Reykjavik Street Art
We loved the street art that was all over the city. The scale and quality of many pieces suggest they are commissioned, but others were obviously gifted to the city, unrequested. Here is an older article from 2008.
On the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, in the shadow of Snæfellsjökull; the glacier capped volcano where Jules Verne placed the entrance to the “center of the earth.” Looking south across the Atlantic, there is no landmass from here to Antarctica.
Tony refused to let me name this post “Iceland Rocks,” so you can all thank him for that. We don’t know much about geology, but being around so many lava fields and sea cliffs and basalt columns and huge stones made smooth by the ocean waves really made us appreciate igneous rock. It is officially our favorite rock type. Sorry, metamorphic and sedimentary.
Steam and Mist
The Blue Lagoon probably qualifies as a tourist trap due to its cost, popularity and proximity to the airport. But did we want to cook ourselves in a big geothermal lagoon and slather mud on our faces all day, regardless of weather or air temperature, and order from the swim-up smoothie bar? Absolutely.
Gullfoss, hot springs and (little g) geysirs. Abundant water and geothermal heat is what keeps Iceland running in a very sustainable way. Did you see the short Gullfoss video Tony posted the other day?
(The photo captions still aren’t working, but the photo order matches the narrative this time! If you’ve subscribed by email or RSS, you’ll have to visit our website directly to see the pictures.)
Three churches (kirkja) we visited in Iceland: Hallgrímskirkja, Strandakirkja, Búðarkirkja, and an Olafsvik church.
Hallgrímskirkja – Reykjavik. Built on top of a hill, it’s the largest church in Iceland. Construction began in 1945 and it took 38 years to complete. We used it a lot to orient ourselves and to find our way back to the places we wanted to go. It’s simple and beautiful. A statue of explorer Leif Erikson/Leifur Eriksson is majestically situated on the north side of the grounds.
Strandakirkja – Selvogur. This tiny white church was built by seamen to fulfill their pledge to pay tribute to God if they reached shore alive. Only a few houses remain nearby and it is built between lava fields and the ocean.
Búðarkirkja – Búðir. Built in a lavafield next to the ocean in 1703, reconstructed in 1848. The doors were locked so we could not peek inside. It’s painted a striking Scandinavian black.
Olafsvik church – Olafsvik. I can’t find much info on this, but we liked the geometry, so we took a picture.