When I hear about the word “city”, I always think about skyscraper buildings, wide highway, horn blazing, people packing the main street, and traffic jam. And when I think about “village”, my mind flash to a serene place, fresh air, green grass, and blue skies. But Reykjavik redefine those words for me.
As a capital city in Iceland, Reykjavik has no skyscraper at all. The tallest view you can see from the town is the Esja Mountain, and its magnificent Church Hallgrímskirkja being the second. There are cars, but they’re not jamming and you still can enjoy yourself and meeting people in the street. The air was fresh and crisp. The blue skies are guaranteed and having all the shades of blue. The people are nice and friendly, the foods are mouthwatering, and the unspoken view. Reykjavik offers a beautiful view of its mountain, the sea, and it’s humble and colorful buildings. Combine all of them, and you get your winter wonderland.
The array of its buildings and houses
I always love to see small and petite houses. And my skin tingling at the sight of houses array in Reykjavik. My vision and senses were overloaded by abundance color of its building. The tidiness and harmonious shape of its buildings poked my every sensory I have on my body. Did I put it too much? Maybe. But it certainly for some good reasons that you may have to experience yourself before you said so.
The famous church of Iceland namely Hallgrímskirkja got my sense exploded in happiness. I had this kind of “explosions” whenever I see such a wonderful architecture (my other explosions were in Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum in London). From the outside it stood so majestic like giant sticks grouped into an array but it does not have such complexity like those gothic churches in Great Britain, Italy or many other church in Europe. It Simple, It Majestic, and It’s solid. It reiterate the message that simplicity and harmony can be awesome too, and probably too awesome.
The View !!
I couldn’t ask for more from this city. When we look up north, it present us a beautiful view of Mountain Range Esjan. But not just a mountains, it also gave us the sea and perfect blue sky.
I got lost in this building for almost 2 hours. Mostly lost from ogling and admiring its shape and edges. And its array. And its symmetric and asymmetric interior. And its ceiling. Suffice to say my sensory nerves got exploded again in this building. Does that makes sense?
Being a concert hall and conference center makes Harpa a unique building. It gives Reykjavik an identity. The building was located next to the sea and completed its construction in 2011.
That Famous Pond
Tjornin, the famous pond in the Reykjavik is located close to its City Hall. It's almost like a ice skating venue if not for the birds floating upon it's water. When i went there, half of the pond had turned into ice while parts of it still water with swans, ducks, and birds swam happily on it.
It was such a happy place to be.
In Reykjavik, Iceland, where I was born, you are in the middle of nature surrounded by mountains and ocean. But you are still in a capital in Europe. So I have never understood why I have to choose between nature or urban. - Bjork