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June 27, 2011 8:08 PM   Subscribe


 
Awesome! It does feel kinda like walking around there.

Someone should take up drawing the residential area and letting people tag their nifty-looking houses.
posted by ignignokt at 8:57 PM on June 27, 2011


THIS IS WONDERFUL YES.

Also, not really felt, Reykjavik is tiny. I walked across it accidentally following bad directions and I was still comfortably within the city center complete with friendly wandering kittens just hanging out on the sidewalk.
posted by The Whelk at 9:17 PM on June 27, 2011


My wife and I stayed in Iceland for about 36 hours on our way to France a few years back, and wound up stumbling here, a bakery that just celebrated 177 years of service. And they gave us a free canvas bag to carry our loot away in, at least I think it was free. We could have just shoplifted it in a communications failure, and the good natured clerk not bothered explaining that we were supposed to pay for it.

Either way, it's really fun having a bag with the word "Bergstaðarstræti" prominently featured.
posted by norm at 9:28 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


awesome map! I didn't know Reykjavik was so small. When the page loaded, I tried scrolling it to the left to see more of the city...
posted by Queen Sabium at 10:15 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow. That is really nice.
posted by SLC Mom at 10:48 PM on June 27, 2011


I really looks inviting when hand-drawn. Maybe something for other tourist boards to consider? My home town looks positively post-apocalyptic on the Google satelite map, due to the images being form late spring. I'm guessing it doesn't excactly attract tourists.
posted by Harald74 at 11:09 PM on June 27, 2011


That's gorgeous. I'd love to be able to add annotations for places that are not marked.
posted by jacalata at 12:10 AM on June 28, 2011


Pepsi Bjork!
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:24 AM on June 28, 2011


I am very impressed by the level of details that went into the making of the map. I would hope someone would attempt to do such a thing with my town.
posted by CreativeUsername at 2:01 AM on June 28, 2011


I clicked on it not knowing what to expect.
"Wow"

Double click to zoom in

"Oh wow"

Double click to zoom in

"Oh my god"

Double click to zoom in

"Holy crap! I suck at life."

Thanks for sharing!
posted by like_neon at 4:43 AM on June 28, 2011


no Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur?
posted by machaus at 5:19 AM on June 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


the city center complete with friendly wandering kittens just hanging out on the sidewalk.

*books flight*
posted by desjardins at 5:31 AM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


awesome map! I didn't know Reykjavik was so small.

It's not to scale!
posted by mazola at 5:50 AM on June 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


It only seems to cover central Reykjavík, i.e., 101 and thereabouts. It doesn't go to the park on the hill, whose name I forget, or the geothermally heated beach south of the centre.

The choice of shops there strikes me as a bit touristy; there are lots of gift/knitwear shops and "traditional Icelandic" restaurants, though a few notable omissions. (They left Icelandic Fish & Chips off, as well as that bar co-owned by Damon Albarn. Also omitted are Reykjavík's various notable record shops (12 Tónar in particular).) They did include Te Og Kaffi, though, who do sell excellent coffee.
posted by acb at 7:52 AM on June 28, 2011


the city center complete with friendly wandering kittens just hanging out on the sidewalk.

I saw those guys! I was charmed even though I wasn't into cats back then.
posted by ignignokt at 8:23 AM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I saw those guys! I was charmed even though I wasn't into cats back then.

I see they grow nice and fluffy in the cold Icelandic climate.
posted by acb at 8:28 AM on June 28, 2011


Oh man, it cuts out just before you get to my apartment, though my parents' house is on it.

Yeah, you can barely walk a block in downtown Reykjavík without passing by two or three cats. It's pretty great, especially for someone who's lived with cats most of his recent past, but can't right now.

machaus: no Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur?

They're on the map, in a little red-roofed shack east of the harbor.

Oh, and the best places to get coffee in Reykjavík are Kaffismiðjan, Kaffifélagið and Café Haïti (in case you're ever there and need a coffee).
posted by Kattullus at 10:28 AM on June 28, 2011


Holy cow, that's amazing. I particularly love the swans and the construction on Vonarstræti.

It's making me all wistful for summer in Reykjavík. I'd love to go down to the pond and scare some ducks. Well, in theory. In actuality there's a lot of "cold and windy" that would put a damper on that plan. (Or so I'm going to keep telling myself.)
posted by sonika at 11:10 AM on June 29, 2011


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