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Sightseeing and landmarks in Reykjavík

Art museums

Art Museum
“Reykjavík Art Museum is a dynamic and progressive scene which gives guests an opportunity to get to know diverse art and gain a deeper understanding of the historic, social, cultural and artistic context of different artworks. The museum exhibits work from Icelandic and international leading artists in Modern and Contemporary Art. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in a beautiful green area,perfect for a walk or a picnic. One of the cities best art museum. A nice café at the museum.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A modern art museum located by the old harbor. Great for a quiet afternoon.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Points of View is a great exhibition, visitors get a free pass to the National Museum if they buy a ticket for Safnahúsið”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Museum
“My mother, me and my daughter love to look at and to go into the betong sculptors if possible in the garden outside the museum.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A magical garden filled with statues and sculptures. Bring a blanket, sit down and wait for the ghost from Hell (Helreiðin) to come riding by. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 3 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“The National Museum in order to get know the history of Iceland. Located 5 minutes away.”
  • 151 locals recommend
History Museum
“Just below ground in downtown Reykjavík, this open excavation uncovers the city's Viking Age history. Discovered during building work, then carefully excavated, these remnants of the past are the earliest evidence of human settlement in the city. Family friendly, including a children's activity area, this multimedia exhibition uses creative technology to immerse you in the Viking Age.”
  • 35 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located by the old harbour in a building that was originally built as a fish freezing plant.”
  • 32 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Saga Museum recreates key moments in Icelandic history. Address: Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Hours: Wednesday 10am–6pm Thursday 10am–6pm Friday 10am–6pm Saturday 10am–6pm Sunday 10am–6pm Monday 10am–6pm Tuesday 10am–6pm Suggest an edit”
  • 22 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Church
“Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape”
  • 362 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“No. 1 Attraction in Reykjavik Perlan is a Must-Visit Landmark and Nature Exploratorium.”
  • 184 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Sólfar / Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. It symbolizes the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Lake
“The Reykjavik Pond is 5 minutes walk away. Bring bread to feed the ducks to make it more fun.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Plaza
“Skólavörðustígur is a beautiful street leading up to Hallgrímskirkja, the big church. One might say that the local clothes shops have one by one transferred here from Laugavegur after the tourist bomb hit Iceland. Check out Geysir, Kormákur og Skjöldur and Yeoman for nice clothes. There is also a nice coffee/bookstore called Eymundsson around the middle of the street. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Elliðaárdalur is a beautiful park with Reykjavíks only salmon fishing river. Beautiful surroundings for a walk,run or bicycle tour. Or just find a bench,close your eyes and listen to the sound of the river gushing through the city. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Plaza
  • 1 local recommends
Lake
“Generally, taking a walk around the lake is so easy, accessible, and on the way to so many important spots, that it´s good to stop for a bit, enjoy the views, and check out all the different birds who make the lake their home.”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Church
“Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape”
  • 362 locals recommend
Island
“Small island by the city. Interesting history - recommend to take a guided trip over.”
  • 25 locals recommend

Libraries

Opera House
“Beautiful architecture by Alvar Aalto. We love to hang out in the library or eat lunch in the restaurant. Nature reserve in front. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Library
“The main library on three floors and the Reykjavik museum of photography with various exhibitions.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“The quit library in Kópavogur, also you can find nature museum on the lowest floor with all the animals and birds of Iceland. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“If you need some peace and quiet free wi-fi to work. The library is quite nice. There i also a cafeteria here.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
“The perfect place to pick up some Icelandic words is the town's library. Kids always enjoy a trip to the library and this one is very nice.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Take a look at Reykjavík City Library website, www.borgarbokasafn.is. Gerduberg is one of six Culture Houses run by the City Library. There are sometimes great exhbitions, concerts and more. There is a cozy library and a café as well.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Reykjavik's city center library, and the biggest one. They have limited selection of book in English, German and Norwegian languages. Mainly Icelandic books, magazines etc.”
  • 1 local recommends
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