Photo Essay: Around Reykjavik

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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.

Reykjavik, Iceland

How could you possibly want to be anywhere else?

 

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…
Reykjavik, Iceland

The view from the tower of the Hallgrímskirkja church.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

The view from The Pearl restaurant.

 

…and then we'll move on to the city's most recognizable feature: the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran church.
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

The church, with statue of Leif Eriksson outside.

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

The massive organ inside the church.

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

From there, we'll head to the colorful streets of Reykjavik…
Reykjavik, Iceland

On a snowy morning.

Reykjavik, Iceland

On a sunny afternoon.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Stjórnarráðið, the city's first prison, which is now the Prime Minister's office.

 

…where you can find plenty of graffiti, but little crime.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Outside a cafe.

Reykjavik, Iceland

On a residential street.

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Next, I'll take you down to the waterfront…
Reykjavik, Iceland

Probably the most famous sculpture in Iceland.

Reykjavik, Iceland

The Harpa, or concert hall/opera house.

 

…and to Tjörnin, the pond in the middle of downtown Reykjavik.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Pillars of Ráðhús Reykjavíkur, or City Hall.

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

We also can't forget the little details that make this city so great.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Love the red benches.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Super creepy shop on Laugavegur street.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Swans and geese at The Pond.

 

And we'll finish up with some nighttime shots.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Back at The Pond at dusk.

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

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?

 

*My stay in Reykjavik was made possible by some help from Roomorama, and a discounted room at the Park Inn.

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