Reykjavík is home to nearly 100 statues, sculptures and art installations. With more than 40 works spanning across just the city center, Reykjavík’s art offers insights into Iceland’s culture, history and famous residents. The next time you find yourself in Reykjavík, be sure to check out these amazing art pieces scattered throughout the city!
Þúfa is an outdoor art piece designed by artist Ólöf Nordal. This large green mound is found by the Old Harbor area and represents simpler times in Iceland. On top of the small hill, you will find a shed for wind-drying fish. You can even find a pathway leading to the top for beautiful views of Harpa, the surrounding mountains and Faxaflói Bay.
Walk around Reykjavík and you are sure to spot plenty of street art or “wall poetry.” Although street art has always been a part of the city’s culture, Iceland Airwaves music festival made this a trend when the festival paired visual artists with musicians to create the street art in various locations. Now, downtown Reykjavík has many stores and streets that embrace graffiti; for example, you can find commissioned works by Margeir Dire outside Bar Ananas.
Kvika, or cupstone, may be one of Iceland’s smallest hot pools. Nothing is better than finishing a long day walking around the city than by soaking your feet in this interactive art piece. Stationed a bit outside of Reykjavík, on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, Kvika offers beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. The foot spa is a work of art by artist Ólöf Nordal, who wanted to create a design that captured the beauty and nature of Iceland.
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