70% of the population in Iceland is concentrated in Reykjavik. What does the rest of rural Iceland look like? Monopoly houses!
I munched on rice cakes as I pondered what life is like in a typical rural Iceland town like Vik. It was peacefully bare compared to Reykjavik. That’s not to say Reykjavik was chaotic. It’s not. It’s a carefully engineered city surrounded by tranquil natural landscapes.
Houses in Reykjavik are just like any other city homes - all built closely next to one another. Icelandic people are not afraid of bold colors and contrasts though. It certainly helps warms up the city on those dark, cold gloomy days.
The homes in Vik remind me of Monopoly houses – carefully spaced out Monopoly houses that are the exact replica of one another. One thing these rural homes have in common with Reykjavik is that they’re all so brightly colored. Apparently, it’s so that they stand out against the blankets of snow. Thanks to global warming though, winters in Southern Iceland are now less white and powdery.