Iceland, My Travels, The Great Outdoors

Rainy Reykjavik, Iceland

Yesterday was a day of natural wonders, today is a day of man made wonders.

I decided to spend a few hours strolling around Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.

Reykjavik, Iceland’s first settlement was established in 874AD. The city and the surrounding suburbs house around 200,000 of Iceland’s population, considering Iceland has a population of only 325,000 there isn’t many folks left to spread around the rest of the island.

The one place that I absolutely had to see was my first stop; Hallgrimskirkja (the Church of Hallgrímur). This is a very modern church that overlooks, and is visible from almost anywhere in the city.  It really is imposing.

Hallgrimskirkja

Reykjavik is a mix of traditional and modern Iceland, as I walk around the city, it strikes me that it whilst it has colourful and decorated buildings, I wouldn’t call it picturesque, it has a robust feel. The colours and decorations detract from what are functional buildings foremost and frivolous a secondary thought.

rvik street2

rvik street

 

fisherman

Now, I wonder if at some point, the frivolous folk of Iceland actually got their say in things? I made my way to the waterfront where either someone decided to lighten up a bit, or maybe they just went bat shit crazy!

The Harpa Centre is beautiful and totally different from the traditional styles elsewhere.

This is Reykjavik’s concert and function centre that is a marvel of architecture, a modern steel and glass structure that looks great during the day and provides a light show across its facade at night.

Harpa

Harpa 2

The Harpa Centre is open to allow visitors to wander around its interior, and that doesn’t disappoint either!

Harpa 3

A truly fabulous diversion from the robustness.

Further along the waterfront is ‘The Sun Voyager’, a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931–1989) that he envisioned as an ode to the sun. Often thought to be a Viking ship, it’s a dreamboat symbolising light and hope.

viking

I really like the mix of styles in Reykjavik, there are a number of new modern high rise buildings  alongside the old tin houses. It’s an opposing feature that’s well worth seeing.

S

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