Top Historical Places in Reykjavik

Are you looking to explore the history of Reykjavik through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Reykjavik including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Reykjavik. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Reykjavik ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Reykjavik, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Reykjavik for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Reykjavik with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Hofdi House

    Historical Site

    Even though this historic house can be rented for exhibitions and private events, it’s not open to the public, so you can only view it from outside. Built in 1909, it was the home of poet and businessman Einar Benediktsson, and the spot from where Iceland’s first international radio communique was sent. More importantly it’s the location of the meeting between presidents Ronal...Read more
  2. Holavallagardur

    4.9 (466 Votes)


    Between the years 1838 and 1932 this was Reykjavik’s main cemetery. Many prominent Icelandic historical figures are buried here, chief among them the leader of the country’s independence struggle. GudrunOddsdottir, the first to be buried here, is said to be the graveyard’s guardian soul. It’s a beautiful and tranquil place for a stroll, full of interesting looking tombst...Read more
  3. Domkirkjan

    4.2 (3462 Votes)

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site

    Domkirkjan holds a significant importance in shaping Icelandic history. Interestingly the church has always been on the site since 1200 AD only to have taken its present form in 1796. This the very place where Iceland’s independence was officially endorsed and the members of cabinet still gather for several sessions. The first view at the church will fill you with serenity, a fairly basic...Read more
  4. The Culture House

    Art And Culture, Historical Site, Architecture

    Reykjavik is a great blend of nature and history! So for the love of history Iceland brings to you the Cultural House which is an exhibition space for all things cultural! The building was constructed in1908 and was by far one of the finest architecture of the city at that time. This elegant neo-classical building houses some very intriguing exhibitions. A must visit if you are Eddas and Sagas ...Read more
  5. The Statue Of Leif Eiriksson


    Standing tall right outside the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral church is the statue of famous Icelandic explorer Leif Eiriksson. Acclaimed in the Sagas of Icelanders for having discovered North America well before Christopher Columbus got lost and ended up there by accident, few historical figures are more important in the mythology of the country. The statue of the Viking was designed by Alexander ...Read more
  6. Thufa

    4.3 (44 Votes)


    This curious monument is basically a manmade hill 26 meters wide and rising 8 meters with stone steps that lead to a house at the top. Well, it looks like a house, but it’s actually a shed where fish are hung out to dry. The man in question, OlofNordal, built the monument on commission from the HB Grandicompany. It seems to be an utterly pointless monument, yet there is huge affection for...Read more
  7. Arnarholl Statue


    The monument lies on top of the eponymous hill and park, a 1924 creation by the artist Einar Jonsson. It depicts IngólfurArnarson, who is thought to be the first settler of Iceland. He is said to have made landfall on 874. Apart from taking a few photographs and taking note of the surrounding buildings (Central bank of Iceland, the National Theater, the Culture house and the Prime Minist...Read more
  8. Parliament House

    3.5 (253 Votes)
    Parliament House

    Heritage Building

    This modest looking 19th century house has at various times been home to the Icelandic National Library and Antiquaries Collection, the Icelandic National Gallery and the University of Iceland. Today it houses the entirely of the Icelandic parliament. Check for the charming little garden, known as Alpingisgardurinn or Tryggvagardur, behind the building, which is open to visitors. And other than...Read more
  9. Bardar Saga Snaefellsass Statue


    It can seem a lot to have to drive 186 kilometers out of Reykjavik just to see a statue, but there are a few reasons that might convince you to do so. For one, the drive through the rugged and harsh Icelandic terrain is beautiful. And at the end of the drive you view the striking monument to one of the most famous characters from the Icelandic Sagas, BardrSnaefellsass, a man said to have the bl...Read more
  10. Vatnsberinn


    At the corner of the Bankastraeti and Laekjargata, fine this modernist statue of a labourer carrying two pails of water. It was a creation of the celebrity sculptor AsmundurSveinsson. It’s in a location where most people don’t expect to see it, and so is always a pleasant surprise to discover. It looks massive. There is not much else to do here.
  11. Eve Online Monument Image


    To find the best of this sculpture a visit to Eve Online Monument is required. The statue is no less than a futuristic model. It is equipped with three differently shaped spires, two made of stone flanking a shining metal center pillar. It has got the names engraved of the players to give tribute. The monument is a delight to the eyes because of its terrific shape. If you are an explorer of unu...Read more