Voyager

Sólfarið - Sun Voyager, Reykjavík, Iceland; a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason.

The gleaming steel sculpture on Reykjavik’s splendid waterfront that resembles a Viking long-ship is the ‘Solfar’ or ‘Sun Voyager.’

The striking landmark was created by Icelandic sculptor Jon Gunnar Arnason.

It is a common misunderstanding that Sun Voyager is a Viking ship. It is quite understandable that many tourists think this when travelling in Iceland, the land of the sagas. Nonetheless, it should be stressed that this was not the original intention.

It is a dream boat and an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.

Many locals enjoy a stroll by the seaside and marvel the view of the bay with mt. Esja in the background.

The Sun Voyager is also a great attraction for tourists. It offers a superb photo opportunity, especially when the sun is setting.

In 1986 the district association of the west part of the city funded a competition for an outdoor sculpture, to celebrate Reykjavik‘s 200 year anniversary. The Sun Voyager was the winning piece.

Photography by Roan Lavery


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