Reykjavík Botanic Gardens


More than 5000 varieties of subarctic plants fill the city's botanic gardens, delivering a wealth of colourful seasonal flowers and plenty of birdlife, particularly grey geese and their fluffy little goslings. In the summer the acclaimed Café Flóra sets up shop in the greenhouse.

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1. Reykjavík Zoo & Family Park


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2. Laugardalur


Laugardalur encompasses a verdant stretch of land 4km east of the city centre. It was once the main source of Reykjavík’s hot-water supply: it translates…

3. Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn

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There’s something immensely playful about the vast collection of sculptures by Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982) housed in the studio and museum he designed …

4. Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum

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Sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908–82) used this peaceful seafront building as a studio. Now it showcases his varied, powerful work: portrait busts,…

6. Miklatún Park

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Miklatún Park is home to the angular glass-and-wood Kjarvalsstaðir museum, named after Jóhannes Kjarval (1885–1972), one of Iceland’s most popular…

8. Icelandic Phallological Museum


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