National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik

National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (must see)

The National Gallery of Iceland features the artwork of famous Icelandic artists and artwork that helps explain the traditional Icelandic culture. Among the highlights is the 'Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland' exhibition presented in the main galleries on the 2nd and 3d floors. Here the past meets the future as you explore how Iceland, its culture and society, developed from the early settlers in the late 9th century up to the modern days. The exhibition contains about 2,000 artifacts from all periods of Icelandic history as well as numerous well-selected photographs from the 20th century. Various forms of multimedia are used to educate and inspire as you may choose to either walk through time or follow special and well-marked themes through the exhibition.

There is a shop at the gallery, where you can buy art books, cards and other souvenirs representing the art of Iceland.

Why You Should Visit:
Over 200 years of Iceland-inspired art with great names like Münch and Vasarely and also more local artists. The museum building itself is a work of art.

Tip:
The entry fee comes with tickets for the two companion museums; ask the staff to indicate where those are on your map. Also, ask if you can take photographs – sometimes you can.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm (May-Sep); Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm (Oct-Apr)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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National Gallery of Iceland on Map

Sight Name: National Gallery of Iceland
Sight Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Creating your own self-guided walk in Reykjavik is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping in Reykjavik is mainly centered around Laugavegur Street. There are many art galleries that sell the work of Icelandic artists, and there are some specialty shops that sell warm, winter clothes made in Iceland. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most noteworthy Icelandic shops:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
South Reykjavik Walking Tour

South Reykjavik Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles