Sólfarið

Out across the bay you are looking due north and you can see the flat-topped mountain Esja, the most prominent natural landmark of the capital area, and below it the village of Melahverfi.

 

Eventually, you will come to Sólfarið (the Sun Voyager), a much-photographed sculpture of a Viking boat by Jón Árnason. The artist describes the genesis of the work thus: “I had an uncanny feeling that I had been on this island before, when travelling on my way from Mongolia to Iceland, hundreds of years ago. There has been speculation that the Icelanders as a race originated in Mongolia. I have discovered the history of their migration to Iceland, which runs as follows: many centuries ago, a mighty warlord, Alexander the Great, was living in the centre of the known world. He dispatched his bravest and most experienced warriors, along with some women, scribes and other followers, on an exploratory expedition to the cardinal directions, the north, west, south, and east, in order to discover and conquer new, unknown territories. Those who headed east followed the rising sun until they reached the steppes of Mongolia. There they settled down and lived in comfort. Those scribes who accompanied the warriors were expected to document the expedition for the king. Several centuries later, when the documents written by the scribes eventually came to be examined, the people discovered that they had another fatherland in the west. They therefore decided to gather together their belongings and head back west towards the setting sun. We followed the sun for days and years, walking, riding and sailing. We enriched our experience and our determination grew in strength as our journey progressed, and we recorded everything that we saw and experienced. I remember endless pine forests, mountains and waterfalls, lakes, islands, rivers and seas before we eventually reached the ocean. We then constructed huge ships and sailed on westwards towards the setting sun."


Continue along the bayfront footpath until you see the handsome white weatherboarded house Höfði to your right. There is a pedestrian crossing over the dual carriageway (now called Sæbraut).

Höfði to Austurbær