Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Iceland pt.3

One can't just get enough of Iceland, right? Right! So, choose the airline of your choice and go! I've flown IcelandAir in my two previous trips but this time I experimented "WOW air", a low-cost airlines with some purple-coloured fleet, haha cool! Let's put some colour in this gray scenery then.
I admit I was apprehensive about the weather. It could be windy as hell but it was just fine. I heard that people don't use umbrellas in Iceland due to its infamous windy weather. For a late-April weekend the weather however was good. It was observed a "peak" temperature of +6C(+42F) with clear sky. If you believe in global warming, go 'all-in' here, because businesses are booming. :)

Hallgrimskirkja

This time I wanted to explore more of the city centre of Reykjavik, because in my previous trips I was just too drunk at all times during my stays in that town that I only have flashes of my city-walking in Laugavegur street which is the nightlife hot spot. I finally visited the Hallgrimskirkja, which is on the highest neighborhood in the centre, with a nice view to the old town if you pay 900 ISK to take the elevator to go the top of the tower. Do expect some queuing. This is a Lutheran church built of solid concrete to endure the winds of the Nordics and hosts one of the biggest pipe organs (music instrument) in Europe. Nearby this church, one can try a traditional Icelandic food at Loki cafe. I recommend the lamb soup.

Harpa

 This impressive event hall is sumptuous and can host different sort of events, event music festivals. From outside some special dynamic lighting effects on its glassy facade resemble the northern lights. Well, it is free to enter there if no event is happening but do try to plan your trip during one of the festivals that take place in here, so you will have the maximum experience. For instance, the SONAR REYKJAVIK event generally takes place in Harpa.

Northern lights

Well, it is not the best photo of the northern lights, I know, but this one was taken by me at least! So, I don't need to still from Google Images. :P
To see the aurora, go on dark month (November - February). The brighter the days are getting the lest intense will be your aurora experience. I have observed massive auroras in Lapland, but this time was my first aurora in Iceland. There is one place which is relatively dark for a capital city where one gets a better view of it without leaving Reykjavik. It is by the

Reynisfjara shores

Also known as 'the black sand beach' - in the touristy English colloquial. I know it is near the village of Vik, which requires few hours driving away from Reykjavik towards the south and east but it is still considered a "Reykjavik attraction" because it is perfectly feasible to visit it and go back to your hotel in Reykjavik in a one-day trip.
I am mentioning it here because it is among the new attraction (new to me) of Iceland which I hadn't visit in my previous two trips. It is a volcanic beach with sneaky waves (people-eating unpredictable waves). Big warning signs tell you to keep always one eye on the waves and never turn your back to the sea because once in a while a nasty wave will come for you. Apart from that, enjoy this awesome scenery and take some amazing photos.

Here are some more photos (click to enlarge):