καλή μέρα, χαιρετισμός – hello!
For this final post on the greek island Corfu, I picked my top images as an appetizer for your own trip to this beautiful island.
You can go by car and take a ferry from the greek mainland or come by plane. There is an international airport on Corfu, only a few kilometers away from Corfu Town.
At least from Germany, there are no scheduled flights, but carter flights for vacationers. But, I was able to get seats without booking a package holiday. Instead, I booked flight, hotel and rental car separately and everything was fine.
Now, you can enjoy the slideshow at the end of this post as a summary. For those of you, having missed the previous posts, you can find them easily by using the category ‘corfu‘. Each post focuses on one location or aspect of the island and has a gallery of some images at the end.
Next week, I’m starting with another location.
Here we have another hot spot: Krýsuvík-Seltún
Hot water is coming out of the ground. Lots of hot pools, fumaroles and a strange smell like rotten eggs.
These hot spots are part of the active volcano Krýsuvík. The thermal sources were used for producing heating energy, but the geo-thermal plant exploded a few years ago. Other geo-thermal plants are still in use and produce heating energy as well as electrical power.
I’d recommend strictly staying on the paths, when visiting this location or any other destinations in the high temperature areas.
Did I mention, Iceland is a land of fire? Sure, I did. Many volcanos can be found here, because of its location right on the crack of the north-american earth plate and the european earth-plate. The gap between these two plates become wider each year, thus the distance between Europe and North-America increases. Hey, North-America flees Europe 🙂
Most of the gap is below the atlantic ocean. But, here, in Iceland, you have the option to have your feet on both continents at the same time 🙂
In the image above, I’m standing on a small bridge right above the crack. It’s a quite funny feeling.
In the gallery below, you can find a map and an info board locate beside the bridge as well.
There’s a big church in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja
It’s the second highest building and the sixth in size of Iceland.
The design of the church is inspired by the Icelandic landscape. The walls are formed by pentagonal pillars. You can find this kind of pillars on many places on Iceland: it’s the shape of slowly cooled down lava. Basalt pillars. The bright color reminds on glaciers and the wall shape of all the columns
In front of the church you can find the statue of Leif Erikkson (Leifur Eiríksson), an Icelandic discoverer (970 – 1020). He is supposed to be the first European, who discovered the east coast of North America and founded a few small colonies there. His trips to Helluland, Markland and finally Vinland.are documented in Icelandic sagas. Scientists are quite sure about the location of Vinland: Newfoundland at the Canadian coast.
In my next post, I’ll show you another iconic monument, reminding to his trips to North America. Stay tuned!
In every town, you can find some things that seem funny, special or even weird. That also true for Reykjavik.
Some of these things are so with intention. Others are modified by the locals and you can call them street-art. The blue bike, i.e. is used as a gate. I found 4 of them, each in a different color. So, they can also be used as a meeting point. They are used, to close the pedestrian area for cars and vans. Only in certain times, they are opened to give permission to vans to deliver goods to the shops. In the meantime, they look way better, than a common red-white colored bar.
Some shops decorated their front with statues of vikings or trolls, mythical beings from the nordic sagas. Each region or county has its own culture and that’s what make traveling so interesting.
A trip to island is not complete, when skipping the capital, found 1786. Currently, there are living about 122,000 citizens in Reykjavik. It’s the most northern capital. A total of 320,000 citizens are living in whole Iceland.
First, I want to show you around a bit. In my next few posts I’ll focus on some of the touristic interesting landmarks.
Reykjavik has a small pedestrian area, where cars are allowed only at very certain times. Here are many shops. Some are in modern buildings other have a more traditional ambience. Although, the city is so small, I’d recommend at least one day for your visit. Or, better 2 or 3 half days. You’ll see some more details on your second or third visit. Things, you’ve overseen on your first visit.
Today’s gallery is quite large. I hope you enjoy them even though.