Friday, 28 April 2017

Iceland - Postcards from Reykjavik

So this is my last Iceland post, I promise - but I still had a few bits and pieces to share that didn't fit in anywhere else!


The ride into Reykjavik from the airport is the first taste of the country for most visitors, so it's handy that it's quite pretty! 


My favourite thing about Iceland is the colours - I could have spent hours admiring the silver blue of the sea at dusk.


(And in fact I may have, as it was getting decidedly dark by the time we moved on!)


You can find sculptures dotted all around Reykjavik, but few as well known as The Sun Voyager - Jon Gunnar Arnason's striking steel dreamboat is a well loved landmark on the coastal road. 


Tjornin lake is a lovely peaceful little spot in the city, and is frequented by up to 50 different species of bird. 


Snow was sparse in the city but I was glad to have found some on our night time Northern Lights hunt - the sound of fresh snow crunching underfoot is one of the best sounds! No lights for us though!


The Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiriksson, proudly displayed just in front of the rather striking Hallgrimskirkja church (and just over the road from our hotel. 

 

I love these two fishermen buddies, looking out to sea.


Reykjavik is home to some amazing street art and it'd be easy to dedicate a whole post to the paintings and murals round on the walls around the city...


...even if some of it was a little creepy.


We popped into the Icelandic Phallological museum,.. a unique museum dedicated to, and displaying specimens of, the phallus. They proudly display a specimens from every kind of mammal found in Iceland. Yes, including human. It's every bit as sexy as you might imagine (ie not at all) 


I'd love to pretend I didn't just steal all Jess Glitterbat's suggestions on where to eat in Reykjavik,... but I did. Reykjavik chips was a belter though, fresh hot chips served with a variety of sauces. I don't think I'd have ordered the peanut satay if it wasn't recommended to be but it was wonderful! 


I already mentioned the colours in Iceland, those winter blue-greys are soothing to my soul, but I love the pink morning skies! 
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  1. The Icelandic Phallological museum it's just strange, that being said... I would visit it. :)) The fishermen buddies and The Sun Voyager look wonderful. I like all your pictures from Reykjavik. x

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    1. Thanks Anca! It's definitely an 'unusual' museum! x

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  2. Beautiful photos! I especially love the one with all of the swans <3 And I would never in a million years think to have a peanut sauce with fries but now that I see it I kind of want to try it haha!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. I'd never have considered it either but honestly it was AMAZING! The stuff of dreams! :D

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  3. Beautiful photos as always here Kel, that Sun Voyager sculpture is amazing and I love that shot of all of the swans there! I'm just catching up on the rest of your Iceland posts, and I'm thoroughly enjoying them. - Tasha

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    1. Thanks Tasha!
      The swans are really lovely - its a grand spot for bird lovers!

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  4. Seriously...the amount of time I just spent staring at the "bits in jars" picture shouldnt be allowed. Haha. There are crayzee places around. Haha.
    But what a fab post - your photos are amazing xx

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    1. Aww thanks Simone! The 'bits in jars' were sort of fascinating - incredibly ugly ans gross, but fascinating! haha

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  5. I'm dying to go to iceland! I wrote a post of places I want to go and Iceland was on there. It looks stunning! Very jealous of you right now :)

    x

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    1. I couldn't recommend it more highly, its a wonderful place! Hope you get there soon! x

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  6. I really want to go to Iceland. It seems like a very popular destination at the moment so I might wait till it's calmed down a bit, ha. Beautiful pictures, love the sea colours! x

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    1. It really is very popular - I guess everyone knows how great it is ! hahah
      I first went about 7 years ago and it was so much quieter then.... its still stunning though and well worth a visit! :D

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  7. Wonderful photos - now i want to go!

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