The Icelandic settings I visited were both, very calming and beautiful for different reasons. Part of the reasoning behind making these spaces so homely and calming, was that most of their children attend five days a week from around 9am until 5pm. Therefore they wanted their settings to be a home from home, where children are respected and loved. Walking into these setting immediately gave me a feeling of calm among a welcoming atmosphere
I loved the homely feel in Krakkakot, with its wooden units and green plants.
Austurkor made use of fairy lights to brighten up the play spaces. Keeping in mind that in winter, some days Iceland will only have about two hours of daylight. This lighting was soft, cosy and relaxing.
Both of the Icelandic settings made use of natural objects to make pretty hanging decorations. Each setting had great cloakroom space for children, giving them the space and storage needed for all their outdoor clothing.
Austurkor even had a lovely storage area for staff!