With a combination of beautiful volcanic scenery & a friendly folk possessing a creative spirit, Reykjavik is a city full of cultural energy, a vibrant night life & just happens to be the worlds greenest city producing all of its own hot water, heating & electricity.
No other country has captured my imagination more than Iceland. Its natural beauty is impossible to put into words & to do it justice with pictures can be a real challenge at times too. The island’s capital city Reykjavik is small with just 120,000 inhabitants. The Icelanders themselves are a very friendly & cultural people, their hospitality world renowned. My couple of visits to the city have been after a few weeks exploring the more uninhabited parts of the island where you can go days without seeing another person, where provisions are bought from isolated gas stations rather than from huge supermarkets, where the sleeping bag & tent are the 5-star hotels along the way. Once you have spent some time in the wilderness & witnessed some of those beautiful locations you want more but at some stage we all have to leave & Reykjavik is a sort of rehabilitation center to prepare one for that “civilized life” again.
BASALT LAVA FLOW
NICE TO KNOW
LANDMARK NR. 1
HARPA CONCERT HALL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
“The United States strongly opposes Iceland’s defiance of the commercial whaling ban. We urge Iceland to cease international trade of whale meat and work with the international community to safeguard whale species. It is troubling that Iceland continues to pursue commercial whaling outside the boundaries of the IWC, without member oversight or analysis by the Commission’s scientific committee.”
― U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
HARDY FISHING FOLK
“Maybe it’s just a personal thing, but I get so much grounding from Iceland because I know it’s always going to be there. I have a very happy, healthy relationship with the country, so it’s really easy to go everywhere because I always have Iceland to go back to.”
Another view of probably Iceland’s best known landmark, the Sun Voyager or as it is known in Iceland ‘Sólfarið’.