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5 Views Of Iceland's Cultural Scene (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/ 8/2012 6:00 am

Nestled between Greenland and Scandinavia in the North Atlantic Ocean, is Iceland, a country that, for all its size, bewilders those who visit with its dynamic -- and frequently eccentric -- culture. With a unique café and bar culture, top notch cuisine, an effervescent nightlife and a burgeoning music scene, the island nation is an attractive destination for the hip and the outdoorsy.

With 2012 heralded as the best time in fifty years to see the Northern Lights, here at Black Tomato we can't think of a better place to chase down the ethereal hues of the Aurora Borealis and combine culture with some of Mother Nature's most beautiful work. Below we've put together some cultural tidbits to get you in the mood for an Iceland holiday.

Music: The Faktory & Mullinn Jazz Bar
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When we think of Iceland’s musical talents, internationally aclaimed artists such as, Bjork, Sigur Ros, The Sugarcubes and Mum spring instantly to mind. However, Iceland’s capital and cultural hub, Reykjavik, is home to an eclectic musical scene with a whole host of classical, jazz, folk, experimental, punk rock, and pop artists creating original, world-class music. You can dip into Iceland’s eclectic music scene at any of the live music venues sprinkled throughout Reykjavik, we would recommend, The Faktory where you can see bands such as Orphic Oxtra, a 13-piece Balkin-music sensation perform, and Mulinn Jazz bar, where acts from Iceland’s vibrant jazz scene take to the stage.
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