Despite seeing the city mostly under cloudy skies, I must say that Reykjavik is one of the coolest, most colorful cities I have ever been to. It might even be able to give Wellington a run for its money (it certainly seems to have similar weather!).
In fact, I found quite a few similarities between Reykjavik, Iceland and Wellington, New Zealand. Along with blustery weather and a location right on the water, the two cities share colorful, low-slung buildings and a funky, hip vibe. They're also quite small population wise, with both being home to just under 200,000 people.
And, like in Wellington, when the sun shines in Reykjavik, it's hard to imagine possibly being happy anywhere else in the world.
Yes, Iceland's capital is a pretty special place. And, because I enjoyed Reykjavik so much, I've decided to share the city with you as I saw it — from all angles and in all conditions.
We'll start with Reykjavik from above…
…and then we'll move on to the city's most recognizable feature: the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran church.
From there, we'll head to the colorful streets of Reykjavik…
…where you can find plenty of graffiti, but little crime.
Next, I'll take you down to the waterfront…
…and to Tjörnin, the pond in the middle of downtown Reykjavik.
We also can't forget the little details that make this city so great.
And we'll finish up with some nighttime shots.
So there you have it, Reykjavik in just under 30 photos.
After seeing these, what do you think of this little capital? Which photo is your favorite?