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Culture

icelandic culture, guide to cultureThe Icelandic nation is rich in cultural tradition. Icelanders take pride in their heritage, as numerous museums all around the country bear witness to. Historical museums, embracing Icelandic heritage from the Viking era up to the 20th century, can be found both in Reykjavík and around the country. In the countryside, there are also many museums that cover aspects of local history and heritage. Admission fee to museums is usually low, 0-900 ISK. History put aside, there is much going on in music and arts as well. Art museums and galleries are growing in number and Icelandic design is becoming ever more popular. Music plays a big part in the cultural lives of Icelanders; the Icelandic symphony orchestra as well as the Icelandic Opera are notable for ambitious work in this small community. Those looking for something more progressive might want to check out the Airwaves music festival, held in October every year, where the newest trends in Icelandic and international rock and pop music are represented. Another cultural event that should not be missed is Culture Night, third weekend in August, when the streets of Reykjavík are filled with art performers and spectators.

Hafnafjörður
220 Hafnarfjörður
+354 585 5500
Just a short distance from Reykjavík, but with a personality all of its own and a friendly community, known as the town in the lava and the home of th... more
Numerous exhibitions are held annually, displaying works by contemporary and modern artists, both from Iceland and overseas. The museum is dedicated t... more
A great variety of concerts are held at Salurinn featuring music from the renaissance period to modern days, including solo concerts, singing recitals... more
Hamraborg 6a
200 Kópavogur
+354 570 0430
It is divided into two categories, geological and zoological. The geological part focuses on the formation of Iceland, the major rock types and minera... more
The Museum of Design welcomes groups, and provides guided tours of the exhibitions. Guided tours of the Museum’s repositories are also offered f... more
Hafnarhús
101 Reykjavík
+354 590 1200
Open daily.

Reykjavík Art Museum is housed in three unique buildings across the city and holds some of the most distinguished works in Ic... more
Grandagarður 8
101 Reykjavík
+354 517 9400
With a great view over the ocean next to Reykjavík‘s harbour and only 10 minutes walk from the city center is Víkin – Maritime museum. Ins... more
Laugavegi 116
105 Reykjavík
+354 561 6663
The Icelandic Phallological Museum Informative and humorous  / One of the most unusual museums in the world. The world famous Penis museum in Re... more
This is mainly due to excellent reviews for the orchestra’s recordings during recent years and also to the numerous sell-out concerts in Háskóla... more
Árbæjarsafn
Kistuhyl
110 Reykjavík
+354 411 6300
National Museum of Iceland
Suðurgata 41
101 Reykjavík
+354 530 2200
The Settlement Exhibition
Aðalstræti 16
101 Reykjavík
+354 411 6370
Volcano House
Tryggvagata 11
101 Reykjavík
+354 555 1900
Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum
Eiríksgötu
101 Reykjavík
+354 551 3797
Garðabær town
Garðatorgi 7
210 Garðabær
+354 525 8500
Kópavogur Public Library
Hamraborg 6A
200 Kópavogur
+354 570 0450
National Gallery of Iceland
Laufásvegur 12
101 Reykjavík
+354 515 9600
Reykjavík City Card
Aðalstræti 2
101 Reykjavík
+354 590 1500
Reykjavík Museum of Photography
Tryggvagata 15
101 Reykjavík
+354 411 6390
The Culture House
Hverfisgata 15
101 Reykjavík
+354 545 1400
The Icelandic Opera
Harpa
101 Reykjavík
+354 562 2255
Víðey Island
Skarfabakki
104 Reykjavík
+354 533 5055
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