Top Choice Museum in Old Reykjavík

National Museum

This superb museum displays artefacts from settlement to the modern age. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the audio guide (kr300) adds loads of detail. The strongest section …
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Icelandic Phallological Museum

Oh, the jokes are endless here, but though this unique museum houses a huge collection of penises, it's actually very well done. From pickled pickles to petrified wood, there are 286 different members on display, re…
Top Choice Gallery in Old Reykjavík


This gallery represents some of the country’s top modern artists, many of whom show overseas as well.
Top Choice Art Museum in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir

The angular glass-and-wood Kjarvalsstaðir, which looks out onto Miklatún Park, is named for Jóhannes Kjarval (1885–1972), one of Iceland’s most popular classical artists. He was a fisherman until his crew paid for h…
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Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn

There’s something immensely playful about Ásmundur Sveinsson’s (1893–1982) vast collection of sculptures housed in the studio and museum he designed: the rounded, white Ásmundarsafn. Monumental concrete creations fi…
Top Choice Area in Old Harbour

Old Harbour

Largely a service harbour until recently, the Old Harbour has blossomed into a hot spot for tourists, with several museums, volcano and Northern Lights films, and excellent restaurants. Whale-watching and puffin-vie…
Top Choice Art Museum in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Art Museum

The excellent Reykjavík Art Museum is split over three well-done sites: the large, modern downtown Hafnarhús focusing on contemporary art; Kjarvalsstaðir, in a park just east of Snorrabraut, and displaying rotating …
Top Choice Area in Old Reykjavík

Old Reykjavík

With a series of sights and interesting historic buildings, the area dubbed Old Reykjavík is the heart of the capital, and the focal point of many historic walking tours. The area is anchored by Tjörnin, the city-ce…
Top Choice Gallery in Old Harbour

Kling & Bang

This perennially cutting-edge artist-run exhibition space is a favourite with locals, and now has a new expanded gallery in the renovated Marshall House in the Grandi area near the Old Harbour.
Top Choice Museum in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

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 collection. The museum can only exhibit a small sample at any time; shows rang…