This fantasy mural is painted on a wall in Hverfisgata, downtown Reykjavík. I don’t know who the artist is.



Walking through a rock

Lambafellsklofi is a spectacular place to visit: a cleft straight through Lambafell, a small mountain/large hill/rock (we have no definition of when something stops being a hill and becomes a mountain, and such a feature is often called a “fell” or a “stapi”, although the former can also be found in the names of genuine mountains).

The cleft passes straight through Lambafell and is just wide enough to make it possible to pass through to the other side. It is so narrow that I could, where it is narrowest, touch both walls without fully extending my arms, and only at the lower (western) end is it too wide for a tall man to touch both walls at the same time. It only takes about 20-30 minutes to get there by car from Reykjavík and the hike, a circular route, only takes about 40 minutes, less if you are a fast walker. You do have to be able to handle a steep slope, as the slope of the ascent (or descent, if you approach it from the east) is, in my estimation, about 45°degrees, albeit not very long. The knobbly walls of the cleft provide good hand-holds for the climb.


The best ice cream in town

The Valdís ice cream shop has the best ice cream in town. You can never be sure which flavours will be available when you get there, but rest assured: there is something for every taste. The top scoop here is Turkish Pepper candy-flavoured (same flavour as the Hot n’Sweet schnapps), and the bottom scoop is bittersweet licorice. Next time, I’ll have them put the Turkish Pepper scoop on the bottom, as it’s quite richly flavoured.


Memorial to an unknown official


This statue, The Unknown Official, stood for years in a backyard behind the bakery in Lækjargata. Two years ago it was moved and now stands out in the open on the bank of the Pond by the Iðnó theatre and looks like it’s heading towards City Hall. The artist is Magnús Tómasson.