Friday, October 7, 2011

Reykjavik wandering

Iceland was cold and rainy during our stay, but it didn't dampen our mood.  We eased ourselves in on our first day by checking out the town of Reykjavik by foot.  Our guest house was very conveniently located and we were able to walk to everything we wanted to see in the city.  We poked around some shops and saw some sights. Stopped often for warm drinks in cute independent cafés as our sleep deprived selves were in need of breaks and shelter from the incessant rain!  Every place we went to seemed to be simply and charmingly decorated with new or vintage Scandinavian design.  Seemed to be no fuss everywhere.  Shops were filled with carefully curated beautiful things... People were kind and helpful yet nobody bothered us.  

Above is the oldest house in Reykjavik.  It's two storeys now house Kraum, a shop filled with up-and-coming Icelandic designers.
Here's our cosy spot at Stofan Café
 roaming the city sites... 
 antique shopping...
 walking up to Hallgrimskirkja, the beautiful church and landmark a few streets up for our place.
Here are some photos from the sculptural ribbed interior of Hallgrimskirkja...
and some of the colourful overhead view complete with a rainbow!  The rain cleared up for a moment as soon as we emerged from the elevator to the viewing area.
Sorry for all the pictures -- posting all the views as I couldn't pick just one.  I had fun playing with the camera apps on my phone.

At the end of the afternoon, we caught a bite to eat and there went a day in Reykjavik. 

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