Whether it’s remote far-away places, strikingly majestic scenery or creative music unlike any other, Iceland has a lot of reasons to beckon you… and this new hand-drawn map brings its capital city to life with a perfect fit for the beautiful country. Illustrated from an elevated isometric view, the colorful map features central Reykjavík, population 120,000, and covers a surprisingly large area of the small city, from the new Harpa Concert Hall (which will soon feature James Taylor, Elvis Costello and a production of La Bohème) to the cities iconic Church of Hallgrímur… it’s all here, and it’s interactive too!
Created in collaboration between Iceland design collective Borgarmynd and artist/designer/illustrator Snorri Eldjarn Snorrason (an Iceland native), the map took an astounding 3000 hours to hand-illustrate. It’s no wonder too: if you compare this map to Google, they match up roofline for roofline, and this map is way more fun.
If you take a trip to the maps website, reykjavikcentermap.com, you’ll find that it is click-ably interactive, giving you information and links to popular food, attractions and even services around the city center. The creators plan to produce a print of the map soon (want!) and are also launching a mobile app version for visitors. Now here’s an idea: how cool would it be if Google implemented artistic map overlays in Google Maps? I’d select this version every time.
Click here or the image below to launch the interactive site: