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.
An immensely flattering imitation that traces the rugged mountainous features of Iceland's topography, the Hallgrímskirkja is a stunning structure in the heart of Reykjavik. Designed by architect Guðjón Samúelsson, the church was completed over a prolonged span of 41 years. It stands today as a symbol of splendid modernism and Iceland's natural beauty. The Hallgrímskirkja features a dramatic gray facade with craggy edges that swoop upward to meet the detailed steeple. The spire towers at a height of 74.5 meters (244 feet) and is visible from far-flung corners of the city. Compared to the church's imposing facade, the interior is less pronounced, though it notably houses a 5275-pipe organ that was erected in 1992.
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
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.