On the final days of our trip to Iceland, we visited some of the more familiar sights in Reykjavík.Hallgrímskirkja (church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran or Church of Iceland parish church. With a height of 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson’s design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape.It took 38 years to build the church. Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986, the landmark tower being completed long before the church’s actual completion. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city’s best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city.Sólfar or the Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931 – 1989). Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom. The sculpture is located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík.
Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre. The asymmetrical structure was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. The huge opera house was built with funds from private investors, but only until 2008, when the financial crisis halted all construction. The government took over the project and completed it in 2010.
Views from inside all of that glass are stunning especially on this bright and sunny day and our last day in Iceland. Later, we headed for Keflavik airport and our flights to Toronto & Ottawa.