(I’ll preface this by saying that my family members and I are newbies to Iceland. If you’ve got better options or alternatives to what I mention here, I’m all ears.)
As part of our family’s transition to Iceland, I’ve been attempting to cobble together a home office set up that will allow me to work remotely, aka telecommute, for my job back in the States.
Plus, since I deal with (sometimes near-crippling) sciatic pain, there was an additional task of finding something that would allow me to both sit or stand throughout the day.
The first couple of weeks we were here, I was working from the kitchen table and that sciatic pain was flaring up just in that short amount of time. Luckily, Heather was on board with investing a little bit of money into something that wasn’t quite so, well, back-breaking.
An IKEA for desks… and everything.
First of all, how have I ever lived these 40 grueling years without an IKEA in my life? It’s a wonderland for someone like me — and, well, for anyone who likes quality products at affordable prices.
And, on that note, having an IKEA is incredibly convenient given how comparably expensive just about everything is in Iceland — especially when compared to life in the United States of
Wal-Mart and Target America.
Obviously we didn’t pack up a desk and chair when we made our way out here so I was able to find a manual (hand crank vs. electric) standing desk and a comfortable, adjustable stool for an affordable price. These were about $275 and $90, respectively.
Note for when/if you go this route: the adjustable frame is purchased separately from the table top — but the price I just mentioned was for both. Note, part two: the product description when visiting the page on the Icelandic IKEA site translates into English as “electric desk.” It’s not electric.
In Iceland, finding a quality and flexible home office setup for less than $400 (roughly 40,000 Icelandic krónur) is a steal.
An alternative is the electric standing desk that Costco has been offering for a while. You should be able to find it in most stores — including the one in Reykjavík. And, yes, there’s a Costco right across from the IKEA here. Granted, a trip to this wonderland of shopping equates to about 2 hours of transit to and from the apartment but it’s been worth it.
Wi-Fi at the usual spots.
If you’re needing a place to connect, Te & Kaffi is Iceland’s version of Starbucks — there’s three different stores within a half-mile of our apartment close to the Reykjavik Public Plaza, Ingólfstorg) — and, like Starbucks, Te & Kaffi offers free Wi-Fi to its patrons.
The Reykjavík City Library close to downtown (and other branches, presumably) also offers Wi-Fi. This branch also offers various “maker spaces” — including a studio for recording podcasts, etc. — available for reservation to those with a Kennitala (ID). How cool is that?
And, if all else fails, there’s Wi-Fi available at most restaurants and on pretty much every Stræto bus — but I wouldn’t count on the latter for anything mission-critical.
The bottom line is that if you’re venturing to Iceland for a while and plan on working from wherever you’re staying, you’ve got some options.
Are you already working remotely in Iceland? If so, comment and post your setup. (I’m a big fan of r/workspaces.)