Reflections of Reykjavik – The Solfar Sun Voyager

Reykjavik’s Solfar Sun Voyager is the equal to Philadelphia’s ‘Rocky’ Statue, in my humble opinion. Tourists and aspiring photographers alike mil around this eye-catching sculpture in hopes of taking an awesome selfie or capturing the definitive photo to post on their 500px account. Admittedly, I am a bit of both. The first thing I aimed to find when my feet hit Reykjavik was this sculpture. It took awhile as I had a racing bib to collect and jet lag to conquer. I walked up to the sculpture just as the sun was sinking into Reykjavik harbor, lighting the sky in delicate mix of red and pale blue.  As I drank in the stunning beauty of this sculpture, I came to the realization that sometimes reality is far better than anything I could imagine. In all the years of wondering if I would ever see this sculpture in person, I found myself standing close enough to touch the sculpture. On my birthday, no less.  No photo can capture such a moment but that did not stop me from capturing many images of this sculpture.

The design of the sculpture represents hope and the promise of new undiscovered territory. A description which perfectly reflected my life that warm summer evening as I anticipated exploring Iceland. In hindsight, it was harbinger of personal change. In the months since this visit, change has been my constant companion and so has hope. After months of struggle, I can now look forward to where my journey will lead me.

For your viewing pleasure I’ve collected all my Solfar images and placed them in a brand new slide show plug-in shown below.  Let me know what you think of the slide show plugin for future photo heavy posts in the comment section.


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  • It’s nice to see the other angles you took of the Solfar Sun Voyager, but I still like the first one you posted with the red and pale blue sky as a backdrop, my favorite! The Solfar also recognizes Iceland’s Viking past. I’m of Lithuanian heritage (almost 100%, my paternal Grandmother was 1/4 German) and the Vikings journeyed through the Baltic states region, passing through using rivers to get to their destination of Russia.