If you walk towards the coast, at the end of Frakkastigur street, you will see a structure similar to a Viking ship, work of the famous Icelandic sculptor Jón Gunnar Árnason. Icelandic history is marked by the Viking’s age and fishing skills and this activity represents the engine of its national economy. If you want to know more about maritime traditions in Iceland, go to the Maritime Museum after June 8, 2018 as it is closed for renovations right now.
We were walking around and my assistant Luis and I, decided to get a Viking souvenir in our skins and we visited a tattoo shop: Reykjavik Ink. I have to warn you: Iceland is not a cheap country and this craziness was a luxury that I wanted to give myself for my birthday. I chose my shoulder as a canvas for a symbol that the Vikings used as a protection spell so that even in storms and darkness, they could always find their way back home (very appropriate in the current circumstances). Then I learned that Bjork had the same tattoo and I thought it was awesome.
The tattooist was blond, tall, corpulent, with blue eyes, very very attractive (gave me chills haha) with his hands full of drawings. Michael Beecher, from Wisconsin, rotating around Iceland to work for a couple of months, sometimes a cowboy, with boots and a hat kept somewhere in his room, or so he told me. Follow his work HERE
I thanked him when he finished and with a smiling look, I took his card to share it with tattooists from my country who might want to take him to Costa Rica as a guest.
In Reykjavik you have to get lost in the streets, explore around, we saw cats looking for their prey among the rocks, curious statues that are hidden all over the city in unsuspected corners, interesting graffiti around shops and walls on the road. There are many souvenir shops in case you are interested in taking a souvenir but I advise you to be selective, it’s not cheap although we discovered that if you buy in a TAX FREE shop and your purchases cost more than 6 000 kroner, you can go to the office at the airport before leaving and request a 14% refund to your bank account or cash.