Thursday, August 06, 2009



After a stroll showing offices and public buildings, most of them white or grey, it's time to put some colour on these Icelandic posts!


"GREY - It's a sculpture in front..."










"IDNO - Restaurant and theatre, it was built in 1897 and reconstructed in its original form in 1997. Beside the City Pond, directly opposite the City Hall, the Idno is one of the city’s most historic buildings"






"LANDSBANKI - Before going bankrupt... On October 7, 2008 the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority took control of Landsbanki. On October 8, 2008, UK Treasury froze the assets of Landsbanki in the UK. On October 9, 2008 the Icelandic branch was split off into the "Nýi Landsbanki" and on October 27, 2008 the inability to render payment of deposits was declared for the remaining parts of Landsbanki. Sad story..."

"REYKJAVIK JAZZ FESTIVAL - K TRIO: Kristjan Martinsson, piano, Petur Sigurdsson, bass, Magnus Eliassen, drums. At the old Idno theatre. I later found this text in the Net: «K Trio was started up by pianist Kristjan Martinsson in January 2008 to perform his compositions in Kristjans's final recital at Icelandic Musicians Union (FIH) School of Music. [...] They took part in Reykjavik Jazz Festival in August of the same year holding a concert in Idno. In September K Trio represented Iceland in The Young Nordic Jazz Comets in Copenhagen. They won the competition and as a result are working on an album (out in January 2009)» Happy story!!"

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Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Till now we have been seeing a rather grey Reykjavik; on this post I show that there is also some colour around the city, provided that you look carefully for it... ;)). Hope you enjoy it, as the 2008 Icelandic adventure is coming to an end! Have a great weekend or, even better, a fantastic vacation!! I’ll be just jealous... ;))

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I like lots of colors, interesting city. You did a good job of finding color!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

As usual, great photos!

Thérèse said...

It looks as if a couple of the houses you have photographed had been moved from somewhere else... like the third house. And the colors randomly chosen.
A rather interesting architecture in Iceland!

Bhushavali said...

U r welcome, dear.. :)

lyliane six said...

C'est fou comme cette ville ressemble à Kiruna en Suède, couleurs, maisons de bois etc..
Je ne voudrai pas partir en vacances en Août en France, il y a trop de monde sur les routes, les plages et tout y est hors de prix, je suis bien dans mon jardin.

diane b said...

Beautifully coloured buildings. Everything looks so clean and neat and tidy. They also look well designed for cold weather. Sad story about the bank with the great windows.

SusuPetal said...

The blue and red are in my taste, very muck like the colors of houses we have in Finland.

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Baron's Life said...

These are the colors
Thanks for sharing

Irina said...

Yes, the colours are absolutely amazing. I guess they are due to atempts of local people to brighten they grey and rainy climate :)

alicesg said...

Very colourful post today. Each building looked so unique and the different colours on the building make them so outstanding. Have a nice weekend.

Stella Bella said...

Nice post :D

Have a lovely weekend there! :D
It's super hot in HK!!!!

Ron said...

Very nice post. Love all of the different colors. Does the sun every shine in Iceland?

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps. It is amusing to see buildings and window panes in so many different colors in one place. Very nice.

Nikon said...

Hello Gil, sorry to take so long to pay you a visit.
I love those small shops a houses! Everything is on such a small scale and "cute."
Your series on Iceland makes it a place that I'd love to visit - they should pay you :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Gil
I love the houses painted with favorite is the red ones..and I'd love to visit that lobster house!
Reykjavík looks so quiet and clean....a very pretty city.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

Anonymous said...

Alluring the colours in this otherwise white place....have a great weekend!

indicaspecies said...

I like the colourful windows of Landsbanki. Thank you for a lovely series on your Icelandic adventure. Cheers!

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Scandinave comme ses petites soeurs et différente en même temps.

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S-V-H said...

I'm happy for the Iceland people that they have the possibility to see some colors in their lifes, not just that grey everywhere. I'm sure Iceland is beautiful also in grey, but the colors are the "sweet top on the cake".

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Gil and to your lovely wife too! Enjoy together the fantastic Champagne!

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Anonymous said...

The buildings and colors on them are so much different from those almost anywhere in this country. I like your photography.

Thanks for stopping at my Pick a Peck f Pixels blog. Yes, we are not making history there.

Chuckeroon said...

Now this one was full of humour. The beguiling shot of Mrs Trotter in the rain hat and coat gave away the truth about the situation, but Yes! here indeed was genuine colour; (as opposed to here where things are so unusual I really cannot work out how to handle it in photos. I'm totally stopped!!!!)

eye in the sky said...

perfect contrast to the tentative hues, the colors make great eye candies in your photos.

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog, indeed. Congrats on your award. I like your photos with the bits of color. Very well captured.


Anonymous said...

P.S. Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more to come.


Anonymous said...

I love this blog! Wonderful photos. Who thought Iceland was so beautiful!

Oman said...

Wow. Iceland do have colors. I felt like I was tagging along on this tour. Have a great day.

yyam said...

Thanks for the tour of such a beautiful city! I want to visit someday! :)

Have a great weekend!

Pietro Brosio said...

Gil, these are all interesting buildings with a large range of beautiful colors! The sculpture in the second picture is thrilling!! The Idno is amazing! All splendid images, thanks for sharing!
Happy August holiday! :-)

Ramakrishnan said...

Hi Gil
Wishing you a wonderful Anniversary and many more marvelous ones to follow.I can see that you had a great time & clebrated with Champagne!
Thanks for presenting Rekjavik in various colors and hues. It was really wonderful
Sorry I haven't yet added a new post. Being Sunday I shall do so today.
Incidentally our 34th wedding anniversary was celebrated in June'09. No particular celebration though.
Have a great day. Ram

Miss Kim said...

How beautiful! I will have to make a visit!

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Hi My friend Gil,

I agree this is a rather grey Reykjavik, but you made thát even look colourfull!I am impressed by the way you show the very little colours so nice! Your wife looks good too. My congrats with your award, you deserve one.

Yes we have been away (and we still are) on travelling but on places without internet or telephone-connections how do people can live without that! Sorry therefore I could not react on your blog, but now I show some of France,,

DID i UNDERSTAND YOU WELL? Are you married for 34 years? If so my congrats!

Greetings from JoAnn's D Eyes Holland now in France

Gattina said...

Quite colorful wooden houses, and if I didn't know that you took these pictures in Rejkjavik, I would think you took them somewhere in the States. They must have copied Iceland, lol !
34 years of marriage is nothing against my 40 years in October !

Emery Roth said...

Wonderful photos as you've hunted out color, and happy anniversary to the newlyweds. My wife and I celebrate our 51st this September. Thanks for visiting TODAY'S. Where are you off to next?

Light and Voices said...

I always enjoy seeing the world through your eyes. Your photos are so wonderful. Keep on travelling and enjoying life together.
Joyce M

Olivier said...

superbe toutes ces couleurs sur les maisons, c'est très agréables et superbe les fenêtres éclairées du "LANDSBANKI"

april said...

Gil, here I am ;-)
Right, Iceland needs some colour, now more than ever. I like the first best, that wall with modern almost art and the one with the illuminated windows.
Greetings to you.

Cergie said...

Des couleurs vives certes mais beaucoup sont sur des habillages de façades de bois. Tout est si sobre, que ces quelques taches colorées me font penser au grimage du clown triste qui lorsque la représentaion est terminée retrouve sa solitude et ses soucis.
A voir août dans ses rues, on imagine comme l'hiver les nuits sont longues, pluvieuses et froides à Reijkavick...

Mariposa said...

lovely pics! I particularly like the Landbanksi - beautiful!

Oh and happy belated anniversary! =)

bindu said...

The colorful buildings must look pretty all covered in snow.

Mark H said...

I found Reykjavik really striking and different when I visited some years ago. I think your photos capture the amazing duopoly of colourful and stark at the same time. I most remember the sculptures, the subtle odour of sulphur in the hot water systems and the cozy warm swimming pools that seem to scatter all over Iceland.

Urmi said...

Absolutely mind-blowing.The photos are so nice and beautiful that I cannot express you in words.You have described it very nicely also.Keep writing.

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Venksh said...

Hey Gil,
wow such awesome picx... the blue house and FRIDA THOMAS DESIGN was really mind blowing bcos i like the color blue very much so that's y i liked them very much even the white was superb...
u might have had some good time out there...
looking forward for more of picx like these...
N congratulation for the blog award u got...


Kcalpesh said...

Graffiti in the first picture, The Drekinn were exceptional. I love the place and pictures here too... :-) Thanks for sharing.

Indrani said...

Those colorful facades are interesting, i wish I could take some shots. :)

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! The temperature is going up – 36º Celsius today – and the lucky people – almost everybody - who have holidays are enjoying great vacations. On the contrary, the poor guys that are supposed to work while all the others rest are in the office... Which category do you belong to? Mine is obvious... ;))

It wasn’t an easy task finding colour in Reykjavik, in particular in that kind of grey late summer that we caught in August... ;)

Glad that you liked! Hope things are now running better around you and in your terrible struggle with bureaucracy, burglars and contractors...

It’s amazing that duty-free shop literally in the middle of the road... The idea that the colours have been randomly chosen is also an interesting point; it seems that everything starts being grey and then there is some paint available to put some stains in the objects... ;)

Great to see you here and to notice that your blog is getting up in the sky!!
And with all the votes you’re getting, your blog is becoming famous. Only you would make me register to vote on that kind of contest... ;))

J’ai vu tes photos de Kiruna et c’est vrai qu’il y a une ressemblance frappante!! C’est vrai que partir en vacances en France le mois d’août est quelque chose destinée aux étrangers ; ou aux «expats», comme Peter… ;) En plus en Provence, Camargue et Côte d’Azur… ;))

Clean, neat and tidy, there are no doubts about that!! As far as cold is concerned, I don’t know if they’re well designed or not; but with all that geo-thermal energy they have, that won’t be such a great problem, I think... ;)

It’s true that my Finnish adventure was already in 1981, but I don’t remember that much red and blue in the colours of the houses in Finland... ;))

It isn’t an easy task, but at the end of the day there were some nice colours to put some joy in the grey skies... ;)
Thanks for your Timeless Friendship Award! I’m truly delighted and it was a great honour to receive it!!

Great to read you back here! It’s always a big pleasure when you drop by!! It’s true that there is too much grey around in Iceland, so the colours in the houses bring some joy to the locals; beer and vodka also... ;))

Alice SG,
It was a bit tricky to join all these pictures to make a more colourful post; but, in the end, it seems that it worked rather well... ;))

So you’re already back in Hong-Kong after Croatia, Slovenia and the UK? Here in Lisbon we got some heat today – 36º centigrade – but hopefully it won’t last that much... ;)

That’s a good question; I’ve seen some pictures of a blue sky and the sun shining in Iceland, but I saw never saw it that way... ;))

It seems they were trying to make the city a bit livelier with all those colours in the buildings...

Great to read you back here! It’s actually a question of scale: a bit more than three hundred thousand people in the country; a little less than two hundred people in the Greater Reykjavik area; houses and buildings size accordingly... ;))

You probably know I prefer the blues: houses of football (soccer) teams... ;). But with regard to the lobster House I agree: red lobsters... ;))

Otherwise grey, not white... Actually, Reykjavik would be rather grey without the painted buildings. White City is Lisbon, at least to believe in Alain Tanner... or then Udaipur... ;)

The Landsbanki looked great on those nights we were there; however people couldn’t even suspect of what was going to happen some forty days later when the financial crisis just broke it down... Bankrupt!!

Je le dirais: Scandinave comme ses grandes sœurs… et quand même différente… ;))

Thanks for your visit and first time comment here. Truly appreciated! I’ll check you blog as soon as possible, though I must confess that being a bit hypochondriac I try to avoid doctor’s blogs... ;))

Trotter said...

Part Two of the replies, Blogger oblige...

Well, I think they have (or had till a few months ago...) plenty of colour (and beer and vodka) in their lives... It seemed they were all getting rich overnight. Madoff’s syndrome!! ;))
Thanks for your best wishes! Cheers to you with one round of Veuve Clicquot!!

It depends of the places in your country; if you get to Ketchikan, Alaska, buildings aren’t that different… ;)
Hope you become even more famous with the ten thousand comments on your blog… ;))

Come on, the temperature was around 11º centigrade on August 23rd through 27th… Not an easy task to spend a summer in Iceland. Probably more difficult only to find summer in England… ;))
Don’t lose hope; it will improve, maybe next year… ;))

I took hundreds of pictures and, except for the green in the fields, the blue of Blue Lagoon and the fireworks, these were the only colours I found in Iceland… ;). Well, there were also some «66 North» red anoraks... ;))

Thanks for the compliment and for the wishes! Cheers to you with a round of Veuve Clicquot. OK, it may also be La Grande Dame, Dom Perignon, Krug... I’m not making any sort of discrimination on bubbles... ;)

Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! Truly appreciated! I would say that if we manage to catch some sun, Iceland is even much more beautiful than what I showed here... ;))

Yeah, they have colours also; it may take you some time to find out where, but with some due diligence – a well know concept to you – you’ll find it... ;))

My pleasure! Hope you fulfil each and every one of your wishes!!

It’s at least a bit weird, the sculpture in the middle of the road... ;)
Glad that you noticed Idno, though no one has noted the fact that it was the only concert the K-Trio gave before winning the jazz competition in Copenhagen... ;))

Thanks! We usually commemorate the day we met – April 25th, 1970; but any occasion is wonderful for some bubbles... ;))
Congrats (belated) on your anniversary also! Enjoy a lot more...

You better start packing, unless you want to catch something like a Canadian winter... ;))

So happy to read you here again!! Thanks for the compliment; I’m always flattered by your comments. It’s wonderful for the self-esteem! ;)
Hope you keep enjoying your holidays!
Yeah! 34 years; but we calculate from the day we met: April 25, 1970. It makes 39 years and counting... ;))

Be sure that there is a copy; they have that famous expertise... ;))
OK, you take the Cup! But as we calculate from the day we met, it makes already 39 years... ;)). And we are a few years younger... ;))

Thanks! Congrats! See Gattina, you lost the Cup... ;))
It’s not difficult to answer, as I’m posting with one year delay: we’ll make a London stopover before heading to... Turkey!

Thanks! You’re truly kind and I’m always delighted to read your comments! Thanks again!

Je ne sais pas si l’illumination des fenêtres a résisté a la faillite de la Banque, mais c’est vrai qu’elle était très jolie !!

That house wall was typical street Art! Also found it quite interesting!!

Je ne suis pas sûr si c’est vraiment du bois partout… Mais c’est une belle image celle du clown triste. Sauf si, l’hiver, tu trouves des aurores boréales… Ce qui n’est pas évident, comme l’explique Bill Bryson ;)

Thanks! Landsbanki was looking great; couldn’t probably imagine what would happen forty days later...

Trotter said...

And finally, Part Three:

Don’t know if they get much snow to be all covered... ;). Actually, the average lowest temperatures from December through February are minus 2º centigrade... But the city must be far more white than grey... ;))

They probably had improved in the last years! Your feeling on the cozy warm swimming pools is fully shared... ;)

Thanks for your visit and first comment here, after your venture in Revival 90s!! Thrilled with the compliment!

So, we are already two loving the colour blue!!! That was the only thing to make me like the Frida Thomas design... ;)). Thanks on the award!

Hope you’re recovered by now!! The first seemed more than a graffiti; a piece of true art on a house wall... ;)

Dear, just start packing; summer is already over... ;))

Bhushavali said...

Hey GMG,
Its all your blessings and wishes dear...
And u r really sooooo sweet... Thanks for your vote dear....
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Trotter said...

My pleasure!!

Tinsie said...

I love looking at buildings and I love colour, so this post is one of my favourite! I don't know how I missed it - I swear it's only just appeared on my Google Reader list! Great stuff.

Trotter said...

Sometimes that Google reader has its owns peculiarities... ;))

lv2scpbk said...

Love the balcony on the one red house. Also, love the colors of the windows being alluminated.

Trotter said...

It's a shame the Bank went bankrupt; they lighted the windows so well... ;)

Daene | Filipina in Flip Flops said...

Great pictures and great blog! Hope we can trade links, thanks! :)

Trotter said...

Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! My pleasure to exchange links!!