Sólfarið - The Sun Voyager, Reykjavík

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  • The Sun Voyager at solstice.
    The Sun Voyager at solstice.
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  • Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut, Reykjavik Harbour
    Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut,...
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    Sólfar: The Sun Voyager

    by kaloz Written Feb 15, 2015

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    The shore walk is a pedestrian walkway between the old harbor and the ferry terminal for Viðey Ferry Terminal. Viðey island is where the Imagine Peace Tower, an installation by Yoko Ono stands. One of the highlights of the walk is the representation of a viking boat called Sólfar: The Sun Voyager, which is a skeletal representation. The trick is that this is not an automobile friendly display. The nearest area to park is near to Harpa, to park closer, you would have to brave crossing a divided highway. This modern representation leaves some people cold and I have heard that it looks like a bug, but I like it.

    Bow S��lfar Sun Voyager Perspective Ship or bug
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    Solfar Sun Voyager

    by shavy Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    At the spot where the road approaches the coast (Saebraut) state since August 18, 1990 the largest and most photographed art object of Reykjavík, the Solfar
    It was designed by the artist Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931-1989)

    This steel sculpture is very easy accessible by foot, the spot is very touristy, these monuments range from busts of persons , memorials to fishermen who have not come from the sea, back absurd performances , modern abstract art to dramatic biblical scenes ,a regularly placed new surprising artworks especially along the boardwalk / coastal

    This sculpture stands near the sea area where you can see some of the local walking, jogging, biking
    if it's a nice weather is really nice to stroll around, it was pretty late when we visit the city the weather is cold, rain, and windy

    Steel Sculpture of the Solfar
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    Solfar Sun Voyager Sculpture

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 16, 2013

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    We walked along the front from Hlemmur Bus Station into the centre of Reykjavik in order to pass this lovely sculpture. The sculpture is a kind of skeleton of an old Viking ship and it blends wonderfully with its setting and looks fabulous and different from every angle. If you want to reach the sculpture from the old town walk along the coast from the lovely Harpa building away from the harbour.

    Sun Voyager My husbnd at Sun Voyager.
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    Sólfar - The Sun Voyager

    by jmpncsu Written May 11, 2013

    Sólfar (The Sun Voyager) is a sculpture along the sea by Sæbraut just southeast of the Harpa Hall and Conference Center. We had gone down to the sea to walk along the shore walk and came across this sculpture. It was made by Jón Gunnar Árnason and unveiled in 1990, after the artist's death. The metal sculpture is a dreamboat, symbolizing the voyage into undiscovered territory, and an ode to the sun. Its location right on the shore provides for some great photo opportunities. It's easy to get to, only takes a few minutes to see, and doesn't cost anything, so be sure to check it out if you're in Reykjavík.

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    The sun voyager sculpture

    by jojes Written Nov 30, 2012

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    This sculpture 'Sólfar' is located by the sea on a small peninsula by Sæbraut, close to Reykjavik's centre.
    The sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason symbolises the Viking-past of the Icelanders and an ode to the sun.

    Although it pictures a Viking vessile, to some it might look as a a giant stainless steel bug jus crawled out of the ocean ...

    I can imagine that from the small "peninsula" where the statue stands, you have beautiful views on a clear day ... but as you can see in our pictures we didn't have the best possible weather.

    The path along the coast makes for a nice walk ...

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    The waterfront: Sólfar - Sun Voyager.

    by Regina1965 Updated Oct 9, 2012

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    Reykjavík is surrounded by sea and we have many beautiful waterfronts.

    The northern waterfront is a popular place for jogging and strolling. From there you have a great view of Esjan, which is Reykjavík's most known mountain, and other mountains and on sunny days you can see the town Akranes glistening in the sun.

    On the waterfront, a 5 minutes' walk from Lækjartorg-square, The Sun Voyager sculpture (Sólfar) is located. It is a big Vikingship steel-sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931-1989) and a reminder of our history and heritage when the first Viking settlers came sailing to Iceland. On the waterfront you can watch breathtaking sunsets, and on the solstice it is a perfect place to watch the sun touch the horizon and rise again.

    The Sun Voyager on solstice. The Sun Voyager. Mt. Esjan on the waterfront. The Sun Voyager at solstice. The Sun Voyager at solstice.

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    Solfario (Sunship) - sculpture of Viking ship

    by heitzenrater Written Jul 9, 2009

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    One of the great features of Reykjavik is the bike/walking path along the bay. It stretches around the bay, and contains drinking fountains to hydrate with. This water front path is one of the many paths that traverses through the city of Reykjavik. The path is divided into an area for walk/runners and bikers. Many of bike tours travel down the water front trail. A few area's of the trail have glazed rocks that have been coated with lacker to allow you to sit on and stay clean near the water. Enjoy.

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    Walk to the beautiful Solfario scultpure

    by jumpingnorman Written Jul 2, 2009

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    I found The Pond very relaxing in Iceland, and from there I decided to walk towards the Reykjavik Harbour.

    On the map, it says that there is a part of the harbor that has a scenic view. Well, I love scenic views and yes it was nice to just sit by this waterfront, especially at the spot where you will find this nice Viking ship steel silver sculpture where I saw an old man just sitting. It looked like he was from Iceland and he was just enjoying his city. The view is serene and this sculpture truly enhances the atmosphere – of course, I also asked the old man to take my picture, hehehe…(sculpture Solfario at Saebraut).

    Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut, Reykjavik Harbour Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut, Reykjavik Harbour Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut, Reykjavik Harbour Sculpture Solfario at Saebraut, Reykjavik Harbour Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland
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    Solfar Suncraft Monument

    by acemj Updated May 5, 2007

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    Head downhill on Frakkastigur from Laugavegur and you'll end up at this sculpture along the waterfront that is a modern, stylized version of a Viking ship, a nice tribute to the Icelandic past with an eye towards its promising future. It also happens to be a photographer's dream if the light is right.

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    Suncraft

    by TomFoolery Written Sep 3, 2005

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    The sculpture "suncraft", by Jón Gunnar Árnason, is on the bay just North of the city centre.

    It's supposed to resemble a viking ship, though many visitors note it looks more like some kind of giant bug that's just climbed out of the sea.

    Suncraft, by J��n Gunnar ��rnason
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    Sun-Craft

    by sue_stone Written Jun 8, 2005

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    If you go for a walk along the harbour in Reykjavik you will no doubt come across a fabulous piece of art - the Solfar Suncraft.

    The Suncraft is a sculpture of a Viking ship - a modern work of art completed in 1986. It is made from stainless steel and sits looking over the harbour - glistening in the sun when we were there.

    The shapes and texture of the sculpture make it the perfect subject for arty photos, with the ocean as your back drop!

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    Sun Craft...

    by coceng Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Another photo of Sun Craft by me ! Another angle of this world-famous monument !
    All guidebooks must feature this scuplture as if it's so weird looking, so Iceland.
    This sculpture was built in 1986, so it's not that old...It's also sits on the bank of Videyjarsund...It's easy to see as it's situated along a stretch of road called Saebraut...

    Sun Craft, Reykjavik
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    Sun Craft...

    by coceng Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    This is the famous sculpture called Sun Craft, near the bay end of Klapparstigur.
    It's by Jon Gunnar Arnason...
    It's supposed to resemble a viking ship but more looking like a 10-legged bug !
    Anyhow, I love what I saw hence it merits a photo from my lense !
    I think it's beautiful !

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    Sólfarið - The Sun Voyager

    by gordonilla Written Apr 4, 2009

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    This seems to be a fairly popular visitor attraction located on the water front of Reykjavik.

    Sólfarið (The Sun Voyager) has an excellent view and is easily reached as it sits beside Saebraut.

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    Vikingship

    by hat53 Written Aug 15, 2004

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    The vikingship is a monument that reminds on the first vikings that landed on island. It is a beautifull piece of art. Near the monument to have a nice view overr the sea.

    The vikingship
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