October / November 2016.
Travel, travel, travel! Wake up early to drive 4/5 hours to Manchester Airport to catch the flight to Keflavik, Iceland. Then picked up the hire car to get us to the hotel in Reykjavik. Took us alittle longer to get there because Doms was getting used to driving on the other side of the road and all the signs etc! Once we navigated around Reykjavik and found the hotel, we booked in and unpacked our bags. Shortly after we went for a little walk around Reykjavik and got something to eat before heading back and settling down for the night. When walking around we went to Harpa and had a look around the magnificent building! It was beautiful seeing it lit up at night, a bright purple colour.
VIKINGHEIMAR! We got in the car and drove alittle to Vikingheimar ( or Viking World). I was in my element, I really enjoyed this museum. Very fascinating and informative, I learnt alot. I was able to go on a real viking ship which was used to sail on the sea to New York. Aswell at looking at the history of the Vikings there is a exhibition telling the storys of the old Gods, which you walk through with a headset. I fell in love with the old books and maps from the age. Absolutley magical. After we finished looking around, we dressed up as Vikings!.
Later on in the evening once we drove back to the hotel we went for another little walk around Reykjavik so see what we could find and to pick up some shopping. We found a sculpture garden which I found very interesting and I noticed lots of graffitti art around the city.
“About Viking World
The frame around the Icelander, the exhibition hall itself, was designed by the award winning architect Guðmundur Jónsson. Its modern architecture highlights the beauty of the viking ship the Icelander (Íslendingur). Visitors can look at the ship from all sides and they can even go on board and let the mind take them to explore lands across the sea while they stand on deck of the Icelander.
The museum, which opened in 2009, offers five different exhibitions which are all connected to the viking age in one way or the other. They offer a unique opportunity to learn about the history and lifestyle of the Vikings of the North Atlantic a thousand years ago. In addition visitors can enjoy the magnificent view of the ocean from the Cafe as well as free internet access. A gift shop and facilities for special events such as lectures and receptions are also available on site.”
Here are a few of my photos that I took while out there: