Iceland has often been accused of being one of the most culturally appropriative countries in the world. While this is certainly true to an extent when it comes to pop culture, believe it or not Iceland really does have a culture of its own. If you want to see what it looks like, visit the top floor of Iðno. Better check it out soon, though, as they are currently packing things up to clear it out.
This space, with its slanted attic ceilings, grandma furniture and walls festooned with old prints, is practically a living museum of a bygone age in Iceland. It really comes across as the kind of place where you settle in with some brandy over candlelight with a copy of Morgunblaðið folded across your lap as you discuss What’s Wrong With Young People Today with your friends from accounting.
If you do a little walking around the space—and a little walking is all you can really do—you can also check out the old spinning wheel, and the massive toy doll collection off in one corner.
As such, this isn’t exactly the place to come trundling into after you’re already three sheets to the wind. Here, you enjoy your drink like a civilised human being, and talk about things that matter. That, or you can just admiring the spinning wheel.