In early August I attended a conference on National and Regional Atlases in Reykjavik, Iceland, hosted by the University of Iceland. I arrived in Reykjavik on Tuesday, August 4th after an all-night flight from Baltimore/Washington Airport.
|The airport is located about 40 kilometers west of Reykjavik. This photo was taken of a 3-Dimensional model of Iceland built by government cartographers. This view is from the West. The lake East of Reykjavik is where I biked on the last day of the trip.|
There were meetings for the first 3 days, and a free day on Friday during which I took a long bike trip into the interior to visit the site of the original capital on Lake pingvallavatn. It is also where the North American and European plates come together, a spectacular place of high cliffs and waterfalls.
Reykjavik is a beautiful town located on the coast. The old part of town surrounds a manmade lake referred to as the 'pond':
|The tall spire at center right is the cathedral Hallgrimskirkja started in 1940 and completed in 1974. Our host Agust took us on a walking tour of the city that included a stop at the church so that we could take the elevator to the top where I took the photos below (East, North,West, South).|
Views of Reykjavik from atop Hallgrimskirkja, the lava inspired cathedral in the upper right of the photo above: North, West, South, East
|In August, the vegetation is very lush due to the mild weather and the persistent rain. This is a view of a backyard in the center of town. The rounded lava boulders are often used as landscaping rocks.|
|The "pond" is located near the center of the old part of Reykjavik, surrounded by a meadow on the south end, with paved trails throughout the area. The cathedral is in the background.|
|Another view of the pond. Just south is a dome building in which there is an exhibit about geysers along with an artificial one that spews periodically.|
|Another view across the pond; the building with the 3 arches near the roof line is the national museum. It was formerly an ice house, used to store the ice that formed on the pond.|
Photos of a bike trip to Lake pingvallavatn