Arrival. Familiarisation and observations.
22.07.2014 - 22.07.2014 17 °C
Our plane arrived last night, close to midnight. I had imagined that there would be darkness but no, there was a silvery dark blue colour In the sky, like an illuminated curtain.
The drive from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik takes nearly an hour and, strangely at the time of night, there were still a few cars on the road and people walking in the towns. My lasting impression is the stratified shades of darkness and silvery blues. I couldn't differentiate land, water, mist or sky. The landscape was flat and mossy, with boulder rocks here and there, speckled with attempts at growing trees.
Then there are the sculptures that are dotted about; black, life size silhouettes of the trolls who turned to stone when they didn't return home before the sunlight touched them. ...... Eerie. On the other side of the road elves live underground. They are responsible for how the golfers game turns out when they are playing on the lava field golf course.
Somehow, after this ghostly introduction I slept well. Exhaustion helps.
Reykjavik is a cluster of mismatched buildings. They vary in age, architecture, colour and material. I am surprised by the number of corrugated houses and shops, brightly painted and quaint. People seem to like placing little things in their windows, I like that.
For the small population, I am in awe of their Harpa which is the concert hall. An absolute stunning piece of architecture and Nordic design. It is modern, on the waterfront and made of stone and glass. Things available in Perth but not used to the same effect. The Harpa has a mesmerising glass facade made of hexagonal shapes in two and three dimensions, and despite all the hard surfaces, noise is hushed and smooth, not jarring. My camera battery decided to die here.
For those who like to shop, Reykjavik has many unique and interesting things. For me, I am like a dog being taken for a walk, I look and try to linger but can't stay long.....
In summary, Reykjavik is like a tiny toy town bustling and charming without trying too hard.
I'm posting more photos than previous blogs because wifi is brilliant here.