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    Icy charms at the Taste of Iceland festival

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

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    Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com