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Reykjavík Basics

Where to say:
Center Hotel Klopp Klapparstig 26, Reykjavik  Buffet breakfast included Central location. A block from Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
Foss Hotel Baron Baronstígur 2-4, Reykjavik Buffet breakfast included Across the boulevard from Sculpture and Shore Walk and a short walk to Höfdi House.
Where to eat: It is expensive to eat out in Reykjavik. If you're on a budget, it might help to buy food at the supermarket. There are several supermarkets conveniently located in the city center or try the Thai Restaurant on Laugavegur where the food is delicious and reasonably priced. 
Catfish at Sushi Samba
Samba Sushi Japanese and South American Fusion cuisine. Thingholsstraeti 5 View their menu here:  sushisamba.is This is an expensive restaurant. Prepare to pay at least $30.00 for the dish shown above.
Pearl Cafe Perlan Open from 10 a.m. To 9 p.m. www.perlan.is Perlan is a destination on its own. It sits on a hill and has a 360° view of Reykjavik. There's a bus that sto…

Reykjavik Walks

Reykjavik is an easy city to explore because of its compact size. We spent three days discovering this charming old town and made lots of stops along the way to read all the helpful descriptions provided at each site and tried some local Skyr and pastries along the route. The Shore walk begins at Höfdi House on Borgartún, overlooking the bay. It is a beautiful stroll along the coast. The City Center walk starts at Government House while the Cathedral Square walk begins on top of the hill at Hallgrímstorg.  The Harpa Concert Hall may also be included with the Shore walk as it is at the end of the boulevard and a hop and skip from the Sun Voyager. 
Shore Walk

Höfdi House
The Höfdi House is where détente saw light. The great thawing of ice between the United States and USSR (as it was known then) began with the meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in this house in 1986.
One of the former residents of Höfdi House was the poet and entrepreneur, Einar Benediktsson who lived here f…

Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran cathedral designed by Gudjón Samúelsson. Samúelsson drew his inspiration for this project from his surroundings, particularly from columnar basalt formed by lava flow in this volcanic island. It took over 40 years to complete the cathedral. Samúelsson didn't live to see the inauguration of Hallsgrímskirkja in 1986.  
The cathedral is named after Hallgrimur Petersson, Iceland's beloved poet who penned Hymns of the Passion (listen here: http://youtu.be/am04VxkReKU). He was also the pastor at Saurbaer in Hvalfjördur.

The rib vaulted ceiling reminds one of the great Gothic cathedrals. But what sets it apart from its predecessors is its clean and simple style. Sharp arches flow down to linear columns. 

The main altar is adorned with an eight-meter long painting, Five Crucifixions by Helgi Torgils Fridjónsson. "Whether this work should be regarded as religious, is really up to the spectator, however all mental conflict is by nature religious. Peop…

Urban Art Reykjavik

What would you do to stave off the blues when you only get 5 hours of daylight during the winter months? Reykjavik has the answer. Colorful, highly imaginative wall art to brighten the dreariest of days. The stamp act above is at the Design Center. It is tasteful and representative of the work they do at the center.

This one is called Poor Ugly. It is elaborate. So much going on here. On Hverfisgata Street.

Urban art is sharply juxtaposed with Victorian architecture. At Dillon's Bar on Laugavegur.

Practical wall art. A refresher course on how to tie a necktie. And an arresting advertisement for Gudsteins. 

Mushrooms growing on a mushroom. Hmmm. Think what you will.

Cartoon characters with graffiti and blue sky. Rare blue sky during our stay in Iceland.

"And I will raise you up on eagle's wings." On Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavik. 
There are more murals to discover in Reykjavik. I refer to these as murals rather than graffiti (unless there are elem…