This was not my first trip to Iceland. Nor was it my second. Instead, this marked my third time passing through the volcanic island nation at the center of the North Atlantic. This summertime arrival in Reykjavík greeted me with an airport that seems to have quadrupled in size and offerings — not to mention a vibrant, expanding city center with new restaurants and shops around every bend.
A newly opened Joe and the Juice at Keflavik airport that I recalled my
last time through in January 2017, had grown by three and was dominating patron curiosity.
Many of the cranes I’d noticed on the water a year-and-a-half earlier had since erected new constructions.Many of the cranes I’d noticed on Reykjavíks’s port a year-and-a-half earlier had since erected new constructions. Even Keflavik is under construction with new hotels soon popping up.
In my earliest stay in Iceland, I was struck by the simplicity of hotel rooms or apartments—understated and adequate.
With its international attention and draw, there appears to be a newfound luxury, like the very beautiful Hilton Canopy, which we saw both under construction, and now, open to the public.
By the same token, there seems to be an inspired curiosity and pride in Icelandic and Nordic design and even, maybe especially, its cuisine. Here is are a few snaps of Reykjavík from this most recent trip in August 2018: a city in the midst of growth and expansion, but still a natural wonder and full of warm hospitality.
Icelandic humor at its finest: