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Icy charms at the Taste of Iceland festival

Band Skinny Bones performing at the Reykjavik Calling in 2014.
Band Skinny Bones performing at the Reykjavik Calling in 2014.(Kayana Szymczak for the boston globe/file 2014)

Iceland is the cool vacation destination du jour: quick and reasonably priced flights, Northern Lights, the Blue Lagoon, easy access to the rest of Europe — what’s not to love? If you can’t slip away this spring, never fear. Next week, Iceland brings a splash of Scandinavian chic to us. Taste of Iceland, a four-day music, food, and cultural fest, runs in Boston from March 4-7. Drop into The Merchant restaurant downtown for native multicourse menus (Arctic char, Icelandic cod) prepared by guest chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon from the Blue Lagoon’s slinkyLAVA restaurant; visit Cambridge nightclub the Middle East for free music fest Reykjavik Calling (possibly easier to get into than Boston Calling); drop into the Brattle for Icelandic film screenings that explore the broody northern music scene; and meet authors and buy books from noted Nordic writers at the Prudential Center’s Barnes & Noble. Get ticket information and see the full event lineup at www.icelandnaturally.com.

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com