I’ve had an amazing day today. Didn’t expect Icelands nature to take my breath away already in Reykjavik. I actually realised when I got here that I hadn’t read that much about Reykjavik but focused much more on the rest of the trip, so when I woke up early due to my inner danish watch, I started reading my guidebooks part about Reykjavik. Then I ate some Skyr (Icelandic ‘yoghurt’), said goodbuy to my roommates and walked to Perlan (The Pearl). It was breathtaking to get through the woods and sudently see the mountains rise up around the city, and water all the way to the horisont. Just before we landed yesturday I saw some vulcano islands and some wales or dolphins out of the window of the aircraft, it was the perfect way to arrive.
Again today it was a beautiful blue sky with a few clouds but mainly the sun warming up your cheeks. Before I left Denmark I was told that I shouldn’t expect to see any blue sky while I was in Iceland, and when we landed the stewardes also made that impression by saying that it was nice to finally see the sun… So I consider myself lucky and enjoy the sun as much as possible while its here!
Perlan is a nice place. The inside is nothing notesable, but the view from the observatory deck is something you shouldn’t miss. Its free of charge and just incredible 365 degrees of beauty.
And the area around Perlan is also worth spending some time on. We live nearby and will be passing through every day, which isn’t the worst eventhough it means that there is about a 30min walk in to the city. Its a bird-recreation area so there is a lot of “wild” animallife and the birds are often just half a meter from you. I also saw a gorgeous white “baby” rabbit that with the speed of light ran across the walkingpath.
Down in the city I walked to Halgrimskirkan, which is where I’m sitting now – just many hours later waiting to pick up Adrien in an hour. I didn’t really like the church on pictures but I think its quite beautiful in real life. It lies on a hill so you can see its tower prettymuch everywhere in the city. In a way it reminds me of La Sagra Familia in Barcelona eventhough they are quite different. The church was finished in 1986 (after 40 years of building). It’s build with inspiration by the caracteristic icelandic rockformation and is the tallest church in Iceland with it’s 74,5 meter tall tower. The refrences to the rockformations is quite obvious I think. There was a concert on when I was there so I didn’t really see it from the inside, but I’m sure I will when I go and see it with Adrien. Afterwoods I wen’t down to the walkingstreet “Laugavegur” and looked in some secondhand shops for a new wallet and an icelandic sweater, and also just out of interest in the ‘icelandic fashion-trend’.
It’s quite obvious who is the turists and who is icelandic in Reykjavik because a lot of the icelandic people wears t-shirts or just a thin cardigan and all the rest of us have sweaters and wind-jackets on! Its been 14 degrees today – 3 degrees more than the averedge temprature of June.
I also saw the harbour with the beautiful new-ish (2011) concert- and conference hall, made by danish arcitect Henning Larsen in co-operation with danish-icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Its very big, but quite beautiful also with its reflections of the clouds, water and mountains. I’ve added some pictures unterneath.
After some more walking around looking at a mix of funny, pretty and sad looking buildings I walked over the hill, past Perlan to the hostel. I did a bit of research because I couldn’t find a supermarket (!) eventhough I had walked almost all streets of the inner city, and when I found it on google, I realized that I had turned to another street just before a supermarket – twice. Typical. But I walked down to the city again because it pretty much matched with picking up Adrien at the busterminal (he should be here in half an hour). Now I’m at Halgrimskirkan enjoying my last few hours of sun for today – eventhough the sun bearly goes under the horisont at night – if not not at all.
Here are a few pictures from today. The quality isn’t that good because they are taken with my mobile phone, but they are better than no photos😉
On my way to Perlan and Perlan with beautiful wild-flowers. The pictures of the view isn’t even close to justefying the wow-effect and breathtaking view;