Did you know that Reykjavik is one of the northernmost capitals of any country in the world? Did you know that about half the population of Iceland (over 300,000 people) live in greater Reykjavik? The city is clean and bright with a bit of a bohemian feel. Restaurants and coffee-shops abound. Tourism is very big in Iceland these days (second only to the fishing industry in national earnings), and Reykjavik is the jumping-off place for most travellers in the country, whether they are travelling by air or by sea, like us!
An outstanding landmark in the city is Hallgrimskirkja, which is the largest church (Lutheran) in the country. Its design was commissioned in 1937 but it seems much more modern than this. The architect took as inspiration the basaltic columns you see in many parts of Iceland. In front of the church you see an imposing bronze of the famous Leifur Eriksson who sailed to Greenland and on to Vinland, modern day Newfoundland, where he founded a settlement now called L'Anse aux Meadows.
Here are our blue jackets waiting patiently for new owners!
Our Captain welcomes all on board. The officers and staff are presented.
The light was reflecting beautifully from the windows of the brand new concert hall finished in around 2009. They are crazy about puffins in Iceland! We are too! As sailed out of Reykjavik harbour, the light and clouds over the nearby mountains were magnificent.