So, you finally checked one off the bucket list and arrived in Iceland. Velkomin! But what now? Reykjavík is bustling with activities, from steamy swimming pools to world-renowned galleries to more historical sites than you can name. And the city’s diversity has only increased with the development of tourism—now you’ll find ambitious arthouse theatre in English and interactive tech museums dotting the streets. For those looking to get out of the capital, it’s surrounded by gorgeous hiking, plentiful picnic spots, and more. So what’s one to do to fully take advantage of the city? Presenting: the 2020 Grapevine Best Of Reykjavík Activities awards. Hey—when in Reykjavík, listen to the Reykjavíkingur.
Best Art Space
Grandagarður 20, 101 Reykjavík
The Marshall House serves up a number of brilliant galleries, but the artist-run Kling & Bang is a true standout. No matter what exhibit or installation they have on the roster, expect something ambitious and unique—from makeshift karaoke rooms to gardens covered in bees. Another amazing thing about Kling & Bang is that they play host to not only well-known international creators, but also to up-and-coming talents. The space never ceases to amaze with its provocative, vibrant style, and it is for that reason that it is our 2020 winner.
Freyjugata 41, 101 Reykjavík
Ásmundarsalur is hard to pinpoint—their events and exhibitions are so varied that its hard to distill into a few words. Stop by to see young artists creating in their workshops, grab a macchiato at Reykjavík Roasters, and don’t forget to stop by at Christmas for their art market. It’s an exhilarating venue, and we can’t wait to see what they pull out of their hat in 2020.
Laugavegur 23, 101 Reykjavík
You could perhaps call Gallery Port the dive bar of the Icelandic art scene—and we mean that in the coolest, most in-the-know and loving way. This artist-run space, which is located smack dab downtown on Laugavegur, serves up gritty, unusual, and eclectic art by people who will probably be famous one day. Stop by if you’re looking to enter some David Lynch-directed dimension. Note: It’s also one of the few venues where you can buy the brilliant art you see on the walls.
2019: Gallery Port
2018: Listastofan (RIP)
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