Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland

Kodak Portra 400//Hasselblad 500CM

Rather than let it be discovered slowly that my journey through Iceland didn't go according to plan, I will state upfront that none of it did, partly because I never really had a plan to begin with and partly because what little plans I thought I had would change daily (or hourly) due to weather and whims.  I had "planned" to stay in Reykjavík for one night before starting on the ring road, but after making some new friends and realizing that the rest of the trip around the island would likely be a lot more solitary, I ended up staying in the city for a few days.  My time there was spent in leisurely exploration: seeing "Girl Culture" by Lauren Greenfield at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, visiting the Einar Jónsson sculpture garden, stopping in at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, attending a gymnastics meet thanks to the team from Denmark staying at my hostel (really miss you crazy, crazy kids), making it to the top of Hallgrímskirkja, and more.

Seeing photos online didn't prepare me for how impressive Hallgrimskirkja was.  Named after the writer of the "Passion Hymns," it's the biggest church in Iceland and sits a few blocks above downtown so that it's strikingly visible from street corners.