Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.Gustave Flaubert
Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city in Iceland. It has a latitude of 64°08′ N, making it the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state, and with a population just over 130.000, is fast becoming a popular tourist destination.
On the final day of the year 2015, we decided to explore Reykjavik. It was quite cold but it wasn’t snowing and that was the plus point. Always remain prepared while in Iceland – Here are few tips – Click here. So we head from our hotel further west on foot. Reyjavik is a very quiet place, more so because of its low population and harsh climate. And the best bit is that they have tried keeping modernisation at bay –something like a controlled modernisation. Maybe that’s the reason you wouldn’t find a single biggie fast food joints in the capital region.
We first visited Hallgrímskirkja – a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres high (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland.
We then head south towards the Atlantic coast to visit the Sun Voyager. Sun Voyager, though resembling a Viking ship, is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
We then strolled around and made our way to the afternoon whale watching session for which I have nothing to gloat about. I was fine with not seeing any whales but the issue was the weather – if Reykjavik was freezing, then imagine the temperature in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. And then the sea sickness kicked in and unexpectedly more for Amoli than me.
Here are few essential tips on food/dining while in Reykjavik – Click here
Finally we made our way back to the Hotel and it was 31st night and time to step foot into the New Year. And I must say that I was feeling blessed to be in such a god gifted place – Though not the show and pomp compared to a New Year celebration in the rest of the world, Reykjavik has its own quiet demeanour.
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