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Culture

When it comes to art and culture, there is plenty to choose from.

From „happenings“ to more classic art exhibitions, anything can be found in most parts of the country and in the most unlikely places. Concerts are held at larger concert halls or even in the performers’ living room.

The Reykjanes peninsula has a rich music tradition and colourful culture and there are few reasons that have shaped the culture trough out the centuries. One of the main reasons is the landscape on the Reykjanes peninsula, it has shaped the infrastructure and the culture of the area at the same time. People have been living on the peninsula since the settlement. It was difficult to cross because of rough lava fields until the roads were built around hundred years ago. At the same time nature has provided the area with good harbour conditions, hens the rich fishing tradition and people from all over Iceland came to the peninsula to work with the fish. In addition to that, the American navy base was located on the peninsula in the last decade, bringing to the area the international airport, foreign television stations and radio. Keflavík was called the Liverpool of Iceland as most of Iceland's best bands were originated from the peninsula.

Whether our guest's interest lies in the history, arts, handicraft, music, geology or food, they will find something of their interest in the area.

Crafts & Design

All types of craft and design have become popular all over the country. The variety is quite remarkable and it´s safe to say that the local´s creative spirit is very active. Craft and design products are sold at special markets, specialty stores or via the artists’ websites.

Cultural Centres

Cultural centers are located in most parts of the country.

Hosting all kinds of cultural events and educational programs for people of all ages. 

Exhibitions

There is no shortage of different kinds of exhibitions, all over the country. They are dedicated to anything from toys to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Art exhibitions also vary greatly and may be found in all sorts of places.

Libraries & Archives

Most parts of the country have their own archives.

Most populated areas have libraries, differing in size and variety.

Museums

Iceland has all kinds of interesting museums.

Most of them are pretty standard but others are dedicated to more abstract things, such as ghosts and other curious phenomena.

Visitor Centres

Located at most of the larger and more popular nature sites.  

Museums and cultural establishments, visitor centers provide information and the chance to purchase souvenirs.

The Reykjanes Peninsula

Towns & Villages

Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

Map Garður Sandgerði Reykjanesbær Vogar Grindavík