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Daníel Ólafsson on Reykjavik.


"Reykjavik has the world's best swimming pools by far and we have a swimming pool culture in Iceland that is very unique."


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I work at marketing agency called Kansas, and we work with companies on their internet marketing strategy. I am also a DJ and have been doing that professionally for 8 years now. I also have a radio show on Rás 2, which is the Icelandic national radio.

Have you always lived in Reykjavik?
Yes. I grew up in Breiðholt, which is a suburb in Reykjavik. It is known for its large apartment buildings and is considered the working class area of Reykjavik.
I think Breiðholt is my favorite area because it brings back a lot of memories from childhood. But of course downtown has the most to offer.

Where is your favourite place for:
a. Coffee
I would say Kaffi Smiðjan has the best coffee in Reykjavik. It is a small coffee shop with good quality coffee and good atmosphere.

b. Cocktails
Kex hostel is a great place to have drink. Great place to meet up with friends and the interior is something else. Kind of like walking into an old factory. 

c. Views
The view from Perlan is nice. Perlan is very touristy place but I love going there from time to time.

If you had a free afternoon in Reykjavik what would you do?
I would go downtown, grab a coffee and just stroll around and see where it takes me.

What would be your ideal night out in Reykjavik?
I tell every visitor that wants tips on Reykjavik nightlife to just show up in downtown Reykjavik and just go with flow. The bars are all around the same street so you will have no problem finding something fun.

How would you spend your ideal weekend?
I like to go to the north of Iceland and just relax out in the countryside.

What is one thing in Reykjavik you couldn’t live without?
The swimming pools. Reykjavik has the world best swimming pools by far and we have a swimming pool culture in Iceland that is very unique.

What’s your favourite building in Reykjavik?
Harpa, our new opera house designed by Olafur Eliasson. It opened a couple of years ago and it is unlike anything I have seen. 

What do you think of Reykjavik’s transport? 
Reykjavik is a car city and because the city is so densely populated tha public transport is not very good. The buses are quite nice though and I hear they got a new smartphone app with real time locations and arrival times. The international airport is located in Keflavik, 40 minutes from Reykjavik.

What's coming up for you in 2013?
2013 is a very exciting year. I have alot of upcoming projects, both djing and in internet marketing. I haven't planned any travels abroad but I think I will travel in Iceland a lot this summer.