Reykjavík

Before and after the Iceland hike from the last post we spent a few days in Reykjavik, first stocking up on a few last minute supplies and after enjoying a bit of R&R (mainly drinking coffee in the excellent Reykjavik Roasters). 

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As you might expect from the most northernly capital city in the world, the weather is often a variety of shades of grey. Just a few minutes walk from the CBD and you're staring out across the north Atlantic. Iceland felt very isolated.

The architecture of the local homes reflected the harsh climate. Reykjavík isn't a large place - around a third of Iceland's 330,000 people live there.

Plenty of corrugated metal - presumably an effective way to keep out the worst of the weather. I thought the colourful little houses looked pretty cool.

The Hallgrímskirkja church was one of my favourite parts of the city. The fairly rugged construction seemed to fit the environment rather well, especially as 60mph winds whipped across the concrete during our first day. Definitely built to last! Up close it felt like an impressive structure, and like much of Reykjavík and Iceland in general, unlike anything I'd seen before elsewhere. Definitely an interesting place to visit - I hope we go back one day.