Since we returned around 1 am from our first display of the northern lights, we slept late. it helps since there's no sunlight till 10 am anyway in winter..so sun lovers, come at your own risk :-)
We decided to go somewhere local within walking distance and decided to visit Iceland's latest news. You all might remember that it's been in the news a few times in the recent years..it was the first country to go bust due to the mortgage problems. A tour guide explained this very logically to us saying: Iceland 's main profession is fishing; we had a banking crisis because fisherman decided to become bankers, a very bad idea indeed!. How wise. Their current president
has promised them nothing except keeping polar bears (in or out; I forget which) of zoos. The economic condition had become so bad that no one expected any miracles out of him. Keeping that in mind, they are quite happy with his work.
Again it was in the news because of the volcano that brought air traffic in Europe to a halt over 3 weeks or so. To prove that I have visited Iceland and learnt something, I can pronounce the hence before unprounancable volcano name. It's written as Eyjafjallajökull and pronounced as: AY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul."
But, the most recent news item from Iceland is it's beautiful opera building called Harpa
. It's a very expensive project and built with a lot of love and planning. It has 4 main music halls that can handle all kinds of music. They are based of different parts of Iceland; there's one called the northern lights, another colored red for volconoes and a conference hall painted silver to signify water, geysirs etc. Snippet from wiki:
Harpa was designed by a Danish firm. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with irregularly-shaped glass panels of different colours. The completion of the structure was uncertain until the government decided in 2008 to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall. The building was given its name to signify both spring (known as Harpa in icelandic) and based on the instrument of the same name. It is really worth visiting.
We had dinner at a local fish and chips restaurant which was amazing because the fish was so fresh. We ended our day with another tour of the northern lights. This time we chose Reykjavik Excursions, they took bigger buses; more comfortable than the previous days and drove 1.5 hours into the interiors to get an even clearer sky and better viewing. I would recommend them highly.