Another ramble around Reykjavik

I'm calling it another ramble as I have another blog post titled that from October of 2013 if my memory serves me correctly.  Anyway here I am in Iceland once again...slowly making my way back home...

I am staying at another airbnb place - my host (Henry) is a pretty cool guy.  Originally from China he has lived in Taiwan, London and now Iceland.  I have a large bedroom in his flat which is a three minute walk from the main shopping district here.  I still miss staying at Michael's near the harbour but he was booked up - I had to walk past his apartment building again to see if Rosa, his Icelandic sheep dog was sitting in the window...alas not! 

I set off in search of coffee ...so stopped at the Laundromat cafe and had one before starting my exploration...

First thing was to head to the harbour and inquire about puffin tours - there was one leaving at 10 and this was 9:45 so I was fortunate.  Off we steamed into the harbour and over to an island where the guide said there was probably 1000 of them.  There will be up to 5000 when all of them are there - they have just started coming in from the open sea.  Due to not having a great zoom lens (and none at all on the DSLR) on my point and shoot the photos aren't great...but it was wonderful to see the little birds....cute, cute, cute. 




Reyjkavik skyline

It was pretty cloudy but the forecast called for rain this afternoon...which didn't happen...the sun came out instead!!! 
 
From there I visited the Aurora centre which was okay....and then the Saga museum which was the history of Iceland up to about 1600....lots of Viking stuff so of course I loved that.  I even got to dress up as one - well kind of a cross between a man and a woman because I wore a dress type thing but I just  had to wear the helmet and have the sword.  I won't be posting or sharing those pictures as the outfit I wore makes me look about 100 pounds heavier than I am!   Anyway I will just say  Iceland's history is pretty darn bloody and leave it at that.  The Viking beast within must have been tamed as now they don't even have any military. (which is another reason I love this place so much)
 
I then wandered over to the City Hall where I had never been before and walked through to the Tjornin Pond....last time I saw it it was covered in ice...
 


 
 
 I was feeling a bit peckish by then....meringue cake filled the bill...oh my...
 
 
 
After I had this sweet delight needless to say I had to walk again...so off I set down the main shopping road Laugavegur....and then to the huge church called Hallgrimskirkja....



 

Then it was time to walk along the sea front pass the famous Sun Voyager statue that I absolutely love...a sculpture of a Viking ship....




 

Back to the main street and up and down window shopping but not really buying much...the prices, the prices.....

After a pasta dinner (first night Nepalese food and the next Italian...I am not going ethnic on this trip am I?). it was time to head back to Henry's....here's a view of the street I am on...


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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