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Solfar Sun Voyager

Solfar Sun Voyager (Sculpture & Shore Walk, Reykjavik) – this massive steel sculpture (by Jon Gunnar Arnason) may resemble a Viking ship. It’s actually a dream boat that acts as an ode to the Sun. This is also an inspiration to future Icelandic voyagers in transit to destinations worldwide. Visitors use this site as a […]

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Skriouklaustur

Skriouklaustur (Skriduklaustur, Egilsstadir) – located in the northeastern corner of Iceland, this site consists of ruins of a fully-excavated 16th century monastery (from the Augustine monastic order). Back in the late 1930s, famed writer Gunnar Gunnarsson once lived here (and was donated to the government in 1948). Nowadays, this site acts as a museum and […]

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Settlement Exhibition 871

Settlement Exhibition 871 (Adalstraeti 16, Reykjavik) – an excavated longhouse that was found her at this site (dated at 871 AD) is the focus of this exhibit. Multimedia presentations shown here (available in various languages) highlight the Viking settlement of Reykjavik, giving viewers insight on the life of the locals at that time, as well […]

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Saga Museum

Saga Museum (Grandagardi 2, Reykjavik) – this is perhaps one of the most family-friendly museums in Iceland (this one focusing on the country’s Viking settlement years). To recreate these moments in the most authentic way, life-like replicas of historical Icelandic figures have been created, based on descriptions found in the Viking sagas and chronicles.   […]

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Reykjavik City Hall

Reykjavik City Hall (Tjarnargata 11, Reykjavik) — opened in 1992, this building houses the office of the city’s Mayor, as well as other executive government offices.  Its ground floor has a information desk for visitors, web access, and a view of the lake at cafe Ondin.  Portions of the building are used to host various […]

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Reykjavik Art Museum

Reykjavik Art Museum (various locations / Reykjavik) — founded in 1973, the Reykjavík Art Museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. The museum is situated at three different locations in the city: Kjarvalsstadir exhibition hall at Miklatún, inaugurated in 1973, where the main emphasis is on paintings and sculpture by well established artists; Hafnarhus, […]

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Parlament

Parlament (Austurvöllur, Reykjavik) – this is the building where the national parliament of Iceland is housed, opened in 1881 (when the first session of this legislative branch – as it’s known today, was held). This structure was made of the dolerite that was found in Skólavörðuholt – just below where Hallgrímskirkja church currently stands. Interestingly, […]

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National Museum of Iceland

National Museum of Iceland (Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík) – this museum’s goal is to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation — from the (Viking) Settlement to the present day. The exhibition includes about 2,000 objects, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as about 1,000 photographs from the 20th […]

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National Gallery of Iceland

National Gallery of Iceland (Fríkirkjuvegi 7, Reykjavik) – this museum’s main emphasis of the collection is on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well. It houses several exhibition halls on three floors, an art store and a café.   The National Gallery owns the most valuable collection of works […]

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Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse

Hofsstaðir Historic Park Viking Longhouse (Kirkjulundur, Reykjavik) — this park is actually a one-time Viking settlement, consisting of a longhouse from that historic period.  This site was discovered during the course of construction work in 1986 (with excavations carried out between 1994 and 2000.  The remains of the longhouse at this site was the second-largest […]