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I’ve just visited Reykjavik, Iceland and as a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist, I couldn’t help noticing some interesting feng shui aspects of this small but beautiful city and stunning scenery of Iceland, waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, whales and taste of a rotten shark food if you’re into interesting foods.
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Reykjavik – the relationship area of the bagua of Iceland
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the largest city, with a population of 123,246 people (the population of Iceland is only 332,529). Reykjavik is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay which from feng shui bagua perspective is the relationship/marriage area of Iceland. Feng shui bagua model can be applied to your home, office, even your desk and in this case on the whole country and the city of Reykjavik. Since Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a major tourist attraction, it can make sense from bagua perspective that this city would establish good relationships with the rest of the world (everyone speaks very good English). The main international airport Keflavik is even further to the southwest of the country. For the residents of Reykjavik, according to statistics, marriage is not that important though. The birth rate is dwindling as well. I haven’t noticed many children or babies.
Bagua of Reykjavik
Looking at the bagua of Reykjavik it looks like city centre is in the helpful friends, travel and clients area of the bagua model. This is also where the port is and when big cruise ships come in with thousands of tourists, the whole city is buzzing with excitement and expectation.
The energy of Reykjavik in the summer is quite good but not brilliant. I would rate it at 7/10, for all kinds of reasons. Overall, the weather is quite chilly even during summer. Get some warm clothes. Read below.
Travel in Iceland and to Iceland can tell you a lot about the energy flow. Apart from flying to Iceland, you can get to Iceland from Britain by train to Denmark and then a ferry crossing or by cruise ship. Train travel is gaining popularity since Greta Thunberg and other eco-warriors made it popular as an alternative to air travel. Whatever way you’re getting to Iceland and moving around, you will notice that Iceland is not very build-up and there are a very few highrises. Buses and cars are the best way to explore Iceland and there a lot of popular coach tours throughout Iceland. You can also hire a helicopter to see the whole of Iceland in no time.
Tjörnin is Reykjavik’s city pond is a small lake and haven for birdwatchers and in winter when the pond freezes you can ice skate on it.
Yin & yang of buildings
Although the weather is changing constantly, it seems that there is not that much architectural diversity in Reykjavik. There is a lot of sameness and little variety when it comes to buildings. For that reason, I would rank the yin and yang aspect of buildings at only 4/10.
The Icelandic motto “þetta reddast” can be translated as “it will all work out fine”.
Five elements are well balanced with all elements (water, tree, fire, earth and metal). I would rate it at 8/10 with predominant elements of earth, water and fire. Iceland is a volcanic country with geysers (spewing out magma-heated water for 10 000 years now), glaciers and fjords as well as mountains, waterfalls, lakes, ice caves, geothermal spas and spectacular nature reserves and views. My ranking for the five elements is 8/10. The earth and heaven aspects are well connected as one can see with the Northern lights which make plasma get activated and visible so beautifully in Iceland. A perfect example of heaven and earth’s energies working, connecting and working together.
Water (shui) element
Iceland is surrounded by the Greenland Sea and North Atlantic Ocean (20% of tourists that come to Iceland go whale watching – 25 different types of whales) with an abundance of very good drinking water from glaciers. The whole country is powered by geothermal energy. All houses have two taps for water: one for hot water coming from the ground already hot and boiling for washing and cleaning (not suitable for drinking) and one cold water tap for drinking water.
Whale watching is a great way to connect to nature and the sea.
Blue Lagoon is another one, about 40 minutes southwest from Reykjavik. When in Iceland you must experience one of 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa bliss in the midst of the volcanic landscape. The cloudy, milky-like water is coloured by natural silica minerals that rise from about two kilometres beneath the earth. The Blue Lagoon isn’t really a natural wonder (the website calls it an ‘outwardly wonder’) because the water from it is a result of activity in the geothermal plant which is right next door. The temperature of the water in the bathing and swimming areas is on average 98–102 °F – ideal for soaking in this mother of all baths.
The Old Harbour is worth seeing and you can book a whale-watching trip. The Reykjavik’s eclectic flea market, Kolaportid, is located there too and within a few minutes from the city centre. It is indoors and opens every weekend.
Cheap geothermal energy and plenty of water = plenty of outdoor swimming places for Icelanders who are passionate about it. Sundhöllin in Baronsstigur, Reykjavik is the oldest public baths in Iceland. It was renovated in 2017 with a brand new outdoor pool, hot tubes and sauna. What not to like?
Fire element – Icelandic volcanos
The volcanos in Iceland area famous, especially Bárðarbunga which disrupted air traffic big time when it last erupted in 2014-15. Seismic activity surrounding volcanos is usually present. Earthquakes are become more pronounced or at least more noticeable in recent years in many countries, even in the UK. Earthquakes and geopathic stress are connected. Another famous volcano is Eyjafjallajokull which erupted catastrophically in 2010. And in 2018, Iceland volcano Katla is threatening to erupt, according to latest reports by experts. Sarah Barsotti, co-ordinator for volcanic hazards at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, said: “There is no way of telling when it will erupt, just that it will.” Researchers believe that there will be more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the future as the big glaciers disappear and land rebounds.
Air / wind (feng) element
The quality of air is excellent in Reykjavik and Iceland. The winds can be strong but that also means that the weather is very changeable. I’m sure there is some air pollution in Reykjavik but the winds blow it away rapidly.
Wood or tree element missing
Driving from Keflavik airport one can’t stop wondering about the Moon-like, volcanic landscape. No trees. And when in Reykjavik, I haven’t noticed a single corner flower shop. Of course, people love nature and will do simple and little things to bring some nature to their home or workplaces. I’ve noticed that a lot of shops have flower pots outside the front doors. Also, people have flower boxes outside their windows or doors, like this one below at 20 Norðurstígur, Reykjavík.
Spiritual feng shui of Reykjavik and Iceland
Feng shui is historically and fundamentally spiritual discipline because it deals with the energy (spirit) of a place. There are a few sacred spots and power places in Iceland, such as Snaefellsjokull glacier, Thorsmork and Skaftafell and pyramid-shaped Bulandstindur mountains as well as Thingvellir. In Reykjavik, visit Hallgrímskirkja which is a Lutheran parish church. It is the largest church in Iceland and one of the tallest buildings in the country (74.5 metres high) – probably the most recognisable building in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson, author of the Passion Hymn. The view from the top of the church is encompassing the whole Reykjavik and beyond. The building took 40 years to build and was finished in 1986 and was inspired by the Icelandic landscape. Although the predominant religious domination in Iceland is Christian with Icelandic Church leading the way, nature and biophilia are unavoidable in Iceland and that is the most dominant spiritual dimension here.
Values of Icelanders
As a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist, I’ve noticed some universal and unique values that most Icelanders hold dearly. We all could learn from and adopt these values, especially in terms of world peace, work ethics and positivity.
Homes are important to Icelanders.
Most Icelanders dream about owning property. There is a shortage of properties in Iceland though. Most people live in flats and apartments.
Work ethics is high in Iceland.
Icelanders are hard-working and value work so much that some people have even two or three jobs going. The wages are high but the prices are high too.
Peace is also highly valued.
Please note that it was Reykjavik that hosted the meeting between Gorbachev and Reagan. The former French consulate, called Hofdi, was the site of the Reykjavík Summit in 1986 which resulted in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Also, the Imagine Peace Tower (Icelandic: Friðarsúlan, meaning “the peace column”) is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík.`
50% Icelanders believe in elves and 90% are open to the idea.
“Þetta reddast” philosophy.
The Icelandic motto ‘þetta reddast’ can be translated as “it will all work out fine”. Life hasn’t always been easy in this barren, harsh country and Icelanders have developed an attitude which sometimes appears a bit carefree. When faced with challenges, Icelanders believe that things will work in time – even the biggest problems have solutions. Þetta reddast attitude could be a reason behind Iceland being one of the happiest nations (or is it because the city has the highest percentage of marijuana smokers – not technically legal). Þetta reddast is also a good reminder and a piece of very practical advice to relax and be optimistic when faced with challenges and problems. Petta reddast is a similar mindset or concept to the Dutch niksen and Japanese wabi sabi
Most people know about Björk Guðmundsdóttir. Other famous musicians are the post-rock band Sigur Rós and a band called Of Monsters and Men.
History of Iceland
Visit the National Museum for the overview of Iceland’s history and culture with free smartphone audio-guided tour.
Shark eating stands out as one daring dining experience. Don’t have high hopes for something that you’d like to eat on regular bases though. You’ve been warned. Bread is very good in Reykjavik – visit this very sweet shop called Braud & Co. (16, Frakkastígur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland). Further up, there is a very nice coffee shop called Reykjavik Roasters.
Mayor of Reykjavik
The current mayor of Reykjavik is Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson. The previous mayor was Jón Gnarr who was a successful and well-known comedian and actor and originally the whole thing was a joke. Surprising his Best Party’s campaign was successful and he won and served as the Mayor of Reykjavík from 2010 to 2014. His campaign promise was to make Reykjavik a fun place. He wrote a book about his four years as a mayor of Reykjavik called ‘How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World’. Eddie Izzard, a British comedian, is going to run for a mayor of London in 2020. I’m not sure why and how Eddie decided to run for a mayor but I’m sure Eddie Izzard is reading his book to learn from his mistakes and successes to become the next mayor of London.
Harpa Concert Hall is a modern cultural centre that sparkles like a jewel on the city’s waterfront with great views. There is a 30-minute guided tour inside.
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Top feng shui tips for Icelanders
1) Get better sleep
During the summer, sleeping in total darkness is essential for melatonin production. Make sure that you have totally blacked out windows or wear the sleep masks. I’ve noticed that many houses have inadequate blinds that let in light which will definitely disturb sleep. Earthquakes and geopathic stress are connected and since Iceland is a volcanic country and there are fault lines – check for geopathic stress lines in your bedroom. Read how to feng shui your bedroom
2) Get more plants
A sense of control and security is very important to humans and research from environmental psychology confirms that. Humans hate uncertainty. Nature and weather are very prominent and unpredictable in Iceland. Icelanders can’t control the weather, volcanos and earthquakes. But they have control over the plants and their homes (that’s why homes are important to Icelanders) – so, add more plants in your home or garden. If you need more prosperity in your life – get a money plant. Read more about feng shui plants
3) Add more pleasure, joy and fun things to your homes and workplaces.
Jón Gnarr, the previous mayor of Reykjavik run his campaign on happiness and fun. Even though Iceland ranks high on the happiness index (in the third place in 2017, behind Denmark and Norway), more fun and pleasure will always work for your homes and workplaces. Steven Johnson in his book ‘Wonderland – How play made the modern world’ suggests that it is play and fun that drives and progresses humanity (not war or other domains). Nations that value fun and pleasure have higher rates of innovation and creativity. Add fun games, puzzles, sensual and pleasurable objects and anything that brings a smile to your face and others. Read about the importance of joy in feng shui
Feng shui consultants in Reykjavik
A quick Google search revealed that there are no feng shui consultants in Reykjavik. So if you live in Reykjavik or anywhere in Iceland and are looking for a feng shui consultant feel free to call/text/Whatsapp me on +44 7956 288574 for a quote for feng shui consultation for your home or workplace. I’d be happy to travel to Reykjavik or do a remote feng shui consultation via Skype / FaceTime or Whatsapp. Email me
I’d be happy to come to Reykjavik and teach feng shui class or workshop if you’re willing to organise it.