When I found out I was going to Reykjavik this summer, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Iceland’s capital (including the Greater Reykjavik area) holds a population of 320,000 – almost two thirds of the country’s entire population. It’s the hub of an island which otherwise is practically untouched.
The landscape of Iceland is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – from countless waterfalls, to spouting geysers, to hot springs (which we swam in!) to glaciers of epic proportions: travelling around the countryside feels a bit like being in a Disney movie. In the height of summer, when the sun shines pretty much 24/7, the deep blue sky and healthy grass appear like an oasis. Between these lush mountains are expanses of lava and ash encrusted earth which look like the surface of Mars.
As a city, Reykjavik feels very Scandinavian. The cool, laid-back atmosphere of Stockholm with the colourful architecture of Norway. Being such a small city, you get the impression that everyone must know everyone else. The main shopping street felt a bit like east London, and tucked away we found a square completely immersed in graffiti. The youth of Reykjavik are cool and creative yet, unlike the increasingly try-hard east London kids, it seems it comes to them completely naturally.
Having only spent a total of three days in Iceland, I can’t help but feel that what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg (excuse the pun), and I’m determined to go back sometime in the near future to fully immerse myself in the landscape.
You can see more of my photos from Iceland on my website.