Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and the northern most capital city in the world, has a laid-back atmosphere. From great cafes and restaurants to its night life and to its street art, Reykjavik has a quirkiness and uniqueness that is not seen in other national capital cities.
When you take a walk around Reykjavik you cannot miss the murals that adorns many of the city buildings. Whether you call it urban graffiti or street art, it has become a major tourist attraction in the city.
It should be noted that like many cities, illegal graffiti remains an issue in Reykjavik. The city spends a significant amount of money every year to remove illegal graffiti from city buildings, light poles, street signs and other city property. The art that you see on many of the buildings is not illegal graffiti. Street art is legal in Reykjavik if the property owner has given permission for it to be painted on their building.
Location: Laugavegur 66. Art: D*FACE and Agent Fresco inspired by Laxdæla Saga
Location: Laugavegur 23. Art: Caratoes and Ylja, inspired by the song “Óður til móður” by Ylja
Location: Laugavegur 35. Art: Elle with Úlfur Úlfur, inspired by the song “Tuttugu og Eitthvað” by Úlfur Úlfur
A good place to start to spot street art in Reykjavik is the main tourist street of Laugavegur (as you can see from the above photos). There are a number of murals painted on walls in the street and in some instances entire buildings have been adorned with artwork.
The best way to see the street art is to simply explore the city on foot. You will be amazed at the amazing artwork you find.
Some may not appreciate the artworks that adorn many of the Reykjavik buildings. However, when exploring the city, it is important to see the city with open eyes and an open mind. For me personally, I believe the artwork adds so much to the quirkiness of this amazing city and it should be seen for what it is, amazing art.
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Not all of the artworks cover full walls or buildings. While exploring the city, make sure you look for smaller pieces.
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