Hljómskálagarður Park sits on Tjörnin's southeast corner and has a section dedicated to sculptures by five Icelandic women: Gunnfríður...
This placid lake at the centre of the city is sometimes locally called the Pond. It echoes with the honks and squawks of over 40 species...
National Gallery of Iceland
This pretty stack of marble atriums and spacious galleries overlooking Tjörnin offers ever-changing exhibits drawn from the 10,000-piece...
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra will eventually move to flashy new premises by the harbour, currently half built. The economic crisis has put a temporary...
Freshly relocated to the city hall, with wrap-around windows and lake views, people are loyal to this well-regarded restaurant for its...
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National Museum information
This superb museum displays artefacts from Settlement to the modern age. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the audioguide adds loads of detail. The strongest section describes the Settlement Era – including how the chieftains ruled and the introduction of Christianity – and features swords, drinking horns, silver hoards and a powerful little bronze figure of Thor. The priceless 13th-century Valþjófsstaðir church door is carved with the story of a knight, his faithful lion and a passel of dragons.
Upstairs, collections span from 1600 to today and give a clear sense of how Iceland struggled under foreign rule and finally gained independence. Simple, homely objects utilise every scrap; check out the gaming pieces made from cod ear bones, and the wooden doll that doubled as a kitchen utensil.
Free English tours run at 11am on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid-May to September.