Clara Käfer und Valentina Krois
Past summer, summer 2021, we had the unique opportunity to be able to practice our professional training in Iceland. Five weeks full of exploring the landscape, meeting new people, getting in touch with the local food, art and culture.
Hanfnarhús, the main location of the Reykjavík Art Museum, our workplace. A big grey building located next to the harbor perfectly furnished for the current exhibition “Erró” with an focus on the microenvironment with an aim of displaying the growth of the icelandic art scene. Viewing the exhibitions, helping out at the reception and keeping the shop clean and tidy accompanied our working day same as in Kjarvalsstadir. The second, most busiest museum because of the bistro placed inside the modern building. More light, more life and more noises. The museum was well visited by families, students but also elderly people. Vivid – but we enjoyed it. The contrast with, short “Kjarval”, was made by the third and last site, Ásmundarsafn, the smallest, most silent but beautiful gallery. What made the little exhibition room look so special was its colorful reflecting light made by a local artist.
Going to a country for the first time is always exciting but going out of the airport, the brightness even at midnight, the clear air, one of your best friends by your side and both knowing the upcoming experience will be one of the best of your life – is definitely a different feeling.
Our apartment was a fluke, directly located next to the harbor and the museum. The colleagues were young, talkative and so friendly. Through their help we planned our trips and leisure activities. We toured till the south coast of Iceland. On our journey we saw most of the famous waterfalls called “-foss” in icelandic f.e. Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, but not just them. The black sand beach and the glacier also made us speechless.
We got the chance to do the famous golden circle tour by car with one of our colleagues who has become a friend due to this trip and our work together. This tour included the biggest icelandic waterfall called “Gullfoss” and among other things also the national park Þingvellir (Thingvellir), also known as the place where the eurasian and american plates divide.
An activity we always wanted to do was horseback riding through the landscape and it was by far the most beautiful way to discover the pure nature where you can’t go by car and feeling connected to the beautiful animals which are original from that country.
Finally, to clarify the cliché about Iceland. It’s not a settled, quiet and gloomy country as you may know from legends, fairy tales or stories. It can be quiet, it can seem dozy but the time we experienced Iceland was anything other than that. The city lively, the land lit up by the midnight sun and the people full of energy, no matter what day, no matter what time. So much life everywhere and everything worth seeing with your own eyes.