Icelanders’ traditional architecture consists of stone huts covered in turf, so it will be a big event in Reykjavik on August 20, 2011, when the extraordinary glass concert hall Harpa is inaugurated. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: July 2011
One of Reykjavik’s attractions is the sculpture garden dedicated to the work of Einar Jonssen (1874-1954).
I like it – classical, rich in symbolism. I can’t claim to understand all the symbolism, but it does intrigue.
The work is beautifully executed, and stays still when you point a camera at it, patiently waiting while you choose your angle.
Reykjavik feels like the sort of place we visitors pass through on our way to somewhere more interesting.
It’s small (population about 120,000) and the main shopping streets remind me more than anything of Queenstown in New Zealand. Like that city, Reykjavik is where visitors book tours to adrenalin-pumping adventures – hiking, whale-watching, glacier walking, horse riding and volcano spotting.
Then we fill in a day browsing countless shops selling outdoor gear, eating pizza and drinking too many cups of coffee. The coffee here, incidentally, is excellent and I can recommend the Kaffitar chain. I’m still shaking slightly from the double cappuccino.
To keep us entertained while we wait for the real fun to start, Reykjavik has scattered art along the waterfront and in other public places. Continue reading
I hoped to see whales and puffins while in Iceland, but I wasn’t expecting dead ones to land on my plate. Continue reading
I’m sorry, Tasmania, Swiss Alps, New Zealand and even you, Himalayas. You’ve each just been knocked down one place in my ‘world’s most spectacular hiking destination’ list. Continue reading
My apologies to regular RT’s LOTR readers who may have noticed my disappearance from cyberspace over the past week.
I’m fine, just busy discovering the most beautiful place on the planet. They don’t have wifi there.
More about the hike tomorrow, and for some days to come.
Thanks Rob Staples for the above header image. That’s me, trying to look my best in silhouette, which is easier than looking good in close-up these days.