Reykjavik Sights

Any part of town can be reached by city bus, but take a walk around to get an idea of the present and past. The best way to see Reykjavík is on foot. Many of the interesting sights are in the city center, within easy walking distance of one another. In the Old Town, classic wooden buildings rub shoulders with modern timber and concrete structures.

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On top of Öskjuhlíð, the hill overlooking Reykjavík Airport, Perlan (the Pearl) was opened in 1991 as a monument to Iceland's invaluable...


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Modern architecture and nature converge at this building overlooking Tjörnin Lake. Inside is a visitor information desk and coffee bar...


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This low white building, constructed in the 18th century as a prison, today houses the office of the prime minister. ...

Tjörnin Pond

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This natural pond by the City Hall attracts birds—and bird lovers—year-round and is also popular among ice-skaters in winter. Children...


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A bureaucratic necessity, especially for an island nation, the Customs House is decorated with an impressive mosaic mural. ...

Víkin SjóminjasafniÐ í Reykjavík (Víkin Maritime Museum)

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Housed in an old fish factory with great views of the harbor, the maritime museum features an exhibition on Icelandic fisheries, trading...


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At the Open-Air Municipal Museum, 19th- and 20th-century houses furnished in old-fashioned style display authentic household utensils...

Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

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Some of Ásmundur Sveinsson's original sculptures, depicting ordinary working people, myths, and folktale episodes, are exhibited in...


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Crests on the facade of the impressive former Landsbókasafnið (Old National Library) name significant Icelandic literary figures; the...


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Viking treasures and artifacts, silver work, wood carvings, and some unusual whalebone carvings are on display here, as well as maritime...