Iceland, Part 5

We spent the last of our time in Iceland visiting Þingvellir National Park, where the European and American tectonic plates meet and Reykjavik, Iceland’s Capital City. While most of our time in Iceland was spent in absolutely beautiful weather conditions, Þingvellir and Reykjavik saw us in rain most of the time. As such, there aren’t a lot of photos from Þingvellir, specifically, though I can say that it is a magical place. Today, we’ll focus mostly on Reykjavik. First up is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Iceland (man-made, at least): the Hallgrímskirkja.

One of Iceland’s tallest structures, and the largest church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja towers over Reykjavik.

Some of the most striking and beautiful parts of Reykjavik were the murals, which covered many of the walls in the city:

Toward the end of our visit, after taking pictures of murals in the rain, the clouds parted briefly and we were treated to some fantastic light at the Sun Voyager sculpture, created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavik:

Seven days in Iceland was just enough time to know that seven days in Iceland isn’t nearly enough. Over the course of the trip we took nearly 4,000 images, most of which I’ve not yet finished processing. The stunning landscape was matched only by the kindness of the people we met. It’s no wonder that 1.7 million people visited Iceland in 2016 (though the island is home to only 300,000).

I’ll leave off Iceland with two of my favorite memories. The first is a panorama from the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The last is a video Kira took from behind Seljalandsfoss while I was taking a photograph. It was the last sunset we saw while there and I can’t think of a better way to finish up these Iceland blogs. Thanks so much for reading. Happy to answer any questions in the comments.


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About Brent DeLanoy

Writer, photographer. Owner of Kickstand Photography, providing photography services in and around Oneonta, NY.