A lift to heaven
The first thing that you see just arrived in Reykjavik from route 41 (Keflavik Airport - Rekjavik) is the Hallgrimskirkja. It is situated on the top of Skolavordustigur so you can see it from over 20 Km. It built in 1974 and its structure remember a basaltic mountain. Inside, the church you can see a boat which remember the sailor who died during their work. From the top of the bell tower (75 m.) you can see a wonderful panoramo of the City: the house of Reykjavik with different color (blue, red, yellow, green), the Tjorn, Reykjavik Airport and also if the weather is fine the Snaefellsness Peninsula.Related to:
- Road Trip
Krisuvik: The heart boil
Krisuvik is a big Geothermal Area where you can find the heart boil. You can find hot water and smoke exit from the heart. Near Krisuvik there is an old church and Kleifarvatn, a big lake that it is create to a volcano.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
On the coast, on the side of Klapparstigur near the beach, you can see this sculputer of Gunnar Arnason call SunCraft and it is rappresent a viking boat. But if you see very well it appeare like a big insect with 10 legs. Very very nice :)Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
A small lake in the midldle of the town
Tjorn is a small natural lake that you can find in downtown. It is very interesting because you can see a lot of birds. Near Tjorn there is the Old City Hall that is very nice; there is Domkirkja, the oldest church in Reykjavik; and there is Austurvollur, the square of the city.Related to:
- Historical Travel
A good bath
Blue Lagoon used the hot water of the near geothermical power station. In this water there is a seaweed that when it contact the air die and it became blue. This Spa is vary famous for its terapeutic tratment. You can hava a bath inside it, but remember to carry with you a lot of shampoo that you need to wash away the siliconRelated to:
- Spa and Resort
Water reservoir with a difference
This is the hot water reservoir for the town. It stores water heated from the ground, which is used to heat the houses in the town.
It has the required spiral staircase (see cathedral tip) and an excellent Cafe with extortionate prices and great views.
There is a fake geysir in the grounds, which explains how the real geysirs work
The statue of Leifur Eirikson stand in front of Hallgrimskirkja and was given to the people of Iceland by the United States in 1930. It was to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Icelandic parliament, or Alþing. Leif was the first person to discover America in the year 1000. He was blown off course on his way to Greenland and is believed to have set foot in what is now Newfoundland. Excavations over there have since proven that the Vikings indeed established a settlement there, altough it was short-lived. Nonetheless, Leif has become the new Discoverer of America - eat your heart out Columbus! :-)
Tjörnin or "The Pond" is the little lake within the city of Reykjavik. It was almost completely frozen over when we were there, but one corner was kept open by fervent swimming of all the swans, geese and ducks in the city! The church building in the distance now features an art gallery.
The central square of Reykjavik was a peaceful place but I'm sure it's more lively in summer. Nonetheless, there are some very nice bars around and the oldest building in the city - the National Parliament - is right on the square. Jugendstil-oriented Hotel Borg is also here, as is the slick Apoték restaurant and cosy Café Paris.
Reykjavík harbour has a charm of its own. The views toward the mountains opposite the fjord are magnificent and it's your gateway to the whale-watching scene here! When you've almost frozen solid, there are many bars nearby for a hot coffee!
This water reservoir doubles as a cultural and gastronomical hot spot. It also houses the very entertaining Saga Museum, which gives you a fab insight on Icelandic life in the days of yore! See the Perlan travelogue for more pics and info!
Swan Lake and Wooden Church
This lake on the edge of Reykjavik is a Photographer or Bird Watchers dreams. Iceland has one of the highest numbers of migratory birds, Some coming from the South in Summer, others coming from th enorth in Winter, and a large number of them can be seen here.
At the same time, the church catches the light very nicely.
A Cathedral with a Lift in the spire...
Wherever I go, I try to go up a spire somewhere. German Munster are the best- winding stairs with worn steps and little light, and crowds of people going up and down-they're great!
But this- this was very disappointing, there was a lift!
Still, the view was great.
The design of the church is supposed to be reminiscent of basalt columns from a volcano.
Bubbling in the Blue Lagoon
One thing we did on both occasions was swimming on a polar winter's night in Iceland's Bláa Lónið. The first time the weather was perfect: crappy, cold with sleet... Catching the Northern Lights hovering overhead was therefore out of the question, but nonetheless it's a fantastic experience to soak away in 38-degree water outside! The second time it was clear and crisp, so we could actually enjoy a bit of the lunar landscape as well. Not to be missed!Related to:
- Spa and Resort
The Golden Circle
Technically not Reykjavik (and according to the locals not very Icelandic anymore either), but we made day trip around the Golden Circle and visited the Geysír and Þingvellir Park. Some roads were closed and/or in a terrible state so we didn't make it to the Gullfoss waterfall (pic) in the end, but it was great fun nonetheless! See the travelogues for all the snowy pictures.Related to:
- National/State Park
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