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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Solfar (Sun Voyager) - Reykjavik - Iceland

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After I left the Icelandic Phallological Museum - Reykjavik - Iceland and wandered along Laugavegur, I spotted the Sun Voyager sculpture down near the harbor and veered toward the sea. This stainless steel sculpture was designed by Jón Gunnar Árnason in 1986 as the winner of a competition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Reykjavik.

Sólfar (Icelandic The Traveler/Voyager of the Sun) was envisioned as a dreamboat, an ode to the sun, which symbolizes light and hope.

Hmm. Looks like a Viking ship to me.

Regardless of your interpretation, Sun Voyager is truly a magnificent sculpture.

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I sat there looking out to sea, enjoying one last banh mi from Saigon's Bakery and Sandwiches - San Gabriel while contemplating the seafaring Vikings of long ago.

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Thinking of how Icelandic language is really ancient Norse, incomprehensible to today's Norwegian. It'd be like someone speaking Beowulf's English?

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And how geneticists must have a field day analyzing the descendants of the original 25,000 Vikings. I wonder how the handful of Vietnamese immigrants fit in?

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Also, for such a violent group, plundering and pillaging most of Northern Europe at one time, how and why did the Vikings just stop?

I should've packed my copy of "The Sagas of Icelanders," but it was too thick and I had no room in my luggage.

A view at the other end of the harbor from the steps facing the Sun Voyager sculpture.

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And looking up the hill at Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic Hallgrím's church). Too bad it was late in the day and the tower lookout of the church was closed.

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I had about an hour to kill before going back to Kex Hostel - Reykjavik - Iceland for my evening tour. I was trying to figure out what to do for my second and final day in Iceland when I stumbled upon another tour. Since I was able to squeeze in the Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - Iceland in the morning and the Golden Circle Tour in the evening, that left a whole day to either explore Reykjavik or see the glacier lagoon. To be able to touch pale blue icebergs?! No contest. I hurried back to the hostel to book it before it was too late.

All Europe posts can be read in Series: Europe, but I suggest reading the Iceland trip in this order:
Saigon's Bakery and Sandwiches - San Gabriel
Kex Hostel - Reykjavik - Iceland
Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - Iceland
Icelandic Phallological Museum - Reykjavik - Iceland
Solfar (Sun Voyager) - Reykjavik - Iceland
Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Thingvellir National Park - Iceland

Sólfar (Sun Voyager)
On Sæbraut, at the intersection of Frakkastigur.

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