Reykjavík

  • Solfar is not a Viking ship but a dream machine
    Everything about the sculpture Sun Voyager is fascinating.  The Artist Jón Gunnar Árnason was a mechanic who left a successful career as a mechanic in his early career to become an artist.  As an artist, he was a pioneer and a philosopher with a vision. In his life nothing had a higher priority than art. He is considered by many to be one of Iceland's most remarkable sculptor and artists. Jón Gunnar was born in 1931 and passed away in 1989 only 58 years old. The Sun Voyager is part of the The...
  • The northern lights or Aurora borealis are back in business
    The entrance of the Northern Lights into our lives this winter is spectacular.  The show that this wonder of the world put on tonight was nothing less than magnificent and lasted for hours.  This was the view from my balcony on the sixth floor in the downtown area in Reykjavík around 11 pm. I could not resist taking my tripod and camera out to the balcony for a few shots. How convenient is that, just stepping out to your balcony to photograph the Aurora borealis having a great night? The light...
  • City of Reykjavík and Capital city neighbours turn of city lights for better view of Aurora Borealis
    Tonight an unusually strong appearance of the northern lights are forecasted by the Icelandic Met Office in Iceland. Strength is estimated to be around 6 on a scale of 0 to 9. Usually the highest strength during winter, the whole northern lights season in Iceland, is around 5.  Most of the time the strength is around 3 to 4 which gives quite a satisfactory and often spectacular Northern Lights but requires a dark area. A strength of 6 and a clear sky makes it easier to see the Aurora Borealis...
  • The WOW Cyclothon Race is held on June 15th to June 17th
    Time is relative when it comes to the term morning in Iceland. That is if morning refers to the time when it gets bright. In the winter morning can drag on until ten or sometimes depend on the weather, eleven. If it is cloudy and thick darkens seems to stay on forever. But in the summertime, we end up having brightness the whole night and Mr. Morning has no idea when he is supposed to enter the day.  We are now approaching that time with all is joy and wonders. Recently bicycling has taken...
  • Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland
    Iceland is electing a new president. Finally, after President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has made up his mind and announced that he is not seeking a sixth term, the list of candidates is becoming clearer. At least a dozen candidates have officially announced their candidacy. The deadline to put a name on the ballot, with the requirement to have a list of at least 1,500 supporters, is May 21. The election is on June 25. Apparently, Mr. Grímsson has had some personal and psychological difficulties...
  • The statue of the poet and entrepreneur Mr. Benediktsson and Höfði House
    In recent years, Höfði House in the district of Laugardalur has become one of the major landmarks in Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.  And not without a reason.  It is famous for its history in Iceland and also internationally as a symbol referring to the end of the cold war, after Ronald Reagan president of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev president of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had their famous meeting in the house in 1986. Connected to the poet Mr. Benediktsson In the...
  • Hit Iceland website has been up and running for five months
    Our web page hiticeland.com has been up and running for five moths. It started with a seven-month preparation a year ago. Setting up the website and configuring the Drupal modules. And of course, all the CSS work for desktop and smaller devices.  At the same time and throughout the summer we were out taking photos and sitting by the desk writing text.  In the moths between June and September we worked on the initial content.  And finally in November, a Beta version was ready to launch. On the...
  • Is winter over in Reykjvík?
    If there is one single factor that dominates our mind and mood up here in the north in Iceland, it is the weather.  Icelanders love to talk about the weather and the changing of seasons.  People here don't particularly hate it when winter kicks in, but they love it when King Winter leaves in the spring.  Usually, winter is more or less over around the Eastern holidays in Reykjavík. Although the snow is sometimes slow to disappear, Reykjavík is usually free from snow at the end of March or at...
  • Is this the largest fireworks show on the planet?
    New years eve is a bit crazy in Iceland. Many decades ago Icelanders developed a tradition that has become a sensation. Everyone everywhere in the whole country byes fireworks and shoots them up at the same time, around midnight.  In Reykjavík, the whole sky lightens up thousands participate in every corner of the city.  The result is probably the largest fireworks show on planet earth that lasts about twenty to thirty minutes. This year we joined hundreds of Icelanders and tourists that gather...
  • The snow on pavements tends to form an ice surface.
    The snow came early this winter in Reykjavík and a lot of it.  Although the snow can turn out as a beautiful blanket over the city on a calm day, it also causes some major problems.  It’s not exactly when it arrives; that causes the problem, it's more the unwillingness to go away. This early snow came with the slippery pavements that are the worst scenario possible. When a huge amount of snow is followed by a short period of warmer weather and some rain, the snow on pavements tends to form an...

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