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Alþingishúsið - Parliament House backyard garden.
  • My "Last day" in Reykjavik: (before departure day) Woke up late and it was raining so goodbye whale watching experience, it will be on my list for my next visit to Iceland. I had to have a quick breakfast because I had to move the car before 10 or I could get a ticket. So it took me a while to find a free parking spot, but I found one in front of a house on the same street of the Russian Embassy and close to a church. Here's a list of the places I visited in downtown Reykjavik:
  1. Christ the King Roman Catholic Cathedral & Basilica: a rather unusual finding in a predominantly lutheran country. There were some embassies around including Russia and France.
  2. Islandspostur: the post office is not an attraction but I had to find it to send some postcards I had written when I arrived in Iceland.
    Landnámssýningin Reykjavík 871±2 - The settlement exhibition.
    They arrived in the US one day after I returned.
  3. Austurvöllur Square: a very cozy square/piazza in the middle of Reykjavik, right in front of the Parliament House and close from the most famous cafes in the city (such as Kaffi Paris). The post office and other shops and restaurants are close by too...  Well, most of the things are close to each other in this compact downtown.
  4. Alþingishúsið - Parliament House: this was a rather small building for a Parliament, but definitely one of the most attractive ones. The little garden in the back was very pretty, like from a movie.
  5. Dómkirkjan: the church across the Parliament house. I think there was a funeral service going on when I passed by...
  6.  Tjörnin Lake: this is a lake that is used as a reference to divide Reykjavik.
    Islandspostur - the post office.
    It's very square, I assumed they reclaimed some land and now it looks like an artificial lake, but it's not. A lot of swans and ducks were swimming. I kept screaming at them: "Go south you idiots!" lol. They were having a bad time with the wind and the colder weather.
  7. Ráðhús Reykjavíkur (City Hall): the modern concrete building that I thought was a library was the city hall. It doesn't really blend with the surroundings, at all... but then again, neither does the Hallgrimskirkja church nor the Perlan, but what can one do? Reykjavik is getting bigger and tries to adapt to the people instead of the other way around.
  8. Fríkirkjan: another small church across the lake. There was an Art Gallery next to it.
  9. Humarhúsið: i thought it was some important historical house, but it's a lobster restaurant! hehehe... 
  10. The Government House: it looks like... a House... ;)
  11. Landnámssýningin Reykjavík 871±2 (The Settlement Exhibition): A very nice museum, very new, modern building with the remains of the first house built between 869-873 (hence the 871±2). It was interesting, at least for Icelanders. I usually enjoy history and museums but I found this one kind of boring...

 

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Kringlan Mall's Food Court.
  • Kringlan Mall: it wasn't on my "list" of things to see in Iceland, but I couldn't find the famous Haklar anywhere and the mall was on my way back to Reykjavik from Hafnarfjordur. It was big and a lot like any american mall with many familiar brand names and a food court with Subway, McDonalds and other fast food chains. I only entered the souvenir shop but left empty-handed because they didn't have Haklar and things were more expensive than in downtown. Then I went to Bonus supermarket and the other one (forgot the name) and they didn't have it. Apparently it's not popular among Icelanders.

 

  • Back to downtown Reykjavik: so I wanted to buy some souvenirs and I had seen some cool stuff at the "Viking" souvenir shop ("the largest one in Iceland).
    Perlan restaurant.
    It was small, but it had a huge variety of souvenirs. I wanted to buy it all, but Icelandic prices are out of my budget so I had to make fast choices and leave to the Saga Museum at Perlan before they close.

 

  • PERLAN, The Pearl: It's an enormous landmark on a hill: 6 huge water tanks with a large glass dome in the middle sheltering a Saga Museum, an Observatory, an artificial Geyser and the Pearl Restaurant at the top. Once again, I got lost on my way to Perlan, but I still got to the Saga Museum 5 minutes before 6:00PM (closing time) but the ticket lady wouldn't let me in! I was pissed! She said she couldn't wait 30 minutes for just one person. I said I would just run through it, but at the end, she just didn't let me in. I was not happy.
    Perlan stairs.
    Anyhow, I went downstairs and saw te Geyser, then went up to the 4th floor where the observation deck is. Once you get out the revolving door on the 4th floor, the crazy wind + the rain would ruin any dreams of taking panorama shots of the city. It would be awesome on a good day though.

 

  • The PERLAN restaurant: all wet from my few minutes out the observation deck, I went up to the 5th floor where the revolving 5 star restaurant is. The place was beautiful, the view was breathtaking and the prices astronomical. I knew that but I wanted to have a nice meal to take a good memory of Reykjavik after days of eating beef jerky, granola/protein bars and chocolates. So they had a "special" price for tourists, a 4 course meal for "Only" ~$98. I sat down and right when they brought the bread I realized I had lost my car keys! I ran up and down the Perlan, out to the deck, the parking lot, the restrooms, everywhere looking for my keys.
    Lamb.
     So once more, I called Avis and the guy said: "You're in Perlan." I thought, wow, is it their GPS system? But then he said the doorman had called the number on the keys to let them know he had them. So happy and relieved I went downstairs to recover my keys and went up again to sit and enjoy my overpriced dinner.

 

 

  • Here's the PERLAN's Icelandic "4-course Gourmet Feast":
  1. CREAM OF LOBSTER with Madeira and grilled white extra prawns
  2. PANCAKE filled with wild mushrooms and mozzarella
  3. GRILLED FILLET & TENDERLOIN OF LAMB with parsnip-purée and currant sauce
  4. ICELANDIC VANILLA-SKYR with pistachio mousse and mango sorbet
  • Although the portions were small, the food was excellent! I loved every bite, and if you add the beautiful atmosphere with the breathtaking view of the city with raindrops falling on the dome's glass/windows, it was totally worth the money. Besides, it's Iceland so you don't have to tip ;) I highly recommend this place.
Alþingishúsið - Parliament Hous…
Alþingishúsið - Parliament Hou…
Landnámssýningin Reykjavík 871…
Landnámssýningin Reykjavík 871…
Islandspostur - the post office.
Islandspostur - the post office.
Kringlan Malls Food Court.
Kringlan Mall's Food Court.
Perlan restaurant.
Perlan restaurant.
Perlan stairs.
Perlan stairs.
Lamb.
Lamb.
Catholic Cathedral.
Catholic Cathedral.
Austurvollur Square.
Austurvollur Square.
Alþingishúsið from Austurvollur…
Alþingishúsið from Austurvollu…
Dómkirkjan in front of the Austur…
Dómkirkjan in front of the Austu…
Dómkirkjan in front of the Austur…
Dómkirkjan in front of the Austu…
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur - Reykjavik…
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur - Reykjavi…
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur - Reykjavik…
Ráðhús Reykjavíkur - Reykjavi…
View of Frikirkjan from Tjornin La…
View of Frikirkjan from Tjornin L…
View of Frikirkjan and Hallgrimski…
View of Frikirkjan and Hallgrimsk…
The Iceland Government House.
The Iceland Government House.
Humarhúsið - the lobster restaur…
Humarhúsið - the lobster restau…
Kringlan Mall in Reykjavik.
Kringlan Mall in Reykjavik.
Pancake.
Pancake.
Icelandic Vanilla Skyr and ice cre…
Icelandic Vanilla Skyr and ice cr…
Me at Perlan.
Me at Perlan.
Observation deck at Perlan.
Observation deck at Perlan.
At Bonus supermarket. The price ta…
At Bonus supermarket. The price t…
Some MilkyWay chocolate...
Some MilkyWay chocolate...
Reykjavik
photo by: MadeleineGL