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The Icelandic Phallological Museum is one unique museum with a large variety of phallic specimens that also include almost all types of mammal specimens. With more than 200 specimens and 93 animal species that range from mice to whales, this museum features fascinating exhibits and makes for an interesting visit.
A beautiful stone-lined pond in the midst of Reykjavik, the Tjörnin is a charming picture of serenity and quietude in the bustle of the city. The water of the Tjörnin was initially recognized as a lagoon, and has been lapping its tranquil shores since long. Several prominent buildings such as the Reykjavik City Hall and the Idno Theater form a striking backdrop to the pond, and a colorful array of houses also dot its shores. In summer, the pond is flecked with a range of waterfowl who are fed by visiting locals and tourists. Such is the amount of birdfeed tossed into the pond, that it has earned the moniker of being 'the biggest bread soup in the world'. When the weather turns in winter, the pond assumes a frosty sheen, lending it a spectacular setting ideal for ice-skating.
Dómkirkjan is located in the centre of Reykjavík, next to Alþingishúsið (house of Parliament) and Hótel Borg. It is thought that a church had been in this place since the beginning of Christianity in Iceland. The present church is made of stone, and was built between 1788 and 1796. Dómkirkjan has played a part in Icelandic latter-day history. Iceland's national anthem was first played there in 1874, and Iceland's sovereignty was celebrated in the church in 1918, as well as its independence in 1944. Since Alþingi was re-established in 1845, its sessions have started with a mass in the church every year. Dómkirkjan has many old and distinguished objects and pieces of art. Its baptismal font, for instance, was made and given to the church by the famous Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1839.
Center for Icelandic Art was established in the year 2005 and remains a vibrant platform promoting Iceland's visual art. The museum promotes the country's artworks by bringing together the local community involved in visual art with the global network. The museum's efforts are directed to create opportunities for the country's artists to promote their works around the world. The center also has a visitor's program to increase awareness.
Explore the history of the city's early settlements at The Settlement Exhibition. The museum is based on an ancient Viking house that was discovered in 2001. There are many artifacts, objects, models and multimedia displays here that enunciate the first civilizations, their culture and lifestyle. You can also find here old photographs, manuscripts, archaeological findings and more. There is a museum shop from where you can buy souvenirs for keepsakes.
The National Museum of Iceland is the definitive historical and archeological museum of Iceland, illustrating the cultural tradition of this cold country's centuries of settlement. The permanent exhibit, titled 'Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland', depicts the history of Iceland, commencing from when the medieval settlers first arrived here to the modern day. The museum also features informative temporary exhibitions.