My travels took me through Iceland where I visited the capital city of Reykjavik. It boasts being the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state and a surprisingly popular destination for tourism!?
I found myself wandering through the streets of downtown Reykjavik, visiting the local cafes and shops. I didn’t expect to stumble upon an outdoor art exhibit which spanned the entire city. During the non-snowy time of year, they close off the narrow streets, turning it into an our door art gallery.
Reykjavik City Center
What I didn’t expect was how Reykjavik’s local artists incorporated art into countless buildings throughout the city to have the city become a part of the artwork landscape.
On main roads, side streets and downtown areas, you can find a beautiful works of art painted directly on to the building. Every mural themed to match the architecture, structure and area. It transformed Reykjavik from a city with art into art itself.
In all honesty – I am not an art buff and wouldn’t recognize a well known artist if I hit them with my tiny Icelandic rental car. I’m just a simple guy, traveling the world and this was a VERY unexpected, pleasant surprise – something worth sharing with the world.
If you’re passing through and don’t have a lot of time in Iceland, Reykjavik has the highest concentration of things to do and see. It’s definitely worth the visit.