Sun Voyager is a beautiful landmark in Reykjavik and boasts of designs by Jón Gunnar Árnason, a famed architect. Also known as Sólfar, this steel-ship features tridents symbolizing magic and proudly sits at the seaside. Being the last design of the architect, it is believed that the ship is a mark of healing and faith and is also interpreted as a ship that transports the spirit to the afterlife.
Hallgrímur Pétursson on yksi Islannin rakastetuimpia henkilöitä luterilaisen kirkon historiassa. Kirkon huomattavimmat ominaisuudet ovat koko ja sijainti. Sen korkeuden lisäksi sen sijainti tekee sen huomattavan lähes joka puolelta Reykjavikia. Kirkon torni on noin 75 metriä pitkä ja panoramanäköala sen päältä on mahtava. Kirkon rakentaminen kesti vuosikymmeniä. Se aloitettiin toisen maailmansodan jälkeen ja päättyi vuonna 1986. Kirkossa on paljon hienoa uskonnollista taidetta. Niiden joikossa on kaunis Kristus-patsas, joka on yhden Islannin kuuluimman vestäjän Einar Jónssonin tekemä. Kirkko kuuluu luterilaisiin kansankirkkoihin.
A little outside the city center of Reykjavik, the glass dome of the landmark Perlan glints beautifully under the sun. Perched atop six gigantic hot water storage tanks, this unique architectural marvel is symbolic of the country's geothermal sources, and their key role in Icelandic society. Each tank wondrously holds 4 million liters (1 million gallons) of geothermal hot water. Within the humongous domes, a large atrium hosts exhibitions and events, mostly regarding the history and future of glaciers. From the fourth floor of the dome, visitors can enjoy panoramic vistas of Iceland's stellar landscape, from bird-eye views of Reykjavik and the majestic summit of Mount Esja, all the way to Snæfellsjökull.
Exhibiting unique works of art, Gufunes is an ancient estate found in the northeastern part of Reykjavík. According to most of the historical sources, the estate was a private land. Some evidence points out to the existence of a church here since the 12th Century. The church was apportioned to The Holy Mother of God. Today, the museum exhibits nearly 25 sculpted works by Hallsteinn Sigurðsson
Nestled amidst rocks and overlooking the sea, you can find two lighthouses that face each other. One of these lighthouses is the older of the two which isn't accessible to the public anymore. The one reason why you should not miss a visit to this place is that it provides ample opportunities for photography. The sunset reflected on the sea and the rocky landscape should be captured on a photograph here.
Kristskirkja is dedicated to Jesus Christ and is the bishopric for the small Roman Catholic community in Iceland. Being one of few non-Lutheran churches in Iceland, it is well worth visiting. Furthermore, it is beautifully designed and situated in the center of Reykjavík. Inside the church there is a statue of Iceland's patron saint, St Thorlac (1133-1193) - declared thus by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Above the high altar there is a statue, carved from cedar, of Christ standing on the world. The artist gave instructions that it was not to be copied, so it is unique. The statue was given to the cathedral by Pope Pius XI. Inside there is also a wooden statue of the Holy mother and Child, thought to be from the fourteenth century. The cathedral's crucifix and the bishop's chair were carved by Ríkharður Jónsson, an Icelandic artist, and are well worth viewing. On the outside there is a bust of Bishop Meulenberg (1872-1941). He is claimed to have been responsible for the building of the cathedral.
The Nordic House not only lies at the very heart of Iceland's Nordic culture, but is also the only building in the country to have been designed by the famed architect, Alvar Aalto. Since its establishment in 1968, the Nordic House has come to be at the center of a vibrant and diverse cultural program, featuring major events like the Reykjavík International Film Festival and The Nordic Fashion Biennale alongside conferences and meetings. The showpiece of this beautifully designed architectural gem is a fabulous library that boasts an extensive collection of books, CDs, graphic art, magazines, newspapers and other literary materials in seven Nordic languages. Apart from a host of event spaces, auditoriums and exhibition rooms, the Nordic House is also home to the acclaimed AALTO Bistro and a cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.