A Little Time and a Keyboard: Scenes Around Reykjavik, Iceland

Scenes Around Reykjavik, Iceland

Monday, October 24, 2016

Scenes from Reykjavik, Iceland

This past visit was our third visit to Reykjavik and I can say we never get tired of walking around the city. The flavor is so different from home, how could we not be in love? With a population much smaller than our native Chicago, walking around without the hustle bustle is pleasant and quite soothing. The relaxed atmosphere truly allows explorers to enjoy the architecture, squares and artwork throughout the city.

City streets in Reykavik, Iceland

Our favorite spot is Tjörnin Pond which provides a tranquil environ to enjoy watching waterfowl. On this trip we were particularly amazed by the ducks that entirely submerged themselves and also managed to sleep while visitors strolled by. A nice walk around the pond revealed a variety of outdoor sculptures adding to the scene.

Lovely Tjornin Pond in central Reykjavik, Iceland is full of waterfowl and surrounded by sculptures creating a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.
Little Mermaid enjoying Tjornin Pond.

Fall colors and birds at Tjornin Pond in Reykjavik, Iceland.

A duck sleeps near Tjornin Pond in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Two of the most notable churches in Reykjavik are Landakotskirkja, a Catholic cathedral, and Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church. This visit marks the first time I have seen Landakotskirkja in the sun. The sun radiated a sparkle through the stained glass windows. Lovely!

 Landakotskirkja in Reykjavik, Iceland is particularly lovely when the light illuminates the stained glass windows.
 Landakotskirkja is particularly lovely when the light illuminates the stained glass windows.

Hallgrimskirkja cuts an elegant figure in the Reykjavik skyline perched on a hill. I find the church's appearance pleasant and comforting as you recognize it from different points in the city. The column-like structure is an homage to the columns found at Reynisfjara on the South Coast. There is a spectacular view from the top. If you visit, be on the lookout for the commanding statue of Leifur Eiriksson.

While walking along Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegar, we enjoyed a breathtaking view of Hallgrimskirkja down a cross street.

Strolling along the waterfront is another of our favorite asides in the world's northernmost capitol. We can often see mountains in the distance but views vary by the weather and can change frequently throughout the day.

Harpa Concert Hall was constructed no too long before our initial visit to Reykjavik. The design is once again paying homage to the columns at the black sand beach. The glass panels remind me of water and really balances with the hall's waterfront location.

Of course, a walk along the waterfront allows for some great views of ships! There also are sculptures and even some humor!

Near the waterfront, you can also experience the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur -- Icelandic hot dog.

Throughout the city, you will see artwork in the form of murals and sculptures. So much to look at!

One of our favorite places to stop -- a bookstore! Iceland is a nation of readers and writers. In fact, about one out of ten Icelanders will publish a book. So, a stop at the bookstore is a must!

There are many other attractions to see in Reykjavik including museums, the zoo and a botanical garden. We love spending a day or two in the city whenever we visit Iceland. Definitely, do not skip over a little wandering yourself!

More about Reykjavik:

Walking in Reykjavik
The Settlement Museum in Reykjavik
The Culture House Museum in Reykjavik

1 comment

  1. This is on our bucket list to visit someday...hopefully soon!