Iceland’s main cathedral, Dómkirkja is a modest affair, but it played a vital role in the country’s conversion to Lutheranism. The current building (built in the late 18th century and enlarged in the 1840s) is small and perfectly proportioned, with a plain wooden interior animated by glints of gold.

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1. Alþingi

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Iceland’s first parliament, the Alþingi, was created at Þingvellir in AD 930. After losing independence in the 13th century, the country gradually won…

2. Jón Sigurðsson Statue

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The statue in the centre of Austurvöllur park is of Jón Sigurðsson, who led the campaign for Icelandic independence.

3. Austurvöllur

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Grassy Austurvöllur was once part of first-settler Ingólfur Arnarson’s hay fields. Today it’s a favourite spot for cafe lounging or lunchtime picnics and…

4. Ingibjörg H Bjarnason Statue

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Two things set the statue of Ingibjörg H Bjarnason apart from other monuments in the area: it depicts a historical female figure and it is not made by…

5. Old Reykjavík

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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…

6. Ráðhús

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Reykjavík’s waterside Ráðhús is a beautifully positioned postmodern construction of concrete stilts, tinted windows and mossy walls rising from Tjörnin…

7. Skúli Magnússon Statue

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This statue represents Skúli Magnússon, the ‘Father of Reykjavík’, who organised the city's early industry.