First impressions on Reykjavik – colorful!

Skólavörðustígur Street

Cultural, family-friendly and scenic. A row of restaurants and shops with a central location on a pedestrian street leading right to Hallgrimskirkja.


An active Lutheran church community with an impressive organ, also a national monument to Iceland’s poet, Hallgrímur Pétursson.

Architect: Guðjón Samúelsson. The building is supposed to symbolize the mountains and glaciers of Iceland along with the basalt columns.

Sun Voyager

“Vessel of dreams” or “sun ship” sculpture created by Jón Gunnar Árnason.

Althingi Parliament House

The oldest surviving parliament in the world, since 930, initially an outdoor assembly held annually at Thingvellir.

Fun fact: women were granted the right to vote, and be elected into parliament, in 1915. Iceland is also the country who voted in the first female national leader in 1980.

Tjörnin Lake

Also known as the “mountain lake”. Apparently these are the most spoiled ducks. There is a geothermal river that is now routed under the city, including this lake above, so the ducks are always swimming in water warmed by the river.

Reykjavik Harbor

Also known as “old harbor”. Originally purposed for fisheries and trade, contributing to higher population here than elsewhere in Iceland and resulting in Reykjavik becoming the capital of Iceland.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Newest volcano to erupt during our travel to Iceland.

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