The Golden Circle

The most famous day trip from Reykjavik and deservedly so, as it combines history, geology, waterfalls and geothermal activity, pretty much Iceland in a nutshell. ├×ingvellirm Where the original Icelandic parliament, one of the oldest in the world, would meet for a fortnight each year. It’s also where America and Europe literally meet, one of…

Reykjavik street art

Continuing my series of street art in unexpected places (see also Tbilisi, Iran, Hobart, Adelaide, New Plymouth, Alice Springs) with an exploration of Iceland’s capital. Around the city centre were plenty of interesting examples. The most impressive were those covering the entire side of buildings. This was one of the more colourful car parks I’ve…

Harpa

The most impressive piece of modern architecture in Iceland, Harpa is a beautifully designed concert hall on Rekjavik’s waterfront. It was rescued by the Icelandic government and City of Reykjavik in 2008, after the financial crisis led to the original private developers pulling out. The building is full of references to Iceland’s nature, including the…

Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital has a good reputation, which it lived up to, as a funky and picturesque place, helped by some near perfect weather on my first day there. I stayed by the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, one of the tallest buildings in the city, which offered great views to help get my bearings. The interior of…

Highlights of Iran

Two and half weeks in Iran resulted in 27 blog posts, which I admit is rather a lot to get through. So for those short on time or interest here are my highlights of this wonderful place. Kharanak isn’t somewhere many people will have heard of, but it is a quite astonishing and evocative abandoned…

Things I learnt about Iran

Nuclear programme. Religious dictatorship. Axis of Evil. Some of the things that might spring to mind when (Western) people think of Iran. I certainly got a reaction when I said I was going on holiday to Iran. Is it safe? (yes), you will never be able to visit America again (untrue), or that it was…

Kashan

A stopover on the way from Esfahan back to Tehran, Kashan was one of the few places I didn’t particularly like in Iran. It felt like a far less welcoming (very conservative), dirtier and less interesting version of Yazd. There were a couple of nice sights though, in particular the stylish Khan-e Tabatabei. This was…