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It’s hard not to notice the abundance of street art while strolling around in Iceland’s capital. In fact, Reykjavik has gained a reputation of being one of the world’s capitals of street art. The city is so dotted with supreme street art that you can easily lose yourself for days in the sweeping sea of creativity.
The weather might be grey in Reykjavik for most of the year but a walk around the city quickly reveals a world of colour – there’s a treasure trove of street art adorning building walls, underpasses, houses, and everything in between. Although historically a contentious topic, there’s no doubting that Reykjavik benefits from the artwork which has now become a permanent yet ever changing part of the cityscape.
When you go for a walk in Reykjavik, one thing stands out: the incredible murals. They are spread all around the city, and most of them are difficult to miss, covering the entire side of houses and office buildings. They give colour to the city, and visitors often name the murals as the highlight of their stay in Reykjavik.
You can find many pieces of street art on the main shopping street Laugavegur or on the streets close to it. More awesome examples are located in the old port area and other places all around the city. Some are huge, covering three or four storey buildings, others are tiny. What they all have in common is that they come and go. Street art is by its nature non-permanent.
Urn Tönsberg, better known as Selur One, is the artist behind several of the pieces I came across. He has an affinity for animals and they appear in many of his works.
If you like Nordic-style pastries, very buttery and sugary, you’ll love Brauð & co – their sweet breads and croissants are rich, really sweet, and huge. Stop by this beloved bakery not only for a delightful croissant but also for a journey into some sort of rainbow paisley hippie dream world. Yes, the entire front of Brauð & Co. is covered in a mirage of phantasmagorica craziness. Drop by and grab a pic—no filter needed.
Brauð & co, situated on Frakkastígur 16, opened its doors in 2016. It’s not just a brightly painted building but also a famous bakery in Reykjavik. It was started by Ágúst Einþórsson and three of his friends. You can watch them bake everything right there in the store. Their cinnamon buns are seriously out of this world and the bakery is extremely popular among locals.
Much of Reykjavik street art is bright and, well, quirky. It draws you in and you will likely find yourself wandering between buildings searching for more. Checking out the murals that dot Reykjavik is one of the best free things you can do in the city.