Let me be your everlasting light
The sun when there is none
I’m a shepherd for you
And I’ll guide you through
Yes, it didn’t really get dark in the first week.
This will be the real starting point for trying to report the beauty I found in Iceland, the abnormous number of pictures, and having nobody paying me to develop the pictures and this blog forces me to have slow times (while I’m looking for someone to hire me).
This evening, I’ll introduce you to the first part of Reykjavik (hope it’s no typo). We landed at Keflavik, which is at 40 min by bus from the capital, at 2 a.m. circa. Of course it’s easy to figure out that our goal was not to stay in the city, but to leave society as soon as possible.
We rented a car (from these awesome folks), and the beauty was waiting for us at the FlyBus station at Reyk., which is the closest thing to a train station in the whole island, since they have no trains. We reached the station at around 3 a.m. and decided to take a nap hoping to have some store open in the morning, so to buy some food and various needs to start the journey.
We discovered, around 5 a.m., that stores in Iceland open at 10 a.m.
This gave us 5 amazing hours, which we spent touring in the city when everybody was awakening. If you are used to the most european cities, like Milan, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and so on, well, Reyk. will look like a small town; a beautiful small town.
The downtown can be crossed in about 20 minutes, and the main road (which is a single roadway) starts from the cathedral and reaches the pier (still around 20 mins by foot). Surprisingly, there are many graffiti spreaded through the whole city, and I’m not talking about some random tags or just scribbles on the walls, but real masterpieces painted on every “empty” wall.
The church itself is very nice, but we came to the city right when some restoration works were beginning, so there was some light scaffolding covering some columns and few of these were drilled for the maintenance. Still, the Hallgrímskirkja was a nice view in the early morning, when nobody (apart for Leif Erikson) was around and the city looked like a haunted town.
Descending from the church, which is on top of the city hill, we reached the shore. Here we found Harpa, the opera house. It’s a beautiful structure, coevred by geometrically shaped coloured glass panels, which resemble some sort of prismatic columns like the basalt ones found in many sites around Iceland.
Continuing the tour, we reached Sólfar, literally “Sun Voyager”. This is a sculpture which is easy to be misunderstood with a viking’s ship; even though it resembles a Drakkar, the original intent was to have a dreamboat, ideally spurring people to think about undiscovered lands, adventures, hopes etc… Being the early hour, and the beautiful day, we also encountered a dude fishing close to the statue.
The following picture, with almost the same subject, is one of my most beloved pictures of the whole adventure.
The ship points to the mountains, and seems to be directed to the undiscovered, wild, peaceful nature; while the man is fishing in the direction of the city as if something was needed from that. I love this contrast, of the steel pointing to the wild, and the man pointing to the city, and as some photographies can do, it opens some questions which are of course up to you to be disclosed and interpreted.
We kept touring the city, reaching the university campus and when it was time, we drove to the closest minimarket and got the supplies, ready for the real adventure to begin, ready for the road.
In the next week I’ll be in Greece, so to get some more “warm” pictures (you’ll need them when this telling will reach the glaciers), so expect an update in the next weekend.
On the to-do list there are some small news, like an update on the signature and the development of the rolls of film shoot on the oly om-1, brace yourself!