Built along the promenade that faces out towards Faxaflói Bay, a new lighthouse has been installed in Reykjavík to delight locals and visitors alike.
The lighthouse was built to replace the one currently stood atop the School of Navigation. This is due to it being largely obstructed by the tall buildings built in the Borgartún area. It is the first new lighthouse to be authorised in Iceland for thirty years.
Despite the fact that most modern vessels are equipped with advanced navigation systems, port authorities deemed it necessary to install a new lighthouse to guide the way past Engey Island.
Situated on Sæbraut, this small, yellow lighthouse is expected to be one of the city’s major tourist attractions. This is because it is only five minutes stroll from the popular Sun Voyager sculpture, ten minutes from Harpa Concert Hall and just across the road from Höfði House.
Aesthetically, the lighthouse is reminiscent of those built in 1910 at Old Harbour, complimenting the city’s old-fashioned, but eclectic architectural style.
Another popular lighthouse to visit in Reykjavík area is Grótta, located in Seltjarnarnes. Built beside a picturesque nature reserve, Grótta makes for a fantastic birdwatching location during the summer, and an even better Northern Lights hunting spot come winter.
Do you have a favourite Instagram spot in Reykjavík? What are your first impressions of the city’s new lighthouse? Make sure to leave your thoughts and queries in the Facebook comments box below.