Reykjavík attractions

Top Choice Church in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavík’s immense white-concrete church (1945–86), star of a thousand postcards, dominates the skyline and is visible from up to 20km away. An elevator trip up the 74.5m-high tower reveals an unmissable view of th…
Top Choice Museum in Old Reykjavík

National Museum

Artefacts from settlement to the modern age fill the creative display spaces of Iceland's superb National Museum. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the free smartphone audio g…
Top Choice Museum in Old Reykjavík

Settlement Exhibition

This fascinating archaeological ruin-museum is based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed here from 2001 to 2002 and other Settlement-Era finds from central Reykjavík. It imaginatively combines technolog…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Harpa

With its ever-changing facets glistening on the water's edge, Reykjavík’s sparkling Harpa concert hall and cultural centre is a beauty to behold. In addition to a season of top-notch shows (some free), the shimmerin…
Top Choice Museum in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Icelandic Phallological Museum

Oh, the jokes are endless here... This unique museum houses a huge collection of penises, and it's actually very well done. From pickled pickles to petrified wood, there are 286 different members on display, represe…
Top Choice Gallery in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Culture House

This fantastic collaboration between the National Museum, National Gallery and four other organisations creates a superbly curated exhibition covering the artistic and cultural heritage of Iceland from settlement to…
Top Choice Gallery 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…
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 a 10,000-piece collection. The museum can only exhibit a small sample at any one time; shows ra…
Top Choice Gallery in Old Reykjavík

Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús

Reykjavík Art Museum's Hafnarhús is a marvellously restored warehouse converted into a soaring steel-and-concrete exhibition space. Though the well-curated exhibitions of cutting-edge contemporary Icelandic art chan…
Top Choice Area in Old Harbour

Old Harbour

Largely a service harbour until recently, the Old Harbour and the neighbouring Grandi area have blossomed into tourist hot spots, with key art galleries, several museums, volcano and Northern Lights films, and excel…