Monkey’s Iceland Adventure

Meet Taro (太郎), aka Monkey. An adorable ‘coming of age day’ (成人の日)gift from my nan, he has been with me through all my travels since my younger days in Japan. Monkey featured in a post on Cyprus last year and now he’s back introducing Iceland using a much nicer camera!

Favourite shot of Monks in Old Harbour, Reykjavik

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Monks having his first Icelandic beer outside of Saegreifinn (The Sea Baron)

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Welcome sign outside of a whale and puffin tours ticket kiosk in Old Harbour, Reykjavik

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Icelandic troll — certainly not as cute as Moomin!

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We both love Hallgrímskirkja Church

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Just across the road from Eyjafjallajökull

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Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated north of Skógar and west of Mýrdalsjökull. Who would’ve thought such a harmless looking mountain could reek so much havoc!

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Eyjafjallajökull on 14 April 2010

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Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park

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Signs around Iceland

Reykjavik in Pictures

Reykjavik’s compact city centre is easy to navigate on foot and an incredibly fun place to photograph. I love the colourful network of small streets and historic buildings, the wide selection of boutiques and cafés, and of course the abundance of great restaurants that the city has to offer. Here are some of my favourite sights around town.

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Amazing panoramic views of the city from the top of Hallgrímskirkja church

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Hallgrímskirkja church — stunning from every angle!

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View of Harpa from Old Harbour

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Hubby’s masterpiece of the Partnership sculpture by Bjarnason. This is one of two identical sculptures created to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Iceland and the United States. The other sits beside a bay in South Florida.

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Envisaged as a dreamboat, an ode to the sun symbolising light and hope, Sólfar (Sun Voyager) by Jón Gunnar Árnason is often misinterpreted to be a Viking ship.

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Some fascinating work from a graffiti park just off Laugavegur

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It took ages to hike to Perlan (The Pearl). The views weren’t as stunning as from Hallgrímskirkja, but we enjoyed it all the same and from there we discovered a path to Háteigskirkja church.

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Háteigskirkja church