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As expected and following the forecast by the Icelandic Med Office winter came with force. Last weekend the snow in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, was a record-breaking amount.  The snow was 51 centimeters and completely shut the city down for a few hours. A shutdown like this is a situation that occurs every once in awhile during winter. It actually requires a calm wind and a lot of snow in a short time.

Breaking amount of snow in Reykjavík

Although Iceland has many churches all over the country almost all of them are churches of the Icelandic official religion, the Evangelical Lutheran Church. There are other churches and other religions, and one of them is the Catholic church in the Vesturbær district in Reykjavík. There are also other Catholic chapels around the country.  The Catholic church/cathedral stands on the former farmland Landakotstún, an old farm purchased by the Catholic Church more than a century ago. This is the reason it was named Landakotskirkja although most often called Christ's Church.

Catholic Church in Iceland
Feb 19 2017

Although the weather in Iceland is quite unpredictable and always changing, The Icelandic Med Office has been able for a long time to predict with accuracy that a fog will not appear in Reykjavík. That is because fog is very unusual in Reykjavík, and in the past, has more or less only been seen only in November.  And when Reykjavík had a fog it was only for a very short time, a few hours maybe.  But in recent days, in February of all months, we have seen fog for a few days.

Fog in Reykjavík

By the seashore near the city center in Reykjavík, there is a path called Sculpture & Shore Walk.

 Our visitors are now building the attractions and defining things to do.

Skólavörðurholt in the Reykjavík City Center district is a hill that for decades and even centuries was the highest point in the town of Reykjavík.

Hallgrímskirkja church

The Sculpture and Shore Walk is a popular walking path in Reykjavík. If you need to find something to do while in the city this walk is a splendid way to spend a couple of hours enjoying the scenery, looking sculptures and take a refreshing walk by the ocean. It is a fascinating walk at any time, both during the day and also in the evening any time of the year. The walk is not too long, and there are many stops along the way.  And most of the time the view over the fjord Kollafjörður with its islands and the mountain Esja in the background is stunning.

The Sculpture and Shore Walk is a popular walking path in Reykjavík

As the name implies, there are some interesting sculptures along the Sculpture and Shore walk in Reykjavík. Although sculptures are often quite visible placed on a foundation for display others are not so obvious. By the shoreline at Sæbraut street, the city of Reykjavík built a breakwater to protect the shoreline against the mighty waves and forces of the ocean.  It is two and a half kilometer long wall starting in the City Center all the way to Laugarnes. By the breakwater is a popular walking path.

The Shore Piece Sculpture by Sigurður Guðmundsson

The walking path along the Reykjavík coastline by Sæbraut Street has in recent years become a popular walking route in our city. It is a convenient two-kilometer walk from downtown Reykjavík past the conference hall Harpa, Sólfar the Sun Voyager sculpture, the Partnership sculpture and eventually leading you to Höfði House.

The sculpture was given to Iceland in 1991 to celebrate, at that time, the 50 years of good diplomatic relationship between Iceland and the USA.

At the height of the cold war people everywhere on the globe were affected by the threat and hostility of the two superpowers, the US and the USSR, towards each other. Both superpowers represented conflicting ideologies, and both had nuclear weapons. It was generally felt that a nuclear war was possible or even imminent.  As such international politics had a psychological impact on everyday life as a lot of people had the consequences of the nuclear bomb in their minds as it had been used in Japan only 40 years earlier.

Höfði house is an ideal place for Putin and Trump meeting

The popularity of the puffin as an item to view has increased considerably in recent years.  Before tourism exploded in Iceland very few people paid much attention to the puffin apart from those who hunted the bird. Particular attention was on the other hand given to the puffin in the Westman Islands south of Iceland, where it was a “national sport” to hunt puffins at a particular time of the year.  The puffin hunting in The Westman Islands is an ancient tradition.

The popularity of the puffin as an item to view has increased considerably in recent years

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