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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.


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


Business seems more serious in the port area, though.


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.


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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