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Reykjavik Street Art: A Photo Essay

One of the things that Reykjavik is well-known for are the many murals that grace the walls of their buildings. Some are massive + popular, while others are found in unexpected places. I really enjoyed this extra dose of uniqueness in Iceland’s capital. Everywhere we stopped, we found splashes of color or incredible works of art. So, I thought as an intro to Reykjavik (city post coming next) I would share a photo essay of some of my favorite Reykjavik street art with you.


This photo essay is just a taste of the creativity, the bright colors, and the beauty of Reykjavik. Be sure to check back for my more in-depth guide of this stunning city later this week.

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    Joanna Maguire
    February 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Looks so cool there, love good street art and that lot looks amazing!

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      Paige Wunder
      February 27, 2017 at 7:16 am

      It’s definitely a great city for catching amazing street art, and this was just a portion of what I saw while I was there!

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    Sarah Kim
    February 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Wow I didn’t know that Reykjavik had so much street art. It’s really beautiful. Thanks for taking me on a tour!

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      Paige Wunder
      February 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Thanks for checking it out! It’s sort-of like walking through a museum.

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    February 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Wonderful article. I was just in Reykjavik a few weeks ago and fell in love with all the art. I actually have a post in my que waiting to go out with it. So glad you got to see all the beauty I saw while visiting.

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      Paige Wunder
      February 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I can’t wait to see your post about the art as well. It was like an adventure, seeing what was waiting around every corner.

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    Gina Bear (@ginabearsblog)
    February 22, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I always love photo essays and I really enjoyed this street art one. For some reason, the octopus with guns that said, “So sorry” made me laugh for some reason. I also like the Mafia Crew one because it sounds cool. Great photography as always!

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      Paige Wunder
      February 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Thanks, Gina! I love photo essays as well, but find that I don’t do them often. Thanks for checking mine out. The octopus with the guns made my husband laugh for some reason too – so you’re not alone! Thanks for reading and complimenting my photography; I really appreciate it! xx

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    February 23, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I didn’t know Reykjavik has so much art on the streets. I love them and at times it’s fun to just stand and try to ‘read’ them.

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    Cori Carl
    February 23, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Coming from Brooklyn, I take it for granted that there’s going to be street art everywhere. Then I travel and remember that’s really not the case! Reykjavik really does have exceptional street art.

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    February 23, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I’m always loving what you post! I’m a huge fan of street art myself, so these images made me smile. So bright and colorful!

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    February 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I love that floor, but all of this is amazing. I am heading to the caribbean and hoping to see some street art there. I REALLY want to go to Iceland for about 100,000 reasons. haha This is just one more.

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    Shane Prather
    February 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I am in love with visiting colorful cities, and Reykjavik is just that! I would love to feature you in my Gaga for Graffiti around the world series 🙂

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    Travelerette (@TraveleretteNYC)
    February 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for this article. I am going to Reykjavik in August, so I look forward to trying to find these images then. I especially like the angry looking colorful fish!

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    February 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I had no ocean Reykjavik was so known for its street art. There are some great one to see! A photographer said paradise really!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    February 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    A totally different perspective of Iceland. Street art is a great medium to understand the character of a place and it is so fascinating. The street art of Reykjavik is unique and somehow seems to capture the essence of ‘Fire and Ice”. A shout out to the unknown creative geniuses who have shaped the art.

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    TalesOfABackpacker🌍 (@clairesturz)
    February 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Wow, of all the posts I’ve read about Iceland I had no idea that street art was such a thing there! I LOVE street art!! It’s yet another reason why I want to go to Iceland now 🙂 That baboon is my favourite, then the red owl one, I love the colours!

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    February 23, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    All of these photos make me so crazy happy. I used to be such a street art hater and now well-into my 20s, I’ve grown to really love the free art exhibits. Thank you for sharing Paige 🙂 I love your photographs!

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    Joella (Rovingjo)
    February 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I am a huge fan of street art. It can really change the look and vibe of a location. I have never been to Reykjavik and while I have heard so many great things about this city I have never heard about the art found there. Nice to know this city has an artistic flare to it.

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