Reykjavik : the Capital City
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Many tourists flock here each summer. Before I moved to Reykjavik, my introduction to the city was a song by Icelandic band – Spilverk Þjóðanna. They asked Reykjavik “Hvað atla þu að verða, þegar þu ert orðin stór?” (What do you want to be when you grow up?).
This comical om-pah song from the seventies was quite prophetic as the Banks hit the dirty headlines in 2008, politicians discgraced in 2016, while Reykjavik bulged under the weight of a tourism explosion..
Sólfar – The Sun Voyager
This is a metal Sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason who designed it in his hospital bed. He never saw the finished version. It is on the North Shoreline close to the City center and there is a nice scenic walk along the coastal pathway. Great view across to Mount Esja (Reykjavik Mountain).
Icelandic volcano eruption prints!!
See the full collection HERE.
Reykjavik’s largest church with a capacity for 1200 people and named after Poet Hallgrimur Petursson (1614-1674).
The tower is built to resemble the hexagonal rock formations when volcanic lava hits the sea. The inside is nice and it has a great pipe organ – the largest of its kind in Iceland. From the top of the tower there are great views over central Reykjavik.
Tours and activities in the city
Laugavegur is the main shopping street in the city and is often times busy with tourists and city folk going about their business. There are many cafes and bookshops and I think that it is all cafes and bookshops actually. Good place for candid people shots.
Viðey is a small island off the north shore of the city. It is home to one of the oldest Reykjavik buildings – the Videyjarstofa house 1755. There is a ferry to the island where there are hiking trails and bike tours. There are many birds inhabiting the island and it is home to Yoko Ono’s famous Peace Tower which lights the skies in the winter.
Perlan Museum and Restaurant
Perlan or the Pearl is a large dome shaped structure on top of 4 water tanks, on top of a hill near Reykjavik domestic airport. There is a posh restaurant at the top and a Saga museum at the bottom. It is possible to get onto the roof for some great views of the surrounding area – for a fee. There is a mock geyser inside the Perlan and also in the grounds nearby but don’t miss the real thing. The Ice Cave museum is also highly recommended, but don’t miss the real thing.