Archive for the Reykjavík and other cities Category

Husavík today

Posted on March 7, 2010 by

Today Húsavík is a pleasant village of 1200 inhabitants, standing in front of the Skjálfandi bay, with the typical coloured houses. Two buildings stand out among the others: these used to be the manors of local authorities, and according to the tradition, they had to be black, because they had to be visible to seamen […]

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Husavík

Posted on February 26, 2010 by

Húsavík was founded by a Swedish Viking, Garðar Svavarsson, known as Flok the Grey. He arrived in front of the Icelandic coasts around 870a.C; he circumnavigated this land, at that time known as Snæland (Land of Snow), and realized that it was indeed an island. He spent the winter in the area of Husavík and […]

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Reykholt

Posted on September 2, 2009 by

Reykholt is located in the Western part of Iceland. It is a famous historical site because here Snorre Sturlunson was born, and spent most of his life. He translated in prose the Edda in 1200 A.C. in this area, there are many interesting things to see, such as the Snorri thermal pool, or Snorralaug,; two […]

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Perlan, the pride of Reykjavík

Posted on February 25, 2009 by

In Öskjuhlíð there’s Perlan, an ultra- modern building with a big central dome from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. Inside, there’s one of the most popular museums of Reykjavík: the Viking Saga Museum, that historically recreates the events and everyday life of the Icelandic people for over a millennium.

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Parks and Gardens of Reykjavík

Posted on February 23, 2009 by

Laugardalur Park is the most important area for leisure in Reykjavík. It is located in the East side of the city. It offers a camping area, a swimming pool, a park, and the city zoo. Nearby there’s the stadium, the Botanic Garden and a skating ring. Not faraway, by the Elliðar, the river of the […]

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Hófði House, the seat of International meetings in Reykjavík

Posted on February 22, 2009 by

The Hófði House is a wooden building that stands on the coastline and where in 1986 occurred the historical meeting between Reagan and Gorbaciov that put an end to the Cold War. On this villa lays a superstition: some people believe that the ghost of a woman inhabits the house and enjoys closing the curtains. […]

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Hallgrímskirkja, the Church symbol of Reykjiavik

Posted on February 21, 2009 by

By the old town of Reykjiavik, stands the white church of Hallgrímskirkja, that was built using a huge basalt block, on the top of the hill. Its impressive and soaring shape attracts many tourists that may go up to the top of the 75m high tower, where they may enjoy the view of the city […]

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The Museum of the sea

Posted on February 20, 2009 by

Vikin is the Reykjavík museum of the Sea; it has been recently founded but it’s already quickly enlarging: it has 5 rooms and in total it has 700sqm area for exhibition. It is situated in the building that once hosted the refrigeration system of the Reykjavík Trawler Company nearby the old harbour, in Grandagadur street. […]

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Reykjavik: the old city

Posted on February 19, 2009 by

The old Reykjavík raises between the Faxa bay and the lake of Tjörn, that is surrounded by a nice garden and inhabited by many kind of birds. Among the places to visit, do not miss: Ráðhós, the town hall, that has a wall map of Iceland with information on the natural aspects of the island; […]

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The population of Reykjavík and the economy

Posted on February 18, 2009 by

Reykjavík and the 6 neighbouring townships compose the “greater Reykjavík”. 3 out of 5 Icelanders live in this area. Besides being the political and administrative centre of Iceland, Reykjavík is the heart of business, communications, social, educational and cultural services. The majority of its inhabitants is employed in the service industry (trade and services), but […]

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