outside. Note the lack of bathers...

These guys were troopers.

I even got to see the sun for a third time since I’ve been here!


So for now I’m back in Seydisfjordur finishing up work for my show this weekend. Here’s a little preview of some of the work.

Conundrum, Paper, clothes pins, and acrylic.

A floor piece still in the works, with some wall pieces.

I’ve got less than a week here, then back to Reykjavik for a few days and finally back to the good ol’ US of A. Thanks for reading!

Seydisfjordur from the edge of town.

About Matt Jacobs

Matt Jacobs is an artist and writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been exhibited internationally in Iceland and Italy as well as throughout the U.S. including Texas, California, and New York. In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Jacobs also pursues critical activities such as writing and curating. He has curated several exhibitions in the Kansas City area including “Twenty Something” at City Arts Project and at the H+R Block Artspace’s Biennial Flatfile exhibition. His writing has appeared in Art Tattler, Review Magazine, and Glasstire.
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1 Response to Reykjavik

  1. Never seen the Blue Lagoon so empty!

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