Iceland Day 13

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August 8th 2014
Published: August 8th 2014
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Well our last full day in Iceland: this morning we drove to Reykjavik, but most of the route was over ground we had already travelled so there is not a lot to say about the journey.

After dropping off our bags and finding somewhere to park we have spent the rest of the day looking around the city, which by UK standards is more like a town. About one third of Icelanders live in Reykjavik, but that is only about 121,500, just 1.4% of the population of London.

We made our way to the beautiful Hallgrímskirja (church), which has a beautiful tower. By taking the lift to the eighth floor then a short staircase to a viewing platform at the top, you can see the extent of the entire city. The church is also famous for its fantastic organ which was being played as we arrived, filling the entire space with sound.

On leaving the church we found our way to the main shopping street. We called at a café advertising the best soup, which is served in a giant bread roll, which is a great idea. I would love to know what they do with the leftover bread roll dishes, which would certainly be appreciated by the black-backed gulls, which we last saw noisily fighting over a slice of toast on Lake Tjörnin, which is just a stone’s throw from our hotel.

The city is preparing for tomorrow’s gay pride march for which the centre of Reykjavik is closed. It should be an interesting spectacle.

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