One of the oddest things I noticed while in Reykjavik for the first time, was the amount of nods to American culture, or at least American culture as foreigners perceive it. While Iceland has been at the forefront of the tourist industry in the past few years, it is still very isolated geographically. This is evidenced by the town’s peripheral awareness of U.S. pop culture, as well as the locals’ willingness to pay $10+ for a beer and eat rotten shark. I don’t usually do this, but in this instance I think photos are worth at least a few hundred words, the following is a photo essay highlighting Iceland’s bizarre relationship with pop culture in the U.S.A.
and my personal favorite…
As you can see, Reykjavik, Iceland, has it’s finger squarely on the pulse of American popular culture. Most of the “American” things there made me giggle, but I still have no idea why there are so many “American” places Reykjavik.
Anyone have any insight as to why so many United States themed restaurants and products exist in Iceland?