Reykjavik Street Art


I do an internet search for street art before I travel. I was excited by the google images I saw of Reykjavik’s Street Art. Reykjavik is a creative city full of musicians and artists. It is known for its colorful buildings and street art scattered throughout the city. The city was covered with graffiti tags and logos prior to 2006. Reykjavik cracked down on illegal graffiti with a zero tolerance policy. Much of Reykjavik’s illegal works have been white washed and Heart Park is gone.


Reykjavik Street Art


Tagging remains illegal in Reykjavik but Street Art has become a grey area. The City has become tolerant toward local street artists and is less likely to white wash their illegal murals. Street Artists are able to create legal murals by first obtaining permission from property owners, then the property owner must obtain permission from the City Council.  In 2015 and 2016 Wall Poetry paired 10 International Street Artists with 10 headliners of the Airwave Music Festival to collaborate on murals. The result is some pretty amazing city walls!


Reykjavik Street Art


Much of the street art in Reykjavik is bright and, well, quirky. It draws you in and you will likely find yourself wandering between buildings searching for more. You will find most of the art on side streets in the city center off Laugavegur and around the Old Harbor.


Reykjavik Street Art



Reykjavik is a creative city full of musicians and artists. Reykjavik Street Art adds color and vibrancy to the city.


5 comments on “Seeking Street Art: Reykjavik Edition
  1. Marley says:

    Great photos! I was in Reykjavik for 2 nights and saw some of my favorite street art there. Next trip i definitely need to stay longer and see more of it!

  2. Tami says:

    I’m a street art fan, too. If I have time, I love to wander streets and photograph the art I find. Loved seeing what you found in Reyjavik!

  3. vishalgmr1971 says:

    I am a street art fan too. But I’ve never tried to post it on my site. No matter where you go in the world, this is a common scene everywhere. All you need to do is go to the right place and enjoy.

  4. We were in Reykjavik in january and could not help but admire the street art scene that was happening. It seem the city also back the artists to create there pieces in prominant positions

  5. PriVin says:

    We were in Reykjavik last summer and found a few of the murals. It was nice to see all your photos

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