Reykjavik Street Art

For a small city, Reykjavik street art is plentiful. Some of it is more commercial than others, but there’s a large variety and it makes it fun to explore the downtown. From murals to store decorations to statues and sculptures, there’s something new around every corner.

I read that a lot of the street art was supported in conjunction with the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, trying to bring another component to the concerts they throw annually. It’s not all modern graffiti in Reykjavik. There’s a mix with some historic and old art in the streets of Iceland’s major metropolis. We learned about some of this Reykjavik street art on the walking tour, and some we found on our own.

SCULPTURES and statues

The sculptures and statues offer a glimpse into Reykjavik’s history and humor.

The statue of Skúli Magnússon, known as the father of Reykajvik, is prominently placed in the main square of the city.

The Memorial to the Unknown Bureaucrat is a satirical tribute to all the thankless servants by Magús Tómasson.


For a dark cold country, the Reykjavik street art is very colorful and even whimsical. Here’s a small sample.


I enjoyed this super colorful store exterior and the bike parking stations. It’s a really interesting city and I recommend checking out Reykjavik’s street art when you go!

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, blogging about the places we visit and the adventures we have. Love hiking, cycling, scuba, animals and adventure.

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