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Sonar Reykjavik 2014 highlights.

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I'll preface this by saying that I haven't gone on a proper vacation in roughly 4 years. Sure, I spent some time living abroad in Malmö and Montréal, but they were places of residence, not vacation stops (although I wouldn't mind visiting Montréal in the fall again). If you've ever done both, then you know what I mean. unpacking for a few weeks is quite different than unpacking indefinitely. You see a city with different lenses. Suffice to say, I'd been looking forward to this for some time.

The main reason my girlfriend and I booked this trip was to a) experience Iceland in the winter, and b) check out the eclectic Sonar Reykjavik festival. Both reasons have enough merit on their own to book the trip, so getting both is tops. We decided to do the festival first and the touristy stuff second, which worked out splendidly.

Sonar was mainly a cluster of Icelandic pop and electronic favorites, with some quality live acts sprinkled over (oh, and that Diplo guy I guess). Everything from Booka Shade-esque live duo Kiasmos, to the Icelandic jack of all trades Högni Egilsson (associated with; GusGus, HE, Gluteus Maximus, and Hjaltalin) were showcased in a humble and honest fashion, putting the music at the forefront and kicking glitz to the rear. I'm writing a festival review for HMWL.org in the next day or so, so if you're curious about the music then check that out.

Below are photos from all over. Some of the places include the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park rift valley, and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur. Also included are some shots from downtown Reykjavik, me eating a hot dog, and some shots within Harpa (venue where Sonar took place).