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What’s On

march 2013

in Reykjavik

Reykjavik’s leading guide to entertainment, eating out, museums and galleries.

FRee apeRitiF When ordered from Lava’s lunch buffet or evening menu.

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Step into the Viking Age Minjasafn Reykjavíkur Reykjavík City Museum

Experience Viking-Age Reykjavík at the Settlement Exhibition. The focus of the exhibition is an excavated longhouse site which dates from the 10th century ad. It includes relics of human habitation from about 871, the oldest such site found in Iceland. Multimedia techniques bring Reykjavík’s past to life, providing visitors with insights into how people lived in the Viking Age, and what the Reykjavík environment looked like to the first settlers. Aðalstræti 16

Reykjavik Art Museum

Ívar Valgarðsson – Spill.

Open daily. One admission to three museums.

Erró – Graphic Art 1949 – 2009.

Robert Smithson – The Invention of Landscape-Broken Circle/ Spiral Hill. View of Broken Circle, 1971. Photograph. Robert Smithson Estate, James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai. Art © Estate of Robert Smithson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Kjarval – Complete.

1 Sept. 2012 – 22 Sept. 2013 Erró – Graphic Art 1949-2009 10 May 2012 – 14 April 2013 Erró and the Seven Teapots 19 January – 14 April Ívar Valgarðsson – Spill 19 January – 14 April Robert Smithson – The Invention of Landscape-Broken Circle/Spiral Hill

Zoom Out – Salon exhibition from the collection.

21 December – 20 May Kjarval Complete

20 April – 5 May Graduation Exhibition of Iceland Academy of the Arts 2013

2 February – 20 May Zoom Out – Salon exhibition from the collection

5 May 2012 – 14 April 2013 The Fire Within




Ásmundur Sveinsson – The Fire Within.

Tryggvagata 17 Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Flókagata Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sigtún Open daily 1 – 5 p.m.

T +354 590 1200


on the cover: Moustache March

Contents March 2013 DesignMarch 6 Icelandic Band of the Month


5 Great Soups in Reykjavik


Sónar Reykjavik 2013


Reykjavik Fashion Festival


Event Calendar


Reykjavik Center Map


Local Insight


Tourist Insight


Art & Culture


Nightlife 40 Shopping & Style


Food & Drink


Practical Information


MyDestination Reykjavik


Biggest Baddest Bucket List


March is the month when all the rugged men of Iceland should (and probably will) grow a moustache for a good cause. Mottumars (Moustache March) is a campaign that encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness for the Icelandic Cancer Society, mainly focusing on prostate cancer. This is Iceland’s fourth year running, but the concept originates from Australia where a group of men came up with the idea of growing moustaches for charity during the month of November. That was in 1999 but today, the concept of dedicating a whole month to growing an impressive bristle over one’s lip is celebrated in many countries all over the world under different campaign names such as “No shave November, “Movember” and in Iceland “Moustache March”. During Moustache March, men are encouraged to grow moustaches to show their support for the financial drive of the Icelandic Cancer Society. Last year the campaign raised over 25 million ISK and the goal this year is to do even better. The more visible moustaches, the more visible the support is, which leads to more donations. The Cancer Society makes a large promotional effort for the drive each year and Moustache March is a crucial part of that drive. All males in Iceland of beard-growing capacity should put their razors aside in March and proudly wear their facial hair in the form of a moustache.


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Ból by Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Image courtesy of DesignMarch, photographer Vigfus Birgisson

DesignMarch 14.-17.03.2013 From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, DesignMarch showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. It’s Iceland’s most important annual design festival. Organized for the fifth time, it will be the largest and most significant yet. For four days, Reykjavik will play host to hundreds of openings, exhibitions, workshops and events, spread across the city from the harbour to the surrounding lava fields. DesignMarch was established in 2008 and the festival has grown considerably since then. Last year was the biggest one by far, it was a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 international program and there were over one hundred events. DesignMarch has been covered extensively both in local and international media, including Monocle, Wallpaper, Morgunbladid, Fréttabladid, The Reykjavik Grapevine, Iceland Review, Coolhunting, Dezeen, DesignBoom, Frame and Core 77.

DesignMarch opens on Thursday with a day of lectures, featuring the foremost local


Kria Jewelry, Image courtesy of DesignMarch

design thinkers alongside internationally renowned names. Among previous speakers are Winy Maas, IIkka Suppanen, Siggi Eggertsson, Bjarke Ingels and Paul Bennett. On Friday DesignMarch brings Icelandic designers, Scandinavian producers and retailers around the same table at the Nordic House where local designers get a chance to present their ideas to buyers. The town fair takes place on Saturday and is the main attraction for the general public with pop-up-markets, exhibitions and hundreds of events organized downtown. Reykjavik turns into a huge venue for design and there is something going on everywhere. In the evening, Iceland Design Centre hosts the annual closing party, an event not to be missed. Sunday is the perfect day for winding down, relaxing, sleeping in and breathing in the clean North-Atlantic air. It is also ideal to take a leisurely walk downtown to cover the things you missed on the days before, with many of the exhibitions still going on. DesignMarch showcases the best of the Icelandic design scene. Fresh, exciting, exotic and under the radar elsewhere, during DesignMarch you will see what is going on and meet all the local designers - plus a handful of the most interesting international names. The scene is small and intimate, so you will get up close and personal with both locals and the design superstars. March is the month when the long arctic winter draws to an end and the days become longer than the nights. What could be better time for a design festival for a young, emerging design scene?

CINEMA ON FIRE Volcano House features two documentaries chronicling two of Iceland´s most famous volcanic eruptions of the last 40 years

Eyjafjallajökull 2010 Eruption This powerful documentary made specially for Volcano House was filmed and directed by the Emmy-nominated Icelandic film maker, Jóhann Sigfússon

The Westman Island´s 1973 Eruption began without warning on the night of January 23rd, 1973 where 400 homes perished under ash and lava

Showtimes: English: 10:00 to 21:00 Every hour on the hour German: 18:00 From June 1st – September 1st

Tryggvagata 11, 101 Reykjavik | (354) 555 1900 |



RETRO STEFSON Retro Stefson is an alternative/pop-band of seven youngsters from Reykjavik. By releasing three studio albums over their career which were all commercially successful and being among the best live performers Iceland has ever seen, Retro Stefson have long since established that they are one of the most prominent musical phenomenon to emerge in this country in the 21st century. Their most recent album, selftitled “Retro Stefson”, has been exceptionally well received by the public and critics, and not without a reason. They really seem to have come into their own now with “Retro Stefson” which is truly the fruit of their seven year-long labour, and let me tell you, it’s quite the juicy one. I sat down with the band’s lead singer, Unnsteinn Manuel at the band’s new office on Laugavegur and got to ask him some questions about the band’s history, work ethic, memorable moments and the perks of being a musician from Iceland. Tell me, where did the Retro Stefson adventure begin? When I was fifteen I was asked if I wanted to participate in my school’s singing competition. The winners would get a free ticket to a huge and very popular dance that is thrown annually for teenagers, so

naturally I was on board. I gathered a few of my friends to form a band and allowed my younger brother Logi to join, in hope that our mom wouldn’t have to pay for his ticket. Our contribution was the song ‘Papa Paolo’ that we wrote and I thought our performance went great, but we ended up losing to two girls singing a dramatic song and playing the piano. I wasn’t too happy about that but on that same night a guy approached us and asked if we wanted to perform at the big dance, so in the end we all got to go anyway. How did things progress from there? When school was out, Þórður (guitarist) and I bought a bunch of instruments we knew nothing about and spent our summer learning and writing music. Retro Stefson was invited to play at the Iceland Airwaves festival that same year and things started to evolve. Our first album “Montana” came out in 2008 and the second one “Kimbabwe” in 2010. Shortly after that we signed with Universal, followed up with a tour, moved to Germany for six months and finally we released our third album in October 2012, this time independently with our own record label , “Les fréres Stefson”. It has been very exciting, doing everything ourselves. The record is now sold all over the internet and our first single “Glow” was released overseas just last week. We’re testing the waters with that one; we’ll see how it goes. Doing things on our own has been completely different because when you’re with a label such as Universal, they tell you everything about what you need to do.

So what’s next for Retro Stefson?


We were playing in Norway last week and we’re going to the United States next weekend. In March we will mostly be playing at events in Iceland to raise money, then in April we’re going on tour to England, Switzerland, Germany and France, coming back home to play at the EVE online fan fest, in May we’ll probably tour around Eastern Europe, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet. The summer festivals season starts in May and goes on until August. It’s a strange lifestyle, kind of like working on a boat except you’re always performing instead of fishing. You can’t really put down roots, rent an apartment and get a normal job. You’re always on the go.


Do you think it’s easier to be a musician in Iceland than it is in other countries?

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on tour?

To a certain point, yes. Naturally it’s difficult as well, we live on an isolated little island but Icelandic music gets a lot more attention than music from other countries. We are given the chance to play at huge festivals regularly, while many fantastic bands will never get opportunities like that because they don’t come from the “right” place. I’m not saying it’s completely unfair as most Icelandic bands are really good and deserve their success. When I’m travelling I only listen to Icelandic music on my iPod. It really helps that some people are interested in Icelandic music only because it’s Icelandic so they go looking for it and find Retro Stefson along the way.

When we were playing our first festival we played a long set, an hour and a half, and did encore after encore. At some point I got overly excited and asked for the lights to be turned off for a song. When they were off I attempted to run over the stage to our piano player but I ended up tripping over the monitor and faceplanting onstage. The crowd of 3000 people didn’t see it because it was so dark at that point but man, it was still embarrassing.

Are you pleased with your career and life so far?

I would have loved to work with Michael Jackson and his people when he was alive, out of the current ones it would probably be Pharrell, but the ultimate dream is to work with Björk. I would much rather do a song with her than any of those foreign dudes. After the interview was over, Unnsteinn had to be on his way and I went straight home to work on my article. The following night Retro Stefson took home three awards from the Icelandic Music Awards Show 2013. They won “Live Performer of the Year”, “Song Of The Year” (for “Glow”) and “Video Of The Year” (Also for Glow). Those who are interested in getting to know the band better (and you should want to) are encouraged to visit www. and buy their music, or drop by at any of the record stores you find in Reykjavik.

Being where I am today feels great, really great because we kind of ended up here by accident. My dad is Icelandic so my family always travelled to Iceland during the summer to learn Icelandic when my brother and I were kids. One of those summers our mom got sick so we moved in with our aunt downtown to stay close to the hospital and went to preschool in the neighbourhood (Journalist’s input: We found out that we went to the same preschool at the same time, see how small Iceland is?), so that’s where we grew up. If things would have gone as planned I would probably be a truck driver in Portugal heading to Spain overnight right now or something, and maybe that would have been my life if I had stayed there and gone to the catholic school.

If you could make a song with any musician, alive or dead, which one would you choose?



5 Great Soups in Reykjavik Soups are always a sensible choice. They’re usually healthy and it doesn’t hurt that most of the time they are among the cheapest options on the menu. Reykjavik is full of exciting restaurants that serve hearty and affordable soups, but where are some of the best soups in the city? Putting this list together was not an easy task since there were so many choices, but we did our homework so we can proudly present to you 5 great soups in Reykjavik when you‘re on a budget. Kryddlegin Hjörtu is a restaurant that specializes in making healthy and nutritious soups, served with homemade spelt bread, garlic butter and hummus. The salad bar is also a huge attraction. They serve four different kinds of soup each day, and the menu is never the same. Out of all the fantastic soups that they make we would have to say that the salsa soup with chicken is our favourite. It is so flavourful, with just the right amount of spice.

Icelandic elfs are called Huldufólk, or Hidden People.

Frú berglaug The traditional and filling Icelandic meat soup is a classic Icelandic dish that is served in many restaurants in Reykjavik, but the one at Frú Berglaug is by many considered to be the best in the city. The soup contains lamb broth with vegetables and lamb cubes, and it has a great home-made quality to it. The surroundings will take your experience to another level, as Frú Berglaug is one of the cosiest restaurants/cafés in the city. You really must seize the opportunity to try a traditional Icelandic dish while you’re here, and the soup is a fantastic choice.


svarta kaffið is famous for making great soups. In fact they are all so great that we couldn’t decide on just one. The presentation really helps, as all the soups are served piping hot in bowls made of bread, so when you’re finished with your soup you can eat the evidence. Salsa chilli meat soup, Asian curry-coconut vegetable soup, tandoori masala meat soup, tomato soup, asparagus soup, mushroom soup, seafood soup… you name it, they serve it, and they’re damn proud of it. noodle station has come up with the ultimate recipe for amazing Thai soup. The irresistible combination of dark spicy broth, fried garlic, chilli, spring onion, bean sprouts, rice noodles, peanuts and the meat of your choice might possibly make you want to stay in Iceland forever. The rich flavour will overwhelm your senses and leave you wanting more. This soup has taken Iceland by storm, and rightfully so. The taste is unique, service is quick, surroundings are modest and the staff is super friendly. sægreifinn’s main attraction is the rock star of all soups, the lobster soup. This little cup of heaven may look like any other soup, but it is considered by expert travellers and local gourmets to be the best of its kind in the world. The soup is light and tasty and contains suggestions of celery, red bell pepper, tomato, cinnamon, clove, coriander and chunks of lobster. It’s accompanied by a basket of warm bread and creamy Icelandic butter. The world’s best soup is waiting for you in an old green painted fisherman’s hut by the harbour.

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Sónar Reykjavik 2013

international festival of advanced music The very first Sónar Reykjavik took place on 15-16th of February in Harpa music hall and conference centre. Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art created in 1994, and is held annually in Barcelona for three days in the month of June. However, the festival regularly travels beyond Spain‘s frontiers and has done so since 2002, with more than 30 events in different places around the world, adapting the Sónar philosophy to unique venues and environments and highlighting the most interesting home-grown talent and the scene in the cities where it has taken place.

I was familiar with the Sónar festival when I heard it was coming to Reykjavik and when I heard that Harpa would be turned into a giant club for the weekend I got extremely excited. The line-up didn’t disappoint either, internationally known artists like James Blake, Squarepusher, Modeselektor, Pachanga Boys, Trentemøller and Simian Mobile Disco mixed with local favorites such as Ásgeir Trausti, GusGus, Mugison, Retro Stefson and Samaris. Sónar Reykjavik took place on four stages with a total capacity of 3500 guests.


Beside the two main stages, a part of the concert hall’s underground parking lot was transformed into a nightclub, and one scenic part of the concert house was also changed into a stage. The two day festival started on Friday the 15th and finished with a bang on Saturday 16th. At the SonarClub Silfurberg hall, Icelandic/American duo Thugfucker brought to the table a wide variety of influences from house to minimal and disco to techno. The air was hot and the lights were amazing. Holmar and Greg really know how to make a crowd dance. I was quite excited about the next number, Modeselektor, which I have been listening to since I was a teenager. The group is from Germany, an electronic band that draws heavily from IDM, glitch, electro house and hip hop, although they don’t like to be affiliated with any particular style or scene. They landed in Iceland with their latest album Monkeytown and alongside the visual collective Pfadfinderei who provided live projections.


Next on my schedule was Retro Stefson in SonarHall - Norðurljós. Founded by a a tightly knit group of grade school friends who have throughout their history of seven years produced a countless collection of superior pop songs and mastered the art of moving a crowd to the brink of delirium. Their stage present is unlike any other. They played songs from their third album ‘Retro Stefson’ that was released in Iceland in October last year, a synth based and dance focused work of art. Their performances are always extremely lively and make sure that everyone present is having fun, and that night at Sónar was no exception.

I held my breath in anticipation as I entered the Silfurberg hall on the second day of

Squarepusher from England followed up with a very special, new, completely electronic live show accompanied with memorable LED electronic displays. Squarepusher is one of the most unique characters in contemporary music, beloved by the experimental electronica set and enthusiasts of avant-garde jazz. He charmed the crowd with frantic break beats with influences from techno, jungle, acid house, hip-hop and jazz. Last but not least I have to mention the great Pachanga Boys from Denmark who filled the dance floor with their elegant techno, via rhythmic progression full of melody, colour and an array of sound that illuminated the spirits of everyone present in the car park downstairs. Over all Sónar was a great success and a feast for the ears and eyes. I sure hope that the festival will return to Reykjavik as soon as possible.

By the time Trentemøller had arrived, the crowd was so pumped up that it seemed like he had an easy task on his hands. His DJ set created a very special atmosphere as usually. Trentemøller is a composer, producer and DJ in Denmark. His name has been established as one of the most popular in European electronica, largely thanks to live shows in which his emotive techno shines in all its glory. He is also a great remixer. Sónar was not Trentemøller’s first gig in Reykjavik, so we can assume that most of the people in the crowd were familiar with his music.

the festival, as I was finally about to see James Blake perform live. James Blake is a young British producer who has established himself as the man to watch on the postdubstep scene. He takes in other influences from dance music, such as IDM, techno, soul and R&B. The audience was mesmerized by his amazingly tranquil but powerful performance, and I was no exception.



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Reykjavik Fashion Festival The creative industries in Iceland have grown considerably for the past decade or so, making design and fashion an integral part of our culture. The Reykjavik Fashion Festival is a celebration of creative Icelandic minds, as well as a platform for Icelandic fashion designers. The festival is dedicated to giving them the opportunity to be recognized at home in Iceland and around the world and providing a vehicle for new designers to collectively showcase their work.

The fourth Reykjavik Fashion Festival (RFF) will take place from March 14th until March 16th in Reykjavik, this year in conjunction with the Icelandic design festival DesignMarch. Þórey Eva Einarsdóttir, managing director of RFF says she thinks the collaboration between the two festivals is going to be very exciting, and together they will present the biggest fashion and design event of the year, creating a platform to inspire new ideas, creativity and business opportunities.


Reykjavik Fashion Festival was established in 2009, and has proven itself as the main platform for the always daring and talented Icelandic fashion designers. The main goal of the festival is to market Icelandic fashion design and introduce the development and possible opportunities in the Icelandic fashion industry. Visitors from all over the world, including media, fashion bloggers and key people in the fashion industry are invited to experience the unique festival, and of course all fashion enthusiasts are encouraged to come and discover Icelandic fashion culture. In addition to fashion shows, Reykjavik city’s Fashion Night Out is going to bring life into the main streets of

Reykjavik with a huge celebration of fashion and shopping. Participating in RFF this year are 7 talented designers that form a strong group because of their work, diverse styles, boldness and superb creativity. These designers are: Andersen & Lauth, a quality label driven by passion for craft and detail, Mundi 66°North, a fusion between the highly technical production quality from 66°North and the surreal world of Icelandic designer Mundi, Farmers Market, an Icelandic design company and brand that draws inspiration from Icelandic roots, combining classic Nordic design elements with chic Modernity, Huginn Muninn, a clothing brand that thrives to search, find and celebrate those individuals of all backgrounds that stay true to who they are, JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson, an Icelandic fashion label that has blown fresh winds into the Icelandic fashion scene, ELLA, a slow fashion brand which goal is to bring honesty into the fashion world, emphasizing on high quality fabrics and timeless style, and REY, a brand that is all about good quality and honesty with a strong emphasis on fabric selection and tailoring.

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Erró – Graphic Art, 1949-2009 For the first time the general public is able to view Erró’s graphic art spanning half a century. The exhibition is the result of three years’ work researching and registering the artist’s entire collection of graphic pieces, undertaken by Danielle Kvaran, the exhibition curator. These works of art reveal a variety of techniques, including stamp-prints, lino and wood cuttings, etchings, lithographs and silk-prints. It is in the latter that Erró has focused more on digital printing. Most of Erró’s graphic art is based on his older works, such as his paintings, collages and drawings. Erró has collaborated extensively in workshops with a variety of different graphic artists, as well as with printers and publishers of his works in France, Italy, Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.

Robert Smithson - The Invention of Landscape

drawings, photographs, letters, and a film that he was working on when he died, document the process of planning and constructing the earthwork, and give an insight into Smithson’s visionary concept of “Land Reclamation.” Films about three of his other earthworks—Spiral Jetty, Mono Lake, and Swamp—will also be shown to give a further insight into Smithson’s career.

Ívar Valgarðsson – Spill

Spill by Ívar Valgarðsson (b. 1954) comprises three murals of drips of paint which have trickled onto the floor in Gallery A at the Reykjavik Art Museum’s Hafnarhús site, plus three photographs. Ívar focuses a digital microscope camera, designed for scientific research, on the paint-drips, and projects the images onto the walls in real time – as a kind of magnified digital paintings of the drips. In this way he draws attention to the paint that has been spilt. He makes use of the painter’s mistakes, when painting the walls of the space, by returning the

drips to the wall. Spill is, like Ívar’s previous works, wellconsidered and lyrical. Ívar’s works are installations, in which he often uses projectors and photographs, as well as a variety of industrial materials. Ívar began his studies in 1971 at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts (forerunner of the Iceland Academy of the Arts), and pursued further studies in the Netherlands 1977-80.

Erró and the Seven Teapots

This exhibition is the first public exhibition of a series of seven ceramic teapots with decorations conceived by Erró at the instigation of art-publisher Stéphane Klein. These works, imposing in size, are displayed with some of the large Erró paintings that served as their models. The pots, as well as the canvases, are gifts to the Reykjavik Art Museum from the artist.

Robert Smithson (1938-1973) is best known as a pioneer of the Land Art movement. This exhibition focuses on his only earthwork in Europe, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill. Created in Emmen, Holland in 1971, the project followed Smithson’s iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), and was finished only two years before his untimely death in a plane crash. The exhibition offers an insight into almost every artistic medium that Smithson used. His

Erró – Graphic Art, 1949-2009

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Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús


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Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir Kjarval Complete

The exhibition Kjarval Complete will offer the opportunity to see hundreds of works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland’s leading artists of the 20th century, from the collection of the Reykjavik Art Museum. The exhibition, which opens at Kjarvalsstaðir on 21 December, will be hung in the manner of the salon, with pictures from floor to ceiling, in no particular order. The exhibition will bring out unexpected juxtapositions, disregarding all themes, periods, subjects and chronology. The viewer will approach Kjarval’s work without any guidance, and look into the artist’s world on his/ her own terms. The Reykjavik Art Museum has presented the Kjarval collection in many different ways, through themed shows, retrospectives and group exhibitions. The Museum’s Kjarval collection comprises 5,392 works: 5,159 drawings, 188 paintings, and other works.

Zoom Out - A showroom of artworks in transit

as art handlers constantly install new works and remove others, even as visitors roam through the gallery space. This is an opportunity to get an unedited view of Icelandic art, for everything will be brought out of storage and displayed without curatorial pre-selection.

Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn The Fire Within Many of Ásmundur Sveinsson’s sculptures convey feelings of deep loss and heartache. This exhibition in the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is built around the emotional core of the artist but represents a new approach to his work. The exhibition is organized into three themes and is organically integrated into the museum itself, which was the artist’s former home and studio. The first theme shows the sensuous woman as goddess and lover, as opposed to protective mother, which is a common and well known theme in the sculptor’s work. The second theme focuses on Ásmundur’s more subjective works, which depict the atrocities of war and the animality of man. The museum’s dome (Kúlan) contains his ideas on outer space; Ásmundur was very interested in progress in the field of space research during the 1960s. New frontiers were opening up and Ásmundur saw this as an opportunity to renew his creative energy.

The National Museum of Iceland

Icelandic Silverwork


This unusual exhibition will give visitors a rare opportunity to see the Reykjavik Art Museum’s vast collection of Icelandic art. Artworks in a variety of media will be shown in a constantly changing display over a three month period. The exhibition hall will be in state of a perpetual flux,

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Museum of Iceland a new exhibition on various silver items made in Iceland will be opened on the 24th of February in the museum‘s Arc Hall. Various silver objects from a long period of Iceland‘s history will be shown at the exhibition where the focus will be on the methods used to create them.

At the same time another exhibition, Part–time Silversmith, will be opened in the Corner, where guests can see the tools that silversmiths of the past used to make silver objects.

Photography in Iceland 1970-1990

The exhibition displays work by photographers directly featured in a recent report published by the National Museum of Iceland, Snapshots from the History of Photography in Iceland, 1970-1990, by Steinar Örn Atlason. Traditionally, the history of photography has been largely intertwined with art history. The report attempts to take a different view of the history of Icelandic photography through a special focus on various social aspects within the sector: photography clubs, amateur and professional photographers, and photography collections.

Behind the Scenes – Making of a Museum To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Museum of Iceland, a group of museum studies students at the University of Iceland were invited to collaborate on a concept for an exhibition at the National Museum. The result was the exhibition script for Behind the scenes –making of a museum. The exhibition curators, who have a varied background in museum studies, art history and archaeology, set out with the following questions: How does a museum come into being? What basic ideas lie behind public museums, and from what soil does a museum like the National Museum of Iceland spring? Where do museum pieces come from, and what becomes of an object after it enters a museum collection?

Museum of Design and Applied Art A GLIMPSE OF GLIT

Exhibition on chosen items from the Glit Pottery, from between the years 1958 and 1973. The exhibition places emphasis on the fact that despite its complicated history over many years of operation, Glit was adamantly devoted to utilizing Icelandic clay and ground minerals in production duri n g i ts f i rst de c ade o f operation—especially hardened lava. The exhibition “A Glimpse of Glit” includes many items from the Pottery, both from Óðinsgata (where operations lasted between 1958-1971) as well as from Höfði. The company’s physical move reflected the changing emphasis of its production, as it took place at the same time as artistic direction shifted from Ragnar Kjartansson to the German ceramic artist Gerhard Schwarz, who took over artistic direction in 1968 until 1973. Apart from items from Glit, Icelandic clay will also be on display and its story told as it relates to pottery at Glit.

NORDIC DESIGN TODAY From March 13th Nordic Design Today presents six of the most significant designers of our time in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. All of them have been awarded the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg‘s Prize – the largest design prize of its kind in the world. The exhibition contains fashion, furniture, lighting, jewellery, glassware, ceramics and other objects by good representatives of contemporary Nordic design. The creators are in the process of finding a new identity that is partly in opposition to the recently dominating functionalism and simplicity. Many objects in the exhibition are referring to the Scandinavian Design era, but the conventions are now challenged. There is room for more historical references and the temporary, impulsive and associative is prioritized. The exhibition is a part of the DesignMarch program 2013. DesignMarch is produced by Design Center Iceland.

Production of Icelandic ceramics between 1958-1973


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This exhibition is composed of photographs from the National Museum’s own collection, and the collections of the National Art Gallery and the Reykjavik Art Museum. Primarily, however, the pictures come from the private collections of the photographers themselves. Many of the photographs have been exhibited before, some of them during the period in question, either in Iceland or abroad.


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and works in Reykjavik. She has taken part in group exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad. She has put her hand to diverse projects since graduating from Iceland Academy for the Arts in 2006. Notable among them are the choreographic work Fresh Meat, staged with dancer Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir in London and Iceland in 2009, andSoundscape, a sound installation at Berlin’s MMX gallery (2010).

Fragments - Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir Until March 17th Eygló Harðardóttir

The ASÍ Art Museum Eygló Harðardóttir From March 16th The exhibition is divided in two parallel spaces, one below ground level. The rooms are color coded in two colors, sharing the same horizon. The exhibition consists of three dimensional diagrams and paintings; open cleared and cut paper structures – like see through membranes. Further information on: http://

in its environment. Changes called on by the rhythm of time, directing this dramatic symphony of birth and death. Why was the Self created? And permanence, nonexistent except in memory? Someone said that the ultimate form is a sphere. Further information on: www.

Hafnarborg Gravity - Björk Viggósdóttir Until March 10th

Lucksmith – Eirún Sigurðardóttir Until March 10th

Eirún Sigurðardóttir is 1/3 of The Icelandic Love Corporation, created in 1996 , and her works have been exhibited around the world in museums, galleries and out on the streets. The LUCKSMITH is based on our ideas regarding choice, society and shaping seen from the angle of gender studies. A book will be published in connection with the exhibition later this year.


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Unndór Egill Jónsson – Permanence is but a word of degrees From March 16th Dear life, constantly compelled to react to continual changes

Ne w i n stal l ati o n by Björk Viggósdóttir. The visual world of Björk Viggósdóttir is highly symbolic. Her works are assembled from diverse materials to form multilayered installations. During the exhibition period, Björk refreshes her installation with staged live performances, changing the environment and giving the installation an altered appearance. As the title of the exhibition suggests Björk refers here to the natural phenomenon of gravity, an invisible force that constantly affects our existence and everything in our surroundings. Björk Viggósdóttir (b. 1982) lives

Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir’s work often seems to find its footing on a thin line between art and entertainment, catching the viewer’s attention without revealing careful artistic investigations into the color spectrum and principles of movement and space. Certain personal symbols bear reference to art history, the status of the artist, statistical information, scientific theories and topographical contexts. Sirra Sigrún´s work evokes a response similar to a child’s sense of captivation by a magician’s illusions. Sirra Sigrún has been active since graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001. She is one of the founding members of Kling&Bang gallery in Reykjavik and has influenced the Icelandic art scene in many ways. Sirra currently studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In December 2012 New York art magazine Modern Painters named her as one of 24 artists on their list of artists to watch.

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The Culture House Photography Exhibition in the Culture House Two new photography graduates display their work in a new exhibition in the art exhibition series in the Culture House shop and café.

Gunnar Örn Árnason shows landscape pictures that will be printed in a photography book with his photos of Icelandic nature. Gunnar approaches nature with an artistic eye. He took the pictures from air and ground in South Iceland and in the highland. They illustrate the majesty of nature and its manifold shapes and colours.


Finnbogi Björnsson shows works from his graduate project at the Photography School. The project revolves around sheep farming in the vicinity of Reykjavik and the lifestyle of the sheep farmers. Farming in Iceland has centred on sheep for centuries. The history and life of the Icelandic nation, as well as of the land and its usage, are

tightly knit with sheep farming. The photos were taken over a period of one year, showing all four seasons.

Medieval Manuscripts - Eddas and Sagas

Many of Iceland’s national treasures are on display in the Culture House’s featured exhibition Medieval Manuscripts – Eddas and Sagas. It includes the principal medieval manuscripts, such as Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda and the compendium Flateyjarbók, as well as law codices and Christian works, not to forget the Sagas of Icelanders.

The old vellum manuscripts preserve the Northern classical heritage: unique sagas, poems and narratives which are often our sole written sources of information on the society, religion and world view of the people of Northern Europe from pagan times through the tumult of Viking Expansion, the settlement of the Atlantic Islands and the period of Christianisation. The exhibition focuses on the period preceding the writing of the manuscripts, their origins and role, manuscript collecting, editions, and on their reception in Iceland and abroad. It also portrays the process of book making itself: preparing the vellum and ink, writing, illuminating etc. are explained in a special exhibit area.

Millennium - phase one In this first phase of the exhibition Millennium, a variety of pieces from the collection of the National Gallery, from the 19th century to the present, are displayed. Selected landscape paintings by the pioneers of Icelandic visual arts, abstract paintings and sculptures

This exhibition, mounted by the National Gallery in the loft and staircase, is the first step taken towards utilizing the exhibition spaces in the Culture House for Icelandic art through the ages. When the exhibit is complete it will cover art from medieval to contemporary times and will then incorporate works in the custody of the National Museum of Iceland and the Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies.

Child of Hope - Youth and Jón Sigurðsson

rule in the 19th century, and the broader European political movements of the time.

The Library Room The Library Room, the old reading room of the National Library, features an exhibit selected and arranged by the National and University Library. On display are many of the landmark books of Icelandic cultural history, dating from the introduction of printing in the sixteenth century to the present day. These include the oldest published versions of the Sagas of Icelanders, Sagas of the Kings of Norway and Eddic poems, Hallgrímur Pétursson’s Psalms of Christ’s Passion and Vidalín’s Homilies, popular educational works from the Enlightenment, law codices and land registers, cultural journals and folktale collections from the nineteenth century, the works of Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness and other writers, selected books of poetry and much more. A number of changing themed exhibitions run throughout the year in the Library Room. It serves as a bright and elegant setting for concerts, meetings, lectures and other events held at the Culture House.

The exhibition Child of Hope marks the bicentenary of the birth of Icelandic national hero Jón Sigurðsson (181179). It explores his childhood and youth in Arnarfjörður and Reykjavik, and his later life in Copenhagen, where he was engaged in scholarly and political work. Jón and his wife Ingibjörg were childless, but brought up Jón’s nephew Sigurður from the age of eight.

The Long Moment From March 9th

Sarah Cooper (USA, 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979) are based in Gothenburg. Sarah has a background as a music producer and studied photography in the USA. Nina Gorfer trained as an architect in Vienna. They met at HDK School of Design and Crafts in Gothenbyrg in 2005 and have worked together ever since. The Long Moment is a part of DesignMarch 2013.

WATER & EARTH A Finnish-Icelandic group exhibition showing unique jewellery insipired by the wild nature. The exhibition was first held in Hanaholmen, Finland, as a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program. It will now be in the Nordic House from the 14th of March until the 14th of April 2013. The artists of the exhibition are Guðbjörg Ingvarsdóttir, Hildur Ýr Jónsdóttir, Hafsteinn Júlíusson, Helena Lehtinen, Sari Liimatta, Helga Mogensen, Eija Mustonen, Orr, Anu Peippo, Anna Rikkinen and Nelli Tanner. The curator is Päivi Ruutiainen.

Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum Milestones Sigurjón Ólafsson‘s key sculptures.

Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer work in the borderland between photography and classical painting. They digitally process their photographs

The exhibition encompasses a period of a little over fifty years in the middle of the 20th century, providing insight into the various periods of the art of sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson.

This is a colourful portrayal of the life of a country lad from the West Fjords who went on to work in a shop in Reykjavik, before pursuing his education and becoming one of Iceland’s great political leaders, accompanied by his loyal wife who had waited so many years to marry him, and their little foster-son. Their personal story is recounted in the context of the Icelanders’ campaign for independence from Danish

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to create painterly collages. Their narratives are never linear; rather, they intimate multifaceted, dreamlike realities. The results are magically beautiful. Curiosity draws the two artist to unknown places where they observe the venue and the people with great attentiveness and sensitivity. Ideas are born and are realized in discussion with people they happen to meet. They stage the collective memories of the place, reworking them in their photographs to become stories and myths.

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from the mid-20th century, and contemporary art in all its diversity are presented. Landscape and national heritage are pronounced in Icelandic art, while international trends set their mark on the artwork.


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National Gallery of Iceland Old Treasures The National Gallery of Iceland contains various artworks within its collection which too seldom are shown because of limitations of exhibition space. Often older art in the collection of the NGI is the victim of these restrictions, works of artists who are not protected by copyright anymore. These are numerous works by Icelandic and foreign artists who passed away before the middle of the Second World War. A part of these treasures is now on display in order to shed light on a part of the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.

Foreign Influences

A tenth part of the collection of the National Gallery is dedicated to foreign artists from all over the world, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Great Britain, North-America and the Orient, to name some of the provenances. There is certainly an affinity between the works in the collection of the NGI and the stylistic influences pervading the Icelandic art scene. In the exhibition Foreign Influences, only works from thetwo Second World War Volcano Houseafter features documentaries areofchosen, and although chronicling two Iceland´s most famous many were purchased and others volcanic eruptions of thethey last 40 years donated, reverberated the taste of Icelandic art lovers. A selection of these works are displayed, three-dimensional in 3 and made two-dimensional – This powerful room documentary specially paintings and photographs – in for Volcano House roomwas 4. filmed and directed

CINEMA ON FIRE Eyjafjallajökull 2010 Eruption

City Museum, consists of photographs, taken 25 years apart. Guðmundur started the project in 1986, in occasion of the bicentenary of Reykjavik, which fuelled his interest in documenting the old town – following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Sigfús Eymundsson and Magnús Ólafsson, who were documenting the district a hundred years before. Guðmundur studied under Otto Steinert at Folkwangschule für Gestaltung in Essen. He was in Germany from 1968 to 1971, and was for a time an assistant to Steinert, one of the pioneers of “subjective“ pho to graph y , base d upon the “new objectivity” of the Bauhaus movement, influential in the 1930s and then banned as “degenerate” under the Nazis. During Guðmundur’s time in Germany he developed his visual approach, which cry stal l i se d i n attai n ing a photograph which is a “clearlydescribed fact,” with clear and uncluttered forms.

Paula Prats – Found/ Dot The work Found by Paula Prats is a series of snapshots from the 60’s found in a Canadian flea market with images taken by her today, each pair forming a diptych. Elements on their own often need to be juxtaposed with something else to acquire relevance. In Found, lost and underappreciated everyday pictures are seen in a new light by linking them to another

image. An image, nevertheless, far in time, technique and intention. Once in this context, a visual reference is born and the possibility to make associations created. Found is a space where an image meets with its echo 50 years later, a fake deja vú. The project celebrates the countless amount of disclaimed vernacular images, the found, the lost, the photos nobody will have time to look at, the ordinary and the elevated. The pictures filled with the emptiness of forgotten memories, the useless, the bad ones, and, ultimately, the act of looking and photography itself.

Volcano House Cinema on Fire The small island Vestmannaeyjar, watch the awesome power of red-hot lava, seemingly irresistible as it moves in slow motion, swallowing and crushing everything in its path. Like a sci-fi monster, you see it start to engulf a thriving community and the impending disaster as it edges to the harbour to destroy the only safe haven for the fishing fleet. Every boat is pressed into service to ferry the inhabitants to safety as they watch more of their lives disappear. Then, the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull that covered farms and villages in a deep layer of ash and an almost impenetrable fog, threatening, once again, the livelihoods of hard-working communities. A massive flood sweeps down the mountain, putting bridges along the main road linking the southern towns and villages at risk.

by the Emmy-nominated Icelandic film maker, JóhannReykjavik Sigfússon

Museum of Photography The Westman Island´s 1973 Eruption began withoutGuðmundur warning on the night of – Kvosin January 23rd,Ingólfsson 1973 where 400 homes 1986 & 2011 perished under ash and lava Guðmundur Ingólfsson

is one of the pillars of Icelandic photography today. The exhibition KVOSIN 1986 & 2011, a collaboration between The Reykjavik Museum of Photography and the Reykjavik


English: 10:00 to 21:00 Every hour on the hour German: 26 18:00 From June 1st – September 1st

Cinema on Fire


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Friday, March 1st Volta


Lady Boy Records Release Party. Lady Boy Records is an independent record label, founded in 2011 by Harry Knuckles and Nicolas Kunysz.

Midland. British DJ known for his unique sound, rooted in house and techno, but with the rumbling low end of dubstep and wide screen experimentation of classic electronica.

Saturday, March 2nd


Kviksyndi #5. The objective is quite simple. Get the crowd to a deeper place with the help of electronical music.

Zoom out – Zoom in. Workshop for the family.

Sunday, March 3rd Ásmundarsafn

Design March 2013 ends Thursday, March 21st Kjarvalsstaðir

Þorgrímur Gestsson, historian leads a talk on the life and works of Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Zoom out. Artwork of the week chosen by Andri Snær Magnason, writer.



Family workshop in connection with the exhibition Fragments by Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

Design. Lecture series in collaboration with The Icelandic Design Centre. Free Entry

Tuesday, March 5th

Saturday, March 23rd


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Lunch time concert - Arndís Halla Ásgeirsdóttir Free lunch time concert with pianist Antonia Hevesi and soprano Arndís Halla Ásgeirsdóttir.

Mezzo soprano Erla Dóra Vogler and guitarist Svanur Vilbergsson perform songs by John Dowland and Ferenc Farkas.

Thursday, March 7th Zoom out. Artwork of the week chosen by Hrefna Sætran chef.

Kex Hostel Reykjavik Folk Festival begins. Folk musicians, young and old join forces to create a three-day ffeast of folk music in the wonderful setting of Kex Hostel.

Friday, March 8th Volta Triangular. House, Tech, Progressive, Techno, Minimal, Deep, Lounge Night.

Sunday, March 10th Hafnarhús Robert Smithson. Symposium set to discuss the Land Art Movement and its influences in contemporary art. Moderated by Aðalheiður L. Guðmundsdóttir..

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Friday, March 15th

Kex Hostel

Reykjavik City Center “Blues Day“ Reykjavik Blues Festival 2013 begins. The headliners at this year‘s festival are Lucky Peterson, his wife Tamara Peterson and the guitar legend Guitar Shorty.

Sunday, March 24th Kjarvalsstaðir Kjarvalsstaðir 40 year. Birthday Celebration.

Tuesday, March 26th Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Reykjavik Blues Festival. Lucky and Tamara Peterson and some of Iceland’s best young blues artists

Wednesday, March 27th Hafnarhús Jaðarber concert series.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Reykjavik Blues Festival. Guitar Shorty and some of Iceland’s best young blues artists.

Reykjavik Folk Festival ends

Thursday, March 14th Kjarvalsstaðir Zoom out. Artwork of the week.

DesignMarch 2013 begins Dolly Weirdcore Girls Only Night

Thursday, March 28th Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Reykjavik Blues Festival’s 10th Anniversary celebrates the best in Icelandic blues, including Andrea, Blue Ice Band, Bjorn Thoroddsen, and many more.


local insight Tatiana Ósk (20), model Favorite restaurant: Fishmarket is my favourite. They serve traditional Icelandic dishes with a twist, the menu is innovative and exciting, and it never seems to fail. I also like Sushisamba, a super fresh fusion style restaurant that serves the most yummy sushi and Latin dishes. Favorite coffee house: Kaffitár is my go to place for coffee; they also serve really good cakes and the best bagels Favorite bar: Kaffibarinn and Harlem. Best Dj’s, best crowd simple as that.

Kolbrún Lilja Marrow (23), art

Sólbjört Vera (19),


Favorite restaurant: Sjávargrillið (The Seafood Grill)

Favorite restaurant: Vitabar. Their burgers are the best. Favorite coffee house: Mokka, the atmosphere there is really cozy. Favorite bar: Boston. I like their attitude. Favorite relaxation: Visiting the oldest pool in Reykjavik, Sundhöllin.

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Favorite coffee house: Kaffitár. They serve the best bagels. Favorite bar: Prikið, I like the crowd that goes there, and the vibe. Favorite relaxation: Going to a coffee house and drawing, by myself or with company Favorite place: Grótta

Favorite place: Hjartagarðurinn (“The Heart Garden”) in the summertime

Favorite place: Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhús and the Reykjavik pond, it is super romantic to take walk there - any time of year.

Óli Dóri (30), radio show host

Styrmir Örn (32), bartender Favorite restaurant: Ban Thai, the

red curry is outstanding.

Haukur Valdimar (30), film editor and cinematographer Favorite restaurant: It’s called Gandhi. Good North-Indian cuisine, excellent after a long hunger strike, a la Gandhi.

Favorite bar: At the moment it’s HARLEM. Vibrant decor, suave bartenders, fresh toilets and fresh music.


Favorite relaxation: The hot jacuzzi in the West Side swimming pool, it hits the spot. I avoid the politics that seem to be an integral part of Icelandic hot tub culture. Favorite place: Einar Jónsson´s museum and surrounding garden, filled with sinister sculptures of tortured souls. There’s something about Catholic angst that gets me in a gay mood.

Favorite coffee house: Kaffismiðjan. Favorite bar: Harlem Bar, as soon as you walk in you’ll see that the whole bar is a work of art made by young local artists. The dancing starts around midnight and it will go on until closing time. Favorite relaxation: Steam bath at any of Reykjavik’s swimming pools. Favorite place: Laugardalurinn - Park, the Botanic Gardens. Trees and shrubs shelter walkways and provide a sense of privacy with sculpture scattered here and there. There is also a large botanical garden and the remains of the original laundry site that the park draws its name from. Bring a blanket, book and relax during a sunny summer.

Favorite Restaurant: Fish Company. Unique food and atmosphere. Favorite coffee house: I don’t drink Coffee but I like to meet friends at Kaffibarinn. Favorite bar: I like Kaffibarinn during the week when it’s not packed and for weekends the party is at Harlem! Favorite relaxation: Going for a swim and soaking in the hot tubs in a naturally heated Reykjavik swimming pool. Sundhöllin is my favorite in the winter and Laugardalslaug during the summer. Favorite place: Öskjuhlíðin is my favorite place in Reykjavik. Walking around Öskjuhlíð in the spring is simply an amazing experience that I can’t recommend enough. The rabbits, the trees, the fresh air!


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Tourist insight

Simon (45) and Tracy (38) from England WO: Why did you decide to come to Iceland? Simon: Somewhere different? Tracy: The whale watching trip was the main thing Simon: Main thing, yeah WO: Did you go on the trip yet? Simon: Well no, we just arrived but we’re doing it tomorrow. WO: Do you plan on tasting any Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark during your stay? Tracy: We have been told about it but.. no. I don’t think we’ll try the shark.

Adrienne (27) and David (19) from Hungary WO: Why did you choose Iceland as your destination? Adrienne: Our brother lives here David: And he just graduated from the University yesterday. WO: What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Iceland? Adrienne: I was here two years ago for a month. I like the Blue Lagoon, Geysir.. David: I was here two years ago as well, we went on a glacier trip that I really liked.

Leslie (24) and Deborah (23) from New York and Los Angeles WO: What’s the most memorable thing you’ve done here so far? Leslie: The glacial walk Deborah: We went to see... Jökulsárlón. It’s difficult to pronounce. WO: Is there anything else you are excited about doing? Leslie: We really want to see the northern lights

WO: What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten in Iceland?

Deborah: I hope we get to see them tonight since this is our last night here

David: The fermented shark at the market

Leslie: At least we got to see the sunshine

Adrienne: I was at a Thorrablot three years ago and I tasted the thorri food

WO: Have you tried any of the traditional Icelandic delicacies?

WO: What are you most excited about doing before you leave? Adrienne: We’re excited about going to Jökulsárlón.

Deborah: We had the shark with the Brennivín shot WO: How was it? Leslie: The shark was awful. The shot was okay though, I liked the shot.

Dawn (77) and Jan (old, or so she said) from Chicago WO: Why did you want to go to Iceland? Both: To see the northern lights WO: And have you seen any?

Jan: Not yet, we just got here


WO: So you don’t have any experiences to share with our readers? Dawn: We just got here so we went straight to the spa Jan: Now we’re going out for seafood WO: What are you excited about doing during your stay? Dawn: The northern lights Jan: And dog sledding! And the Blue Lagoon

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Reykjavik City Library Free Entry


Books about Iceland and Icelandic fiction in translation. The music department holds a large selection of Icelandic music that guests can listen to on the premises. The library offers access to the internet and has hot spots.

Hafnarborg has a collection of Icelandic art and regular exhibitions presenting leading Icelandic and international artists. Collection exhibitions are a regular part of the program. Around exhibitions are workshops and guided tours.

Tryggvagötu 15, Reykjavik 411-6100 | Hours: Mon-Thu 10-19, Fri 11-19, Sat & Sun 13-17

Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður 585-5790 | Hours: Daily 12-17, Thu 12-21, Closed Tue

Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum


A museum that Icelandic sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson’s wife founded as a tribute to his life and work in 1984, two years after his death. She had his studio in Laugarnes converted to an exhibition space to house his collection of works, including sculptures, sketches, drawings and biographical material.

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Collection of arti­facts docu­menting the de­v e­lo ­ p­m ent of the city of Reykjavik. Pres­e ntly the muse­ um comprises 27 build­ings, built between 1820 and 1907. Árbær, Reykjavik 411-6300 Hours: Guided daily tours at 13, else closed

Laugarnestangi 70 553-2906 | Hours: Sat & Sun 14-17

A selection from the numismatic collection is on display on the ground floor of the Central Bank’s main building in Kalkofnsvegur 1, Reykjavik. Kalkofnsegur 1, Reykjavik 569-9600 Hours: Mon-Fri 13,30-15,30

The Einar Jónsson Museum A museum with indoor and outdoor exhibitions dedicated to the work of Einar Jónsson, Iceland’s first modern sculptor (1874-1954). The museum was built in the early 1900’s when Einar Jónsson offered all of his works as a gift to the Icelandic nation. Eiríksgata, Reykjavik 561-3797 | Hours: Sat & Sun 14-17

Reykjavik City Museum The

Museum of Design and Applied Art

Reykjavik Museum of Photography

The Museum‘s objective is to collect, study and present Icelandic design and crafts from 1900 to the present day. This young museum, the only one of its kind in Iceland, holds regular exhibitions of Icelandic and international design during the year. Exhibitions from the Museum‘s own collection are regularly held.

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Experience Viking-Age Reykjavik at the new Settlement Exhibition. Multimedia techniques bring Reykjavik’s past to life, providing visitors with insights into how people lived in the Viking Age, and what the environment looked like to the first settlers. Aðalstræti 2, Reykjavik 411-6370 | Hours: Daily 10-17

Garðatorg 1, Garðabær 512-1525 | Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon

Settlement Exhibition


The Numismatic Museum free entry

The only independent museum of photography in Iceland. The aim of the museum is to shape a unique vision and to be leading in its field. The museum preserves various collections from professional and amateur photographers. Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavik 411-6390 | Hours: Mon-Fri 12-19, Sat & Sun 13-17

National Museum of Iceland

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It is impossible to truly get to know Iceland without getting to know its fishing history. The museum’s main exhibitions illustrate the development from rowing boats to modern trawlers and the history of trading vessels and routes and the construction of Reykjavik harbour.

Offers a state-of-the-art exhibitions on the cultural history of Iceland. The permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History of Iceland, gives a comprehensive picture of Iceland’s cultural history through the ages to the present day.

Grandagarður 8, Reykjavik 517-9400 | Hours: Daily 11-17, Closed Mon

Suðurgata 41, Reykjavik 530-2200 | Hours: Daily 11-17, Closed Mon

A unique venue dedicated to Icelandic history and cultural heritage. In the building there are facilities for exhibitions, meetings, gatherings, lectures, artistic events, public ceremonies and other occasions. On the ground floor you will find a restaurant and a souvenir shop.

ASÍ Art Museum

Saga Museum


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From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millenium.

Opened in 1983, the collection is housed in a unique building designed and constructed mostly by the artist himself from 19421950. The original building served Sveinsson as studio and home; behind it he built a crescent-shaped structure as a work- and exhibition space

This museum was founded in 1961 when industrialist and book publisher Ragnar Jónsson donated his personal art collection to the museum, which consisted of paintings by Iceland’s most renowned painters. His wish was to establish an art museum that would bring art to the working class.

Freyjugata 41, Reykjavik 511-5353 | Hours: Daily 13-17, Closed Mon


Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur 570-0440 | Hours: Daily 11-17, Closed Mon

Sigtúni, Reykjavik 553-2155 | Hours: Daily 13-17

The Living Art Museum free entry

Gerðuberg Cultural Center

The museum is an active exhibition space in central Reykjavik that has organized many exciting exhibitions throughout the years. They put an emphasis on introducing young Icelandic artists, as well as showcasing work done by better known Icelandic and foreign artists.

An all-round cultural centre run by the City of Reykjavik, offering a varied programme of cultural events for people of all ages. Its aim is to be a venue of ambitious and high-quality cultural activities of all types and a place where good ideas and new creative ventures can find expression.

Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik 551-4350 | Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon

Gerðuberg 3-5, Reykjavik 575-7700 | Hours: Mon-Fri 11-17, Sat & Sun 13-16

Dedicated to the memory of the sculptor and stained-glass artist Gerður Helgadóttir. Her works constitute the most important part of the museum’s collection. A progressive art museum collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art. It is situated in an impressive building in Kópavogur, a town immediately south of Reykjavik.

Perlan, Reykjavik 511-1517 | Hours: Daily 12-17

Hverfisgata 15, Reykjavik 545-1400 | Hours: Daily 11-17

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Víkin Maritime Museum


Art & culture

Reykjavik Art gallery The Gallery is an exhibition space for showcasing and selling art by working artists in nine spaces. It has been a venue for many exciting exhibitions and the gallery’s goal is to introduce Icelandic art, both to locals and travellers. Skúlagata 30, Reykjavik 564-2012 Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18 Sat & Sun 12-18

Iceland maintains strong ties to other Nordic countries, and the center of this cooperation is the Nordic House, designed by acclaimed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in 1968. The Nordic House is the venue to be if you want to enjoy the best of Icelandic cultural as well as experiencing rich culture of the Nordic countries

Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavik 590-1200 | Hours: Daily 10-17, Thu 10-20

Sturlugata 5, Reykjavik 551-7030 | Hours: Daily 12-17, Closed Mon

Gallery Fold

Gallery i8

Halldór Laxness is arguably the most famous Icelandic writer of all time, and the only Icelander to have won a Nobel Prize, which he received for literature in 1955. Gljúfrasteinn was his home until his death, and today it is a museum dedicated to his life and work.

Iceland’s leading auction house and foremost fine arts dealership. Established in 1990, Gallerí Fold has been in the hands of its current proprietor since 1992. In 1994, they acquired their own premises, where they‘ve enjoyed a period of growth and prosperity. Their 600 m2 building has five exhibition spaces from 30 to 110 m2.

Representing an eclectic mix of Icelandic and international contemporary art, Gallery i8 is located close to the Reykjavik Harbour. i8 Gallery is an official partner of Artspace, the premier marketplace for contemporary art for sale.


nordic house

The Reykjavik Art Museum took possession of its portion of Hafnarhús (Harbour House) in April 2000. Hafnarhús was built in 193239 for the offices and warehouses of Reykjavik Harbor and was at that time one of the largest buildings in the country. Chief designers of Hafnarhús were architect Sigurður Guðmundsson and the harbor master, Þórarinn Kristjánsson.


Gljúfrasteinn, Mosfellsbær 586-8066 | Hours: Daily 10-17, Closed Mon



Mainly devoted to paintings and sculpture by well established Icelandic and international artists. Kjarvalsstaðir offers a permanent exhibition of key works by one of Iceland’s most beloved landscape painters, Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885–1972), as well as changing exhibitions that explore various thematic and historical aspects of Icelandic art. Flókagata 24, Reykjavik 517-1290 | Hours: Daily 10-17

Rauðarárstíg 12-14, Reykjavik 551-0400 | Hours: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-14

National Gallery of Iceland The National Gallery of Iceland has come a long way from its origins. To begin with, the collection consisted of donated artwork, mainly by Danish artists. Today the museum stands at Frikirkjuvegur in central Reykjavik, displaying both Icelandic and International art. Laufásvegur 12, Reykjavik 515-9600 | Hours: Daily 11-17, Closed Mon Hours: Thu-Sun 14-18

Tryggvagata 16, Reykjavik 551-3666| Hours: Tue-Fri 13-17 Sat & Sun

Listaselið Six energetic women design and create exclusive art, while also running and working in the gallery. The gallery offers gift vouchers, issued by the store or by the Centrum organization that can be redeemed within most shops on Laugarvegur and Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavik. Skólavörðustígur 17b, Reykjavik 551-5675 Hours: Mon-Fri 12-18, Sat 11-16





It may not be the kind of factory you’re used to, but it’s a factory nonetheless. A factory of fun, if you will. Faktory is one of the main concert venues in the city, and there is something happening every night

Fro m f l atte ri n g bath room lighting to fabulous mosaic glass walls, Austur is all about trend, class and appeal. The beautiful people flock there for the weekend to listen to live DJ‘s and dance the night away. Dressy attire is prefered, to make sure you fit in with the crowd

Volta is a brand new concert and events venue in central Reykjavik that provides you with everything an excellent bar should have. A cocktail bar, lounge area, dancefloor, smoking room, a stage with a first class Funktion One soundsystem and a state of the art lighting system.

Smidjustigur 6, Reykjavik 551-4499

The most popular Icelandic liquor is called Brennivín, or Fire Wine.

Austurstræti 7, Reykjavik 568-1907


Tryggvagata 22, Reykjavik



Den Danske Kro

One of the newest and hottest clubs in Reykjavik these days, mostly attracting young people who want to dance. Electronic music is their main thing during the weekend, but on weekdays they like to play make-out music, Icelandic classics from the 80’s and 90’s and host curiously themed-pub quizzes.

B5 bar/bistro has become a very popular establishment with the locals of the capital. With its very contemporary and stylish interior, b5 is laid back during the day, while as night falls, the lights dim and the atmosphere changes accordingly.

There is live music playing every night at Den Danske Kro and sometimes there are live football games, pub quizzes, beer bingo, darts and happy hours. Den Danske Kro is a casual place in the heart of Reykjavik where everyone is welcome.

Bankastræti 5, Reykjavik 552-9600

Ingólfsstræti 3, Reykjavik 552-0070

Ölstofa Kormáks og Skjaldar

The English Pub

Hafnarstræti 4, Reykjavik 571-9222

Kaffibarinn Best known as Damon Albarn’s hangout place back in the days, this most famous bar in Iceland is a popular destination for the artsy and univer sity crowd. During the week it‘s more of a café, but on the weekend the volume rises and KB becomes one of the hottest bars in Reykjavik. Bergstaðastræti 1, Reykjavik 551-1588

A bar for people who like to keep things simple. Ölstofan is frequented by local artists, writers and other intellectuals, and the clientele is mostly 30+. They have a great selection of beers from all over the world but you really must try Bríó, the house brew.

In the mood for a pint? English Pub offers over 35 brands of beer and Whiskey. Whatever your preference – you will find it here. This is also a great place if you would like to catch some football (soccer). Inside they have 3 big screens and 2 TV’s so that you can catch all the action as it happens.

Vegamótastíg 4, Reykjavik 552-4687

Austurstræti 12, Reykjavik 578-0400

shopping & style


Anna María Design

Gallerí Smíðar og Skart

For over twenty years, jewelry designer Anna Maria has created her things of gold and silver, a design that is both pure and timeless. Exceptional attention to detail and craftsmanship create the elegant simplicity that shines through Anna Maria‘s products.

Gallery Smídar og Skart offers a vide selection of contemporary Icelandic art. Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors as well as ceramics and glass art. Over 50 local artists have their work on display in the Gallery.

Skólavörðustíg 31, Reykjavik 551-0036

Skólavörðustíg 16a, Reykjavik 561-4090

kogga Near the harbour in the middle of old town Reykjavik you’ll find unique ceramic design by the well known ceramics artist Kogga at her self titled gallery. Her work is both functuional and sculptural, influenced by the rough nature of Iceland. A piece by Kogga can be found in many Icelandic homes. Vesturgata 5, Reykjavik 552-6036 |



Metal Design

The oldest ceramic workshop in Iceland established 1927. Three generations of artistic potters. Unique handmade ceramics, Viking masks and various ceramic potteries decorated with lava, made by Gudmundur Einarsson. Located right next to Hallgrímskirkja and the statue of “Leif the Lucky”.

One of Iceland’s major woollen industry shops, the Álafoss store. Situated in old factory premises that for decades were the leading manufacturers and exporters of Icelandic woollens, Álafoss is a company that strives towards offering the newest wares along with the traditional Icelandic wool sweaters

The jewellery forms which Metal design is known for are inspired by the Icelandic flora. But what stands out the most is the shape “The Coast” that is inspired by the waves of the Icelandic coast.”The coast silver jewellery line is for ladies and gentlemen.

Skólavörðustíg 43, Reykjavik 551-2850 |

Álafossvegur 23, Mosfellsbær 566-6303 |


birna design


Art gallery and shop located at Ingólfsstræti 8 in the heart of Reykjavik.,Kaolin is run by eight ceramic artists who work with a broad spectrum of art and craft including functional objects as well as unique objects and sculptures. In the gallery there are two showrooms available for rent for exhibitions.

The Icelandic label BIRNA is built on a strong and individual identity; a style that doesn’t change radically every season but evolves and keeps moving. Combining timeless design with a personal touch, BIRNA creates clothing for confident women who want an individual look that lasts.

Nowhere in the populated world does the weather change as fast, or as often as here. Thus Icelandic designers have to meet the requirements of consumers who have to go out all year long in harsh conditions. That‘s where the label Cintamani comes to the rescue. Their goal is to keep us warm, dry and comfortable, whatever the weather may bring.

Skólavörðustíg 22, Reykjavik 555-2060

Skólavörðustíg 2, Reykjavik 445-2020

Bankastræti 7, Reykjavik 533-3800

Skólavörðustíg 2. Reykjavik 552-5445

With its wide open spaces and beautiful treasures displayed in glass casting, Gullkúnst Helgu feels more like a gallery than a jewelry shop. Located on central Laugavegur, Reykjavik´s busiest shopping street, this family owned shop is not to be missed.

JS Watch co. Reykjavik

kraum Natural light floods the wooden floors and the fresh white walls of this stunning design hub and retail outlet, which already attracts some of Iceland´s top talents. More than 70 designers are contributing to a huge selection of products that include children’s puzzles, fish skin lamps and exquisite jewellery.

Laugavegur 13, Reykjavik 561-6660

One of the world’s smallest manufacturers of stylish quality watches, and Iceland’s first and only watch manufacturer. All watches are designed and assembled by hand in Iceland under strict quality control by Master Watchmaker Gilbert O. Gudjonsson, who’s been in the business for over 40 years.

Studio Stafn



At Studio Stafn you will be able to look at art, purchase art and have your art framed! Great works and historical paintings by Iceland’s most famous artists could become all yours if you pay them a visit. If you’re not looking to buy art, at least stop by and take a look.

A family run company that is well known to most Icelanders. Founded in 1976 initially importing equestrian products. In 1985 they set up their own saddle workshop, and have been producing their own saddles and other tack in addition to repairs and custom making products for the last 27 years.

Icelanders are used to having to protect themselves from arctic cold and stormy days. That’s why ZO-ON is always appropriate, whatever the weather. About seventeen years ago, the founder, an avid outdoors person all his life, got tired of sports clothing that couldn’t protect him from Iceland’s ever-changing weather conditions.

Ingólfsstræti 6, Reykjavik 552-4700

Renowned for its excellent products and quality. Offering the widest selection of traditional hand knitted Icelandic sweaters, the range of products also includes special designs and a variety of woolen products from leading Icelandic manufactures. Skólavörðustíg 19, Reykjavik 552-1890 |

Háleitisbraut 68, Reykjavik 568-4240

epal From the beginning the main goal of Epal has been to increase Icelanders interest and respect for fine design by introducing and providing top quality design products from all over the world, particularly Scandinavia. Epal has always been very supportive of Icelandic designers and done what they can to help them promote their design around the world. Skeifan 6, Reykjavik 568-7740 |

Aðalstræti 10, Reykjavik 517-7797 |

Bankastræti 10, Reykjavik 557-1050 |

Andersen and Lauth Based on quality and traditional craftsmanship it is a contemporary collection with strong roots in the vibrant Reykjavik art and music scene. Andersen & Lauth create their collections with passion and put their heart and soul into every piece of design. Laugavegur 7, Reykjavik 552-6067

The Handknitting Association of Iceland

Laugavegur 62, Reykjavik 551-4100 |

shopping & style

Gullkúnst Helgu


food & drink





Lobster dishes are the main focus on the menu but there is a lot more to choose from. The starters are fresh and exciting, for example the whale tataki with ginger jelly, soya and sesam vinagrette, and the carpaccio of horse with lobster, wild mushrooms and foie gras.

Is a centrally located and affordable restaurant that boasts an extensive international menu with an emphasis on TexMex, Italian, Indian and many light meal options. During the weekend Vegamót transforms into a bar with refreshing cocktails, a wide selection of beers and popular DJ’s playing well into the night.

Just last year they celebrated their 50th anniversary. From the very beginning, Grillid has been regarded as one of the best restaurants in Iceland. If you want fine dining, perfectly executed food, professional service and excellent wines with a spectacular view over the city, you have come to the right place.

Vegamótastígur 4, Reykjavik 511-3040 |

Radisson BLU Hotel, Reykjavik 525-9960 |

fish market


3 Frakkar

A top quality seafood restaurant, located in one of the oldest buildings in central Reykjavik. It was founded by Icelandic culinary team member Hrefna Rósa Sætran. She designed an exciting and innovative menu, where the freshest fish and meat of the season is prepared in a modern fashion.

they offer some of the the finest cuisine there is to find in the whole city. Grilling meat and fish of all kinds Argentinian style using wooden coal is what they do better than any other restaurant and frankly, you won‘t believe your own tastebuds

It‘s been in business for over twenty years, and has always been popular among locals and travelers in Iceland. From the beginning, chef and owner Ulfar Eysteinsson has placed major emphasis on fish courses, which is what the restaurant is known for

Aðalstræti 5, Reykjavik 578-8877

Barónsstígur 11a, Reykjavik 551-9555

Baldursgata 141 Reykjavik 552-3939



A new restaurant situated at Odinstorg. Snaps is a classic bistro with a strong connection with Danish cuisine. The location could not be better, literally a few steps away from downtown Reykjavik, close to the National Theatre, The National Gallery of Iceland and the two main shopping streets of Reykjavik

Situated in a warm, charming old building in the heart of Reykjavik. Caruso is romantic to say the least, and serves top quality Italian- and Icelandic food. The surroundings are beautiful and the atmosphere is enchanting. The restaurant is on three floors, so it‘s ideal for groups, individuals and couples.

lifandi markaður

Óðinstorg, Reykjavik 511-6677

Þingholtsstræti 1, Reykjavik 562-7335

Amtmannsstíg 1, Reykjavik 561-3303

A modern and health conscious restaurant and whole food shop which offers a wide range of hot or cold food to eat in or take-out. The selection consists of both vegetarian food and healthy food. No white flour, white sugar, MSG is used in the food. Borgartún 24, Reykjavik 585-8700

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Icelandic Cuisine

Bankastræti 2 - 101 Reykjavík - Tel. 551 4430 - -




At one of the most beautiful spots in the city, in the heart of Reykjavik, you will find Við Tjörnina (By the Pond), an old and cherished seafood restaurant. The restaurant was considered to be quite revolutionary when it first opened over 25 years ago and has been a big part of Iceland‘s culinary culture ever since.

AusturIndíafjelagið The spices used to season the food at Austur-Indiafjelagid are imported directly from India and blended on the spot by their team of highly experienced chefs. The Tandoori dishes on the menu must be mentioned, as the chefs have truly mastered the art of Tandoori grilling.

Ban Thai If you ask any gastronome in Reykjavik where can find the best food in Reykjavik, there is a great chance that he will point you in the direction of Ban Thai. They consistently serve authentic Thai food from an extensive menu. Every dish is prepared with passion and the food is always well worth the wait.

Templarasund 3, Reykjavik 551-8666 |

Hverfisgata 56, Reykjavik 552-1630 |


Dill Restaurant


The main attraction of Osushi is the greatly convenient conveyor belt that runs alongside the seating section, enticing guests with a diverse selection sushi and other delicacies. Each dish has a specific color that represents a certain price so you only pay for what you eat!

The mindful creation of Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Ólafur Örn Ólafsson pioneers of the New Nordic Kitchen in Iceland, Dill Restaurant is a small intimate restaurant, located in the Nordic House, just a short walk from Reykjavik´s city center, surrounded by wild bird reserve with a view over the old town of Reykjavik.

For the finest in dining, nothing compares to Perlan Restaurant. While your taste buds delight to superb cuisine, you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Reykjavik and beyond as the restaurant gently completes a full rotation every two hours.

Pósthússtræti 14, Reykjavik 561-0562

The Nordic House, Reykjavik 552-1522 |

Laugavegur 130, Reykjavik 552-2444 |

food & drink

Við Tjörnina

Perlan, Reykjavik 562-0200

Grill market


Located inside Listhusid in Laugardalur valley in Reykjavik, Glo is Iceland‘s hottest new organic restaurant. The menu consists of vegetarian- and raw food courses, meat dishes, soups and salads. The courses are somewhat modest as they are simple, filling and not flooded with too much spice or ingredients.

A top quality grill restaurant in central Reykjavik founded by Icelandic culinary team member Hrefna Rósa Sætran. Grillmarkadurinn aims to please, focusing on haute cuisine, creative culinary and Icelandic ingredients. They work closely with local farmers and buy most of their produce directly from the farm.

Engjateig 19, Listhusid, Reykjavik 553-1111 |

Lækjargata 2a, Reykjavik 571-7777

A new restaurant opposite the old harbour that offers traditional steak dishes along with some exciting and fairly unorthodox choices. The pride and joy of The Steakhouse is the Mibrasa charcoal oven, a rare oven that is designed to cook the perfect steak by mixing modern technology with ancient tradition. Tryggvagata 4-6, Reykjavik 561-1111 |



food & drink


Hornið Located in a yellow house on a busy pedestrian corner in central Reykjavik. The decor inside is relaxed and warm, blue and yellow being the main colors, decently spaced tables and warm terracotta tiles on the floor. The ambiance is lovely, welcoming and quite romantic. It‘s also great for peoplewatching

Kryddlegin Hjörtu Soups, homemade spelt bread and the city´s best salad bar are the specialties of this small, hidden, restaurant gem. The decor is modern but cozy, creating an intimate atmosphere. To top it all off the restaurant has a view that is hard to match with the sea and Esjan mountain.

Lækjarbrekka A renowned Icelandic restaurant located in a house in central Reykjavik that is one of the oldest houses in the city. It has a rich and interesting history. Laekjarbrekka is a classy and elegant restaurant in every aspect, refined and well respected throughout the years. Bankastræti 2, Reykjavik 551-4430

Hafnarstræti 15, Reykjavik 551-3340 |

Skúlagata 17, Reykjavik 588-8818


Við Fjöruborðið

Lebowski bar

A new restaurant/lounge that gives you the best of both worlds - Authentic Asian food in a beautiful and stylish environment for a reasonable price, and people are quickly catching on. The skilled chefs working there are very experienced, having worked at some of the best restaurants and hotels in Asia.

Located next to a rocky shoreline on the south coast in the idyllic and friendly little fishing village Stokkseyri, Vid Fjorubordid is one of the most highly acclaimed lobster restaurants in Iceland. This gourmet sanctuary of the south is surely reason enough to visit Stokkseyri.

The 1998 comedy film The Big Lebowski by the Coen brothers is not only a film, it has become a lifestyle. With the emergence of the Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, everyone can now be a part of The Dude‘s peculiar world. The Lebowski bar is everything you want it to be, a bowling themed burger joint, restaurant and bar.

Borgartún 16, Reykjavik 517-0123 |

Eyrarbraut 3a, Stokkseyri 483-1550 |

Laugavegur 20a, Reykjavik 552-2300

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They have over 60 very diverse dishes to choose from and to make things easier you could order from their special offer menu, fofr example the “Discover Iceland” option where you can sample Icelandic delicacies through a four course meal that includes puffin, langoustine, and Icelandic skyr pizza.

Quality, fusion and fun are the Fish Company’s main characteristics. The interior is stylish and the quirky tableware fits in wonderfully. The menu is a world of adventures from starters to deserts. It’s designed to take you on a seafood journey and not only a journey of the Icelandic culinary waters but a trip around the world.

Ægisgarður 2, By the old Harbour, Reykjavik 512-8181 |

Vesturgata 2a, Reykjavik 552-5300 |

Harpa is not only home to the Icelandic Opera and the Orchestra, it is also the location of one of Reykjavik‘s newest fine restaurants. The kitchen is in the middle of the room, where the fiery furnace gives the dinner guests a warm welcome. An ideal choice for people who appreciate fine cuisine combined with unique architecture and elegant atmosphere. Harpa, Reykjavik 519-9700 |

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There is no better way to start or end your Iceland adventure than by bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon. You can either board the bus at BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík or at Keflavík Airport.

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After having enjoyed everything that the wonderful Blue Lagoon has to offer, you can either return back to Reykjavík or be dropped off at Keflavík Airport. Safe luggage storage at the Blue Lagoon, free of charge for Reykjavik Excursions passengers.


The Centre Reykjavik´s offici­a l Tourist In­formation Centre in Ad­al­stræti 2, 101 Reykja­vik. Tel. 590 1550. Open daily 08:30-19:00 June-15 Sept. & 16 Sept.-31 May Mon.-Fri. 09.00-18:00 Sat. 09:00-16:00 Sun. 09:00-14:00

City Hall In­formation Located in the City Hall by lake Tjörn­in. Tel. 411 1000 / 800 4900. Open May to Oct. MonFri 08:20 to 16:30, Sat 12:00 to 16:00.

Icelandic Travel Market ITM Tourist Information Centre offers a free booking service and staff with first hand knowledge and advice on the best ways to organise your time in and outside Reykjavik. At ITM you can book excursions, accommodation, car rental, local shows, access internet and phones for international calls. Situated at the bottom of the High Street, Bankastræti 2, Reykjavik. Tel: 522-4979. Opening hours: June - Aug, 08:00 - 21:00 daily & Sept - May, 09:00 - 19:00 daily.

Hafnarfjördur The town in the lava - only 15 minutes from Reykjavik. Tourist Information, Strandgata 6. Tel. 585 5500, e-mail: Open Mon to Fri 8:00-17:00 and at weekends in June, July and August 10:0015:00

Embassies Canada Túngata 14 Reykjavik. tel. 575 6500. E-mail: rkjvk@ China Vídimelur 29 Reykjavik. tel. 552 6751. E-mail: chinaemb@ Reykjavik. tel. 575 0300, E-mail:

Finland Túngata 30 Reykjavik. tel. 510 0100, E-mail: finamb@

France Túngata 22 Reykjavik. tel. 575 9600. E-mail:

Reykjavik. tel. 530 1100. E-mail:

Japan Laugavegur 182, (6th floor) Reykjavik. tel. 510 8600. E-mail: Norway Fjólugata 17 Reykjavik. tel. 520 0700. emb.reykjavik@

Russia Gardastræti 33 Reykjavik. Consular Section tel. 551 5156. E-mail:

Sweden Lágmúli 7 Reykjavik. tel. 520 1230. E-mail: sveamb@

United States of America Laufásvegur 21 Reykjavik. tel. 562 9100. E-mail:

United Kingdom Laufásvegur 31 Reykjavik. tel. 550 5100. E-mail:

Phone & Internet Call­ing Cards With a prepaid Atlas Calling Card you can call anywhere in the world via a toll free number (800 number). Phone cards for public phones are available at most gas stations, bookstores and supermarkets.

Import­ant pho­ne num­bers

112 Em­ergency, Police, amb­ u­lance, fire depart­ment, med­icine.

118 In­formation

Police Gener­al num­ber 444-1000

Em­ergency ward National Uni­versity Hospi­ tal, 24 hrs service, tel. 543 2000.

Doct­ors on duty 1770 National Uni­versity Hospi­ tal, 24 hrs service, tel. 543 1000.

Dental ward For in­formation on dent­ists on duty call 575 0505.

Health Centre for Tourists Tel.: 510 6500

Pho­ne Centres An International call centre is situ­a ted in the Tourist In­ formation Centre at Adalstraeti 2, down town Reykja­v ik. Call­ing cards can be purchased at the Tourist In­formation Centre’s main desk

Inter­net Centres You can access the internet on prepaid time at the Tourist Information Centre at Adalstræti 2, down town Reykjavik or for free at numerous “hot spots” such as cafés, restaurants, public libraries, museums etc. in the Reykjavik area.

Gsm / Cell pho­nes The main GSM / Cell phone operators in Iceland are Iceland Telecom (Síminn), Vodafone, Tal and Nova. All the telephone companies sell prepaid GSM phone cards, which visitors

may find convenient to use with their own GSM phones. Prepaid cards are available at gas stations around the country.

Domest­ic calls Phone numbers in Iceland are seven-digit numbers. No area codes are necessary, you dial the number directly. The Icelandic phone book (online at lists names alphabetically by Christian names, not family names.

International calls When calling outside Iceland, dial without interruption the international code (00), then the country code, the area code, and finally the number. If you need help to reach the number, you can call 118 for assistance. If you need help in finding a phone number abroad, you can call 1811 for information.

Denmark Hverfisgata 29

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Tourist Information




Pharmacies Lyfja Apo­tek Lág­m úli 5, by Hot­e l Nor­d ica, tel. 533 2300. Open daily 08:00 to 24:00.

Lyfja Apo­tek Lauga­veg­ur 16, tel. 552 4045. Open Mon-Fri 09:00 to 18:30, Sat. 11:00 to 16:00.

Transportation Grea­t­er Reykja­vik Tran­sport / Buses

The Flybus is connected with all flights to and from Keflavík airport. Seats are always guaranteed. We also provide a free pick up and drop off at major hotels in Reykjavik (list provided on our website). The Flybus makes 2 stops on its way both going to and from the airport at Aktu-Taktu in Gardabær and at Hótel Viking in Hafnarfjördur. For further information visit Tel.: 562 1011.

Central Bus Stations

Buses opera­te from 06:30 until midnight, ap­art from Sundays when they start at 10:00. On week­da­ys, the buses in gener­ al are dri­v­ing with inter­vals of 15 or 30 minutes, until 18:00. Ev­en­ings and week­ends inter­ val is 30 or 60 minutes.

Hlemm­u r, Lækj­a r­t org, Mjódd, Ártún and Spöng.

Single bus fare costs ISK 350, ISK 55 for children 6 - 11 ye­ars, ISK 125 for children 12 - 18 ye­ars. A block of 9 tickets can be bought from the dri­ver for ISK 3.000. Reykja­v ik Tourist Card is also valid as a bus ticket.


N.B. The Bus drivers don’t give any change so always have the right amount ready for the single bus fares.

Air­port trans­fer / Flybus The Flybus airport shuttle will take you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavik city and vice versa.

Taxi BSR, tel.: 561 0000. Borg­ar­bíll, tel.: 552 2440. Hreyf­ill, tel.: 588 5522.

BSÍ Coach Term­inal Buses to dest­inations all around Iceland. Vatns­myr­ar­veg­ur, tel.: 562 1011.

Domest­ic Air Term­inal Air Iceland domest­ic flights at Reykjavik Air­port, 101 Reykja­ vik of­fers a domest­ic rou­te network of 9 dest­inations and links to the Faroese Is­lands and Green­land. Tel.: 570 3030.

Domest­ic Air Tax­is Next to Hótel Icelandair Natura, Reykjavik Air­port.

Viking feast Viking hotel Viking restaurants Viking live entertainment Viking Souveniers For booking and further information: Tel.: 565-1213 Strandgata 55 Hafnarfjordur

Car Rentals Budget Car Rental V a t n s­m ý r­a r­v e g­u r 1 0 , 1 0 1 Reykjavik by the bus term­inal. Tel 562 6060. Fax 562 6061.

Avis Car Rental Knarrarvogur 2, 104 Reykjavik. Tel.: 591 4000. Fax 591 4040. e-mail: avis@avis. is At Keflavík airport: Tel.: 421 1690, e-mail:

Europcar Car Rental Skeifunni 9, 108 Reykjavik. Tel. 568 6915, fax 568 8663. Akureyri: Tel. 461 6000, fax 462 6476. -Keflavík airport: Tel. 425 0300. After hours emergency phone Tel.: 840 6042 e-mail: holdur@

Hertz Car Rental Flugvallarvegur, 101 Reykjavik. Near Hotel Loftleidir. Tel.: 522 4400, fax: 522 4421. /

Rent-a-bike It is possi­ble to rent a bike to go sight­seeing around the city at Hótel Loft­leid­ir by Öskju­hlíd hill.

Petr­ol / Gas Stations Most service petr­ol stations are open daily from 07.30-23.30. Af­t­er reg­ul­ar ho­urs, most self-service petr­ol stations accept ISK 500, 1000 and 2000 banknot­es, credit and debit cards.

City Centre The area around Aust­ur­stræti and Hafn­a r­­­s træti streets has lots of shops carrying sou­ven­irs, woo­lens and hand­icrafts. You will also find info centres, cafés, restaurants, pubs & bars.

Lauga­veg­ur street Main shopp­ing street lea­d­ing up from the city centre. Designer clot­hes, street wear, music, eye wear, cafés, restaurants & bars.

Skóla­vördu­stíg­ur Lea­d­i ng up from Lauga­v eg­u r towards Hall­gríms­kirkja church it is lined with gall­eries, works­ hops & showrooms sell­ing vari­ ous kinds of art.

Kringl­an Mall A short distance from the city centre sits Kringl­a n Mall with 36,000 sq.m. of shops, ca­ter­ing and services.

Smára­lind Mall in Kópavogur A modern shopp­ing Mall speci­ ally designed to provide guest with a com­f orta­b le shopp­i ng ex­perience.

Skeif­an area Near Laug­ar­dal­ur Valley recreational area Skeif­an is the home of discount & barga­in stor­e s, markets, el­e ct­r ic equip­m ent and home app­li­ance stores.

Hagkaup Offers a wide range of merchandise and is located in Skeifan (Reykjavik) and in Gardabær shopping centre (approx. 8.5 km from Reykjavik). Open 24 hours.

The Kram­búd super­ mar­ket

Liquor stor­es The state runs liquor in stor­es called Vínbúd. The shops are open Mon-Thur: 11:00-18:00, Fri. 11:00-19:00 and Sat. 11:00-18:00.

Visitors can reclaim value-added tax (VAT) on purchases exceeding ISK 4,000 in each shop. Look for the “Tax-Free Shopping” logo and ask the shop assistant for a refund. You will be given a refund cheque or coupon whereby you can cash in at the airport on leaving the country. Tax-Free agents are also at all major cruise ships before departure. You no longer have to wait with your TaxFree refund cheque until you leave the country, just visit The Centre in Adalstræti 2 for your refund with Iceland Tax- Free cheques. The refund amounts to approximatly 15% of the purchase price.

Opening Hours Gener­al offices Week­da­ys from 09:00-17:00.

Public offices Week­d a­y s from 09:00/09:30 to 15:00 or 16:00.

Pharmacies Pharmacies are gener­ally open 09:00 to 18:00 / 19:00 but some stay open lon­ger.

Restaurants, pubs, bars & discos See win­ing & din­ing sect­ion and Clubs and bars section.

Banks Norm­a lly open 09:00-16:00 Mon. to Fri. Extended ho­urs on Fri. Some branches stay open week­e nds 24 hour bank­ing is availa­b le at Lands­b ank­i nn bank at Leif­ur Er­íks­son Air­port Transit Loun­ge.

Shops & super­mar­kets Open Mon.-Thu. 10.00-19.00, Fri. 10.00-19.30, Sat.10.0018.00 and Sun. 12:00-18:00 Malls usually stay open a bit longer on Thu. and weekends.

24 hour shopp­ing Major gas stations stay open 24 hours as well as the 10-11 grocery store chain and some outlets of the Hagkaup and Nettó supermarkets. All carry the necessities of everyday life.

Money Cur­rency exchange All major banks exchange foreign currencies.

Cards Visa, EuroCard, MasterCard, Di­n ers Club and Amer­i c­a n Ex­press are widely accept­ed.

ATM´s/Cash machines You can get cash advances from your credit and/or debit card at cash machines widely availa­ble in Reykjavik.

Other Tipping As a rule there is no tipping in Iceland including Taxis, Hotels and restaurant service and the practice might even be frowned upon in some situations. Some exceptions are made, such as for fishing and hunting guides.

Languages Icelandic is the national language. Most people in Iceland speak at least one foreign language. English is most common, but many also speak one of the Scandinavian language and others also speak German.

Laun­dry Laun­dry and dry clean­ing services are availa­ble at most hot­ els in Reykjavik.

Equivalents 1 kilo (kg) 2.2 pounds 1 Litre (L) about 1.76 pints 1 Oz fluid or liquid (U.S.) 29.5 ml. 1 kilometre (km) 0.62 mile 1 metre (m) 1.1 yards 1 centimetre (cm) 0,39 inch

On Skóla­v ördu­s tíg­u r street, carries the basic necessities like fruit, bread, milk, yog­u rt, toot­h paste, soda etc. Skóla­ vördu­stíg­ur 42, 105 Reykjavik. Tel. 551 0449.

Tax-Free Shopp­ing


Shopping in Reykjavik




Public holidays 2013

Palm Sunday Pálmasunnudagur

Business, banks and most stores are closed on the following holidays:

Maundy Thursday Skírdagur

New Years Day, Jan 1. Palm Sunday, March 24. Maundy Thursday, March 28. Good Friday, March 29. Easter Sunday, March 31. Easter Monday, April 1. First day of summer, April 25. Labour Day, May 1. Ascension Day, May 9. Pentecost-Whitsun Monday, May 20. National Day, June 17. Commerce Day, August 5, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Christmas Day, Dec. 25. St. Stephen’s Day, Dec. 26. New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

Easter Sunday Páskadagur

Good Friday Föstudagurinn langi Easter Monday Annar í páskum Ascension Day Uppstigningardagur Pentecost-Whitsun Monday Annar í hvítasunnu Christmas Eve Aðfangadagur Christmas Day Jóladagur St. Stephen’s Day Annar í jólum New Year’s Eve Gamlársdagur New Year’s Day Nýársdagur

News in Eng­lish

Lost & Found


On our website you can read all the latest local news. Furthermore you can listen to the BBC live 24 hours a day in the greater Reykjavik area on FM 94.3 and read news in English on the national TV station RUV, on page 130 of the Teletext, or log on to and enter 130 in the space marked “Sida”.

Police Station at Borg­ar­tún 7b, Tel. 444 1400. Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00.

Sundlaugarvegur, Reykjavik Tel.: 411 5100. Open: Mon.Fri.06:30-22:00; Weekends 08:00-22:00


BSÍ Coach Term­inal, Vatns­mýr­ ar­veg­ur 10, Tel. 562 1011. Open daily 07:30-22:00.

The volta­ge is 220, 50 HZ AC. Ple­a­se note that the prongs on equip­ment you bring with you may be differ­ent from Iceland­ ic stand­a rds. All major hot­ els provide you with adaptor prongs for charg­ing computers, camer­as, Gsm pho­nes etc.

Time Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throug­h out the year, and does not go on daylight sav­ing time. When it is noon in Reykjavik during the sum­m er, the time is 08:00 in New York City, 13:00 in London, 14:00 in Paris, 14:00 in Oslo, 14:00 in Lux­em­bo­urg, 14:00 in Rome and 21:00 in Tokyo.

Maps and in­formation brochures Tourist in­formation centres have in­formation and brochures for the whole country.

Stor­ing lugga­ge

geothermal pools and spas Árbæjarlaug Fylkisvegur 9, Reykjavik Tel.: 411 5200. Open: Mon.Thurs.06:30-22:00; Fri.06:3020:00; Sat.09:00-17:00 Sun.11:00-19:00

Breidholtslaug Austurberg 3, Reykjavik Tel.: 557 5547. Open: Mon.Thurs.06:30-22:00; Fri.06:3020:00; Sat.09:00-17:00 Sun.10:00-18:00



For we­a ther in­formation in English, tel. (+354) 902-0600, e-mail: , www.

Dalshús 2, Reykjavik Tel.: 411 5300. Open: Mon.Thurs.06:30-22:00; Fri.06:3020:00; Sat.10:00-18:00; Sun.10:00-18:00

Post Offices Icelandic Postal Service main branch is located on Pósthússtræti 5, 101 Reykjavik. Tel.: 580 1000. Open Mon-Fri. 09:00 to 18:00.

Klébergslaug Kjalarnes, Reykjavik Tel.: 566 6879. Open: Weekdays 17:00-21:00; Tue.17:00-22:00; Weekends 11:00-15:00

Sundhöllin Barónsstígur, Reykjavik Tel.: 411 5350. Open: Mon.Thurs.06:30-22:00; Fri.06:3020:00; Sat.08:00-16:00 Sun.10:00-18:00

Vesturbæjarlaug Hofsvallagata, Reykjavik. Tel.: 411 5150. Open: Mon.Thurs.06:30-22:00; Fri.06:3020:00; Sat.09:00-17:00; Sun.11:00-19:00

Salalaug Versalir 3, Kópavogur. Tel.: 570 0480. Open: Mon.-Fri. 06:3022:00; Weekends 08:0020:00

Kópavogslaug Borgarholtsbraut 17, Kópavogur. Tel.: 570-0470. Open: Mon.-Fri. 06:30-22:00 Weekends 08:0020:00.

Sundlaug Seltjarnarness Suðurströnd 8, Seltjarnarnes. Tel.: 561 1551. Open: Mon.-Fri. 06:30-21:00; Weekends 08:0018:00. For opening hours and locations of other pools in the Reykjavik area and around Iceland visit

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