The best view in Reykjavik




Humans are driven to scale the heights….

The world over, towers and rooftops are massive drawcards. All of us have waited in line, plodded up the stairs, to get that perspective. Reykjavik has its own vantage point, to see it from above, get to the Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. You will have no trouble whatsoever finding it, as it towers over the city.

In Bruges
The towering Hallgrímskirkja
Gazing upward at Hallgrímskirkja

In the quest for a different perspective, we waited in line at the majestic and imposing Hallgrímskirkja. The cathedral was filled with light as worshippers made their way out. It was lovely to be able to observe its simple but beautiful interior.

It’s New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik, and the daylight doesn’t stick around for long. Would it hold on until we got to the top?

it did….

colored roofs Reykjavik
Can you see the jigsaw puzzle?

The small elevator ferries groups of around 8 up and down, which ensures the number of visitors remains pretty static, allowing you a good look from all vantage points.

pastel roofs of Reykjavik
pastel roofs of Reykjavik

I’m not sure whether it is something to do with the clear crisp air but the roof colours blazed in the setting sunlight were a sight to behold, with the city giving way to the water in the distance.

We went home to get ready for the epic New Year’s Eve celebrations…

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4 thoughts on “The best view in Reykjavik

  1. Definitely a view worth the queue. I love those different coloured roofs.

    This post doesn’t appear to be dated but I did get an email telling me about it today (woohoo!) so I’m assuming it’s your latest and that WordPress have finally let me be your friend.

    I just need to ask – who are Ray and Ken?

  2. Really beautiful views, and this city always seems to have that crisp and blue light when it’s photographed as well! I love the colourful rooftops.

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