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.
One of the oldest monuments of the city, Kópavogskirkja is a major landmark. It is situated at the top of the Borgarholt hill, offering breath-taking views of the surrounding area. It was constructed in 1958 and has an interesting architecture with two arches. It sports stained glass windows and fine paintings adorning the altar.
Lækjartorg is a historical square in Reykjavík near the city center. It has been used since long ago as a place where farmers sell their products. It was named so, due to the presence of a brook that emptied into the sea. Today, the brook is underground and cannot be seen. Take a stroll along the square and engage in a spot of window-shopping. You will definitely find some souvenirs to carry home.
Hallgrímskirkja (Hvalfirði) is a small church designed by Sigurður Guðmundsson and Eiríkur Einarssonit. It serves the memory of Hallgrimur Petersson, the pastor between 1651 and 1669. It is a beautiful structure on the Hvalfjörður that has many colorful frescoes that light up the interior. The external facade is simple and elegant. The roof is made of copper.
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.
Known locally as Friðarsúlan, Imagine Peace Tower is an imaginary column of search-lights that are flashed from a wishing well on the Viðey Island towards the sky. It is lit an hour after sunset. It is claimed to reach a height of 4000 meters (13123.4 foot) on clear nights. The column is a tribute to singer John Lennon from his wife. It has the words "Imagine Peace" inscribed on the base in 24 languages.
TÝSgallerí was established to showcase contemporary artworks by both budding and established artists. Its curators select works only of local artists and, hence, the paintings and sculptures display a distinct Icelandic sensibility. The art and craft items are minimalist in nature and draw inspiration from modern lifestyles. This gallery emphasizes on solo rather than group exhibitions so that each artist gains prominence and can enjoy maximum interaction with visitors. The exhibitions change every month and there is always something new to look forward to during a fresh visit.
One of the most iconic sculptures of the city, Memorial To The Unknown Bureaucrat (Óþekkti Embættismaðurinn) is a satirical take on the role of a government official. Chiselled by local sculptor, Magnús Tómasson in 1994, it portrays a suited man with a briefcase from waist down, while the upper body is covered with a huge slab of rock. Caricatural and thought-provoking, the faceless official is a reminder of how trivial an existence is that of an administrator. No one remembers an official as a person but only as a means due to his or her post.