Exploring the Back Streets of Reykjavík

Reykjavík has become one of the most visited places on the planet with millions of people walking down Laugavegur, the city’s main drag, every year. Today, gleaming new buildings line the waterfront and modern hotels rise across the city.

But veer off the main streets of Reykjavík, and you’ll uncover a different side of the city: Small alleys, whimsical murals, rundown apartments, and old-school bars. These won’t last forever (in fact, they might be already gone by the time you read this), so I thought it was worth posting these photos of the Icelandic capital that you might not find in a guidebook.

Reykjavik 1

Corner of Vitastígur and Skúlagata, in 101. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 2

Ölstofan Kormáks & Skjaldar bar, Vegamótastígur, 101 Reykjavík. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 5

Mushroom, Sara Riel, Hverfisgata 42, in 101. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 4

Njálsgata 10, in 101. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 3

Njálsgata 10. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 6

A tunnel alley in 101. Photo: Craig Nelson

Reykjavik 7

Furry Flight by Sara Riel, Njálsgata 4. Photo: Craig Nelson

Special thanks to Toby Wikström for helping to identify the locations and artists.

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, tweet for NFT, writes for ShowTickets.com, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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