Reykjavik

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  • 1. Guido van Helten mural

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    The most impressive murals to be found in Reykjavík are the work of Australian-born artist Guido van Helten, who carried out a series of commissions...Read More

  • 2. Hallgrímskirkja

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 3. Laugardalur Park

    Pool

    Laugardalur Park is actually several parks in one large area. Besides one of the best swimming pools in the city, the recreational expanse has...Read More

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  • 4. Þjóðminjasafn

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Alþingishús

    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 and therefore...Read More

  • 6. Árbæjarsafn

    Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 7. Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 8. Aurora Reykjavík

    Local Interest–Sight

    An absolute must-see for northern-lights seekers. Visitors here get to play with technology simulating the intensity and color spectrum of the...Read More

  • 9. Dómkirkjan

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 10. Fjölskyldugarðurinn Family Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Adjacent to Laugardalur Park, Fjölskyldugarðurinn has rides and games, such as Crazy Bikes—a driving school complete with miniature traffic...Read More

  • 11. Grasagarður Botanic Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    The free Grasagarður botanic garden in Laugardalur Park has an extensive outdoor collection of native and exotic plants. Coffee, cakes, and...Read More

  • 12. Háskóli Íslands

    Educational Institution

    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 book learning...Read More

  • 13. Ingólfur Arnarson statue

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

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

  • 14. Kjarvalsstaðir

    Museum/Gallery

    Inside this modernist building you'll find an impressive permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and works of Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval...Read More

  • 15. Laugavegur

    Neighborhood/Street

    Traditionally the city's main shopping street, Laugavegur now has stiff competition from the Kringlan and Smáralind malls. But this short stretch...Read More

  • 16. Listasafn—the Reykjavík Art Museum

    Marina/Pier/Dock

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

  • 17. Lækjartorg

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

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  • 18. Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík

    Educational Institution

    Many graduates from the country's oldest educational institution, established in 1846, have gone on to dominate political and social life in...Read More

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  • 19. Mt. Esja

    Mountain–Sight

    Mt. Esja (pronounced  eh -shyuh) is one of Reykjavík’s most recognizable landmarks, starring in just about every promotional shot or picture...Read More

  • 20. Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean this far north? Yes, at Reykjavík’s geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík, where runoff from the city’s hot-water supply...Read More

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