How to Live as a Fairy in Reykjavik

Madeleine Ray

If you have ever daydreamed about getting lost amongst cute garden cafes and artisan boutiques underneath a brightly colored sky of pink and green, perhaps you can live your fairy dreams in real life in the land of fire and ice. Iceland is an island country adorned with adorable elf houses, geographic phenomena, and a sustainable way of life. You walk underneath waterfalls in the morning and shop for vintage jewelry in the evening. Here is a little guide to get you started on experiencing life in Iceland as a real-life fairy.

Hafnarfjordur, Grótta Island Lighthouse, Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool, Aurum by Guðbjörg Jewellery, Aftur clothing, Flóran Garden Bistro, Café Babalú

  • Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

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      This town is famous for having the largest settlement of elves, dwarves, and other mystical beings. Here you can even take a tour of their hidden worlds and have a deeper insight into Icelandic mythology. Try to spot little elf houses along the streets and even leave a gift for them to bring good luck.

  • Grótta Island Lighthouse, Iceland

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      This mysterious lighthouse is accessible only in times of the low tide. If you have the chance to visit this little island, however, it is a prime spot to view the northern lights in the wintertime. Experience one of nature's true wonders with the lights dancing above you while resting beneath the scenic lighthouse.

  • Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool, Iceland

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      One of the oldest pools located in southern Iceland. This unique pool in the middle of a huge mountainous area with lush green grass and picturesque views. The pool is located outside and has a thick green color. This is a very popular spot for both tourists and locals, however, there are many times where you can be completely alone and immersed in nature at this once in a lifetime outdoor pool.

  • Aurum by Guðbjörg Jewellery in Reykjavík, Iceland

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      Handcrafted jewelry inspired by Icelandic nature, Aurum is a boutique in Reykavik. The jewelry itself is designed to be delicate and form irregular shapes. The unique and feminine designs were crafted by Award-winning jewelry designer Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir.

  • Aftur clothing in Reykjavík, Iceland

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      Aftur clothing is a sustainable clothing manufacturer in central Reykjavik that specializes in making clothes out of recycled materials. Offering many colorful and fashionable pieces, this shop provides eco-friendly supplies for any stylish girl looking for one of a kind pieces.

  • Flóran Garden Bistro in Reykjavík, Iceland

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      A lovely restaurant in the middle of a botanical garden, with fresh food made from the surrounding area. This super adorable and delicious bistro is the spot to go for your fairytale lunch in Reykjavik. Enjoy hot soup and tasty bites amongst the expansive nature encompassing you.

  • Café Babalú in Reykjavík, Iceland

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      This eclectic and brightly colored cafe in Reykjavik is adorned in vintage furniture and decorations. This is your place to go for a latte in the afternoon for good service and a quirky vibe that makes you feel as though you just walked into a story book.