Place of the week – The Memorial of the Great Auk in Reykjanes

The memorial to the last Great Auk (Geirfugl) in Iceland is located near Valahnúkur on Reykjanes Peninsula, closed to Keflavík International Airport.

The memorial of the Great Auk is by the well known artist Todd McGrain and is a part of The Lost Bird Project. Two other Great Auk birds by Todd McGrain can be found in the Zoo in Rom and in Newfoundland near Funk Island.

The last documented pair of Great Auks in Iceland was killed on Eldey Island, on June 3rd, 1844.

Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir.

Place of the week – Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík

Nauthólsvík is a very popular geothermal beach in Reykjavík.

Sea-swimming is surprisingly popular all year round, with people enjoying the use of the hot-tubs, steam-bath, and changing facilities and showers.

Cold-water swimming might sound crazy, especially in a country like Iceland, however this extreme activity dates all the way back to the age of settlement.

The sea temperature varies from around -1,9°C during the coldest months and around 17°C in the summertime. The temperature of the sea inside the lagoon itself is higher in the summer, averaging at between 15°- 19°C, due to the geothermal heating.