#reykjavik

Oct 28 2016

Another photograph from our capital city, Reykjavík. Here we have an overview of Hlíðar, one of the cities’ most popular residential neighbourhoods. It is positioned very central, in walking distance to the centre, but still far enough from it to be albe to avoid the busy centre if wanted. With good schools and many playgrounds this neighbourhood is quite family orientated. Plus the fact that it is so close to Laugardalslaug, Reykjavík biggest public swimming pool. In the back we see the infamous Esja, which has been called the mother of Reykjavík.

Here we have an overview of Hlíðar.

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.

Solfar is not a Viking ship but a dream machine

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 in a city or in any urban area.

City of Reykjavík and Capital city neighbours turn of city lights for better view of Aurora Borealis

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 northern lights or Aurora borealis are back in business

We were gifted with a trip to Iceland for my boyfriend, Oliver’s 21st by his family. He’s a freelance filmmaker local to Cambridgeshire. He’ll always take his camera wherever we go and decided to make some memories there.

We were gifted with a trip to Iceland for my boyfriend, Oliver’s 21st by his family.

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.

The WOW Cyclothon Race is held on June 15th to June 17th

How many kilometers is the ring road in Iceland and how long does it take to drive?

The best option for your trip to Iceland, the Ring Road

The 'Northern Lights', or Aurora Borealis appear on regular bases in Iceland.  Although this magnificent phenomenon in the sky can bee seen in Reykjavík, it is always better to go outside the city.  To a dark place where city lights don’t disturb the experience.

The Northern Lights above Esja

If you are staying in Reykjavík while in Iceland on a tour or a visit and you, are looking for something to do in Reykjavík or feel like hiking take a look at our mountain Esja. Esja is the mountain of Reykjavík, the capital. It is almost inseparable from the city and the city's identity as it stands in front of us every day of the year. It never looks the same, shaped by the weather, light and darkness. It has even been a major political issue in city politics at one point because some unfortunate candidate made the miscalculated statement that the mountain was NOT beautiful?

Esja is the mountain of Reykjavík

 

Reykjavik is the birthplace of Iceland. According to written sources from the 13th century, it is the place of settlement of Ingólfur Arnarson; often referred to as the man who found Iceland. Archeological research has confirmed that already in the ninth century a Viking village existed where Reykjavík is now. The result of the study can be viewed at an exhibition in Aðalstræti.

Reykjavík City Center is also the center of government in Iceland and much more

The Reykjavík city center district is the center of government, culture, and commerce in Iceland. In the city center, there are many government buildings and institutions, both for the Icelandic government and the city. The most prominent building is, of course, the Icelandic parliament by the tiny park Austurvöllur. When the parliament is in session, a flag is waving one the building. When the public is offended Icelanders flock in front of this building to demonstrate and demand changes.  It is in a way an icon of our precious democracy.  Other impressive buildings are the offices of the prime minister, formerly a prison from the 18th century, the city hall, the main church and the marvelous modern music and conference hall Harpa with outer walls designed by the Danish / Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson.

Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur are two streets you must know and see in Reykjavík

The city center is crowded with restaurants and coffee houses. At the city pond, there is the great sculpture “In memory of the anonymous official” by Magnús Tómasson, facing The city hall. To the south of the core center and the pound are the main buildings of the University of Iceland. The Reykjavík airport is also in the district of the city center. From the center towards the east is the main shopping street, Laugavegur initially leading to the hot springs of Laugardalur where the people in Reykjavík would take the laundry for washing.
From Laugavegur is a turn to Skólavörðustígur leading to the big church, Hallgrímskirkja, on the hill is Skólavörðuholt. The street is the home of fantastic design shops, galleries, cafés, restaurants, small stores and artist shops. From the tower of the church Hallgrímskrikja, the view is excellent. In front of the church is a statue of Leif the Lucky the man who we claim discoverer of America, by the American sculptor Alexander S. Calder.

All the old marvelous houses we managed to preserve in the City Center in Reykjavík

Alongside Laugavegur is Hverfisgata, with the old museums house, with standing exhibitions of Icelandic culture and the National Theater, an impressive design by Iceland's most prominent architect Guðjón Samúelsson. The city center is also a great place to live, and understandably most of the houses are old since this is the first district built in Reykjavík. Since other districts didn't start to develop until the twenties and the thirties, the district of the city center is the heart of Reykjavík.

For the residents of the city center, Reykjavík provides good service, like preschool, primary and secondary schools, college and other educational institutions. There is a beautiful old indoor swimming pool built almost a century ago, currently under renovation with a long-awaited outdoor swimming pool to be added. People who live in the city center, the district is considered to the best and most attractive place to live in Iceland today.

Reykjavík Iceland map of City Center (Miðbær) district

If you are going to visit the Reykjavik the capital of Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin Reykjavík City Center.

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