Art Galleries Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a city rich with art and history. In its galleries you can find Icelandic arts dating from the time of the Vikings through to the modern age. Visual art is very popular in the capital. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best art galleries of Reykjavik:
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Art Galleries Walking Tour of Reykjavik Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries Walking Tour of Reykjavik
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik (See other walking tours in Reykjavik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: vickyc
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National Gallery of Iceland

1) National Gallery of Iceland (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 Centre for Cultural Heritage

2) National Centre for Cultural Heritage (must see)

The National Centre for Cultural Heritage is located in the Culture House. The building is very beautiful and is a historic monument of Reykjavik. There are numerous exhibitions in the Centre, including national treasures and artifacts from the time of the Vikings. Most of the art exhibitions are held in the Culture Shop and Café. The Centre also holds a large exhibition of Icelandic films. Many of the Centre's temporary exhibitions display original artifacts and photographs.

Why You Should Visit:
To see Iceland not from an academic historical and distant point of view but that of Icelandic people themselves: scientists, artists, children, citizens, from past & present.

Tip:
Free with your National Museum ticket or the Reykjavik City Card; there are free lockers; set aside 1.5-2.5 hours here.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
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Spark Design Space Gallery

3) Spark Design Space Gallery

Spark Design Space Gallery was founded in 2010 by a professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of Arts, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir. It is considered to be the only design gallery in the city. The gallery exhibits and sells works by local, enthusiastic artists and features all possible styles, catering to all tastes. Each exhibition usually lasts for two months, after which most of the items can be found in the gallery shop, located in the basement.

Hours: Mon-Fri 10.00 - 18.00; Sat 12.00 - 16.00
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ASI Art Museum

4) ASI Art Museum

ASI Art Museum exhibits mostly contemporary art by local and foreign artists. There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions. In the ASI Art Museum you can contemplate artwork depicting the picturesque landscapes of Iceland. There is also a shop and a cafe in the museum.

Hours: Tue-Sun 1pm-5pm.
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Gallery Fold

5) Gallery Fold

Gallery Fold probably has the largest collection of contemporary Icelandic art in the country. There are more than 1,500 paintings by outstanding Icelandic artists. The gallery offers art for sale at very reasonable prices. In the main gallery you can always find a variety of oil paintings, sculptures, textiles and other art forms.

Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sun: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Reykjavik is a wonderful city set on a small island in the enormous ocean. It is the northernmost capital in the world. This city, close to the Arctic Circle, probably boasts the most beautiful landscape in the world. In Reykjavik you will see some great and unique Viking monuments, churches, and museums, as well as a lake in the middle of the city and geysers. This self-guided tour offers you an interesting stroll through the splendid capital of Iceland:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, a city of Viking heritage, offers a great variety of museums where you can see the artifacts that remain from the time of the Vikings. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most interesting museums of Reykjavik, revealing the rich Icelandic culture:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Icelandic churches are unique, and much of the best architecture of Reykjavik can be found at its religious sites. Most churches in Reykjavik do not intrude on the picturesque and dramatic scenery surrounding them. The exception to this rule is Hallgrímskirkja, the most impressive church of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the religious sites of Reykjavik:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
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: 2.1 km
South Reykjavik Walking Tour

South Reykjavik Walking Tour

Reykjavik attracts tourists, first of all, with its unique, picturesque sunsets and views of the sky and also with its thermal waters. The southern part of Reykjavik has some interesting tourist attractions, including a geothermal beach with a magnificent and unforgettable skyline, geysers and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to these amazing places:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is set very close to the Arctic Circle. Today it is a very clean city with many colorful houses. The locals' everyday life depends mainly on fishing and sewing warm clothes. Their everyday food includes a variety of fish products. The people of Iceland live in a very picturesque place, where sunsets and seascapes are of unimaginable beauty. This self-guided tour will lead you to the places where typical residents of Reykjavik pass their day:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Reykjavik for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Reykjavik has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Reykjavik, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.