Nordic House

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Nordic House


This cultural centre fosters connections between Iceland and its Nordic neighbours with a rich program of events, a library, exhibition space and bistro.

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Nearby Reykjavík attractions

1. University of Iceland

0.18 MILES

You'll spot the University of Iceland just south of the city centre, near the National Museum.

2. National Museum

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Artefacts from settlement to the modern age fill the creative display spaces of Iceland's superb National Museum. Exhibits give an excellent overview of…

3. Hljómskálagarður Park

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Hljómskálagarður Park sits on Tjörnin's southeast corner and has a section dedicated to sculptures by five Icelandic women: Gunnfríður Jónsdóttir (1889…

4. Ásgrímur Jónsson Collection

0.44 MILES

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5. Tjörnin

0.45 MILES

The placid lake at the centre of the city is sometimes locally called the Pond. It echoes with the honks and squawks of more than 40 species of visiting…

6. National Gallery of Iceland

0.48 MILES

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8. Ekkisens – Art Space

0.53 MILES

Artist-run and housed in a former basement apartment, this gallery features up-and-coming Icelandic artists.