Sólfar, The Sun Voyager

This is a metal statue in Reykjavík of what looks like a Viking longboat but according to the Wikipedia page is in fact a “dreamboat”. It is a common misunderstanding that Sun Voyager is a Viking ship. It is quite understandable that many tourists think like this when travelling in Iceland, the land of the sagas. Nonetheless, it should be stressed that this was not the original intention. Jón Gunnar was himself very ill with leukaemia at the time that the full-scale Sun Voyager came to be constructed, and he died in April 1989, a year before it was placed in its present location. Some people have thus suggested that… Read More

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Symbols of the World

The Star of David, Dollar signs, the Masonic eye, Christian Cross and a symbol I (and Google Goggles) don’t recognise. All on a sticker in the Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland. In the church tower there’s a door leading from the observation area into the warmth inside. This sticker is over that door. Stranger yet are the pawns on the half-circle of the world, with a cross and four dots. It’s either some kids having fun trolling the local Church, or an elaborate conspiracy. Tin foil hat time! Aperture ƒ/5.6 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 33mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/15s

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The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland. The water is lovely warm, even quite hot in places and is full of silica and sulphur. There’s usually a smell of bad eggs in the air from the sulphur but when we visited it was definitely bacon we smelled. Really weird. A great experience except when hailstone started to fall. Those things can really sting your ears and face. The rest of you will be safely and warmly under water. Check out John’s great photo at the Lagoon too. If you visit Iceland you have to visit here! The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon… Read More

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Musical Statues

Statues playing music near the Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland. So cold while I took this photo. The Perlan offers a great view of the city but the cold wind will freeze your hands! More info on Wikitravel. Edit: check out Krista’s photos of the statues too! Aperture ƒ/13 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 21mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/400s

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Empty Seats in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

One evening while walking near Pairc Ui Chaoimh we noticed the gate at the Blackrock end open so wandered in for a quick look around. I hadn’t been in there in years but it was nice to look around and take a few shots. Must have been a GAA meeting or something that evening … Like the new theme? It’s Oenology! Aperture ƒ/4 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 18mm ISO 400 Shutter speed 1/125s

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