The Land of Ice and Fire Part 4

I finally continue with the final part of my Icelandic adventures, if you want to see the other parts check them out here:Part 1Part 2Part 3.

We woke up to a pretty miserable day in Reykjavik, the first sight of rain that we’d had during all our time in Iceland, fortunately the weather in Iceland is pretty changeable so there was no need to hunker down in the hotel and we soon set off on our tour of the city.

Perhaps the most obvious sight was the towering white obelisk that was the Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland. In front of this towering structure is a statue of Leif Erikson, who established the first European settlement in North America.

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The Hallgrimskirkja
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Leif Erikson towers over the city

After some classic tacky tourist shopping and more sightseeing we headed to Perlan, which is a giant glass dome built above 5 hot water storage tanks. The view from the top allows for one of the best views of Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland
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The city alone is home to 120,000 people, around a quarter of the entire country’s population
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Reykjavik is also the world’s most northerly capital of any sovereign state 
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Reykjavik was Iceland’s first permanent settlement, founded in 874AD by Scandinavian settlers led by Ingolfr Arnarson
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It is among the cleanest, safest and greenest cities in the world

By this time the weather was finally clearing up so we all piled onto the bus and begun our long trip to the airport, heading first to Krýsuvík, a series of geothermal areas which consist of numerous mud pots, hot springs and fumaroles.

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The landscape of Krysuvik has been compared to Hell
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A bubbling mud pot

 

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Sulfuric fumes blow across the landscape 

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Our next and final stop was Iceland’s Bridge Between Continents, a small footbridge which expands across the 60ft wide Álfagjá rift valley that marks the continental boundaries of the Eurasian and the North American continental tectonic plates.

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Europe on one side, America on the other
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The bridge is also know as Leif the Lucky Bridge, named also after the explorer Leif Erikson

And with that our trip to Iceland came to an end, we were soon on the plane traveling back to England and before we knew it we were all back in our geography class wondering when the time went.

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Thus concludes part four of my tale, if you enjoyed this story feel free to write in the comments, or leave a like, and thanks for reading 🙂.

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