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Icleand: Reykjavik in the Rain

October 16, 2015

Our first stop on the Europe Return trip was, naturally enough, in Iceland’s capital city.  Icelandair allows for a cost-free stopover on their flights from North America to Europe. This is a clever policy no doubt facilitated with the help of the local tourist authorities. The situation is win-win for everybody concerned.

Reykjavik is located barely 200 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, but its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream current gives the town a climate more in line with that of the northern coastal British Columbia. Which means drizzle and chilly September temperatures.

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The city has a wonderful gingerbread-house look, even in the bad weather.

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Business seems more serious in the port area, though.

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During our first day we bundled up against the elements and made for the famous Hallgrímskirkja Chruch. It’s a modern creation; construction began in 1945.  And the architecture and decor can be described as Iceland-Quirky.

IMG_0716IMG_0720IMG_0719We had fine if foggy views from the bell tower, accessible by elevator.

IMG_0730After the church we visited the local art museum. Icelandic art tends toward the minimalist. This is unsurprising, given the country’s geography.

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After the museum we walked some more around town until the temperature got the best of us.

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Then it was time to retreat to a coffee shop to alleviate the cold and the jet lag.

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