Since our trip to Iceland was a last minute affair, we didn’t have much time to research or plan before we landed. The only thing clear was our wish to explore the amazing natural wonders in the island, hence we agreed to spend as little time in cities as possible. Thus, our time in Reykjavik was short but sweet.
The day after our arrival in Iceland, we just went for a random walk around the city center. By pure chance, we found a few murals. And, in the end, we were impressed by the Reykjavik street art scene. These are some of our favorite pieces.
Walking past a small alleyway leading to a courtyard, the sight of a striking pink flamingo caught my eye. As I back tracked, I saw the intriguing Ganesh figure and the captivating lion. But my definite favourite was the ethnic portrait with the bright red feathers. I wish I knew the name of the artist, but I couldn’t find any identifying clues.
Another great discovery for me, was finding several pieces by local artist Sara Riel. She is one of the most well-known Icelandic street artists and her work is quite detailed and usually features elements from nature. This was the first time I’d seen some of her murals and I really like her style, so I hope I get to see some more in the future.
The only work I recognized was the one below (left) from The London Police, which is a collaboration with American artist Above. Also, last year as part of the Iceland Airwaves festival, street artists teamed up with musicians to create some great murals inspired by music. Unfortunately for me, I did not know this until it was too late. But I did get to see one of the murals, an impressive work by Caratoes below (right).
So that you can find some of these amazing works when you travel to Iceland, I’ve included at the end of this post a couple of Reykjavk street art maps that I found online. You are welcome! 😉
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