Sólfar - The Sun Voyager.
After cycling for a month in hilly western and southwestern England, I took advantage of Icelandair's free stopover offer to spend some time in Iceland. I lugged around a small suitcase of camera gear I could use for this trip and just struggled with this extra piece of luggage throughout England. In addition, I had to bring some warmer clothes than would be needed in England for the colder, windier, wetter climate I would find in Iceland.
I stayed at an AirBnB in Reykjavik to save some money and also because the hotel I wanted was already booked months in advance. The AirBnB was located in a great location right in the section of town near the famous church Hallgrímskirkja . The AirBnB was at the home of Gudrun's. I found a place for coffee and my breakfasts across the street called 'C is for Cookie'.
While getting prepared for this trip, I read about the situation with my getting wine since it's always nice to have a glass in the evening while looking over photos taken during the day. Wine, beer and drinks can , of course, always be bought in a restaurant with your dinner. However, I was going to do the grocery store dinners to save a bit of money since food is very expensive in this country. Thus, I don't have the option to order a glass of wine. The main piece of advise was to buy your wine at the duty free shop at the airport before departing as it was cheaper and not taxed. So I understood when I got down to the baggage area of the airport and people were grabbing shopping carts and going into the duty free store. Most were buying items that were cheaper than what you can get in town. Thus, I bought my (still not cheap) box of wine and collected my baggage before getting my rental car.
This statue is of Liefur Eiríksson and stands in front of Hallgrímskirkja church. As we all know, Leifur (Or Lucky Leif) was the first European to arrive in the Americas around the year 1000. That's almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus. So I'm still wondering why we have a day dedicated to old Chris. Well, actually, there is a Leif Eiríksson Day which is the day before Columbus Day. I've never heard of it, have you?
Also, this statue was a gift to Iceland from the U.S. to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Icelandic parliament. It was designed by the American sculptor Alexander Calder in 1929. Apparently, Iceland then made a copy of the statue to show at the New York World Fair in 1939, so Leif has a twin here in the U.S. in Newport, VA.
Now, on Leif Eiríksson day in 2015, our president kept mentioning that Leifur was Norwegian rather than Icelandic. Well, the Icelanders were very upset with this error as Leifur was born in Iceland and was Icelandic. The argument goes that Leif is no more Norwegian than Barack is Kenyan, just that their parent(s) were. ...and on and on with the issue.
Here's the church behind Leif. The statue was not erected in front of Hallgrímskirkja, but the other way around.
I spent most of my time walking around town and getting some groceries before heading off. Checked out a restaurant or two to savor fish soup and the local cuisine. (No I didn't try the hákarl - the fermented shark. The smell alone would knock you over.) Here is the boat dock across from the Harpa Concert Hall.