Sun Voyager
Sun Voyager
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Created to celebrate the city of Reykjavik's 200th birthday, this "dream boat" sculpture represents hope, progress, and freedom.
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  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Photo Op
    It was a nice stop for a photo op of the stainless steel sculpture of a boat and an ode to the sun. According to the artist, it symbolizes the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. It was quite windy and cold around the sculpture. There is no fee to see the sculpture. There is concrete seating around the sculpture.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 31 July 2023
  • EmeraldDiva
    3,673 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early or late
    It was a very pleasant walk along the waterfront to Sun Voyager. I went in the evening of the day I arrived at Reykjavik and it was fairly quiet and easy to get some nice photos. Well worth a visit on the way to do some shopping.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Justin
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pick your time carefully or you will not get the pics you know you want
    It was on my list and it was the first place I accidentally came across. So that was handy. The only thing was that it was 4:30 pm and there were another 50 people just like me jostling for position to get that ideal "look where I am" photo for IG. Just as Nick Kamen did, back in the day, I promised myself to go back ... really, really early in the morning on Sunday, but then, Saturday night happened, so I didn't. It is a beautiful sculpture. It is staying on my "to do" list though!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Location for a Photo
    A nice sculpture along the sea front. When we went past it in the morning it was quiet but later in the afternoon it was quite busy and buses stopping at allow people to take an pic. Worth going for a walk past it
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Ričards Edijs
    Latvia430 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice place to stop by
    The Sun Voyager is located in a very scenic and picturesque place. I would also recommend reading the small description from the artist where he gives an insight into the meaning and philosophy of the work. Otherwise, it is frequently surrounded by tourists and, perhaps, becomes a bit overrated.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Jan14225
    Tecumseh, Michigan83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reykjavik Point of Interest
    This sculpture is located on the edge of a section of downtown Reykjavik. As the picture shows, it is beautiful and sits on the edge of downtown shopping and the ocean. A drive-by to view it would be just fine. It is not the easiest place to locate parking. Good photo opportunity however!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic photo op
    No way you need here 1-2 hours as advised on TA. It's a 10 min quick photo stop. Sun Voyager is a nice, very modern art installation resembling a Viking boat. It's set on the northern shore of Reykjavik bay in honor of 200 years of its existence.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • tinylass
    Sheffield, United Kingdom5,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classy sculpture in a nice area
    Not a long walk from Hallgrímskirkja church to the sea to find this sculpture. Very sleek and modern looking and nice views out to sea from where it is. It was ridiculously windy when we visited, so much so that we were struggling to stand up and being by the sea was almost a bit dangerous so we didn't stay long but enough time to get a few decent pics and admire the view.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • rwedwards1965
    Isle of Man, United Kingdom9 contributions
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    An Icon of Iceland
    Iconic sculpture overlooking Reykjavik bay looking towards the mountains, the Sun Voyager is a must if visiting the capital. A tourist magnet, so if you want a picture without folk all over it, go early morning. Absolutely free, too!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pretty sight
    This is one of the more modern sights in Iceland. Relatively new it still is iconic already and popular. Originally it was built to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavík. The Sun Voyager was unveiled on Sæbraut on the birthday of the city of Reykjavík, August 18th, 1990. It is a pretty sight, with the city or the water and the hills in the back. Depending on the angle. It's a nice little walk here along the water. A peaceful, quiet walk without many visitors. But here at the sculpture they all come together. But we were here pretty early in the morning around 9.30am. Some people, but easy to get some got shots of the impressive sculpture. So, if you're in Reyjkavik, then surely this is a must-see.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
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Dustin M
Denver, CO48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Sun Voyager is a well-known sculpture that is interesting in itself, but what makes it far more interesting is the walk along the harbor to get to it and the view of the harbor and of Mount Esja from the sculpture.

We visited Iceland in the first week of January and it's a chilly walk along the wide path along the harbor. In some places, the path was even a bit dicey with slick ice and the area around the Sun Voyager had some slick ice spots. The harbor walk from Harpa Concert Hall to Sun Voyager is a fairly easy walk with views of the harbor and Mount Esja on one side and of Reykjavik on the other side.
Written 15 February 2020
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Jenny C
Eckington, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Arrived on the 12th and as our excursion that night had been cancelled we walked about a Mile from our hotel into town via the sea front. Passed by the Sun Voyager and with the snow covered mountains in the background it looked so picturesque. However as it open to the public it was very busy with tourists and we waited for them all to move before taking pictures
Written 15 March 2020
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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
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Aug 2021
The Sun Voyager (Sólfarið) is a large sparkling steel sculpture of a ship-like thing, located on Sæbraut on the waterfront in central Reykjavík. The work is an iconic landmark in the city, and one of its most visited sights. It’s exceedingly beautiful when the sun is reflected in various parts of the steel construction; its equally as beautiful at sunset.

The popular misconception is that the Sun Voyager represents a Viking ship. It certainly looks a bit like a stylised version of a Viking ship. However, that’s not quite the case, apparently!. According to the sculptor’s vision, the piece accounts for a vessel of dreams. In his own words, the artist says that the sculpture represents, "the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom." Thus the sculpture serves as an ode to the sun where it gracefully faces north across Faxaflói Bay.

Sólfarið, by sculptor artist Jón Gunnar Árnason. was unveiled to mark the 200th birthday of the city of Reykjavík on August 18, 1990. It is built of stainless steel. It measures 18 metres in length and is on a circular stone platform jutting into the sea that the artists called “Jónsnes” (Jón’s Peninsula). Jón’s intention was to give the city something that inspired dreams and imagination and symbolizes light and hope. It works for me, but the notion of it just being a Viking ship is hard to erase.

Interpret it as you want: a Viking ship; a dream boat that holds the promise of undiscovered territory; or an ode to the sun that emits a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. It really doesn't matter. But regardless of how how you see it or interpret it, it’s a beautiful piece of sculpture, and should be visited when you are in Reykjavik.
Written 13 September 2021
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dylgramps
Cumberland, RI65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I walked down from the opera house to the Voyager because I wanted to see the work and take some pictures. Unfortunately there were tourists crawling all over the sculpture so my pictures all contain people in various stages of silliness. I would fence out tourists so that the focus would be solely on this interesting piece of work.
Written 13 February 2020
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John A
Belfast, UK1,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I found Solfar quite emotional. It sits proudly on the Reykjavik seafront in a position which looks across the bay to the snow covered mountains beyond.
The simple clean lines of stainless steel are shaped into a Viking longship with crew manning the oars. It is designed to celebrate the brave souls who made perilous voyages across hostile seas from Scabdanavia to this beautiful island a thousand years ago.
For me, this was the best sight on our short trip to Iceland and certainly a highlight I will never forget.
Written 13 March 2020
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John A
Belfast, UK1,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
If there is a more beautiful and meaningful sculpture anywhere I have yet to come across it. It's simplicity is it's strength.
It is situated near the harbour on the Reykjavik seafront and represents the Viking history of the country and the courage of the first settlers who took to the sea to find a new life.
It is an utterly amazing and emotional sight in any weather and thoroughly deserves its prominent position where it can be seen and admired.
Written 8 March 2020
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Karin@
Portofino, Italy346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When in Reykjavik, take your time and walk along the seaside, from the Harpa Concert Hall, just 10-15 minutes and you can reach the beautiful monument of Sun Voyager, expressing the structure of old viking boat.
It's imponent stainless steel construction created by a sculpture Jón Gunnar Árnason in 1990, located next to the main road.
Sun Voyager is very romantic, remembering a dreamboat, which dedicate the ode to the Sun.
The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, liberty and freedom.
Dedicated to all these courageous explorers who never stops to discover, to reach new horizonts.
It's brings the viking and nordic spirit and the force to face any difficulty even nowadays.
Written 2 March 2020
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Lori M
California1,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
iconic and gorgeous! great photo opp of course. nice location right at the water. we loved it. I even bought a recreation of this sculpture as a souvenir. (it's difficult to find, try Tóbaksverslunin Björk, Reykjavík right on the main road. if he doesn't have it the art museum might but they charge even more (it's about $150)
Written 23 July 2021
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Andrew T
Norwich, UK327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Easily accessed on the sea front. This is a great place for a walk and a visit (no parking - access on foot). The views are stunning. There is a flat and well maintained pavement along the seafront. The sculpture is a short walk from the concert hall (Harpa) and then old Reykjavik and harbour area.
A very pleasant way to spend an hour in the morning during your walk round Reykjavik.
Written 20 February 2020
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Chris Tapley
Whitfield, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Sun Voyager

Saebraut, Reykjavik Iceland

Dream Boat

The Sun Voyager sculpture looking out over the Reykjavik waterfront is an iconic landmark in Reykjavik. To appreciate the sculpture at its best I would suggest visiting early evening or early morning and spending time appreciating the sculpture and stunning landscape that it points towards. As is suggested by the title of the review this should be a time of calm and reflection. The first time we saw this beautiful sculpture was on a city tour on which we were given a fleeting glimpse and potted history before going onto the next item on the itinerary, this is not the way to see the Sun Voyager!

Luckily, due to a late flight back to England, we had the opportunity of visiting the sculpture again, this time on foot and when there were no crowds to battle with. The Sun Voyager, figuratively, takes you on a journey across the water to the stunning Icelandic landscape in the distance framed behind the waterfront. It is indeed a time to stop, think and reflect. In fact, at such a time, it is poignant to consider the sculpture’s own journey and placement in its prominent position. At first the traveller can be forgiven for thinking that it resembles a Viking ship, and to me it does, but that was not the intention of Jon Gunner Arnason, the sculpture. His masterpiece was one of hope, freedom and progress, moving forward, exploring the as yet uncharted waters of the future. A figurative journey, yes and poignant as Jon Gunner Arnason died of Leukaemia a year before the sculpture found its final resting place on the waterfront.

Visit this masterpiece if you can, but take time to reflect, as Jon Gunner Arnson did, in this beautiful Icelandic setting.
Written 8 March 2023
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