Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and the northern most capital city in the world, has a laid-back atmosphere. From great cafes and restaurants to its night life and to its street art, Reykjavik has a quirkiness and uniqueness that is not seen in other national capital cities.
When you take a walk around Reykjavik you cannot miss the murals that adorns many of the city buildings. Whether you call it urban graffiti or street art, it has become a major tourist attraction in the city.
Illegal graffiti remains an issue in Reykjavik, just as it does in many cities around the world. Because of this the city spends a significant amount of money every year to remove illegal graffiti from city buildings, light poles, street signs and other city property. The art that you see on many of the buildings is not illegal graffiti. Street art is legal in Reykjavik if the property owner has given permission for it to be painted on their building.
Where to find the street art
A good place to start to spot street art in Reykjavik is the main tourist street of Laugavegur (as you can see from the above photos). There are a number of murals painted on walls in the street and in some instances entire buildings have been adorned with artwork.
The best way to see the street art is to simply explore the city on foot. You will be amazed at the amazing artwork you find.
Look for Smaller Pieces
Not all of the artworks cover full walls or buildings. While exploring the city, make sure you look for smaller pieces.