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You'll find many sculptures scattered throughout Reykjavik, but for panoramic vistas and a look at one of the city's most iconic pieces, walk along the waterfront to the Sun Voyager (known locally as Sólfar). This steel sculpture, which was designed by Jon Gunnar Arnason, mimics a Viking ship and pays homage to the sun. Its location also boasts picturesque views of Mount Esja, a sprawling mountain filled with hiking trails.

Though you'll likely spend more time walking to and from the Sun Voyager (located about a mile from the city center) than snapping photos of it, recent visitors said the sculpture is a must see, especially on a clear day at sunrise or sunset. Harpa is also situated nearby, making this a great attraction to visit before or after wandering around the concert venue.

The Sun Voyager is one of several sights you can view while walking or jogging the Sculpture and Shore Walk by the harbor. It is free to visit 24 hours a day, but no amenities are available on-site, so plan accordingly. The best way to reach the Sun Voyager is to walk from downtown Reykjavik. To learn more about this can't-miss work of art, check out Visit Reykjavík's Sun Voyager page.

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