The City of Reykjavik in collaboration with the Reykjavik Museums have offered all conference guests 20% discount of entrance fees.

Also there will be one ticket to any of many swimming pools in Reykjavik in the conference bags and we urge you to take advantage of this generous offer and enjoy going swimming in Reykjavik. Don’t forget your bathing suits!

Swimming pools in Iceland

Reykjavík City Museum,
engaging journeys through
culture, heritage and history.

Experience the history of Reykjavík in a lively and engaging way at the Reykjavík City Museum. Comprising five individual sites, the museum was founded to preserve Reykjavík’s culture and heritage, which dates back to the arrival of the first settlers in the late 9th century.

Four of the museum sites are within walking distance of downtown Reykjavík, while the Árbær Open Air Museum is only a fifteen-minute-drive from the city centre. The ferry to Viðey Island leaves from the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík.

All museum sites are family friendly.

Reykjavík Art Museum

Fjallamjólk - Kjarval

Fjallamjolk by Kjarval

Reykjavík Art Museum is a leading art museum in Iceland housed in three different buildings in the city center.
The architectural gem Kjarvalsstaðir houses two different exhibitions by Iceland‘s most renowned painters, Jóhannes Kjarval (1885-1972) and Louisa Matthíasdóttir (1917-2000). They both painted pictures of the landscape they loved and of their friends and family. The Café at Kjarvalsstaðir offers exceptional food and drink and in the Museum Shop there are interesting things to buy. The museum faces a large city park allowing for a delightful view through the floor to ceiling windows.

Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Þingvallavatn, 1989, olía a striga, 67×90 cm

The utopian artist’s studio Ásmundarsafn houses an exhibition of the works of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982). The building is a stand-alone work of art which he designed, worked and lived in. The white dome structure is surrounded by Sveinsson’s sculptures in a beautiful garden worth visiting.

Ragnar Kjartansson World light

The artist Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) has taken over the contemporary art venue Hafnarhús, with his first museum show in his homeland called God, I Feel So Bad. Live endurance performance, large-scale video installations, photography, sculpture, painting and drawing. Many of the works have never before been exhibited in Iceland, notably the more recent ones which have insured the artist’s place as a leading figure on the international art scene.

Árbær Open Air Museum

This unique museum was founded in 1957 in order to give visitors a tangible sense of Reykjavík’s past. It comprises a village-like collection of over twenty “homes,” each of which is a separate exhibition. Visitors learn how Reykjavík developed from a few scattered farms into the capital of Iceland.

Opening hours: Location:
June – August, daily 10:00 – 17:00 Kistuhylur, 110 Reykjavík
September – May, daily guided tours only at 13:00

The Settlement Exhibition

The Settlement Exhibition revolves around an excavated site, the actual remains of a Viking Age longhouse that have been preserved in situ. The exhibition gives an invaluable insight into the life and times of the first people to inhabit the Reykjavík area and the ways in which they adapted to their new environment.

Opening hours:: Location:
Daily 09:00 – 18:00 Aðalstræti 16
Guided tours June – August at 11:00 101 Reykjavík

Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Fishing has always played a major role in Iceland’s history. However, before the superbly equipped modern trawlers appeared, ordinary farmer-fishermen regularly risked their lives in order to feed their families. See the craft and tools they used through the ages in this beautifully appointed maritime museum. Special attraction: the Coast Guard vessel Óðinn. Welcome aboard!

Opening hours: Location:
Daily 10:00–17:00 Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík
Daily guided tours of the Vessel Óðinn at:13, 14 and 15

Reykjavík Museum of Photography

Visit exciting photographic exhibitions that focus on the capital’s rich history and contemporary culture. The museum is a repository for nearly 5 million photographs taken by amateurs and professionals from 1870-2002. Around thirty thousand of these photographs are available on the museum’s online gallery.

Opening hours: Location:
Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 – 18:00 Tryggvagata 15 (top floor), 101 Reykjavík
Friday 11:00 – 18:00, Weekends 13:00 – 17:00

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