Iceland 2019 Part IV

The walk around the main streets of Reykjavik continues..

Te & Kaffi, Laugavegur 27, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bicycle Road Barrier, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sakebarinn Sushi & Sticks, Laugavegur 2, Reykjavik, Iceland

Laneway, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Red Door, Skólavörðustígur 3A, Reykjavik, Iceland

Door, Skólavörðustígur 5, Reykjavik, Iceland

Red Door, Hotel Óðinsvé, Skólavörðustígur 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

Door, Skólavörðustígur 9, Reykjavik, Iceland

Front Gate, Skólavörðustígur 25, Reykjavik, Iceland

Purple Door, Skólavörðustígur 29, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja, Hallgrímstorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is one of the city’s best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

Architect Guðjón Samúelsson’s design of the church was commissioned in 1937 and is said to have been designed to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland’s landscape.

It took 41 years to build the church: construction started in 1945 and ended in 1986, but the landmark tower being completed long before the whole church was completed. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974, and the nave was consecrated in 1986. At the time of construction, the building was criticised as too old-fashioned and as a blend of different architectural styles. The church was originally intended to be less tall, but the leaders of the Church of Iceland wanted a large spire so as to outshine Landakotskirkja (Landakot’s Church), which was the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland.

Leifur Eiríksson Monument, Hallgrímskirkja, Hallgrímstorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

The statue of Leifur Eiríksson (who is known in English as Leif Eriksson) was a gift from the United States to Iceland to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of Alþingi, the parliament of Iceland first convened at Þingvellir in the year 930 AD.

Roof Balcony, Tækniskólinn – Skólavörðuholti (Technical School), Frakkastígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Public Toilet, Frakkastígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Steps to Door, Frakkastígur 26, Reykjavik, Iceland

Rear Door & Steps, Grettisgata 26, Reykjavik, Iceland

Doorway, Frakkastigur 11, Reykjavik, Iceland

Carving, Mónakó, Laugavegur 78, Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavik Cathedral, Pósthússtræti , Reykjavik, Iceland

Cathedral church in Reykjavík, dating back to 1796 is the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city centre and environs.

Bust, Reverend Bjarni Jónsson, Kirkjutorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bjarni Jónsson, minister in the Reykjavík Cathedral, ran for election to the post of President of Iceland in 1952. He was narrowly defeated by only 2.6% of the vote.

Skólabrú Restaurant, Skólabrú, Reykjavik, Iceland

One of Reykjavik’s finer restaurants, we had dinner here one night – they had Puffin on the menu!

1912 Guest House, Skólabrú, Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland 2019 Part III

Iceland continued with a walk around the main street of Reykjavik.

Statues, Saga Museum, Grandagarður, Reykjavik, Iceland

Harbour, Grandabakki, Reykjavik, Iceland

Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

(Laugavegur is the main street)

Fire Hydrant, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Old Iceland Restaurant, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Shopfront Mascot, Óðinn, Laugavegur 66, Reykjavik, Iceland

Óðinn = Odin (Souvenir Store)

Iceland Memories, Laugavegur 64, Reykjavik, Iceland

Gift Shop

Ísbjörninn (Polar Bear) Gift Store, Laugavegur 38, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sandholt Bakery, Laugavegur 36, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sculpture, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Kirkjuhúsið – Skálholtsútgáfan, Laugavegur 31, Reykjavik, Iceland

(Church House)

Dillon Whiskey Bar, Laugavegur 30, Reykjavik, Iceland

Shop Cat, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

This cat was wandering between different shops in Laugavegur.

Eagle Mural, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Public House Gastropub, Laugavegur 24, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hotel Room Balconies, Hotel Fron, Laugavegur 22A. Reykjavik, Iceland

Coloured Windows, Bravó, Laugavegur 22, Reykjavik, Iceland

Artistic Presence, Cnr Laugavegur & Klapparstígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Ítalía Veitingahús (Italian Restaurant), Laugavegur 11, Reykjavik, Iceland

Door, Litla Gjafabuðin, Laugavegur 8B, Reykjavik, Iceland

Magic Ice, Laugavegur 4, Reykjavik, Iceland

A Norwegian franchise that had just opened in Iceland. The ice-art gallery features sculptures that draw upon the Icelandic sagas and Viking history and the venue includes a pub with a bar carved out of ice.

Carving of Thor, “Thor”, Laugavegir 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

“Thor” sells all sorts of Viking-inspired paraphernalia as well as leather bags and Icelandic furs. It has a strong Norse mythology theme.

Rainbow Road, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Galleri Korka, Skólavörðustígur 4a, Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland 2019 Part II

A Collection of signs etc..

To the Maritime Museum, Grandagarður, Reykjavik, Iceland

Old Iceland Restaurant, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Optometrist, 65 Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Vampire Mural. 64 Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

See in place here!

Lundinn Art Gallery, Cnr Laugavegur & Frakkastigur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Verslun Guðsteins Eyjólfssonar, Laugavegur 34, Reykjavik, Iceland

Mens Clothing Store

Chuck Norris Grill, Laugavegur 30, Reykjavík, Iceland

Dillon Whiskey Bar, Laugavegur 30, Reykjavík, Iceland

Mink Viking Portrait, Cnr Laugavegur & Bergstaðastræti, Reykjavík, Iceland

Where you can visit and transform yourself into a Viking for a photo shoot!

“Thor”, Laugavegur 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

Thor sells all sorts of Viking-inspired paraphernalia as well as leather bags and Icelandic furs. It has a strong Norse mythology theme.

Coffee Shop, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

“Icelandic Lamb”, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Gull & Silfur, Laugavegur 52, Reykjavik, Iceland

Translates as “Gold & Silver” – a jewellers

Svarta Kaffið, Laugavegur 54, Reykjavik, Iceland

Svarta Kaffið = The Black Coffee

Hárskeri Almúgans – Common Joes Barbershop, Laugavegur 62, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hárskeri Almúgans = Almougan’s Hair

Staff Kitchen & Bar, Laugavegur 74, Reykjavík, Iceland

Mónakó, Laugavegur 78, Reykjavík, Iceland

Eldsmiðjan, Laugavegur 81, Reykjavik, Iceland

Wood Fired Pizza

Harry´s Seafood and Grill Restaurant, Laugavegur 84, Reykjavik, Iceland

Jökla Icelandic Design, Laugavegur 94, Reykjavik, Iceland

Verslunin Kós, Laugavegur 94, Reykjavík, Iceland

Leather Goods Store

Stjörnuport, Laugavegur 94, Reykjavik, Iceland

Geysir Bistro, Laugavegur 96, Reykjavík, Iceland

Chatime, Laugavegur 100, Reykjavík, Iceland

Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s. Recipes contain tea of some kind, flavors of milk, and sugar. Toppings, known as “pearls”, such as chewy tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, alovera jelly, sago and puddings are often added.

Street Sign, Snorrabraut, Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Sign, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

FU K77, Icelandic Number Plate, Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Warning Sign, Engihalli, Kópavogur, Iceland

Iceland 2019 Part I

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After a week or more in London, we are now spending 8 days in Iceland. This is a place of outstanding beauty and scenery everywhere you look.

View Across Hvalfjörður Fjord, Highway Ring Road, Vesturland, Hvalfjarðarsveit, Iceland

Entrance to Hvalfjörður Tunnel (South), Highway Ring Road, Saurbaer, Mosfellsbæ, Iceland

This is a road tunnel under the Hvalfjörður fjord in Iceland and a part of Route 1. It is 5,770 metres long and reaches a depth of 165 metres below sea level. Opened on 11 July 1998, it shortens the distance from Reykjavík to the western and northern parts of the island by 45 kilometers. Passing the fjord now takes 7 minutes instead of about an hour.

Hafnarfjall Mountain, Highway Ring Road, Borgannes, Iceland

View to Borgarbyggð Across Borgarfjörður Fjord, Highway Ring Road, Borgarnes, Iceland

The Hire Car, Highway Ring Road, Borgarnes, Iceland

Panorama Across Borgarfjörður, Borgarnes, Iceland

Hraunsnef Country Hotel, Highway Ring Road, Reykholt, Iceland

River, Reykholt, Iceland

Snow Caps, Highway Ring Road, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Icelandic Ponies, Highway Ring Road, Hvammstangi, Northwestern Region, Iceland

The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. They have been developed from ponies taken to Iceland by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries.

View Across Miðfjörður Fjord, Hvammstangi, Iceland

Skarðsviti Lighthouse, Húnaflói Bay, Hvammstangi, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Stone Cairn, Vatnsnesvegur Road, Blönduósi, Northwestern Region, Iceland

“Meet the Locals”, Vatnsnesvegur Road, Lækjamót, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Mountain View, Borgarnes, Iceland

Sunset at Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Old Whaling Station, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

A Seal Swimming in the Fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Geirshólmi Island, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Imposing Peak, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Fossárrétt Waterfall, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Laxfloss Waterfall, Laxá í Kjós, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Laxá í Kjós, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland