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