REYKJAVIK, ICELAND - DAY 2


Day 2 had somewhat better weather than Day 1. It was only partly cloudy with a temperature of 11 C / 52 F. We took a tour that day, in order to take in as many sights as we could. Some of the pictures here were taken through the window while riding on the bus - good thing the bus had clean windows.

As a point of interest, Nordic naming conventions are quite different from ours. What we consider to be a last name actually stands for "son of" or "daughter of". For instance, the name "Liefur Eiriksson" when translated means "Liefur, son of Eirik". Sure would make it difficult to trace one's genealogy, don't you think?

   


On the morning of the second day, company arrived in the form of the AIDA Luna. AIDA is a cruise line out of Germany. 


Laugardalsvoellur Stadium
National stadium of Iceland and home to the Iceland National Hockey Team.


Another view of
Laugardalsvoellur Stadium.
 

Home of the Icelandic Football Club.


Passing views.




Perlan (The Pearl)
Atop Oskuhilo is the landmark building known as The Pearl. The dome shaped glass building was designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson and is supported by six massive tanks, each with the capacity to hold 4 million litres of water. As it is, only five of them hold water. The sixth tank houses the Saga Museum.
 

The sculpture in front of the Pearl, depicting four musicians without instruments.


The dome houses a revolving restaurant, and a small cafe, and is surrounding by an Observation deck providing panoramic views of the city and surrounding area.


Views of the City


The platform visible at the bottom of this picture is actually the roof of one of the massive water tanks.



The structure in the background is
Hallrimskirkja Church.





This airstrip was originally a British Airforce base during WWII.



180 degree rotation is now complete



Below the dome, between the water task is an atrium where various exhibits and other events are held. There is also a small gift shop, the entrance of which is adorned by this fellow. His tag reads "Gift from Iceland", but I'm not sure I'd want a teddy bear that is sticking his tongue out at me.



One of the glass panels connecting the water tanks.



Statue at the entrance of the Saga Museum
The museum contains life-like silica figures key moments and well
known figures in Iceland's history
.


Presiding over the city is Hallrimskirkja Church.
It was designed by the late Guojon Samuel in 1937, who was often
inspired by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools
into basalt rock. Construction of the church began in 1945 and ended
in 1986.



The interior of the church.



The church features a pipe organ design and constructed by Johannas
Klais of Bonn, Germany. The pipes stand an impressive 15m high.



The keyboard of the organ ensemble..
The organ has been used in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick



The impressive door to the church.



View of the front of the church.



At the front of the church is an impressive  statue of Liefur Eiriksson
(970 to 1020 AD), the first European to discover America  in 1000 AD
(500 years before Christopher Columbus).



The Liefur Eiriksson Hotel.
If you're going to have a statue, you might as well have a hotel too



Einar Jonsson Museum

Einar Jonsson was an influential Icelandic sculptor.




More views from the bus.



Reykjavik City Hall



I didn't see many old buildings in Reykjavik, probably because the ones they had didn't survive all the volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. This looks to be as old as they get.


A typical street.



A local bar and grill.



A coast guard ship.



Harpa Concert and Conference Centre
Opened in May 2010, the centre unites Iceland's most important classical music and performance groups under one roof, such as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera, and is fast becoming a favourite place to host international conferences.


The Solfar Sun Voyager
On the coast is a massive steel sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnason. Thought
by many to resemble a Viking Ship (I know I did), it is actually a dream boat
and ode to the sun.



The Hofdi House
Also called the Summit House, it is the actual place where the 1986 meeting between
Reagan and Gorbachev , a historical event that marked the end of the Cold War. Other renowned guests include Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich. It is also said to be haunted by a ghost known as "The White Lady". Hofdi is currently owned by the City of Reykjavik and is used for official receptions and meetings. It is not open to the public.


A rainbow gracing the cruise ships in the harbour.



Leaving Iceland.



Sailboats and planes braving the pending weather.



It looks like the North Sea disturbance has followed us here.



A long last look.

 


 
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