When we decided on Icelandair for our trip to Paris we figured we should take advantage of adding an extended layover in Iceland to check it out.  I am so glad we did because Iceland is a uniquely beautiful country.  We stayed in downtown Reykjavik and were a short walk to the waterfront and Hallgrímskirkja.

While the weather was cold, the people were warm and had a quirky sense of humor that was evident in Reykjavik’s bright colors and funky street art.

I especially fell in love with the Harpa Concert Hall and Sólfar sculpture, both along Reykjavik harbor.  The Icelandic May sunset was much later than my jet lagged self could handle but I’m happy I champed it out our last night because Reykjavik looked amazing in the fading light.  It’s crazy that these sunset shots were taken around 10:30pm.  By the time we made it back to our hotel to get some rest before our early morning flight it was after 11pm and still not completely dark.  The strange light only added to the other-worldly Iceland experience.

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