Sadly, all good things must come to an end and we regretted somewhat that we booked only 6 days and 7 nights in Iceland – but as a spontaneous “hey why not” discussion over some Eurovision, it was still a week of excellence. The last day in Iceland featured a wet morning, where we went from Laugavatn, through the Þingvellir National Park into Reykjavik.
1. Þingvallakirkja in Þingvellir National Park. With the wet weather and seemingly little open in the National Park, we scooted through it. This was the church near a beautiful lake – the area of the National Park was where the country’s first parliament met. Not that we saw it.
2. Boats from the Harpa Concert Hall. The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is a remarkable place – in that it was planned before the GFC, as a part of a wider development including an international hotel. After the GFC, the development still went along because the nation considered it important. The glass and metal facade was designed by Ólafur Elíasson – and acts as a piece of art as well as a structural framework.
3. The Shapes of the Harpa. I couldn’t really get enough of taking photos from different angles of the Harpa.
4. The Concert Hall Spaces. I must admit to some jealousy of the concert hall setup – it’s a form and function concert hall, unlike Sydney’s Opera House. There are conference spaces as well as a chamber music space with changeable colours to go with the music.
5. Acoustic Space. One of the most impressive features of the concert hall were the flexible spaces around the main concert hall designed by US acoustic experts. A bit different to what happened in Sydney. This one just looks like a set of stairs somewhere – but they’re not. It was a chance to do some art instead a blank space.