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Reykjavik, Iceland

 
Reykjavik
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About 63% of Iceland's inhabitants live in the Reykjavík metropolitan area

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Most Icelanders are descendants of Norwegian settlers and Celts from the British Isles

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Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe. Its landscape is pure and unpolluted

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Iceland’s summers are surprisingly warm, lush and green. By midsummer the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets

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Iceland is a volcanic island. Homes are heated geothermally from hot underground springs. Notice there are no chimneys on the houses

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About 28% of the land is used for grazing and only 1% is cultivated

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We only saw the Icelandic horses from a distance
Traditionally the horses have been raised free range or in a herd

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Icelandic horses have long, thick manes and tails and the winter coat is double

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Icelandic horses are all colors except appaloosa. Chestnut is the most common but some are all white and there are pinto in all of the usual colors"

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Building this golf course in the lava fields of Reykjavík must have been a challange

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When you visit Iceland you can be assured the Icelanders’ will welcome you with their desire to share their culture and asure that your stay is a pleasant one

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Deloitte is the tallest building in Reykjavík
Yes, that is a T.G.I. Friday's on the left

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In Reykjavík, the average temperature is 52° F in July and 30° F in January

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The Icelandic language is closest to the Old Norse language and has remained relatively unchanged since the 12th century

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Tjörnin (The Pond) is a small lake that usually freezes over during the winter but hot geothermal waters are pumped in to defrost an area for water birds

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Tjörnin (The Pond) is situated in the city centre next to the Reykjavik City Hall, several museums and the nearby University of Iceland

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We did not get to the Hallgrimskirkja Church but the steeple is visible throughout the city. The church can seat over 1000 worshipers. It houses a large pipe organ that has 5,275 pipes, is 15 metres tall and weighs 25 tons

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Höfõi House is located at Félagstúni in northern Reykjavík. Built in 1909, it was the residence of the British Counsel from 1938 until after World war II

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Höfõi House was the setting of the famous summit meeting between Reagan and Gorbashev in October 1986

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Sólfar (Sun Voyager)
The Viking Ship Sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnason is located by the sea and contains the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom

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By Sæbraut (By the Sea)
Stand here during sunrise or sunset, at any time of the year, and enjoy an unforgettable moment or maybe a rainbow

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By Sæbraut with a spectacular rainbow. Unforgettable!
 
The Blue Lagoon
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Blue Lagoon Iceland looks like something born from an otherworldly landscape but it is actually a man made geothermal spa

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Blue Lagoon Iceland is situated in the middle of a large lava field and created by geothermal seawater

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The Svartsengi power plant pumps up the geothermally heated water from holes as deep as 6,000 feet below the surface

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After being used to generate both heat and electricity, the completely clean excess is ejected into the lagoon

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The 100% clean run-off from the lagoon is used to fill the natural spa with warm and comfortable water

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Descriptions of the lagoon waters range everywhere from frosty blue. to the same color as the new Gatorade drink.

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The Blue Lagoon Spa is a supernatural looking body of water and the most photographed site in all of Iceland

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The Lagoon's soothing, mineral-rich water is rumored to have curative powers
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A swim in the Blue Lagoon is a must. We had decided not to go in but had some regrets after seeing it

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The temperature in the swimmable area of the Lagoon averages about 40ºC (104ºF)

 
Perlan
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Perlan (The Pearl)
This ten-story building is an architectural and engineering masterpiece.
Perlan provides water storage (4.3 million liters per tank) for the Geothermal heat used throughout greater Reykjavik

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Perlan
There is a revolving restaurant and cocktail lounge in the glass dome at the top. Art exhibitions and concerts are held in the exhibition space on the ground floor, known as the Winter Garden

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Perlan Viewing Deck
The deck has panoramic telescopes at each of its six corners with recorded descriptions in five different languages

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Perlan is situated on Öskjuhlíõ Hill where the elevation provides adequate pressure to force water up a 10-story high-rise (even when built at 38 meters above sea level)

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Excellent 360 degree views of Reykjavik can be had from the Viewing Deck on top of Perlan

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Skulpturen vor der Perlan
A sculpture of musicians outside Perlan

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Evidence of Iceland's geothermal activity is everywhere

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Panoramic view
 
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