You will find a gorgeous statue of Hafmeyjan – icelandic for mermaid – on a granite block in Reykjavik. It has been moved several times over the years, and has been recast from the original mold when the first cast was damaged.
Icelandic sculptor Nína Sæmundsson created the mermaid sculpture in 1948 in bronze and granite.
Iceland has legends and mythology about the Hafmeyjan – the mermaid – which, as in many other cultures, describe a mermaid who sits on a rock in the sea and attracts sailors with her song – after which they disappear forever into the depths in her embrace.
There are some fabulous photos of the mermaid here, and more information as well. In fact, the lack of photos available of this mermaid was such that I commissioned local photographer and artist Bjarki Bragason to get some really nice images. Getting good images of outdoor sculptures can be tricky – both in terms of weather and lighting, time of day for the right light, and also in terms of just finding the statue in a clean state, where it is not covered in bird droppings. In many cases, just after a good rain is best, also because some statues look even better when wet, as the colors stand out more.
In any case, enjoy these gorgeous photos by Bjarki Bragason!