Nordic House is a nice place, where you can read newspaper from Scandinavia and you can go to the library and read some books. I spend time every weekend there, it helped if I miss home... But Nordic House is interesting place for everyone. And plus, it's designed by Alvar Aalto, our Finnish famous designer.
The building on the hill is The Pearl (Perlan), an exhibition and conference hall with revolving restaurant on top, well worth visiting. It is built on top of old water cisterns and the view from there is lovely. But the hill, Öskjuhlíð, is a natural pearl in its own right. More than 176,000 trees have been planted on the hillside. There are bicycling and walking paths and the hillside is frequented by locals and visitors alike. This peaceful place is especially charming in the summer.
Proceed to the BLUE LAGOON & take a bath. The water is reputed to have healing properties for sufferers of skin ailment. This is one of the highlights of many visitors to Iceland.
After having examined the combination of minerals in the water, scientists declared the BLUE LAGOON a spa. So, for those who are interested in spa (like some of my colleagues & their spouses), you'll be happy to know that the Blue Lagoon now offers spa packages & you can choose between energy, balance & nutrition treatments! Rejuvenate & enjoy!
It's a little bit out of the way Reykjavik-wise, but it's worth the effort to make the short drive out to the tip of the Örfirisey peninsula to catch the wonderful vista of the harbor and the cityscape beyond.
Well if you're in Reykjavik, why not have at look at the world's only *** museum? In an alley in the main shopping street Laugavegur Sigurdur Hjartason has found a very unusual way to attract tourists. He has over the years collected no less than 40 of Iceland's mammal species and 8 from other countries in the museum's foreign section. There is for exampe a one metre long blue whale's dried *** and next to it a drawin that shows that the piece is actually only half of its full length.
Two humans have allready volunteered to leave their secual organs as a legacy.
There is also a gift shop selling more than just postcards. There are a range of handmade items like a wooden hanging light with dried bull and ram scrotums for lampshades, skipping ropes with phallic handles and coatracks with *** pegs. However, handmade items are usually pretty expensive so the prices are 68 USD for the lamps and 26 for the skipping rope.
Hjartason is a very friendly man that's more than happy to show you everything in the tiny museum and tell you a story about every item.
PS. I see that VT doesn't allow the P-word, but I guess you can figure it out anyway. DS.
If you have plenty of time you could spend part of a day hiking mt. Esja, 914 m. It is a 30 min. drive outside Reykjavik. On a clear day the view from the top is very nice and it is relatively easy to climb. There are trails most of the way and the ascending takes about 1-1,5 hours.
Mt. Esja is dominating in Reykjavík's skyline. It is Reykjavík's favorite mountain and houses with a good view of it are sought-after. The first snow around Reykjavík is seen in the slopes of Mt. Esja so it is an important index of the changing seasons.
It is a good idea to climb it in the evening, if the weather is nice. The picture is taken at 23:00 on 5th of July.
This was my dear home (look at the picture) located at Nardjardgata. I lived at third floor in a very small room with one bed, small table and a window in the ceiling. The house was huge and cozy, but in not-so-good shape. I had my lovely roommates that I do miss a lot once in a while. If you visit at Hallgrims church and pass my apartment when going down towards Nordic House, give a big hug from me to this house at number 29.
This tip might be in the wrong place as Ægissíða is a asphalt walking and bicycling road that runs along Reykjavík's shoreline. However it probably is off the beaten track for most tourists.
This is a very popular walking path by locals and at weekends it is very crowded. On the south side is the shoreline and you can see mountains by the skyline on clear days. The north side is however not as pretty (it's the local airport) but don't worry, I have done my share by voting the airport out of there. The downside is it will not be moved until 2016 :(
The roman catholic church is located to the west of Austurvollur in a pretty residential area of town. The RC-community in Iceland is tiny and headed by Dutch bishop J. Gijsen. It's interesting to see how close-knit this community is from the brochures lying around and the building itself is deffo worth a look.
Few tourists visit Iceland in the depths of winter. It's generally cold, snowy and dark. But it's also cheaper and it feels more genuine than when the place is teeming with visitors. And to be honest, all that snow and ice has a charm of its own!
Located on (and over) the Tjörnin lake, Reykjavík's city hall is an example of contemporary architecture. Although not immediately compelling, it's an interesting piece of work and deserves a closer examination.
This is the place, where Gorbatsov and Reagen met and officially ended the Cold War. This house in a very strategic place in the middle of Reykjavik, which is the capital of an island in the middle of Atlantic.
Quirky and sometimes useless info about Iceland can be found on the BNN website below! Use www.ijsland.nl when you're in pursuit of more conventional Icelandic info for Dutch people
While walking in Reykjavik's streets you should see graffiti of different kinds on the walls. At the moment I went there the big star was G.W. Bush, threatening the world. My walk went into a graffiti hunt, one I like particulary is this famous banana that Andy Warhol paint for the first album of the Velvet Underground.
Not a native plant of Iceland but can be found growing along roadsides and empty lots. Although attractive these plants are somewhat controversial since they are overruning native species. They did look really nice along the roadsides, the purplish-blue flowers contrasted againt the black lava.
This clump of lupines was on a vacant lot right in the city.
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