Back when we were students of architecture, longer ago than I care to remember, our class used to go on excursions together – in a healthy mix of education and socializing.
A couple of weeks ago we went on a trip to the fascinating country Iceland, to celebrate a certain jubilee. We were lucky enough to have a native Icelander in our class, so we got the insider tour!
Iceland has a truly beautiful, though barren, landscape, which is formed by the volcanic activity.
We did it all, from bicycling along the harsh shoreline, buss trip to the power plants located on dormant volcanoes (photos), and of course we spent evenings catching up and having fun together.
Reykjavík is a small capital, with only a few hundred thousand inhabitants. Its typically two or three story buildings, are clad with corrugated iron or plaster with crushed shells. But it also has its monumental buildings, like the Hallgrims church on top of the hill (photo), the Nordic House by Alvar Aalto, the Municipal building, and the Pearl, as the most important ones.
The newest addition is the fabulous Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The building is a fine example of Contemporary Architecture, and worthy of a separate post (coming up)!
On the last day of our trip we visited the famous Blue Lagoon!