Some more observations & facts . . .
- thermal heat is so plentiful they heat under the footpaths and roads in Reykjavik so they are snow and ice free in winter.
- we only saw one ATM the whole day - everyone uses cards.
- the average temperatures even in winter are above zero. Erla our host tells us it is a dry cold and can be easily "dressed off" unlike the damp cold of Europe.
- a lot of people smoke.
- there are a lot of cats.
- Icelandic names are patronymic in that they reflect the immediate father and are not a family name. A man named Jon Einarsson has a son named Olafur. Olafur's last name will not be Einarsson like his father’s; it will be Jonsson, (Olafur is the son of Jon). The same for daughters. Jon Einarsson's daughter Sigriour's last name would not be Einarsson but Jonsdottir - "Jon’s daughter" (Jons + dottir).
- they started planting trees in the 1950's
- seafood is certainly popular but there are plenty of other cuisines available
- there are no polar bears in Iceland
- 10:15 PM - turning the light on inside now!
- VAT is up to 25.5% on some things!!!
- 60% of female Icelanders have DNA in common with people from the British Isles - those Vikings again!
reykjavik wants a cathedral
1937 - architect appointed
1940 - until then the whole country was one parish - they divided into 3 parishes and this cathedral was to be the church of this parish Hallsgrimskirkja - as the Rev Hallgrimur . . .
1945 - building started and the church was consecrated in 1986.
It has a carillion of 29 bells and organ made in Germany which has 5275 pipes with 72 voices.
we like the older buildings
LANDNAMSSYNINGIN - THE SETTLEMENT EXHIBITION
So say the Sagas . . . .
Ingolfur was a Norse man, who was truly said to have been the first to go from there (Norway) to Iceland. When Ingolfur went to settle in Iceland, Harold Fairhair [yes fairhair] - had been king for twelve years. That was 6073 winters from the Beginning of the World and 874 years from the Incarnation of our Lord.