Place of the week – Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík

Hallgrímskirkja Church is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland.

The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

The church is also used as an observation tower. An observer can take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains.

The statue of explorer Leif Eriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) is in front of the church. Leifur was the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the United States in honor of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.

Place of the week – Gullfoss in a winter jacket

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls) in South Icleand is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

The waterfalls falls 32 m in two cascades. The canyon below the falls is 2,500 m long and 70 m deep, a magnificent sight.

During the first half of the 20th century and some years into the late 20th century, there was much speculation about using Gullfoss to generate electricity.

Sigríður Tómasdóttir from the farm Brattholt next to Gullfoss, was determined to preserve the waterfall and even threatened to throw herself into the waterfall. Gullfoss is state property since 1940.

Þingvellir, Geysir of Haukadalur and Gullfoss form the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.