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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  • Government Building

Built in 1880–81, this structure is one of the country's oldest stone buildings. Iceland's Alþingi held its first session in AD 930...

Austurvöllur Square

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East Field is a peculiar name for a west-central square. The reason: it's just east of the presumed spot where first settler Ingólfur...


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A place of worship has existed on this site since AD 1200. The small, charming church, built 1788–96, represents the state religion,...


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Completed in 1986 after more than 40 years of construction, the church is named for the 17th-century hymn writer Hallgrímur Pétursson.

Háskóli Íslands

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On the large crescent-shape lawn in front of the main university building is a statue of Sæmundur Fróði, a symbol of the value of...

Ingólfur Arnarson statue

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Ingólfur Arnarson is renowned as the first Nordic settler in Iceland. Beyond this statue lies the city's architectural mélange: 18th-century...

Laugardalur Park

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This is actually made up of several parks in one large area. Besides one of the best swimming pools in the city, the recreational expanse...


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Traditionally the city's main shopping street, Laugavegur now meets stiff competition from the Kringlan and Smáralind malls. You may...

Listasafn Reykjavíkur

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Also known as Hafnarhús, this former warehouse of the Port of Reykjavík now houses the city's art museum. The six galleries occupy...


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Now a focal point in Reykjavík's otherwise rambling city center, this square opens onto Austurstræti, a semi-pedestrian shopping...


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