New Reykjavík

Sprawling east from the old town is New Reykjavík, home to the main shopping streets of Laugavegur and Laekjargata, as well as the National Gallery of Iceland.

Church of Hallgrímur

Visible from over 20km/15mi away is Reykjavík's highest and most imposing structure, Hallgrímskirkja. The church was completed in 1974 after 30 years of construction.
Apart from its stark, light-filled interior and architectural resemblance to basaltic lava, there is the chance to view the city from its bell tower. The tower rises 74.5 m (244 ft) in the air.
Address: Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-101, Iceland

National Gallery of Iceland

Iceland's National Gallery houses the national collection of 19th and 20th C art, comprising the country's largest and most significant collection of works by all major Icelandic artists and a growing collection of works by foreign artists of note. The foreign artists include Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle.
Address: Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-101, Iceland

Árbaer Open-Air Folk Museum

First documented in mid-15th C, the farm was turned into a museum commemorating Icelandic life in 1957 and includes 27 examples of furnished homes and buildings illustrating how Icelanders used to live, including a turf church c 1842.
During the summer months, there are arts and crafts demonstrations as well as hay making displays.
Address: Arbae Sími, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-105, Iceland

Elliðaár River

The Elliðaár is a small river flowing within the boundaries of Reykjavík and one of the world's cleanest salmon rivers. Each year the salmon season opens with the Mayor of Reykjavík catching Elliðaár's first salmon. The river yields 1,000 fish per day during its 90-day season.

Kjarval Art Museum

Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík's Art Museum named after Surrealist Johannes Kjarval annually hosts exhibitions of Icelandic and international art, with special emphasis on contemporary art.
Exhibitions from the Kjarval Collection are featured regularly.
Address: Miklatún Park on Flókagata, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi 105, Iceland

Nordic House Exhibition Hall

Designed by the distinguished Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and open since 1968, the Nordic House is a Nordic cultural center whose main goal is to serve as a link between Iceland and the other Nordic countries.
The library features a collection of 30,000 Nordic books and exhibitions of Nordic art are held in the gallery.
Address: Sturlugata 5, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi 101, Iceland

Sigurjón Ólafsson Sculpture Museum

The Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum exhibits works by the Icelandic sculptor. The artist's studio at Laugarnes was converted to house a large collection of his works; sculptures, sketches, drawings, and biographical material.
The museum sponsors various cultural programs, such as weekly summer concerts.
Address: Laugarnestangi 70, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-105, Iceland

Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum

The unique igloo-shaped building that was designed and built mostly by Ásmundur Sveinsson himself housing both the artist's studio and his home.
The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is dedicated to the works of the sculptor (1893-1982). A sculpture garden surrounds the Museum, decorated with thirty of his sculptures.
Address: Sigtún, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-105, Iceland

Volcano Show

Film-makers Ósvald and Villi Knudsen are well known in Iceland for risking their welfare to capture historic volcanic moments on film.
This 2.5 hour film presentations of volcanic activity are presented in a rather unexceptional building.
Address: Hellusund 6a, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-101, Iceland

A.S.I. Art Museum

A.S.I. Art Museum features art exhibition sponsored by the Icelandic labor unions featuring amateur and sometimes inspired art.
Address: Freyjugata 41, Reykjaví, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-101, Iceland

Botanical Garden

The small Grasagarður has an extensive outdoor collection of native and exotic plants. Founded in 1961, its has 5000 plant species within eight plant collections.
Address: Laugardalur, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-104, Iceland

Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum

A large collection of Einar Jónsson sculptures is displayed in the modern cube-shaped museum and the museum's garden.
Address: Eiriksgata, Box 1051, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-121, Iceland

Hofði House (closed)

Hofði House, a painted wooden building brought from Norway was used for the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in 1986 and once hosted Winston Churchill.

Numismatic Museum

The Numismatic Museum displays coins, medals and books. The collection is has almost 20,000 coins and almost 5,000 types of note.
Address: Einholt 4, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-105, Iceland

Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection

The home and studio of the painter Ásgrímur Jónsson now shows paintings by the artist and displays of contemporary art.
Address: Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-101, Iceland


Over 176,000 trees have been planted on the Öskjuhlíð hill. Bicycle and footpaths zigzag up and down the leafy hillside located near the Pearl Observatory.

Pearl Observatory

With its silvery glass domes the Perlan is Reykjavík's most recognizable landmark. Designed to be multi-functional, it serves as an observatory, restaurant, conference center and visitor attraction.
Views are offered from the revolving restaurant which sits atop four gigantic tanks each containing 4,000 liters/880 gal of 80°C/176°F water for the city's geothermal hot water system. The heat from below is conducted through the building's metal frame and warms the building.
The Reykjavík Power Company has provided a fountain that simulates the activity of a geyser and from the balcony views of Reykjavík and the harbor are accessible through telescopes accompanied by informative tape recordings in English, Norwegian, German and French.
Address: Öskjuhlíð Hill, Reykjavík, Hofudborgarsvaedi IS-105, Iceland

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