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Although Reykjavik is overlooked as the cold island bridged between England and Greenland, you have go. Sure, Iceland made headlines with the recent financial meltdown, but their capital city also has Startup Reykjavik, a 10-week program for startups who get $16,000 seed funding from the Arion Bank and Startup Iceland will kick off on June 1st. 

One coworking space is the Reykjavik Coworking Unit (RCU), which is seated at the core of the harbour in the Fishpacking District. With coworking seats for web designers, developers, writers, graphic artists, photographers and illustrators, this space offers free coffee for caffeine junkies and 24/7 access to the space. They also have a disco ball. In addition, there is free scanning and printing, rental bikes and if you’ve got a dog, bring your pup along.

According to Valgeir Valdimarsson at the RCU, they opened in the summer of 2012 and are taking it slow. “We’re quite selective and we’re only open to good people who don’t suck,” he said.

Currently, the RCU accommodates six people. It began as the headquarters for a startup called takk takk, invitations were extended to hang out with good people. They accommodate travelers mostly from Berlin, Dublin, Paris and London. For those on a ‘worcation,’ this is your ideal location.

They have all sorts of fun stuff going on in the office. The music video of the song Bloomby the Icelandic band Pascal Pinon, which was recently featured on the Guardian, was recorded at the RCU and is directed by Alisa Kalyanova.

“I see the coworking movement growing pretty much everywhere,” said Valdimarsson, “not just in Scandinavia. Not only with locally based workers, but also because more and more people combine travel with work. I'm from Reykjavík but over the last six years I've been living in Copenhagen, London, Paris and Frankfurt -- and I feel like there are more and more people in the same situation.”


Helsinki, the Finnish capital, is well-known for its legendary design. From the old school master Alvar Aalto (who now has a university in his name) to the World Design Capital 2012, the city is known for its innovation, design and of course, NOKIA. Helsinki is home to a few coworking spaces, including the Hub Helsinki, which has a workshop room and member's breakfasts digging into self-improvement topics like “how to maintain your focus.”

Helsinki is also home to Oasis, the creative entrepreneurship hub and coworking space, which hosts business travelers. There is also the Hub Tampere in the city of Tampere, so if you are looking for a change of pace, Hub Tampere is a good option since it is  just two hours north of the city capital.

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