It houses a diverse and startling range of modern works and an explanation of how American artist Richard Serra created his Standing Stones exhibit on Videy Island.
The handsome 1909 National Library and National Archives of Iceland is now at the Culture House (1) where it traces the island's soul through poignant words and images (00 3; culturehouse.is; 10am to 5pm daily except Mondays; ISK1,200/£6).
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The Icelandic capital is blossoming, with the new Culture House (1) reflecting the nation's art and literature, Iceland's biggest and tallest hotel recently opened, and a host of fresh places to eat and drink.
A Reykjavik City Card offers unlimited public transport, entry to most museums and thermal baths, and a range of other discounts for ISK4,400 (£22) for 48 hours;
Check in Iceland's largest hotel is the brand- new 320-room Fosshotel (4), east of the city centre at Porunnartun 1 (00 3; fosshotel.is).
The City Hostel (6) is east of the centre, on the north side of Laugardalur Park, adjacent to Iceland's largest thermal pool complex, Laugardalslaug (7).
Beyond it at Fiskisloo 23, Whales of Iceland (10) contains life-size replicas in steel and foam of 23 cetaceans found around Iceland's coast (00 3; whalesoficeland.is; 9am to 6pm daily; ISK2,900/£14.50).Cultural afternoon Despite being capital of a country of only 300,000 people, Reykjavik has a remarkable breadth and depth of culture.In the heart of the city, the Hafnarhus (12) is a converted warehouse at Tryggvagata 17 that houses the Reykjavik Art Museum (00 3; artmuseum.is; 10am to 5pm daily, Thursdays to 8pm; ISK1,400/£7).When it opened in 2011, the country was already plumbing economic depths.On any day from 8am to midnight you can see the way the grid of 1,000 blocks of glass teases the light (00 3; harpa.is).