Take Your Pick? Reykjavik!Around the World, Day 4: Reykjavik, Iceland
Friday dawned early. Though the sun failed to make an appearance until later in the day, today's official sunrise in Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik (RAKE-ya-vik), was 5:21 a.m.; sunset was 9:33 p.m, though it was light out long after that. That's because the city is a mere 130 miles south of the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets on summer solstice (nor rises on winter solstice). Today was a rather short day by Reykjavik summer standards, actually. By June 21, sunrise here will come before 3 a.m., and the sun will not set before midnight.
|Central Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja|
|Reykjavik Residence Suites|
|Note the absence of security at Government House.|
|The Pearl of Reykjavik|
|Reykjavik's most familiar landmark, Hallgrimskirkja|
|Harpa Conference Center (photo by Sarah Ackerman)o|
Completed in 2011, the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall is located by the old harbor between the Atlantic Ocean and the city center. Winner of numerous design awards, its exterior is formed from a steel framework clad in different shapes and colors of glass in two or three dimensions. Whether lit from within or reflecting the colors of its environment, the facades create a striking addition to the city landscape.
Though Reykjavik is a national capital, this city of 120,000 exudes a comfortable small town ambiance. Residents are polite, congenial and eager to make tourists feel welcome. The city is very safe, though we have yet to see a police officer or security guard, even around government buildings Crime is just not an issue here. According to a local, people do not get mugged in Iceland, for example. "You can literally leave your wallet on the ground. Either someone will deliver it to you or the nearest police station, or it'll still be there when you return to look for it the next morning."
There's a lot to like here. We're thinking we'd like to make a return visit some time. It's closer to home than Hawaii.
More Photos from Today
|Massive CD sale underway at Perlan|
|The unadorned interior of Hallgrimskirkja|
|Harpa from the harbor|
|Note how Hallgrimskirkja dominates the city skyline|
|Can't find a parking space? Make it work.|