Library of Water

Library of Water information

Stykkishólmur , Iceland
Street Bókhlöðustígur 17
+354 857 1221
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admission Ikr500
Opening hours
1-6pm Jun-Aug
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Lonely Planet review

For relaxing views of the town and the bay, head up the hill to the Library of Water. Housed in the old municipal library, this hallowed space flooded by natural light features a permanent exhibit by noted American artist Roni Horn. Twenty-four glass pillars are scattered throughout the room, each one filled to the brim with locally sourced glacier water. Light is reflected and refracted through the aqueous tubes, and adjectives in both English and Icelandic are inscribed into the delicate floor. It’s the perfect place to curl up with your journal or play a game of chess (provided); just don’t forget to take off your shoes. Although the space is closed during the colder months, travellers can arrange a visit via email or phone.