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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. ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A museum beautifully located in a park close to the central. Ca 20 min walking distance from the flat. Check out the exhibitions. Has a lovely cafeteria - I recommend having lunch there.”
  • 125 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.”
  • 11 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
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 3 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“For the history buffs who want to learn all about the vikings and the sagas.!”
  • 154 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2 is an exhibition on the settlement of Reykjavík, Iceland, created by the Reykjavik City Museum. The exhibition is based on the archaeological excavation of the ruin of one of the first houses in Iceland and findings from other excavations in the city centre. The exhibition is located in 101 Reykjavík, on Aðalstræti 16, on the corner of Aðalstræti and Suðurgata.”
  • 32 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”
  • 23 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Church
“Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. It was designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, who was often inspired in his endeavours by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. Construction of the church began in 1945 and ended in 1986, with the tower completed long before the rest of the building. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings completed in 1974 and the nave consecrated in 1986. The church features, most notably, a gargantuan pipe organ designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. Standing tall at an impressive 15m and weighing a remarkable 25 tons, this mechanical action organ is driven by four manuals and a pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes, all designed to reproduce powerful notes capable of filling the huge and holy space with a range of tones - from the dulcet to the dramatic. Its construction was completed in December 1992 and has since been utilised in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick. Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiríksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) – the first European to discover America. Records suggest that Leifur landed on the shores of the new world in the year 1,000 A.D., that's 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The statue, which was designed by Alexander Stirling Calder was a gift from the United States in honour of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the establishment of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD. ”
  • 358 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“on top of Öskjuhlíð hill you can enter the Pearl, built on huge hot-water reservoirs and take the elevator up on 4th floor to enjoy the view. Or visit the glacier exhibition, or have a dinner on the 5th floor ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“During summer nights you will see some lovely sunsets / midnight sun from this side of town.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Lake
“Strolling round Tjörnin Lake, which is fringed by buildings, parks and residences, is a popular local pastime. In the nearby City Hall is the official tourist office as well as an exhibition featuring a 3D map of the country.”
  • 74 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. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Park
“If you are an outdoor person, which you might be because you are visiting Iceland, this area is accessible in different routs. Whether you are with a can or on foot, it is a must see when you "run out" of things to do in Reykjavík.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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
Plaza
“A little shop 5 minutes away that has all the basic stuff and is open 08:00-23:00 on weekdays but opens at 10 on the wekends.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Historic sites

Church
“Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. It was designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, who was often inspired in his endeavours by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. Construction of the church began in 1945 and ended in 1986, with the tower completed long before the rest of the building. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings completed in 1974 and the nave consecrated in 1986. The church features, most notably, a gargantuan pipe organ designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. Standing tall at an impressive 15m and weighing a remarkable 25 tons, this mechanical action organ is driven by four manuals and a pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes, all designed to reproduce powerful notes capable of filling the huge and holy space with a range of tones - from the dulcet to the dramatic. Its construction was completed in December 1992 and has since been utilised in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick. Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiríksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) – the first European to discover America. Records suggest that Leifur landed on the shores of the new world in the year 1,000 A.D., that's 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The statue, which was designed by Alexander Stirling Calder was a gift from the United States in honour of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the establishment of Iceland's parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD. ”
  • 358 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.”
  • 7 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