An Invitation to Ármann Reynisson’s
A visit to the home of an Icelandic author, art collector and life connoisseur in Reykjavik.
Reykjavík offers a myriad of adventures and a paradise of possibilities for all who visit!
Reykjavík lies just minutes away from magnificent unspoiled landscapes and natural wonders.
The perfect way to experience Reykjavík’s healing energy is to visit one of our many thermal pools or spas.
Enhance your trip to Iceland by getting to know our culture!
Stay up late and be captivated by Iceland's otherworldly illuminations!
Reykjavík is the place to be for those with an interest in the world of arts and culture. It is home to the majority of our most prestigious cultural institutions and talented performers and artists.
By purchasing a Reykjavík City Card you are granted free entrance to all the main museums and galleries in the capital.
Compiled below are various museums, art performances, galleries and cinemas.
A visit to the home of an Icelandic author, art collector and life connoisseur in Reykjavik.
Come and see what the Northern Lights are all about at Iceland's first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center.
Bíó Paradís is a new independent cinema in the centre of Reykjavík, screening the latest art-house releases, special genre films, repertory cinema, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films.
Marvel at some of Iceland's most precious literary treasures at the Culture House in Reykjavík
Gallerí List (Est. 1987) is Iceland's oldest fine art gallery, offering a wide selection of Icelandic contemporary art by a diverse range of acclaimed Icelandic artists.
Gallery i8 represents an eclectic mix of Icelandic and international contemporary artists.
Lava ceramics, famous “lava people “sculptures and all kinds of sculptural souvenirs with a strong expression of Icelandic nature.
Selection of fine art, both functional and sculptural. Ceramics, paintings and graphics.
Gallery Tukt features art from young artist between 16-25 and is an open forum for everyone, both lay and learned.
Gljúfrasteinn was the home and workplace of Halldór Laxness (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955) and his family for more than half a century.
The museum was formally opened in May 1988, after Dr. Sverrir Magnússon and his wife Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir laid the foundation for Hafnarborg by donating their considerable collection of art and their house in the centre of Hafnarfjördur.
The Iceland Expo Pavilion - 360° cinematic experience. The diversity of Iceland in 15 minutes.
The Icelandic Opera resides at Harpa Concert Hall, and offers its audiences an ambitious and versatile programme, and produces about 2 - 4 operas or other musical events each season. Singing is a rich part of Icelandic culture, and opera enjoys a great popularity with Icelandic audiences.
The founding charter of the Museum of Design and Applied Art states that the Museum is to collect and preserve the part of Icelandic cultural history encompassing design, especially from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.
The National Film Archive of Iceland collects, documents and displays Icelandic film history.
The Natural History Museum was opened in May 2002. The museum is divided into two categories; geological and zoological.
The temporary shows at the museum tend toward the progressive and experimental, emphasizing works from established contemporary artists.
A vibrant cultural center in your neighborhood, the Reykjavik City Library invites you to find books, events, knowledge, music, information, humor, films, and visual art.
Visit exciting photographic exhibitions that focus on contemporary and historical photography in artistic- and cultural context.
Icelanders' love of going to the movies is reflected in the number of active movie theatres located within the city.
Informative - Easy and Fun! Some have even described it as a modern national museum. Tales from Iceland is an exhibition on Iceland and Icelanders. It is set up on two floors, a nature exhibition, and a news exhibition.
The Punk Museum is a small museum with a big attitude. Drop by and step into this very creative period of the Icelandic music scene.
Whether your visit to Iceland is for business or pleasure, making time for a trip to the National Museum will leave you fully enlightened about the making of the Icelandic nation and its history.
Árbær is an open air museum with more than 20 buildings that form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavík.
Aðalstræti 10 is part of Reykjavík City Museum – one museum in five unique places. It holds exhibitions about the history of Reykjavík. Admission is also valid to The Settlement Exhibition in Aðalstræti 16.
Frequent exhibitions of Icelandic crafts, applied art and design in Reykjavik’s oldest house, Aðalstræti 10 (2nd floor).
25-27 January 2018
Dark Music Days is a festival of contemporary and new music which takes place during the darkest period of the Icelandic winter at the concert hall Harpa.
Unique ceramic design by the well known ceramics artist Kogga and painter Magnus Kjartansson. Located in the middle of old town Reykjavík, near the harbour.
Gerðuberg is an cultural centre offering a diverse program of cultural events for people of all ages.
Visit a charming writer-illustrator’s home in the heart of the old town and learn about the history of the city at the dawn of the 20th century.
Hannesarholt is a non-profit organization founded by individuals hoping to create a place of nurturing and a reclaiming of cultural roots, in a fast changing society.
An impressive Viking-age longhouse from the Settlement period (AD 870-930) until the twelfth century.
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1950. Resident orchestra at Reykjavik's Harpa concert hall, it has distinguished itself as one of the leading Nordic orchestras through its many performances and recordings.
The Church of Kópavogar stands on Borgarholt Hill, offering great views over the city and surrounding area.
The Museum of Hafnarfjördur is a museum of cultural artifacts and photographs of the town Hafnarfjördur.
For those who are passionate about paintings and other works of art, the National Gallery of Iceland has a wealth of valuable artworks on display, with various exhibitions by both foreign and Icelandic artists.
The Nordic House an icon of aesthetics, is a cultural institution and an architectural gem situated in Vatsmýrin, only a 10-minute walk from the Reykjavík city center.
Devoted to modern art, both Icelandic and international. Permanent exhibition of works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland's most beloved painters.
The Reykjavík City Theatre ranks among Iceland’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions.
The Saga Museum recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people. It gives a compelling insight into the Icelandic way of life for more than a millennium.
The Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum is dedicated to exhibiting works by the Icelandic sculptor, Sigurjón Ólafsson.
The Living Art Museum (Nýló) is a museum and a venue for contemporary visual art in Reykjavik.
Ásgrimur Jónsson (1876 - 1958) was one of the pioneers of Icelandic art and the first Icelander to take up painting professionally.
BERG Contemporary aims to provide a diversified forum for contemporary art by representing emerging and established artists, and by seeking the resonant tone of the present in new and innovative exhibitions.
Creative Iceland proposes a different way for you to experience Icelandic culture: by connecting directly with locals through cultural and creative experiences.
The Einar Jónsson Museum was officially opened on Midsummer's Day in 1923. This was a watershed event for Icelandic art, as the building was the country's first art museum.
Gallerí Fold is Iceland's leading auction house and foremost fine arts dealership that sells the works of over 60 of Iceland's best-known artists.
Uniquely designed, hand-made ceramics. The store is also Kolbrun´s workshop, so it is not unlikely you will be able to see her create the ceramics sold in the gallery.
Sigrun Lara Shanko is a textile designer and silk artist in Iceland. Designs include wearable art, beautiful pillows, cushions and stunning wall hangings.
At Gallery Textil you can buy unique art & craft by Hrönn and Þórólfur, the gallery's owners, as well as art by various Icelandic artists.
The Gerdasafn museum was founded in the memory of sculptor Gerdur Helgadóttir (b. 1928), a pioneer of modern sculpture in Iceland.
Gullsmiðir Erling - Helga Ósk is an atelier, shop and gallery of two goldsmiths and designers who have a reputation for their unique design and quality craftsmanship.
Experience the magnificent Harpa from behind the scenes. A stimulating journey exploring the less visible brilliance of this rewarded architectural masterpiece.
Hólavallagarður is Iceland's largest 19th-century cemetery. Situated in central Reykjavík, this green space is known for its beauty and tranquillity.
The Iceland Dance Company is the national institution of Iceland responsible for developing, creating and nurturing contemporary dance and choreography.
Mengi hosts diverse art events, releases music by some of the nation's most ambitious musicians, operates an art store and hosts art exhibitions on a regular basis.
The National Archives is not a museum in the traditional sense of the word - however, one can access the archives, such as church books and other helpful resources for those interested in genealogy, in the reading room.
The National Theatre of Iceland has been a leading institution on the Icelandic theatre scene ever since it opened formally on 20 April 1950.
The collection consists of Icelandic notes and coin, foreign money from earlier times, especially that mentioned in Icelandic sources, and more recent currency from Iceland's main trading partner countries.
Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum) is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) who designed and mostly constructed this building himself.
Salurinn Concert Hall is the first specially designed concert hall in Iceland. It was opened in January 1999 and is renowned for its exceptional acoustics.
In recent years, the streets of Downtown Reykjavík have filled up with ambitious murals of different styles and themes. Many have become well-known landmarks that both locals and visitors seek out.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammals found in a single country.
The Marshall House was built in 1948 as a fish meal factory. After having served its original purpose well, in 2017 the house was re-designed and renovated to be used as a cultural center.