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Reykjavik ..... Iceland in November has a lot of gray. It doesn't get light until about ten in the morning. It is dark by five in the afternoon. The hours in between are cold and often gray. The ice and mural above sum up my two day experience. It's a beautiful country. I just need to return again with a little summer warmth.

The main areas of Reykjavik that interest visitors are very walkable. The city has charming little boutiques, restaurants and cafes in the oldest part of town. Of course, there are a lot of modern new structures, but I prefer old buildings made of volcanic stone.

It's easy to find Icelandic food with a lot of fish or anything else that may you might require. Now, if you really want to shop for something authentic from Iceland, you should look for handmade sweaters, caps, scarves and mittens. But, they don't come cheap. If you really want one of those items, pass over your credit card and don't look at the price. I couldn't do that.

One of the main landmarks in Reykjavik is the Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church. As you stroll from the church to the sea, you'll discover the Sun Voyager. A competition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Reykjavik resulted in this beautiful outdoor sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. Of course, if you speak Icelandic, you call the piece Sólfar. Many people, myself included, look at the piece and think it represents a Viking ship. Not so. The artist envisioned it as a dreamboat to the sun that symbolized both light and hope.

Now tell me, you'd think of Viking ships too.
 
Of course, nobody should visit Iceland without a trip to see the Northern Lights or an excursion out of Reykjavik to see a glacier, a waterfall or two, whales and puffins, something volcanic as well as very dramatic landscapes.
 
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