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I might have overdone the polarising filter a bit on this, but I liked the way it darkened the sky to enhance the contrast between the stark lines of this modern concrete church and the pristine sky.

Apart from edge sharpening, and a slight crop at the sides, this is straight out of the camera (12mm at ISO100).

This is Hallgrimskirkja church, one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, whose tower you can see from almost anywhere in the city because the church is situated on top of a hill.

It was opened in 1986 and is the largest church in Iceland. The clock tower is 73 metres high, and you can take a lift up to the belfry for 350 kroner (nothing is cheap in Iceland) from where you have a 360 degree view over the whole of Reykjavik. Be warned that if you are up there when the clock strikes the hour – it is LOUD!

At the top elevator level, from where you climb some stairs up to the belfry, there is a small exhibition of photographs of the church taken from different angles, in different light and in different seasons. There are some beautiful winter photographs amongst them – well worth spending some time seeing.

I’ve posted an alternative view here showing the statue of Leifur Eiriksson in front of the church. Icelanders say that Leif Ericson (as it is Anglicised these days) discovered North America about 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The statute was a gift from the US Government, so I assume that gives some credibility to the claim.

The reason the people in the foreground are folding their arms against their chests was that it was a fairly cold and windy day. Down in the town where it was sheltered from the wind, the sunny day made it quite warm, but up here on the hill, where it was more exposed, most visitors to the church discovered that they didn’t have enough warm clothing.

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