Reykjavik, The World’s Northernmost Capital

Reykjavik, far and away Iceland’s largest city, is home to a third of the island’s population. Pretty as it can be, it seems from a distance to be an aberration, a very colorful infection that has sprouted from a stretch of volcanic plain. The capital is not the reason for a trip to Iceland, but there is definitely a unique charm to a town that strives for cosmopolitanism in a country where the same families have lived on the same farms going back a thousand years. I wasn’t attempting to be as photographically thorough here as I was in the countryside; some of these shots are iPhone pics. Nonetheless, I think I got enough to present a little overview of the capital at the end of the world. This post, the first of two, will be pictures of, from, and in Hallgrimskirkja, a towering church that dominates Reykjavik’s skyline.

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Lief Ericson guards the church.

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The massive organ.

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Overview of the city.

2 responses

  1. Such a beautiful city.

    July 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

    • tabularasa88

      It definitely has its charm. I wondered what it looks like in the depth of winter, though.

      July 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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