Sun Voyager
Sun Voyager
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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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  • Chris Tapley
    Whitfield, United Kingdom30 contributions
    Dream Boat: Calm reflection and hope.
    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.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Heli K
    Lappeenranta, Finland1,526 contributions
    The most beautiful art work in Reykjavik
    One of the iconic landmarks of Reykjavik. According the artist Sun Voyager symbolizes the promise of new, undiscovered territory. It is ode to sun. Dream, hope, freedom. Even though I know that it is not a Viking ship I just can't help the feeling that to me it really looks like one. It also gives me vibes of Finnish Lapland and Sami people's symbols. And also the feeling of many travels made - together with friends. It also reminds me of whales. The steel sculpture is located quite near the other beautiful landmark Harpa Concert Hall. We visited the sculpture on a very windy day, it was freezing - so if there is cold or windy, dress accordingly.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • fluffievelluto
    Henlow, United Kingdom488 contributions
    Sculpture with a beautiful look out
    We were staying only a few minutes walk from this sculpture and can confirm its a lovely walk along the waterfront. Although be warned, if the water is rough and temperatures below freezing, it will spray over the top of the rocks and make the path into an ice rink. We affectionately nicknamed it the toast rack and spent a lovely 20mins taking photos and talking to other visitors doing the same. The only negative was when a coach tour turned up and some people were really rude thinking they owned the space.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Carrie H
    Blue Ridge, Georgia8 contributions
    Great spot for Light Viewing
    If the northern lights are out, this is an excellent spot in the city for viewing ~ it's unobstructed and facing away from the city lights. I wouldn't recommend going out of my way to see it, but it is on every single bucket list I have ever read on Iceland... So, go check it off;)
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Prabir G
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,739 contributions
    A shining steel sculpture
    The Sun Voyager (Sólfarið) is a large steel sculpture of a ship, located on the road Sæbraut, by the seaside of central Reykjavík. The work is one of the most visited sights in the capital, where people gather daily to gaze at the sun reflecting in the stainless steel of this remarkable monument. The sculptor is Jón Gunnar Árnason, who described his vision as one of the possible origins of the Icelandic people. When Jón visited the island of Bockholm in Finland, he claimed to have experienced an uncanny feeling that he’d been there before, many centuries ago. I visited this sculpture on 22nd Mar 23 during my Iceland tour. It is modern sculpture. Nothing great to talk about. But during your city tour, you can't miss it, being located in a prominent location.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,687 contributions
    Evocative sculpture
    It’s hard not to like a sculpture like this. It’s not representational, but it’s very clear what it is: it’s a Viking boat! There’s a picturesque waterfront backdrop! It’s a cool sculpture that looks like a boat about to go into the water. You’ll want this photo.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 5, 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada701 contributions
    Work of art!
    Part of our tour, we visited this statue monument that represents Reykjavik 200th anniversary, which apparently represents a dream boat sculpture of the Vikings era. This would signify hope, freedom and progress. Looking at it attentively made me admire this work of art.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • traveltheworld012
    Rochester, Minnesota13,838 contributions
    If you love art in all forms.. visit. If not, go elsewhere to be negative.
    This is a beautiful sculpted metal work of art, situated with a scenic view outward to the sea and mountains beyond. It is meaningful of the ancients who traveled far by boat to reach and explore distant shores. Imagine if you will, like an animal that has died and all that is left in the skeleton. This is like the skeleton of a boat symbolizing the era of the Vikings long gone, When visiting here, be sure to walk all around the sculpture to see how the light affects the color and shading. I saw people climbing on it, please don't, this is not a jungle gym on a playground.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • lithlith
    884 contributions
    Reykjavik Sun Voyager Sculpture
    This is a lovely sculpture downtown Reykjavik. While it's a little bit of a walk from the main downtown, it's worth the extra 5 minutes of walking to visit it. There is an area to sit and take in the views as well as get some great photos from all sorts of different angles on the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,282 contributions
    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 July 31, 2023
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Dustin M
Denver, CO49 contributions
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 February 15, 2020
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Jenny C
Eckington, UK31 contributions
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 March 15, 2020
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
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 September 13, 2021
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dylgramps
Cumberland, RI66 contributions
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 February 13, 2020
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John A
Belfast, UK1,518 contributions
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 March 13, 2020
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John A
Belfast, UK1,518 contributions
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 March 8, 2020
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Karin@
Portofino, Italy326 contributions
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 March 2, 2020
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Lori M
California1,746 contributions
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 July 23, 2021
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Andrew T
Norwich, UK334 contributions
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 February 20, 2020
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Chris Tapley
Whitfield, UK30 contributions
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 March 8, 2023
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