Reykjavik is one of the smallest cities in Europe. The Icelandic capital is home to 245.000 people. That is the two thirds of the entire Icelandic population. However, the city is divided in six different municipalities. These are, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær, Mosfellsbær, and Seltjarnarnes. Those are hard names, I know. Although each municipality has its own administration, they co-operate on things like transport, which is keeping them all well connected. Also, Reykjavik is small, but you will be surprised to know that it can offer so much to visitors, including art lovers. Here are some things to do and some places to visit in the Icelandic capital.
Harpa Concert Hall
The Harpa Concert Hall is located by the old Harbor and it is at a walking distance from the city center. The impressive building was finished in 2011, and it became one of the country’s most impressive attractions. It has won several architectural awards and once you see it, you will understand why. It is possible for visitors to enter the building at any working day and check out its impressive interior. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to attend a concert there. Therefore, make sure you check their calendar before you go.
If you want to experience a big part of Icelandic art, all you have to do is walk around the streets of Reykjavik. Even if you have limited time in the city, just walking around its streets will give you a very good idea of its art. Except the small shops, cute restaurants, amazing bars and cafes, you will also see graffiti art and installations from some worthy and famous artists. Street Art is part of Reykjavik’s culture and identity.
Museums and Exhibition Centers
Despite the small size as a city, Reykjavik is home to more than 60 museums. This shows its devotion to arts and culture. In every corner of the capital area you can find a museum, exhibition center and a plethora of art events. From the National Museum which provides a good insight to Icelandic history and culture, to Hafnarhús which offers a progressive exhibition program with local and international contemporary artists. Also, did you know that Reykjavik has an all year round exhibition which consists of 23 man-made life size models of the various whale species found in Icelandic waters throughout its natural history.
From street food to fancy restaurants, Reykjavik has it all. As you most probably guessed, the main Icelandic cuisine consists of fish, however you’ll find more than that. Reykjavik has some impressive restaurants around town known for their beautiful decor and modern twist on traditional Icelandic dishes. And you know what? Don’t forget to try the amazing Icelandic hot dogs. Although the nation’s cuisine has been criticized by many and have been labeled as weird, or horrible, that is not true. You will find that they have a lot to offer that will surprise you.