My last day in Reykjavik: leisurely breakfast with my travel mates then brunch at Reykjavik Marina Icelandair Hotel. Great brunch with my travel companions Carin, Lisa and Maryann. To close out the vacation and while I am waiting for my plane back to Boston here are some fun facts:
- Iceland is one of the Nordic countries and part of Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden).
- Reykjavík is the capital city of the Republic of Iceland
- The phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen during mid-winter (November-December) when the weather is clear.
- The last name of Icelanders is derived from their father's first name.
- Soccer is Iceland’s favourite team game.
- Icelandic, the language, belongs to the Germanic language family that includes German, Dutch and all the Nordic languages except Finnish.
- The krona has been the currency of Iceland since 1918.
Last but not least just some random picture display of my long weekend in Reykjavik
20 August 2016
Day Three: Maryann and Chuck successfully finish the Reykjavik Marathon, Lisa completes the 10k. Lunch at Icelandic Fish & Chips, then In celebration of the beginning of Reykjavik Culture Night, we eat morning waffles. The main objective of Reykjavik Culture Night is to encourage people to show their art, in whichever form it may be. Stepped into a gallery and watched a women do her magic on a pottery wheel. Later back to Hallgrímskirkja observation deck to view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains. Dinner tonight at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (which translates to “best hot dogs in town”), visited Harpa Concert Hall and the Sunken ship memorial. Night ends with fireworks from our balcony
19 August 2016
Day Two: walking tour in the morning highlights include Hallgrímskirkja the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in the country, many street murals, the sculpture garden behind the Einar Jónsson Art Museum, Parliament building and lunch at Apotek. Shopping for Icelandic wool at Hand Knitting Association of Iceland. Dinner at Kopar and more street murals on our walk home
18 August 2016
Day one in Reykjavik. First stop "The Blue Lagoon", a geothermal spa one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. Then a group dinner at Pearl located in a futuristic revolving glass-domed (Perlan). Views from the the fourth floor deck are beautiful. Outside, near the parking area are very unusual figurative sculptures, a grouping of dancing alien musicians created in 1970.