A light stroll among the wealthy in Reykjavik, Iceland
As in most other western societies there are wealthy people in Iceland in spite of recent economic collapse of the country. Unlike most though, you can stroll among the expensive real estate while you take in downtown Reykjavik.
It might surprise a few people but steps away from some of the greatest sights of Reykjavik city like the towering Hallgrimskirkja church and the Einar Jonsson Museum you can take in some of Iceland´s most expensive real estate too.
Admittedly, those buildings are not on par with the estates, castles and ranches of the wealthy in Europe and the U.S. but by Iceland standards pretty impressive and smack down in the center of the city. Even if the buildings here do not impress the fleets of Range Rovers and Jaguars outside might.
Another reason to stroll around here if you have time to spare and dreams to realize is the fact that the streets here have one thing in common. All the street names are taken directly from Norse mythology. You will find Fjölnisvegur, street of Fjolnir, Freyjugata, street of Freyja, Njarðargata, street of Nordjur, Þórsgata is naturally the street of Thor and Lokastígur is the path of Loki. And so on and so on.
Might well be worth some of your time if bored to do death by the tourist shops of nearby Laugavegur or Skolavordustraeti.