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Art Lover’s Guide to Reykjavik

Art Lover’s Guide to Reykjavik

Reykjavik is one cultured place. From its myriad museums and public artworks (like the Sun Voyager) to its architectural highlights, this is a city with art and design in its DNA. During your next visit the Icelandic capital, get ready to admire paintings, sculptures, photos, and more: Here are Reykjavik's top artistic addresses.

National Museum of Iceland

The perfect destination for first-time visitors to Iceland, the National Museum of Iceland hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions devoted to the country’s long history. Included among the treasures on display are collection highlights such as the Valthjófsstaðdur door, which features medieval engravings, as well as pottery, photographs, and other objects.

National Gallery of Iceland

For a crash course in Icelandic art, make your way to the National Gallery of Iceland. The wide-ranging collection focuses primarily on Icelandic works from the 19th and 20th centuries (though some works by international artists are also displayed, including Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Richard Serra).

Reykjavik Art Museum

One of Iceland’s most important cultural stops, the Reykjavik Art Museum occupies three different locations in the Icelandic capital. Hafnarhús, situated in an old harbor warehouse, showcases modern and contemporary artists; Kjarvalsstaðir displays pieces by one of Iceland’s most celebrated painters and sculptors, Jóhannes S. Kjarval; and Ásmundarsafn is located in a modern, domed building where sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson lived and worked.

Reykjavik Museum of Photography

If you’re passionate about photography, the Reykjavik Museum of Photography can keep you entertained for hours. Part of the Reykjavik City Museum—which includes other major stops such as the Arbaer Open Air Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, and the Maritime Museum—it showcases upwards of 5 million photos from 1870 to today.

Gerðarsafn–Kópavogur Art Museum

Located on the edge of Reykjavik proper, the boundary-pushing Gerðarsafn–Kópavogur Art Museum, named after sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir, features more than 1,400 of her works (and is the only Icelandic art museum named in honor of a female artist). Today, in addition to Helgadóttir’s works, it displays wide-ranging modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

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Reykjavík is an expensive city to visit, but you can ease some of the pain on your wallet with the City Card. For 72 hours, you will enjoy free admission to top attractions, free entry to thermal baths, free public transport, and more.
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Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

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This Reykjavik City Card eliminates the need to waste time in long ticket lines, and provides free entry to multiple Reykjavik attractions. Perfect for travelers with limited time—with this card, you’ll be able to plan a whistle-stop 24 hours of touring multiple top sights. Get free entry to Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park, Reykjavik thermal pools, the city’s best museums and galleries, and much more.
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Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

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Sightseeing, especially in a pricey country such as Iceland, can get expensive. Entrance fees to attractions can quickly add up. Take the sting out of your visit to Reykjavík with the City Card: for 48 hours you'll enjoy free admission to top attractions, as well as other perks such as free transportation and discounts at restaurants.
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