Reykjavík in detail


The compact city centre contains most of Reykjavík’s attractions, which range from interesting walking and shopping streets to excellent museums and picturesque lakeside or seaside promenades. Around the outskirts sit the places that Reykjavikers go to relax.

Reykjavík’s Art Galleries

Reykjavík has many small contemporary-art galleries, and local designers often open shops.

Kling & Bang Perennially cutting-edge young artists’ exhibitions in a new gallery space; a favourite with locals.

Stúdíó Ólafur Elíasson Provides an insight into the works of the much-lauded Icelandic-Danish artist.

i8 This gallery represents some of the country’s top modern artists, many of whom show overseas as well.

Hverfisgallerí Browse contemporary Icelandic art in a large, central space.

Gallerí Fold Large Icelandic art dealer and auction house.

Nýló Emerging and established contemporary artists. Also holds occasional live music or theatre.

Practical Tip: Combined Tickets

  • The Reykjavík Art Museum ticket covers all three of its sites.
  • A joint ticket for National Gallery, nearby Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection and further-afield Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum costs 1800kr.