Arts & Culture in Iceland
Iceland’s unique nature, closely-knit population, and enterprising spirit have all contributed to a dynamic, original cultural scene. From the ancient sagas to award-winning films, Icelanders are a generally writing, acting, composing, designing, painting, sculpting, and all-round creating bunch. Many locals have “creative” professions and of those who don’t, many sing in a choir, play an instrument, write poetry, design clothing, knit, or have another vent for their creative energy.
- Here you'll get a sneak-peek into Iceland's cultural scene.
Arts and culture
While the natural landscape is enormously inspiring to locals and tourists alike, and many would assume this to be the source of this creativity, there are many other factors.
The Icelandic Language
The Icelandic language is a dialect of Old Norse: the pan-Scandinavian language at the time of Iceland’s settlement 1150 years ago.
Outdoor art installations are where you least expect them and a testimony to an art scene shaped by the landscape it thrives in.
The Museums of the Westfjords
The museums and exhibitions in the Westfjords will help you to understand the past and present of this magical part of Iceland.
Season of Creativity - Art & Design
Icelandic designers have been honing their skills over the years, balancing inspiration from history and culture with their own imagination. Architect Hrólfur Karl Cela gives us his guide to creativity in Iceland.
Explore museums and exhibitions in Iceland.