I have been procrastinating my Iceland report because I have no words for everything I experienced in the past few days. I fell in love with the country the first moment I walked out of the airport. Everything was perfectly simple and simply perfect at the same time. It was absolutely beautiful, the cold color in the air, the emptiness. I’m used to cold weather, darkness and ice, we have much more snow in Helsinki than I saw in Iceland and I’ve managed to see the Northern Lights just a couple of hours from my home but the volcanic nature in Iceland was something new and so different than anything I had seen before. The Icelandic nature is so powerful you can feel it around you. It’s absolutely fascinating. I had only little time to explore Iceland but I felt my heart belongs to there (it felt like home) and I can’t wait to go back and take my family with me. I left a small amount of local money in my wallet so going back will be easier. I saw the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, I wish I had had my proper camera with me but didn’t want to carry it while traveling so I don’t have any really good photos to show.
Reykjavik is a fantastic place in so many ways. The center is so small you can walk around it but it’s full of weird, colorful cafes and tiny stylish but still cozy restaurants serving incredibly good food. There are books everywhere (book stores, book cafes) and people are are friendly and they seem to be open-minded and liberal like in Nordic countries in general. I had breakfast here, lovely vegetarian curry here and delicious fish meal here. met Deb and Bianca as soon as I arrived Reykjavik and was so much fun to do things together. Deb and I both agreed we were very lucky to have Bianca as our guide to show us the best places to watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and have a cup of hot chocolate in a lovely restaurant while waiting (the first pic below). A HUGE thank you for your company, ladies!
Harpa is a large and modern venue with several concert halls. Mika performed at Silfurberg conference hall. The stuff was friendly and helpful and the building offered every possible facilities (restaurants, shop etc) we could hope for. I especially loved the view (see above)!
The supporting act
The supporting act was called Páll Óscar (or internationally Paul Oscar) and he literally almost blew up the venue – people went wild! We heard later he is one of the most famous and most popular artists in Iceland and at least the Harpa audience loved him. I loved his very entertaining and camp performance too (you can watch one of his old youtube vids here, but he is even better live, imo).
The Mika gig
And that was the European Tour 2012. Can’t believe it’s over. I collected wonderful memories. I met lovely people. It was a pleasure, really. Thank you everyone for your company while queueing, eating, traveling and partying at the gigs, for lovely chats and for all your help, for making me smile and making me laugh (laughing is good, isn’t it?). I saw some fantastic venues in 10 different countries (really, it didn’t feel that many?!) and, of course, saw and experienced many very, very special Mika moments. Happy holidays, people. Bring on next year, bring on whatever it brings. xxx