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Iceland Day One: Reykjavik



Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. It is a very colorful city and easy to walk around. 
It is a very safe city. (after all have you seen the instagram page of the police department there?)
We stayed for 3 nights (hotel post will follow) and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunatly it was not during the weekend so we missed the big flee market and all the partying that last till the morning (even though I don't really care about the partying part)

Don't miss out:


Hallgrimskirkja

"In 1937 state architect Guðjón Samuelsson was commissioned to design the church. Construction commenced in 1945 and in 1948 a chapel was consecrated in the crypt beneath the chancel. In 1974 another chapel was opened in the south wing beneath the tower. On 26 October 1986 the church itself was consecrated." 



The interior is very simple with a lot of light and a lot of art work gets fettered inside the church. 
There is a large concert organ inside which has 72 voices and 5275 pipes. I wish I had heart it play. Unfortunately I didn't. 


Tip: If you walk to the church from Skólavörðustígur you have a nice view of the church in the distance. 


You can take the elevator to the top of the church and view the city from above. There are small windows you can take photos from. If the weather is not miserable and rainy then check it out.

Elevator entrance fee: 800 ISK
Opening hours: summer (june- september) 9am - 9pm
                          winter (october - may) 9am - 5pm.

But do check before going just in case something has changed at the opening hours.




The Sun Voyager

The sun voyager is a sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnason. Its made from stainless steel and it stands on a circle of granite slabs. 










Harpa

Harpa is a concert hall and a conference center. The design is amazing outside and inside. Even if you are not going to watch a play you should still walk inside. There are so many photo opportunities. 
We would have enjoyed watching a play or concert but there was not something that interested us the dates we visited.   


They offer guided tours where you can access areas that are only for performers. 
It costs 1750ISK per person and it lasts 45 minutes. 
We did not take the tour but if you are interested visit their website for more information. 





Laugavegur

Laugavegur is one of the oldest shopping streets in Reykjavik. It has many shops, bars and restaurants. You can walk around there and maybe buy something (if its not super expensive!)


Walk around and explore. The city is very colorful.
Other places you can visit (but i can't tell you how they are since I did not go) are:
The Perlan, which supposedly has a very nice 360 view of Reykjavik.
City hall, which has a 3d map of Iceland inside.
Tjornin park.








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