5 Must sees in Reykjavik
1. Hallgrímskirkja church
The Hallgrímskirkja (Church of Hallgrímur) has a 73-metre-high tower and is located near the old centre. The church is built on the Skólavörðuholt hill.
Photo by: Brian Gratwicke
The construction work began in 1945; the church was inaugurated in 1986. The striking design is the work of architect Guðjón Samúelsson. He was inspired by the basalt structures that can be found all over Iceland.
2. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Order “ein með Ollu” (one with everything). You’ll get a hot dog with sweet brown mustard (pylsusinnep), ketchup, raw onions, fried onions and a slightly spicy mayonnaise.
The Harpa Concert and Conference Centre near the harbor opened its doors in 2011. In 2013, the building won the Mies van der Rohe Prize, an award for contemporary architecture. The building stands out thanks to the many-coloured glass. Walk inside to admire the architecture up close.
4. Sun voyager (Sólfarið)
Sun Voyager (Sólfarið) is a work of art in stainless steel by Jón Gunnar Árnason. It was unveiled in 1990 and has the shape of a boat. It pays tribute to the sun and stands for hope, progress and freedom.
5. Icelandic Phallological museum
At the Icelandic Phallological Museum, or Penis Museum, you will see over 150 penises (and parts) of Icelandic land and marine mammals including whales, walruses and polar bears. There is even an example of a 1.5-metre penis from a sperm whale.